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Shirley Heinze Land Trust publishes children’s book set in its local nature preserves

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The Shirley Heinze Land Trust is announcing the publication of a children’s book, entitled Red’s Nature Adventure, written in collaboration with Indiana author James B. Dworkin, with illustrations by Munster artist Michael Chelich. The story is set in several of Shirley Heinze’s Northwest Indiana Nature Preserves.

Readers follow an Irish setter named Red, as he and his human friends head out for a day of exploration in nature. Along the way, adventurous Red meets other animal friends who offer him guidance and teach him about the natural habitats in which they live.

The book’s detailed illustrations, characters, and educational content make it suitable for people of all ages. Richly illustrated scenes depict actual Heinze Trust nature preserves located in Chesterton, Valparaiso, Portage, Hobart, Michigan City, Gary, Hammond, and South Bend. The book also includes an appendix that explains what a nature preserve is, why protecting these places is important, and how readers can visit them.

“Shirley Heinze has a long tradition of book publishing, and this book offers an engaging way to introduce children as well as adults to our nature preserves”, Executive Director Kristopher Krouse said. “Our hope is to encourage readers to visit their local nature preserves, and to develop a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world.”

Red’s Nature Adventure is the third children’s book produced by Dworkin and Chelich. “I hope people of all ages will enjoy reading about Red’s adventures”, Dworkin said. “I also hope they will learn about and visit the wonderful natural places that Shirley Heinze Land Trust protects.” To schedule a book reading or signing, contact Jim Dworkin at or call (219) 363-2970.

Proceeds from sales of the book benefit the land conservation work of Shirley Heinze Land Trust. To learn more and purchase a copy, visit

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

Meanwhile, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, the Shirley Heinze Land Trust and Lakeshore PBS will be co-hosting a PBS Kids Explore the Outdoors Event at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109W 700N in Liberty Township. The first 200 families to attend will receive a copy of Red’s Nature Adventure and have an opportunity to have their book signed by the Illustrator, Michael Chelich.

The event is free and open to the public. Families will enjoy exploring nature through crafts, hikes, and demonstrations. This event is held completely outside, families are encouraged to bring snacks, water, insect spray, sunscreen, and to wear closed toe shoes. Event sponsors are Strack & Van Til, Peoples Bank, Lithographic Communications, and Spark Marketing Co.



Posted 7/17/2018




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