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February 2023

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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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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March 2023

Meadowbrook Monday- Grow One Keep One Prep

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

Grow One Keep One Prep Join us on the first and third Monday of every month as we work on a variety of projects at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve to improve and beautify the preserve. Kick off the growing season at Meadowbrook Monday, March 6th, between 9 am-noon. We will be preparing for the Grow One Keep One program. You can assist in many ways. Either drop off translucent water or a milk jug (not opaque). One can also enter the…

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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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