Shirley Heinze Land Trust preserves and protects natural lands and waters in northwestern Indiana, engaging people in nature and conservation.
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Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been dedicated to the preservation and restoration of significant natural areas throughout northwestern Indiana. Today, more than 2,600 acres across Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph counties are permanently protected, and most of our nature preserves are open to the public to explore and enjoy.We invite you to explore our upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and ways to donate, and see how you can help us protect northwestern Indiana’s natural areas, bringing people and nature a little closer in the process.

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Celebrating
40 Years of
Connecting
Communities
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Shirley Heinze Land Trust 40th Anniversary
Spring Benefit Celebration May 24 - 29, 2021
Celebrating
40 Years of
Connecting
Communities
to Nature!
Shirley Heinze Land Trust 40th Anniversary
Spring Benefit Celebration May 24 - 29, 2021
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May 15, 2021
Invasive Species Removal at Bayless Dune

Join us as we celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week at Bayless Dune in Miller, IN with Preserve Steward, Tom Cera. We will removing invasive species to beautify this special preserve and improve...

May 17, 2021
Native Garden Clean-Up

Our Native Gardens are bursting forth with life as spring returns! It's time to remove weeds and last year's stalks and to transplant the wildflowers that are crowding the sidewalk.

Join us outside...

May 18, 2021
Birding the Shirley Heinze Nature Preserves in Lake County

Learn about the best times and places to birdwatch in Lake County!...

May 24, 2021
40th Anniversary Spring Benefit

The Spring Benefit is our most important annual outreach and fundraising effort!...

July 19, 2021
National Capture the Sunset Week

Save the Date and stay tuned for volunteer opportunities and other fun activities to recognize National Capture the Sunset Week!...

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Read Our Latest Posts
Insights Spring Issue...
INSIGHTS Spring 2021 – Vol 24 Issue 1
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INSIGHTS Spring 2018 – Vol 21 Issue 1
By: Mary Nell Murphy While driving on Hwy 12 near the Indiana Dunes parks last fall, I stopped at a wayside for a stretch break and looked across the road to a sea of watermelon pink under the forest canopy. Delightful? No! As I suspected, and as I confirmed “upon further review of the field” …...
Invasive Species Awareness Week: Burning Bush
By: Jim Haniford A few scattered reports have come in from around the preserve about a small, furry creature, glimpsed for just a matter of seconds in each instance. One staff member saw it run out from the tall grass as she approached on a riding mower.  Another encountered it running up a trail in...
Monitoring the American Mink: Part 1
Insights Fall Issue...
INSIGHTS Fall 2019 – Vol 22 Issue 2
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Visit a Preserve Near You!
From globally rare dune and swale in Gary to lovely moraine forests near Valparaiso, to one of the last remaining bogs in Indiana near South Bend, there is likely to be one of our nature preserves near your community, where you have the chance to experience the natural wonders of one of the most biodiverse regions in the country.
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Your Donation Makes a Difference
The generosity of individuals is the foundation of our support. Whether a few dollars, a few hundred, or more, your donations enable us to uphold our commitment to forever protect and restore lands and waters throughout northwestern Indiana. Discover the ways that you can donate money or land to support the enduring mission of Shirley Heinze Land Trust.
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Nature Preserve Volunteer
3,500 Hours Volunteered in 2020
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Whether you’d like to spend a few hours in nature by helping to maintain our trails and preserves, or assist with workshops and workdays that bring people closer to nature, or contribute behind the scenes to help Shirley Heinze Land Trust run smoothly, we need your help.
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Say Hello!
You may find us out in the field, maintaining our preserves, or at a meeting with conservation partners, or connecting with people in communities across northwestern Indiana. You may also find us in our offices, located on the edge of Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, just north of Valparaiso. Contact us today to say hello, learn more about what we do, and find out how you can help Shirley Heinze Land Trust protect natural places for generations to come.
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