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Become a Volunteer Naturalist Hike Leader

February 21, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST

Guided Hike at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

Mari Patis leading a guided hike at Meadowbrook, Lydick Bog, and Invanhoe South

Interested in becoming a volunteer naturalist hike leader? On Tuesday, February 21st 4pm CT, Mari Patis, Programs Coordinator, will lead a training on how to become a hike leader!

As our guided programs grow, we would like to invite you to attend Shirley Heinze’s first Naturalist Program where you will learn the in’s and out’s of Shirley Heinze’s conservation areas. We’ll cover safety protocol, Leave No Trace principles, and the basics of interpretive hikes.

RSVP below to let us know you’re joining! New to the Shirley Heinze Volunteer Program? Be sure to fill out the Volunteer Application and Liability Waiver online.



Naturalist Hike Leader may engage in the following activates: 

  • Lead hikes on an occasional or regular basis throughout the year
  • Communicate the mission and history of Shirley Heinze Land Trust to
    visitors, be able to answer questions about the history of the preserve
  • Coordinate scheduling and advertisement of hikes with staff
  • Share the mission of Shirley Heinze Land Trust
  • Be familiar with directions to the preserve and set up event signs to help
    visitors find the trailhead


You will be trained to lead small groups on hikes throughout the year. Hike leaders should have a passion for nature, have excellent communication skills with visitors of all ages and backgrounds, and be able to lead a hike over varying terrain. Hike leaders may already have a background as a general naturalist or in science or environmental education, but they will be provided sufficient additional information to lead hikes for the general public.


Location of  guided hikes offered:

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 

Lydick Bog Nature Preserve 

Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve


February 21, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
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Shirley Heinze Land Trust Programs
(219) 242-8558


Meadowbrook Nature Preserve
109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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