Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is a vibrant partnership of volunteers, donors, professionals, businesses and industry, working together to preserve, protect, and restore significant natural areas in northwest Indiana.


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.


Since its founding in 1981, 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 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 on the Valparaiso Moraine in Porter County.

Contact Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Contact Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Sarah Barnes
Land Specialist
109 West 700 North
Valparaiso, Indiana  46385
Phone: (219) 242-8558


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • La Porte County, Indiana
  • Lake County, Indiana
  • Marshall County, Indiana
  • Porter County, Indiana
  • St Joseph County, Indiana
  • Starke County, Indiana