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We have a window of time to conserve some of our area’s most important wildlife habitat and local farms.

Ensure that special places are here for generations to come. 

Your gift will help balance development, ensuring that nature is close to home and that our region retains clean water and quiet places over time. 

Latest News

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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We’re Hiring: Operations Coordinator

We’re Hiring: Operations Coordinator

HeartLands Conservancy, a nonprofit land conservation trust serving southern Illinois seeks an Operations Coordinator to assist with the coordination of our busy and growing operations in Belleville, Illinois.  Position Summary The Operations Coordinator is a new...

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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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The Birds Are Calling

The Birds Are Calling

Imagine that you are in the midst of a long journey, your eyelids are heavy, your legs are stiff, and you desperately need a break. But what do you do if there's nowhere to stop? From Canadian rivers up north to the Gulf of Mexico down south, our region sits squarely...

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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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Land

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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Water

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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Communities

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

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.

SUPPORT

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

VOLUNTEER

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

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