Support the arts while supporting land protection!


Art Walk is this Saturday . . . hope to see you there!


Pilgrim Haven Natural Area is located just north of VanBuren State Park. From the Kalamazoo area, travel west on M-43 until you come to the intersection with CR 380 at Jericho Corners (look for a brown Van Buren State Park sign and a green airport sign.) Turn left at the intersection and continue on CR 380 (aka 20th Ave.) for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn right (north) onto Blue Star Highway, travel a short distance, then take the left fork at the intersection with 77th Street. Again, travel a short distance, then turn left (west) onto 18th Ave. Look for event signs and the preserve entrance on the right.


Don't miss this fascinating opportunity to watch these accomplished members of Plein Air Artists of West Michigan at work!

Dennis Tyson
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Jerry Kollig
1 - 2 pm

Richard Jordan
2:30 - 3:30 pm












2016 marks SWMLC's Silver Anniversary
and it's hard to believe that so much time has passed!

There have been many changes but one constant remains: 14,000 acres of Southwest Michigan’s distinctive dunes, wetlands, forests, savannas, prairies, farms, and vineyards are now conserved and protected forever. In 2016, we're celebrating our anniversary with 25 special events that highlight our public preserves and offer fun, new activities for the whole family.
Please check our events page for the most up-to-date announcements and details.

Join us in celebrating what we’ve achieved together in 25 years of local conservation. With your help, we’re just getting started!



The Wednesday Workday Warriors

Lucky Season 13!
Anyone is welcome to pitch in to help keep our preserves up to snuff. It's a wonderful way to experience the preserves with the folks who know them best, plus get acquainted with other active people who share the conservation spirit. RSVPs are always nice; just call the office at 269-324-1600 or email

Wednesday, August 31, 8:30am

We will continue our quest to remove the European alder at Consumers Power Prairie. This preserve is a real gem, hiding in plain sight right next to US-131. The wetland plants will be grateful for our efforts to give them some more breathing room!


WHERE: Consumers Power Prairie, Alamo Twp., Kalamazoo Co.

WHEN: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
WORKDAY ACTIVITY: We will lop, mow, spray, saw, and who knows what else. 

BRING: your favorite loppers, drinking water, work gloves, shoes, socks and pants that can get wet — or tall rubber boots. Also, bring your strongest insect repellent  the mosquites are terrible right now!

Make your own carpool arrangements and meet at the preserve at 8:30 am. 
From US-131, take the D Avenue exit (Exit 44). Go one block east on D Ave., past the gas station, and turn left (north) onto N. 12 Street. Continue north for 2 miles and turn left (west) onto B Avenue. The preserve is at the NE corner of the B Ave. overpass of US-131. No preserve signs so just park along the road.

I went scouting Consumers Preserve on Monday. It is the wettest I have ever seen it. If you are coming to the workday this Wednesday, wear shoes, socks and pants that can get wet, or wear tall rubber boots.

Ditto the mosquitoes were the worst I've ever seen there. Bring your strongest insect repellent.

Enticing, no? If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, feel free to pass on this one. No penalties. No guilt. This one will definitely be character-building.

On the plus side, the bottle gentian is blooming!  Even prettier in person.


If you arrive a little late, walk through the gate, cross the Consumers power line at a diagonal, look for the green flagging tape off to the left at the edge of the woods. Follow the green flagging tape to our work site.

Recap of last week's adventure . . .

Looks like late August is the time to stuff in as many activities as possible. John and Brian were the two stalwart Warriors who showed up at Hidden Marsh last week. Luckily the mighty Summer Crew joined them, with all the equipment. And luckily, new guy Jim found us online and added his hefty presence. All hands proceeded to mow around the parking lot and trail head, spray the swallowwort and knotweed, and pick up some major party detritus. All in all, they took a big bite out of the to-do list. We may go back just before the October color tour — that swallowwort really bugs me!                               
— Kristi