Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Preserve
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, a former girl scout camp near Valparaiso, offers numerous recreational opportunities in a lovely moraine forest. A major reforestation project is underway to return former agricultural fields to a high quality forest that will provide critical habitat for nesting and migratory birds.
The offices of Shirley Heinze Land Trust are housed here in what is now known as Meadowbrook Conservation Center.
Come take a hike on the trails at on the preserve. Bring your friends, family, or your favorite book and enjoy the vibrant nature all around you. Feel free to stop by our office to share some of your pictures (some might be selected to go up on our website) or to simply pass on your "Hello". Contact us if you're interested in a guided hike of Meadowbrook.
Check out our Events page to see which projects we're working on or volunteer today!
The Friends of Shirley Heinze has established a native plant garden in front of the offices. Come by in the summer and fall to see beautiful blooming plants and the butterflies, bees and birds that visit them.
Quotes from Board and Advisory Committees
Three small streams meander through heavily wooded deep ravines on this newly acquired property. Spring wildflowers thrive on the steep ravine slopes. The preserve provides good habitat for birds and woodland wildlife and excellent recreational opportunities.
I, too am moved by the outpouring of all involved. And I feel a transformation is taking place - a major sign and indication of what's happening in Northwest Indiana. So grateful to be a part of it.
Congratulations on your move!
From Hwy 49: take Hwy 6 west to Meridian Rd. Turn left (south) on Meridian and travel approximately 1 mile to CR 700 N. Turn right (west) on 700. Travel another mile, Meadowbrook will be on your right hand side.
Former Girl Scouts and neighbors
If you have pictures of Meadowbrook from before 2013, please share them with us. We would love to highlight the history of this unique and well-loved area.
Heather and Christine of