parks and community open spaces

HeartLands Conservancy works with communities, parks districts, organizations, and other entities to save, plan, design, and create high quality parks and open spaces for the people of southern Illinois. 


  • If you’re interested in working with HeartLands Conservancy on parks and open spaces, contact Laura Lyon at or call her at (618) 566-4451 ex 22

 Example Plans & Projects

  • Glen Carbon Greenspace East Prairie Pilot Project
  • Edwardsville Richards Woods & Drda Woods Master Plans
  • Valentine Conservation Community Park & Trail Planning and Grant Assistance, East St. Louis
  • Village of Godfrey Parks Master Plan
  • Godfrey Glazebrook Park Expansion Master Plan
  • City of Edwardsville William C. Drda Woods Acquisition & Funding Assistance & Master Planning
  • Exploration Garden at Clinton Hills Conservation Park, Swansea – Partnership, Master Planning, Garden Development/Management
  • Scheve Park Master Plan, Mascoutah
  • Alton Parks and Open Space Management Plan 
  • Collinsville Landfill Transformation Plan 
  • Hamel Dog Park Pollinator Habitat Plan
  • Chouteau Island Master Plan 
  • Edwardsville Parks, Open Space and Trails Plan 
  • Highland Resource Plan 
  • Signal Hill Outdoor Classroom Master Planning & Implementation, Belleville
  • Engelmann Farm Acquisition and Assistance to St. Clair County
  • Willoughby Heritage Farm Visioning and Conservation
  • Grant funding assistance: OSLAD, LWCF, PARC, MEPRD Grants, US Forest Service, private sources, etc.