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February 2023

Community Hike @ Meadowbrook

February 15 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Join us for a hike to learn about the history of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, the Valparaiso Moraine, and the restoration efforts of our stewardship crew. We will meet under the pavilion at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, just north of the parking lot. Our Programs Coordinator, Mari Patis, will lead you through the many trails that meander through the preserve. This hike is kid- and pet-friendly! Immediately following this hike, be sure to check out our Adopt-a-Trail and Preserve Steward Training,…

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Adopt-A-Trail & Preserve Steward Training

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Adopt-A-Trail

   Adopt-A-Trail AND Preserve Steward Training Join our Adopt-A-Trail and Preserve Steward training session, held on February 15th from 4pm-5pm. Today, more than 3,000 acres across Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, and Marshall counties are permanently protected. With a total of 17 conservation areas in Northwest Indiana, Shirley Heinze is in search for volunteers that are willing to be the eyes and ears of a chosen nature preserve. Program Details: Anyone can become an Adopt-A-Trail OR Preserve Steward. If you…

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Great Lydick Bird Count

February 18 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, 25898 US-20
South Bend, IN 46628 United States
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male cardinal bird perched on bare branch

Join us in gathering important information about bird populations with South Bend Elkhart Audubon. Birding is easy as 1, 2, 3!

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Meadowbrook Monday

February 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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volunteers participating in seed cleaning the chaff of of cressmoor seeds to eventually be sowed at cressmor nature preserve

Meadowbrook Monday Seed Cleaning Social Indoor Volunteer Event Join on Meadowbrook Monday February 20th  we will be having a Seed Cleaning Social from 9pm-12pm. Volunteers will be INDOORS with our staff as we clean native seeds that will be distributed at a Shirley Heinze Preserve! As you can imagine, native plants are vital to the health and long-term viability of an ecosystem. That's why our stewardship team takes great care to cultivate native species and remove invasive ones (to allow…

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Become a Volunteer Naturalist Hike Leader

February 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Guided Hike at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

Get trained in leading hikes for Shirley Heinze Land Trust!

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Farmland Legacy: Highlighting Unique Farmland Preservation Stories – VIRTUAL

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Chellberg Farmhouse (NPS) Join Shirley Heinze Land Trust for a webinar to hear about unique ways to preserve farmland! We’ll walk through local stories of unique ways that agricultural land owners have preserved the legacy of their land for future generations and highlight a variety of alternative preservation methods for preserving your land. Attendees can expert to hear about the history, preservation, and current efforts at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve (Shirley Heinze Land Trust), Sunset Hill County Park (Porter County Parks),…

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March 2023

Meadowbrook Monday

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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milk or water jugs that are preped for Meadowbrook Monday Grow One Keep One event

This Meadowbrook Monday, March 6th, drop in between 9 am-noon and assist us in prepping for Grow One Keep One program. Drop off translucent water or a milk jug (not opaque). When entering the conference room, there will have multiple stations involving drilling holes, folding newspapers, prepping native wildflower seeds, pouring soil, and getting a first-hand look at how programs are planned! To learn more about Grow One Keep One program, click this link >>> Grow One Keep One  This…

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VIRTUAL: The Mighty Stature and Ecology of Oaks: Their Future Doesn’t Look Bright, But We Can Help!

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
A white oak leaf illustration with a cluster of acorns

Join us for a free webinar to learn about the oak crisis in the Eastern United States—and how you can help.

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Grow One Keep One

March 13 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Katie Hobgood with finished milk jugs Grow One Keep One GOKO program that allows volunteer people to take native seeds home in March and bring them back in June.

Grow One Keep One Want to help our pollinators?  Want to improve biodiversity in your yard and help restore Meadowbrook Nature Preserve? Participate in the 2023 Grow One Keep One (GOKO) program! Drop-in on March 13, 2023 8:00am - 7:00pm CT ALL AGES WELCOME It's simple and nearly maintenance-free.  Plant two milk jugs of native wildflower seeds - "grow one" for us and "keep one" for yourself.  Bring your own clean, translucent water or milk jug (not opaque) or we…

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Water Quality Monitoring Training

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Water quality monitoring training for volunteers in 2023.

H 2 Oh No! On Saturday March 25th, join our free Water Quality Monitoring Training Program and learn how to test local water quality in the Little Calumet River-Galien watershed. By becoming a water quality volunteer, you will play a crucial role in helping to collect waterway data in Northwestern Indiana. Clean local waterways means cleaner ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, and a cleaner Lake Michigan! Get ready to start your volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Training journey with Shirley Heinze. This…

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