Nature Preserves

Volunteers Make Way at Meadowbrook

In July of 2021, Shirley Heinze’s stewardship staff and volunteers from Cleveland Cliffs began felling trees and clearing brush to create a new trail at the front of Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. It was just one aspect of a master plan guided by a vision that included making Meadowbrook more accessible to those protected by the …

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The Value of Connecting to Nature through Art

Nature in the Arts celebrated its third year with events at Meadowbrook, St. Francis, Ivanhoe South, and Lydick Bog Nature Preserves. Each event offered family-friendly activities and hiking opportunities that focused on the unique features of each site. Nature in the Arts at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve was a highlight this year, continuing our partnerships …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 9: The Great Marsh, November 1, 2023

November Marsh By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the ninth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve that I began writing in March of this year.  I hope you have enjoyed reading them, and that you have learned a bit about our …

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Appreciation Days Were Fun for All!

Earlier this month, our community experienced the joy and wonder of nature through two engaging events organized by Shirley Heinze Land Trust. These events not only provided fun and education but also celebrated our ongoing efforts to preserve and appreciate our local natural habitats. Embracing the Great Outdoors at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve On November …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 8: The Great Marsh, October 3, 2023

Fall Asters By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust: This is the eighth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve. As we near the end of the growing season, the fall asters are in bloom. Though perhaps not as showy from a distance as many …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 7: The Great Marsh, September 13, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the seventh in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve. You will recall that my last blog post, dated August 15, focused on several of the pink and purple blossomed plants that were then dominating the Great …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 6: The Great Marsh, August 15, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the sixth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  For reasons that will become obvious as you read this post, I am naming it “Pinks and Purples.” My dog, Riley, and I have taken daily walks …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 5: The Great Marsh, August 1, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the fifth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  It will focus on some of our lovely native marsh plants (the “good”) and their non-native or invasive cousins (the “bad” and the “ugly”).  Because all of …

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Shirley Heinze Snapshot 4: The Great Marsh, July 3, 2023

By Dale K. Nichols (Board Member) Dear friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust:  This is the fourth in a series of “snapshots” featuring our Beverly Shores/Great Marsh preserve.  My last post included a high-level overview of the different families of plants that grow here.  This one will delve into more detail on one of them—the …

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