It’s hard to believe that the year has passed so quickly, but here we are, almost at the end of 2014. As the year comes to an end, it’s time to gather to celebrate and give thanks.
Shirley Heinze Land Trust has a lot to celebrate this year, and none of it would have been possible without your support.
Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s mission is twofold: to protect habitats and ecosystems through acquisition, restoration, and protection of natural landscapes, and to educate people of all ages about the value of land conservation. We fulfill that mission in a variety of ways, including through public events like our guided nature walks and volunteer workdays.
We hope you will be attending our formal guided hike this Saturday, September 13. We will be hearing from Indiana University PhD Candidate Jonathon Bauer about soil bacteria, fungi, and other organisms in prairies and their importance to prairie restoration. The cost is $25 per person. Please check out the event page for more details.
By SLYCE participant Rachel Hall (email@example.com)
Shirley Heinze Land Trust held their 10th annual Spring Benefit at the Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Indiana on June 8th, welcoming over 300 supporters of the cause to purchasing and preserving four of Indiana’s Natural Gems.
For me, the night began at 10:00 AM. I had the pleasure of meeting all those of the Shirley Heinze Land Trust as we set up for the benefit that would finally take place after months of preparation and planning. The air was electrified with the busyness and excitement of placing all the auction items in the correct location, readying each table and chair with the necessary items to participate in the auction, arranging the beautifully done archway near the entrance, and more.
Photo by Barb Labus
By summer intern Liz Zombik (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shirley Heinze Land Trust celebrated its 10th Annual Spring Benefit this past Saturday at Sand Creek Country Club. This year's benefit highlighted four of Shirley Heinze and Indiana's most precious natural gems: Ambler Flatwoods, Little Calumet Wetlands, Meadowbrook, and Ivanhoe South.
As the evening began, guests were welcomed by the beautiful native plant arrangements done by Chuck Roth. After entering, guests were greeted by friends and conversation while passing underneath a lovely handmade arch. The benefit hosted an open seating arrangement, allowing for everyone to mingle and meet to discuss the amazing cause they had all gathered to celebrate.
The turn out was great, with over 300 people attending to support Shirley Heinze and its mission. While the food, decor, and setting were all wonderful, the most amazing aspect of all were the people who attended, including the sponsors.
The Friends of Shirley Heinze group installed a native garden at our headquarters at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve this spring. Promoting native gardening is a major focus of the group, who sponsors the Bringing Nature Home native garden awards. Installing an example of a native garden at our offices seemed like a perfect fit for the group.
Plants were obtained from Planting Possibilities in Highland, IN and Mark Gingrich's landscape company in Valparaiso, IN.
The species planted in the garden are:
The Friends of Shirley Heinze will continue to tend to the garden. We can't wait to see it grow!
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