Who is Shirley Heinze Land Trust and what do they do?
Shirley Heinze Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been protecting natural land in Northwest Indiana since 1981. It manages more than 2,100 acres in Lake, Porter, La Porte, and St. Joseph 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:
The organization was founded in memory of Dr. Shirley Heinze, who devoted her free time to exploring, restoring, and preserving the Indiana Dunes. Her memory reminds us that just one person can, and continues to impact all of us who live in Northwest Indiana.
What is a Land Trust?
Conservation Center and Preserve
109 West 700 North,
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone: (219) 242-8558
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Celebrating 30 years for Shirley Heinze Land Trust