Jingle Hike Dates

Jingle Hike Challenge 2023

The Jingle Hike Challenge is back soon for another year! Our staff have come up with 12 very special places in southwestern Illinois to explore this winter. Registration begins October 2nd at 10:00 am! SAVE THE DATE!

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Keep Up with the Work of HeartLands Conservancy

Keep Up with the Work of HeartLands Conservancy

As a past donor or volunteer of HeartLands Conservancy, you know firsthand the importance of our mission to protect and preserve the natural lands and wildlife of southwestern Illinois. As we continue to work towards our goal, we want to keep you updated on our latest...

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Conservation Log: An Update on Our Progress (Pt 3)

Conservation Log: An Update on Our Progress (Pt 3)

Conservation Log: An Update on Our Progress   Dear supporters of HeartLands Conservancy, It's time for part three of our Conservation Log, where we provide an update on the progress of our efforts during the Poag Restoration Project. The Poag Sand Prairie is...

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What We Do

We act, advocate, and collaborate for the protection of important places and for community growth strategies that balance a healthy ecosystem and cultural heritage with economic vitality and human well-being.

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We conserve important ecological, agricultural, recreational, and cultural places. We also “create” places for community enjoyment, such as parks, gardens, and trails. 

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We work in partnership with public agencies and residents to protect and manage water in southwestern Illinois through green infrastructure, flood and climate adaptation strategies, and healthy watershed initiatives.

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We work with and assist communities on projects and initiatives focused on parks, trails, planning, mapping, climate adaptation, green infrastructure, community engagement, and many other needs.


Explore the places our supporters have had a hand in protecting, managing, or creating in southern Illinois.  These places are open to the public (unless noted) and are owned by HeartLands Conservancy or other collaborating entities, such as a state or local government.

Upcoming Events

We host numerous ways to get involved with nature, connect with others in the region, and lend a hand. Choose a favorite activity or discover something new.


We rely on your generous support to protect irreplaceable green spaces and clean water in southern Illinois.


Join a growing community passionate about land, water, and communities in southwestern Illinois.