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Volunteer Workday @ St. Francis

February 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

A statuesque shagbark hickory stands next to the boardwalk at St. Francis Nature Preserve.

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. Invasive plant species aren’t a major concern here, but they are growing right along the boardwalk and need to be managed. That’s where volunteers like you come in!

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 abruptly. 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!


February 29
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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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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