Free Community Hike at Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Preserve

Shirley-Heinze-Land-TrustJoin your community out at Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Preserve on July 20, from 10 am to noon, to enjoy a free hike and free refreshments, compliments of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, a local 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization. Directions to Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Preserve - 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 you right hand side.

The former Meadowbrook Girl Scout Camp is Shirley Heinze Land Trust's most recent land acquisition and the location of their new office. This 74-acre site features a variety of habitats, including mixed-age woodlands, deep ravines, shrub lands, and reclaimed crop fields, amongst the gently rolling topography of the Valparaiso Moraine.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust manages approximately 1,300 acres of natural land in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties. Five of its properties – Cressmoor Prairie, Seidner Dune & Swale, John Merle Coulter Preserve, Barker Woods, and Ambler Flatwoods – have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as State Nature Preserves. Included in the Heinze Trust’s holdings are examples of the entire spectrum of natural communities in this area: tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune and swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, and riparian habitat. The Heinze Trust has also made contributions toward the purchase of natural areas owned by other entities, including the Indiana DNR, The Nature Conservancy, LaPorte County Parks, Lake County Parks, and the Portage Parks Department.

To learn more about Shirley Heinze Land Trust properties in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, please visit our website at, contact us at (219) 242-8558 or e-mail