Who is Shirley Heinze Land Trust and what do they do?
Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been protecting natural land in the southern Lake Michigan watershed since 1981. It manages nearly 1,300 acres in Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties. Included in the Heinze Trust’s holdings are examples of the entire spectrum of natural communities in this area: tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune-and-swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, and riparian habitat. Five Heinze Trust properties are dedicated Indiana State Nature Preserves. Shirley Heinze Land Trust is a well established organization preserving these natural areas for present and future generations to enjoy.
Several preserves feature interpretive trail systems that guide and educate visitors as they hike. Our headquarters, located in Valparaiso, on the site of the former Meadowbrook Girl Scout Camp, serves as an outdoor learning laboratory and is a tremendous recreational resource for all of Porter County and beyond. Most of our preserves are open to the public for passive recreation.
Video by Eve Landsman at digthedunes.com
Published on May 1, 2013
The Mission of Shirley Heinze Land Trust is twofold:
Strategically acquire ecologically significant natural areas in Northwest Indiana for the betterment of the community. Read more about our history and mission.
How we achieve these goals
with industries, corporations, organizations, businesses, donors, and volunteers to achieve mutually beneficial goals.
What is a Land Trust?
Conservation Center and Preserve
109 West 700 North,
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone: (219) 242-8558
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Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Staff
Shirley Heinze Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1981 as a charitable trust to preserve and protect the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes region. It was named to honor the memory of Dr. Shirley Heinze, an Ogden Dunes resident
Celebrating 30 years for Shirley Heinze Land Trust