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Please help bring barrier-free access to Bow in the Clouds Preserve.
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, February 24 – Those brushpiles look awful good sitting in the snow . . . please join us in the satisfaction of winter-time invasive plant removal!read more
Sunday, March 11 – Where have those silly leprechauns hidden their stash? Follow the geocaching clues to find it!read more
Saturday, March 24 – Invasive plant loppin’ means the May wildflowers will be poppin’!read more
Saturday, March 31 – What’s that in the grass? It’s a big beautiful egg!read more
Thursday, April 5 – Help make hiking sticks for our children’s hiking program, HOP!read more
Sunday, April 8 – Look for and learn about nature’s recyclers, such as worms, pillbugs, and fungus. They may be kind of funky but they’ve got an important job to do!read more
Tuesday, April 17 – Celebrate the protection of this conservation jewel!read more
Saturday, April 21 – Give back to the planet that’s given everything to us, then celebrate our hard work at Old Dog Tavern with a complimentary pint on Great Lakes Brewing Company!read more
Saturday, May 5 – Join us on a guided walk that will reveal Black River Preserve’s appeal to nesting and migrating birds.read more
Saturday, May 12 – Come see what’s been happening at this popular preserve when we finally open its gates ‘for real’!read more
The latest news
With your help, we have reached and exceeded our $40,000 fundraising goal to implement universal, barrier-free access at Bow in the Clouds Preserve in Kalamazoo!read more
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 18 volunteers joined Mitch and the Stew Crew at Bow in the Clouds Preserve and got ‘er done!read more
Sunday, December 10 – 22 kids and their families braved the cold to scout for Ewoks at Wolf Tree Nature Trail.read more
December 12, 2017 – Thank you, Pam Dewey, for donating a conservation easement on your property to SWMLC!read more
December 7, 2017 – Thank you, Carol and John Rasmussen, for donating a conservation easement on your property to SWMLC!read more
November 16, 2017 – SWMLC is devoting our year-end appeal to raising the last $20,000 needed to create universal access in the upland at Bow in the Clouds Preserve. Can you help?read more
November 6, 2017 – Many thanks to the South Haven Rotary Club (SHRC) for awarding us a $350 grant of support for Pilgrim Haven Natural Area!read more
October 25, 2017 – The community’s newest preserve has finally opened its gates!read more
September 29, 2017 – It’s easy to love the beautiful Paw Paw River . . . harder to generate enthusiasm for its final tributary, Ox Creek.read more
August 18, 2017 – A matching grant from Michigan DEQ will strengthen SWMLC’s ability to permanently conserve land in the Battle Creek Watershed.read more