Shirley Heinze Land Trust has nature preserves in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and St. Joseph counties of Northwest Indiana.
Most of them are open to the public, but some of them have limited access. Check the links below for detailed information about each preserve.
If you're interested in visiting our preserves with a group, we offer guided hikes and volunteer workdays where you can learn about and experience our unique environments, get an eco-workout and meet like-minded people!
Lake County Nature Preserves
Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
Bur Oak Woods Nature Preserve
Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve
Gordon & Faith Greiner Nature Preserve
Green Heron Pond Nature Preserve
Hidden Prairie & Ivory Wetlands
Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve
Seidner Dune & Swale Nature Preserve
Porter County Nature Preserves
Beverly Shores Project Area
John Merle Coulter Nature Preserve
Father Basil Moreau Nature Preserve
Wykes-Plampin Nature Preserve
Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Preserve
Walnut Woods Nature Preserve
La Porte County Nature Preserves
St. Joseph County
You can download trail maps for the following preserves:
Things to consider when visiting a Nature Preserve
Shirley Heinze Land Trust Nature Preserves are open to the public for hiking, birding, nature study, photography, and similar passive activities (non-consumptive recreation). View our Public use Policy for more details.
Please help us protect the natural communities of plants and animals when you visit our nature preserves. The following activities are prohibited:
When I walk through any of Shirley Heinze's preserves, I begin using all of my senses. I take in my surroundings in ways I don't ordinarily do, and this causes me to shift the focus of my life. I see and look at everything differently. I listen to the sounds of the birds, animals and the whole earth.
My body takes a deep breath, and my lungs choose to continue this deep breathing. I feel a sense of relief from daily indoor cares. As I let go of my life, I live in the moment and am inspired by the connection with this miracle of nature around me. A friend of mine always says that "when you're feeling blue, you need to go take a walk in nature. It'll make you feel so much better." She is oh, so right.