ENHANCING COMMUNITIES THROUGH NATURE

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Who We Are

HeartLands Conservancy works for clean water, access to the outdoors, healthy ecosystems, and resilient communities in southwestern Illinois.

Latest News

Triple Your Donation: Arlington Wetlands Challenge Grant

Triple Your Donation: Arlington Wetlands Challenge Grant

Even though we are past the worst of the pandemic, we are still unable to hold our annual Field to Fork fundraiser this year. The beloved summer event raises money for ongoing conservation efforts in southwestern Illinois. Funds that are critical to healthy habitats,...

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Join the Team – Director of Finance & Administration

Join the Team – Director of Finance & Administration

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION We’re looking for our next Director of Finance and Administration. You’re the one we’re looking for if you’re detail-oriented, love numbers and have excellent organization, time management, and communication...

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In honor and memory of Dr. Richard Andrews

In honor and memory of Dr. Richard Andrews

Dear HLC,   I am mailing a check for $1,000 for the Arlington Wetlands challenge in honor and memory of Dr. Richard Andrews, a deceased Zoology professor at Eastern Illinois University. I worked as a lab assistant for him from 1968-1971 and as such, I had the...

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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 in southwestern Illinois 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 OUR CAUSE

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

VOLUNTEER WITH US

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