Environmental Partner Organizations

Environmental Organizations

Faculty and students work together to protect, restore and research the natural environment of Northwest Indiana through partnerships with organizations that include ...

Shirley Heinze Land Trust  

Shirley Heinze Land Trust

Mission: Preserve. Restore. Educate. Shirley Heinze Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1981 as a charitable trust to preserve and protect the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes region.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been protecting natural land in the southern Lake Michigan watershed since 1981.  It manages nearly 1,300 acres in Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties.

Visit the Shirley Heinze Land Trust website to learn more!

Northwest Indiana Restoration Monitoring Inventory (NIRMI)  

Northwest Indiana Restoration Monitoring Inventory

NIRMI (Northwest Indiana Restoration Monitoring Inventory) seeks to facilitate and administer the long-term monitoring of ecological restorations in the greater Calumet Region of northwest Indiana, northeast Illinois, and southwest Michigan. We fuse standardized techniques for monitoring ecosystems (e.g. sampling and identification of plant species) with data management and statistical evaluation to compose and maintain a web-based, open-access, real-time inventory of restoration progress in the Calumet region.

Visit the NIRMI website to learn more!

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - National Park Service  

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve for the educational, inspirational, and recreational use of the public certain portions of the Indiana Dunes and other areas of scenic, scientific, and historic interest and recreational value in the State of Indiana.

Visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore website to learn more!

Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA)  

Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA)

NWIPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the region's paddling resources and opportunities, providing environmental stewardship of the region's waterways, education, and to be a link between the region's paddlers.

Visit the NWIPA website to learn more!

US Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center  

US Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center

The USGS is uniquely positioned to conduct coastal ecosystem research on many scales (e.g., microbial analysis to landscape development) because as an agency our research capabilities extend from the headwaters of watersheds to the deepest habitats in the Great Lakes. The Center has both biological expertise and the ability to create teams that include physical scientists with specialized knowledge and expertise. Center research will occur across multiple scales and disciplines and explore the connectivity between the lakes and between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem processes in a dynamic environment.

Visit the USGS Great Lakes Science Center website to learn more!