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Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Land Resources Conservation, Recycling, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: The mission of Shirley Heinze Land Trust is twofold: - To protect habitats and ecosystems of Northwest Indiana through acquiring, restoring, and protecting environmentally significant landscapes for present and future generations and - To inspire and educate people of all ages about the value of land conservation to protect our natural world and enrich our lives.

Results: In the past 35 years, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has permanently protected over 2000 acres of precious natural habitat in Northwest Indiana, and through partnerships has contributed to the protection of hundreds more acres managed by public and private partners. The Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns Partnership, a partnership between The Field Museum, Dunes Learning Center, and Shirley Heinze Land Trust, has has delivered high quality environmental education to over 12,000 local students from elementary school to high school. Shirley Heinze Land Trust's stewardship program has restored hundreds of acres of habitat including the largest reforestation project of its kind in Porter County.

Geographic areas served: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph Counties in Northwest Indiana

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7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Shirley Heinze Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Shirley Heinze Land Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Shirley Heinze since 2008 and have enjoyed working on the preserves. I have learned about the environment and have seen the changes that I and others have done to help improve these preserves.

I have gone on a majority of the workdays and have done individual projects for SHLT, like spraying herbicide on invasive species, collecting seed and photo monitoring.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust gave me this opportunity and I am grateful for that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first contact with Shirley Heinze Land Trust (SHLT) came shortly after I moved to Northwest Indiana and went on a wildflower walk sponsored by the organization. I saw for the first time what a preserved area looks like--it was spring and beautiful woodland flowers were everywhere--trillium, Dutchman's breeches, anemone. I have been a fan of the organization ever since and have volunteered in many capacities. SHLT acquires parcels of land that contain plants and animals that are threatened by development. It gives many people the opportunity to help preserve these areas and restore them. It is a well-run organization with dynamic leadership and friendly staff.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

SHLT is fulfilling a vital role in NW Indiana by preserving rare ecosystems and enhancing my quality of life by doing so. I cherish the ability to be in these environments and understand them better.

They also host wonderful workshops. I attended one this month on winter tree identification which was well taught and organized (co-run by the Field Museum). The stewardship director even made two pots of homemade chili to feed the participants!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The volunteer days are great with a tour component, and question answer period. It also offers a wonderful opportunity to network within the field, or with other local like-minded citizens who love their neighborhood. The beautiful work-sites tucked away in Northwest Indiana communities, are regarded as special respites and botanic havens for the nature lover. Join today to learn about these public, but well hidden gems, secreted away in the bosom of quaint townships, and diverse botanic till-plains and moraine wrinkles.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great NFP with a great mission and great people. Everyone concerned with the environment in NW Indiana should support Shirley Heinze. They're really doing fantastic work.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I joined the Board of Shirley Heinze Land Trust in 2005. Since that time, we have been able to add hundreds of acres to our land holdings. These lands will be protected in perpetuity and many of them are being stewarded back to their pre-settlement condition. Several of our properties are state dedicated nature preserves that allow access to the public for their enjoyment and appreciation. We also conduct learning programs on several of our properties that are adjacent to schools, thus providing young children with an appreciation for nature that will sustain the environment into the future.