Meadowbrook Nature Preserve features woods, wetlands, streams, and pockets of prairie. Three small streams meander through heavily wooded deep ravines. Spring wildflowers thrive on the steep slopes in April and May. The preserve provides good habitat for wildlife, including migrating birds and bats. Birding is good year-round. A long-term reforestation project is underway to return former agricultural fields to the moraine forest that once existed here.

Stop in to the offices of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, which are housed here, for a trail map or to learn more about the organization.

Preserve Size

Preserve Size 224 Acres

Preserve Open to the Public

Open to the Public

Trail Length

Trail Length 4 Miles

Preserve Terrain

Terrain Flat to Gently Rolling


Activities Wildflowers


Activities Birding


Visit the Preserve

Meadowbrook Nature Preerve is located northwest of Valparaiso, east of Meridian Road on 700 N.

A paved parking lot is available, and trailheads are located on the north side of the parking lot.

John Merle Coulter Nature Preserve

With Thanks

to Our Generous Acquisition and Restoration Partners

National Park Service
Great Lakes Restoration
Indiana Heritage Trust
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Nature Preserves
State of Indiana
The Nature Conservancy
Sustain Our Great Lakes
Save the Dunes
Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
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