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Adopt-A-Trail Volunteer & Preserve Steward Training

Join us to learn about our Adopt-A-Trail (AAT) and Preserve Steward (PS) volunteering opportunities and how you can help Shirley Heinze Land Trust by walking our trails, filling out a log of your visits, and letting us know of any issues at the preserve.  Read more…

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Home Sweet Forest Home

By Glenn N. Major You can call them snags, nurse logs, stumps… Forestry folks call them “coarse woody debris”. Much of the life in our forests call them home.  Some of us this think they are natural modern art. They are so important to forest ecology. That is why we let them lay where they …

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Discovering a New Passion in The Great Marsh

By Dale Nichols Given the right growing conditions, the budding seed of curiosity can sometimes blossom into a wonderful new passion.  My name is Dale Nichols, and this is a story about a three-and-a-half-month journey of discovery involving my own curiosity with, well, seeds—more specifically the seeds of native plants growing in the Shirley Heinze …

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Group at Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve

Partnership Week 2020 – Community Partners

Nature is for EVERYONE, and on this final day of Partnership week, we are celebrating the many individuals, organizations, schools, corporations and government agencies who are helping to make local nature accessible, fun, and educational for ALL who visit and reside in northwestern Indiana. A very special thanks to our partners including Urban League of …

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Orbis Botanist Nathanael J. Pilla monitoring the Little Calumet River

Partnership Week 2020 – Volunteer Partners

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Individuals from various walks and stages of life, generously donate their time and talents. They are essential to all aspects of our work, from projects out in the community and on our preserves, to serving as board, advisory council, and committee members, volunteering their time and professional expertise. …

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Partnership Week 2020 – Stewardship Partners

Our Stewardship program is dedicated to the use of wise management principles to enhance and restore the lands and waters we protect. An enormous amount of collaboration and strategic planning with national, state and local partners must take place to enable our experienced staff to implement this work across our diverse nature preserves here in …

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Headless Zombie Oak Haunts Walnut Woods Preserve!

By Glenn N. Major, Volunteer Preserve Steward at Walnut Woods Nature Preserve Maybe we should rename Walnut Woods to Sleepy Hollow. Long ago, a Red Oak tree at the preserve may have been hit by lightning, resulting in its canopy falling to the forest floor where it sits today, feeding mushrooms and moss. Its branchless, …

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Gardening from the Roots to the Treetops – Create a Backyard Food Forest!s

By Christine Maloney Four mature maple trees around my house (two on the south and two on the north) leave only a narrow strip of full sun in the middle to grow my favorite sun-loving garden crops.  To complicate things further, my house and driveway take up the majority of that area in my typical …

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The Flora Richardson Foundation and the GLISTEN Program

Our 2020 GLISTEN Interns By Eric Bird Initially worried that we may not have to the ability to work with GLISTEN Liaisons this year, we were fortunate to find two students with the ambition and perseverance to work through this year’s Covid challenges. Ashlynn Morin and Alexander Hlebasko, both students at Indiana University Northwest, were …

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photo of Maureen Kolbusz and Kaye Martin working in the greenhouse at Barker Woods

Retirement Career? Volunteer!

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is fortunate to have a dedicated pool of volunteers with a variety of talents and passions. Maureen Kolbusz has to be one of the most resolute! When one of your first experiences as a volunteer with an organization is pulling bent and rusty nails from reclaimed staircase boards, and you still …

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