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Volunteer Workday @ St. Francis

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT


Help us keep St. Francis clean! One of Shirley Heinze’s newest preserves, St. Francis Nature Preserve in Michigan City is a forest wetland adjacent to the Franciscan Health campus. A raised boardwalk allows visitors to walk over the wet grounds of the property and winds beneath towering oaks and maples. Hospital staff, patients, and local hikers and birders all enjoy the surrounding view and find tranquility beneath the expansive canopy.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is teaming up with our partners at Franciscan Health for their annual campus cleanup, being held from ten to noon on Saturday, May 18th. While volunteers ranging from Franciscan staff and community participants pick up litter across the hospital grounds and parking lots, we’ll need volunteers to help us haul trash from the wetlands around the boardwalk. The health of the land and our own health go hand-in-hand. Together we can promote them both!

Volunteers should arrive in the Main Campus’ main lobby by 9:45 am. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Ground conditions on the workday will be wet, and there may be ankle-to-calf deep standing water in some of the areas we’ll be working. Waterproof boots are recommended, but sturdy boots are a must! Also, the temperature will likely be chilly. 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 aruptly. Your safety is our first concern! We will provide all the necessary equipment, gear, and water. We encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle!

Please RSVP through the website form below. Question? Call the office at 219-242-8558 or email

Save time by filling out the online Volunteer Application prior to attending. We’ll also have hard copies for you at the workday. Come lend a hand, enjoy some time out in the woods with fellow volunteers, and learn about other meaningful opportunities with Shirley Heinze!


May 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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St. Francis Nature Preserve
3500 Franciscan Way
Michigan City, IN 46360 United States
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(219) 242-8558
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