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.
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Upcoming events & workdays
Saturday, June 3, 10 am – noon. A special opportunity to celebrate the protection of this huge, wild, important, privately-held wetland in Calhoun County.read more
Sunday, June 4, 1-4 pm. It’s never too early to show your kids how fun and satisfying volunteer work can be.read more
Saturday, June 10, 4:30 pm. Hop on over to Wolf Tree Nature Trails to help kick off HOP! – our new kids hiking program!read more
Sunday, June 18, 3:30 pm – let your kids run amok outdoors, then meet up afterward at family-friendly One Well Brewing for food and drink.read more
June 24, 2017 – This workday will be the first opportunity for the public to pitch in to improve habitat at this not-yet-open preserve.read more
July 29, 2017 – Join us in weeding the restoration areas and planting native wildflowers throughout the beech-maple forest.read more
August 26, 2017 – Support monarch butterflies as they begin their perilous migration to Mexico by helping to plant a Monarch Waystation.read more
The latest news
Some photos from the recent Mother’s Day Tike Hike at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area.read more
The Big Day started the night before. Technically, it was morning but no sane person would call a 4:15 meetup “morning”.read more
SW Michigan Team Birdathon is back! This year, we’re raising funds to create a universal access trail at Bow in the Clouds Preserve.read more
April 22, 2017 – Thank you to the folks at Great Lakes Brewing Company for sponsoring our Earth Day Workday at Bow in the Clouds Preserve . . . and to all the volunteers who got SO much done!read more
Find out about this new program that encourages kids to get fit while having fun outdoors.read more
Bruce joined SWMLC in May 2015 as part of the Stewardship Crew and was recently promoted to Land Protection Specialist.read more
We’ve recently mapped out trail running loops at two of our most popular preserves, Wolf Tree Nature Trails in Oshtemo and Chipman Preserve in Galesburg!read more
Native seed-cleaning; a winter-time activity that brims with visions of colorful prairies and warm weather.read more
It’s with mixed feelings that we must say goodbye to Geoff Cripe, SWMLC’s Director of Land Protection.read more
On the very last day of 2016, SWMLC completed conservation easements Number 3, 4 and 5 of the Lower Paw Paw River Watershed Conservation Project.read more