Shirley Heinze Land Trust is very active in our community and we take pride in the various ways we educate the public about our mission.
Over the past several years, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has continued to expand its education and outreach efforts with great success. Shirley Heinze Land Trust is deeply committed to environmental education programs for our youth. In 2009, Shirley Heinze Land Trust engaged in a partnership with the Field Museum and the Dunes Learning Center to form the Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns Partnership which connects urban youth with nature through experiential education. With many of our preserves located adjacent or in proximity to schools, we have a unique opportunity to provide students with high quality outdoor classrooms and institute curricula focused on experiential education.
The Mighty Acorns Partnership works together to give three educational programs including Mighty Acorns, Earth Force, and CIMBY (Calumet Is My Backyard) to students in six communities in Northwest Indiana. The partnership reaches over 3,300 students each year. These programs connect students to their communities and local natural areas and empowers them to take action, teaches them the science of ecology, and has the potential to be an effective, long-term process for improving the region's native plant and animal communities.
Major funding for the Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns Partnership provided by Arcelor Mittal.
Learn more and hear what educators have to say here.
Additional Funding Provided by:
John W. Anderson Foundation
Science, sand, sun, and summer fun for kids of all ages in the dunes.
From Acorns to Oaks
by Land Trust Alliance
"Mighty Acorns is hands-on. Rather than a hike from a bus, out to a bog, and then back to the bus, these kids are actually participating in restoration. During the winter and spring field trips, exotic species are removed; then during the fall, the seeds of native plants, harvested the year before, are carefully planted in the cleared fields. [Students] see the full circle.”
Experiments for kids
Online Games for kids