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Shirley Heinze Land Trust has protected more than 2,600 acres across six counties in northwestern Indiana, from endangered dune and swale in Lake County to the kettle lakes of St. Joseph County. Whether you’re interested in helping us remove invasive species, leading hikes or assisting in fundraising activities, we would love to have your help!


If your ideal day at the office involves a healthy dose of fresh air, join our Stewardship team’s efforts to restore and maintain the Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s many nature preserves.

Education & Outreach

Bring your passions for people and nature together to help us create and deliver programs that engage and educate people about the conservation work that the Shirley Heinze Land Trust does.


From donor outreach to helping to make our Spring Benefit is a success, your efforts can play a vital role in this critical area of the organization.


Help us tell the Shirley Heinze Land Trust story! If you have a way with words, a knack for social media, or a photographer’s eye, we would love to have you join us.

Administrative Operations

If you’re looking to help us “behind the scenes,” your knack for administrative coordination, data management, or clerical work will help us keep the organization running smoothly.

Explore Our Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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 the quality of the dune habitat. No experience? No worries! Tom will teach you how to identify the invasive plants, as well as best practices for removing them.

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Bayless Dune Nature Preserve, 8975-9047 Indian Boundary, Gary, IN 46403
Gary, IN 46403 United States
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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 the Meadowbrook Conservation Center as we work to clean up the Native Garden at the front of the preserve.

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Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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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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Adopt-a-Trail Volunteer Training

Save the Date to learn about our Adopt-A-Trail volunteer opportunities!

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World Cleanup Day

Save the Date and stay tuned for volunteer opportunities on World Cleanup Day!

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Ready to Join Us?
Take five minutes and complete a volunteer application, email us at volunteer@heinzetrust.org, or call us at (219) 242-8558.
Volunteer Guide

Want to Learn More?

Download our Volunteer Opportunities Brochure and learn about all of the opportunities you have to make a difference.