Shirley Heinze Land Trust announces the publication of a children’s book, entitled Red’s Nature Adventure, written in collaboration with Indiana author James B. Dworkin, with illustrations by Munster artist Michael Chelich. The story is set in several of Shirley Heinze’s northwestern Indiana Nature Preserves.
Readers follow along with an Irish setter named Red, as he and his human friends head out for a day of exploration in nature. ?Along the way, adventurous Red meets other animal friends who offer him guidance and teach him about the natural habitats in which they live.
The book’s detailed illustrations, characters, and educational content make it suitable for people of all ages. Richly illustrated scenes depict actual Heinze Trust nature preserves located in Gary, Hammond, Hobart, Portage, Chesterton, Valparaiso, Michigan City, and South Bend. The book includes an appendix that explains what a nature preserve is, why protecting these places is important, and how readers can visit them.
“Shirley Heinze has a long tradition of book publishing, and this book offers an engaging way to introduce children as well as adults to our nature preserves”, says Executive Director Kristopher Krouse. “Our hope is to encourage readers to visit their local nature preserves, and to develop a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world.”
Red’s Nature Adventure is the third children’s book produced by Dworkin and Chelich. “I hope people of all ages will enjoy reading about Red’s adventures”, says Dworkin. “I also hope they will learn about and visit the wonderful natural places that Shirley Heinze Land Trust protects.” To schedule a book reading or signing, contact Jim Dworkin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 219-363-2970.
Proceeds from sales of the book benefit the land conservation work of Shirley Heinze Land Trust. To learn more and purchase a copy, visit www.heinzetrust.org/reds-nature-adventure.html. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.
On Saturday, July 28th from 10am-2pm, Shirley Heinze Land Trust and Lakeshore PBS will be co-hosting a PBS Kids Explore the Outdoors Event at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. The first 200 families to attend will receive a copy of Red’s Nature Adventure, and will have an opportunity to have their book signed by the Illustrator, Michael Chelich. Meadowbrook Nature Preserve is located at 109 West 700 North in Valparaiso.
The event is free and open to the public. Families will enjoy exploring nature through crafts, hikes and demonstrations. This event is held completely outside, families are encouraged to bring snacks, water, insect spray, sunscreen, and to wear closed toe shoes. Event sponsors are Strack & Van Til, Peoples Bank, Lithographic Communications, and Spark Marketing Co.
Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has protected, restored and maintained northwestern Indiana’s rich and significant natural communities, including tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune-and-swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, bogs, and riparian habitat. More than 2,400 acres in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph Counties have been preserved for the public’s benefit. Shirley Heinze nature preserves feature significant scenic and ecological value, and most are open to the public for hiking and enjoying nature. Five of its properties have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as state nature preserves. The organization also works to educate people of all ages to appreciate the importance of land conservation, and to experience the natural wonders of this unique region. Its work is accomplished through a partnership of volunteers, donors, and professionals.
To learn more about Shirley Heinze Land Trust and how to become involved, visit the website at www.heinzetrust.org or call (219) 242-8558