Wild Foraging Trek             May 13, 2017

(Postponed from May 6) Join Heartlands Conservancy as we host Chef Joshua Galliano of Companion Bakery and Chef Rob Connoley of the soon-to-open Bulrush STL on a Wild Foraging Hike. Using their collective expertise, you will search for edible wild greens, wild flowers, and morels. Boots on-let's go!

Location of the hike - TBD based on weather. Likely in Belleville or Ava area. By registering, we will let you know the location.

Space is limited to 30. Reserve a spot by emailing or calling Sarah Vogt at 618-566-4451 ext 23 with number of people coming and your best available phone number (should we need to cancel or change locations). While most of our events our kid-firendly, we don't recommend bringing children to this event.

Admission is free. Suggested donation of $10.

Silver Creek Stream Monitoring       May 27, 2017

Help HeartLands Conservancy and Illinois RiverWatch Network test the quality of the water in the East Fork of Silver Creek. Participants will check the quality of macroinverterbrates in the water. Space is limited. Contact if you'd like to participate.


8th Annual Field to Fork             July 22, 2017, Bellecourt Manor, Belleville, IL

Become a member today and get early access to tickets and reduced ticket prices while helping us protect open spaces! Chef lineup and special guests to be announced this Spring.

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Exclusive Members Only Event - August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Heart(lands) - Solar Eclipse Hike at Mill Creek 

Our Mill Creek Natural Area is in the direct line of the Solar Eclipse! Members of HLC will get to join us for a hike and picnic in our breathtaking Mill Creek Natural Area. The solar eclipse will be viewed mid-day. You must be a member of HeartLands Conservancy by August 1, 2017, to participate in this event.

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Paddle Trek               September 8, 2017

Paddle around with us in nature! More details coming soon! Email if you're interested.


Nature Photography Trek           October 28, 2017

What's more beautiful than fall foliage in Illinois? Hike with us and learn the basics of nature photography in our last trek of the year. To sign up email


Jingle Hike Challenge               November 22, 2017 - January 2, 2018

HeartLands Conservancy challenges you to get outside this winter and explore parks in the Metro East. From Black Friday to the beginning of January, Jingle Bells will be tied on trees in 12 parks throughout our region. Find one, take a photo, post it to social media with #jinglehike and be entered to win prizes. Visit 6 or more and be entered to win a grand prize. The first person to identify the tree correctly gets bonus entries. Stay tuned for details this fall!

Southwestern Illinois Communities Conference Breakfast                    November 2, 2017

Attend this educational session about improving the environment within our communities. Topic and speakers to be announced.