PLEASE NOTE: Poag Sand Prairie is closed through July 31, 2024, for restoration.

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Field to Fork 2024 – Tickets on Sale Now

September 7, 2024 at 5:00 pm | Rock Springs Park, O’Fallon, IL

Enjoy farm-to-table fare, drinks, and music while supporting local conservation and southern Illinois communities. This fundraiser benefits HeartLands Conservancy programs that protect farmland, prairies, woods, and water and provide recreation spaces in southern Illinois.

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The Prairie State’s Prairies Are Almost Gone

The Prairie State’s Prairies Are Almost Gone

 llinois is known as "the Prairie State," and prairies used to cover two-thirds of the state. Today, only 0.01% of original prairie remains in Illinois. Bison, cougars, grassland birds, turtles, frogs, butterflies, bees, and a vast array of plants were all a part of...

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Leaving a Legacy of Farming for the Next Generation

Leaving a Legacy of Farming for the Next Generation

As land is passed down from generation to generation, it sometimes becomes sold for other uses. In the Shiloh Valley, many of the historic farms have now become subdivisions, shopping centers, and even a military base. By 2010, when Pat Fahey became the owner of his 160-acre Shiloh Valley farm, he wanted to make sure it would stay a farm forever.

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Safe Routes to Henry Raab School

Safe Routes to Henry Raab School

Henry Raab Elementary School in Belleville, IL, needed a strategy to encourage and increase the number of students walking or cycling to and from school. The school collaborated with Illinois Public Health Institute, Gateway Region YMCA Downtown Belleville, and HeartLands Conservancy to make it safe, easy, and fun for students to walk and bike to school.

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Monarchs and Pollinators are Declining. Southern Illinois Can Help Save Them.

Monarchs and Pollinators are Declining. Southern Illinois Can Help Save Them.

The iconic Monarch butterfly is one pollinator experiencing steep declines. Its population has lost 85% in the last 25 years, and this past winter, overwintering populations declined nearly 60% from 2022 – the second worst year for monarchs ever. In the late summer and early fall in southern Illinois, monarch butterflies travel on a 2,500-mile journey from our area and the northern U.S. and Canada to the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico, where they spend the winter.

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What We Do

As a conservation land trust, we act, advocate, and collaborate for the protection of southern Illinois’ important places and work to support people’s well-being, healthy ecosystems, and cultural heritage amidst growth and change.

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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 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 southern Illinois.