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Volunteer Workday @ Ivanhoe South

March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT


The spring equinox falls on March 19th this year. What better way to usher in the season than to do some spring cleaning at one of our region’s most amazing and ecologically significant nature preserves? The dune and swale habitat on display at Ivanhoe South is globally rare. Home to a wide array of bird and plant species, the successive ridges that comprise this remnant habitat were created by retreating lake levels in the wake of the receding Wisconsin Glacier. Residents in the nearby neighborhood of Ivanhoe are fortunate to have such a unique natural area just across the street.

The preserve’s frontage, though, lies along Colfax Street, a busy thoroughfare that sees a high amount of industrial and commercial traffic. Litter and dumping have become increasingly problematic over time, and keeping this remnant habitat free of pollution and garbage is a high priority for us at Shirley Heinze. This is where YOU come in! We need your help to collect the trash that has amassed along the roadside and the outermost area of the preserve. Your efforts will mesh with those of our Stewardship staff, who will be removing larger items that have been dumped along the street. We can’t think of a more appropriate time for a neighborhood preserve cleanup than the first day of spring!

Be prepared to work outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Conditions on the workday may be wet or chilly.

The unique dune and swale habitat that characterizes Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve is found in few places across our planet.

Volunteer workdays are held in all types of weather, although if conditions become hazardous during or leading into the workday, we may be forced to cancel abruptly. Your safety is our first concern! We will provide all the necessary equipment, gear, light snacks, and water. We encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle!

So that we can best plan for this workday, please RSVP through the website form below. Question? Call the office at 219-242-8558 or email

Please fill out the online Volunteer Application prior to attending. We will also have hard copies for you at this volunteer event. Stop by to lend a hand and chat with our staff about other opportunities that can flex your skills and fulfill your interests!


March 19
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve
750 Colfax St
Gary, IN 46406 United States
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