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October 2022

Volunteer! Plant Identifying in Garden

October 3 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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blueprint of Peg's native garden

Plant Identifying in Peg's Native Garden: Last month we were able to clean up Peg's garden! The first Monday of October we are interested in Plant Identifying in Peg's Native Garden. This photo of Biodiversity in Peg's Native Garden, was taken in 2014! Fast forward to 2022 and this garden is thriving with biodiversity! Over the years, many volunteers have spent their time in keeping this blossoming entrance well maintained. Drop-in on Meadowbrook Monday, October 3rd (9am-noon) as we will…

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Volunteer! Clean Up at the Historic Barker House

October 4 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Save the Dunes at the Barker House, 444 Barker Road
Michigan City, IN 46360 United States
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photo of the two-story Barker House

Join Save the Dunes for a day of outdoor clean-up at the historic Barker House.   Barker House is the headquarters for the Save the Dunes staff members. After two years of remote working and no in-person events, the grounds of Barker House are in need of some TLC. If you are looking for an opportunity to help our organization, get outside, and spend some time enjoying the beautiful Barker Woods Nature Preserve, then this is the perfect opportunity to help…

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Volunteer! Save the Seeds

October 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beverly Shores Project Area Beverly Shores, IN United States + Google Map
Free 10 spots left

Save the Seeds at Beverly Shores Calling on Beverly Shores volunteers to assist with gathering seeds from several plant types at Beverly Shores Project Area! The purpose of seed gathering in the Great Marsh ties in with our restoration efforts that creates a corridor of habitats for our native pollinators. Which is the backyard of those who live in Beverly Shores! Plus this is also great opportunity to spend a few hours soaking up Vitamin D (nature's medicine). Drop-in on…

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Birding – October Big Day @ Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

October 8 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, 25898 US-20
South Bend, IN 46628 United States
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October "Big" Day is one of the biggest birding events of the year. Join birding guides Kristen Sweinhart and Evie Kirkwood to explore Lydick Bog Nature Preserve. Registration is required.

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Birding – October Big Day @ Ambler Flatwoods

October 8 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Ambler Flatwoods, 8364 Meer Road
Michigan City, IN 46360 United States
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October "Big" Day is one of the biggest birding events of the year. Join interpretive guide Cookie Ferguson on an educational and inspirational birding hike through Ambler Flatwoods. Registration is required.

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Birding – October Big Day @ Seidner Dune & Swale

October 8 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Seider Dune and Swale Nature Preserve, 5501-5599 Kennedy Ave
Hammond, IN 46323 United States
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October "Big" Day is one of the biggest birding events of the year. Explore some of the best birding spots at Seidner Dune & Swale Nature Preserve with local birder Matt Kalwasinski. Registration is required.

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Sunday Funday Beer Run with Dig the Dunes!

October 9 @ 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Ambler Flatwoods, 8364 Meer Road
Michigan City, IN 46360 United States
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beer run flyer

Join us for a Dig the Dunes 10th anniversary beer run! Shirley Heinze and Trust is proud to host Dig the Dunes at Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve. Prepare to meet us at Ambler Flatwoods, and then we will head to Burn 'Em Brewing for a Dig the Dudes Pomegranate Pale Ale (or, of course, whatever brew you fancy).   These are just fun runs! Walkers are more than welcome to join in the fun; we'd love to host you.  …

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Adopt-A-Trail Preserve Steward

October 12 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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visit our preserve once a month and be an extra set of eyes with our adopt a trail program

Play a key role in keeping natural areas beautiful by visiting a Shirley Heinze preserve at least ONCE a month to communicate activity and conditions to staff. Join us for free training in land conservation and stewardship topics!

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Nature in the Arts – Creative Workshop – VIRTUAL

October 20 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Free 89 spots left

What does it take to be an Artist of Life? Join Shirley Heinze Land Trust and artist Suzy Vance to explore creative tools in a Virtual Creative Workshop! Through this Zoom event, Suzy will provide tools to tap into your creative energy. You'll be guided through an exercise exploring nature—and what it means to be "creative"—in a unique and collaborative way. What will you create? You'll have to sign up to find out! Please bring the following materials to use…

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Volunteer Appreciation Event (Brats & Brews)

October 27 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Calling all 2022 Volunteers! Shirley Heinze wants to celebrate your dedicated work over the past year! You are the heart of our organization and we want to share our appreciation for everything you do to help us move our mission forward.  From removing invasive species to collecting, cleaning and planting native seeds, from restoring historic equipment to taking beautiful photographs and videos, from entering data to picking up litter, from fundraising to owl banding, from repairing bridges to mowing trails,…

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