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Volunteer Workdays in the Preserves

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Take a Hike!

Our public preserves are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk.

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Portman's Legacy White Wine

Made specially for SWMLC
by Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery

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YOU can help create Portman Nature Preserve

Help to protect this piece of wilderness for people, wildlife, and generations to come.

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Chipman Preserve

Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County


Preserving southwest Michigan's unique natural heritage.

Wolf Tree Nature Trails

Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County


 Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

We’re your local land conservation organization.

Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy works with staff, dedicated volunteers, and willing landowners to protect endangered and threatened habitats and species, rural character and open space, agriculture and passive recreation, and extraordinary vistas in the nine counties of southwest Michigan.

Since its inception, SWMLC has protected over 15,000 acres of dunes, wetlands, forests, savannas, prairies, farms, and vineyards that give our region its distinctive character.

Take a hike!

Our public preserves are free and open to the public from dawn to dusk.

Get involved!

We couldn’t do it without you. Become a member. Donate. Volunteer.



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Upcoming events & workdays

Annual Members’ Meeting

Tuesday, September 19 – Savor hors d’oeuvres and wine in the relaxing atmosphere of Cody Kresta Winery, then learn about the latest SWMLC happenings at the business meeting.

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Catch the Color

Sunday, October 8 – Two SWMLC preserves are part of this scenic, fun-filled drive hosted by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Black River Paddle

Saturday, October 14 – Experience this large, interesting preserve from the comfy seat of your kayak or canoe!

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The latest news

Birdathon Recap

The Big Day started the night before. Technically, it was morning but no sane person would call a 4:15 meetup “morning”.

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