Wednesday Warriors

kick off their 14th season of weekly volunteering

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Public Input Needed!

SWMLC is applying for renewal of our accreditatation and invites anonymous public input.

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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


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

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Volunteer Workdays in the Preserves

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Preserving southwest Michigan's unique natural heritage.

 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

Mother’s Day Tike Hike

Sunday, May 14, 3:30 pm – Hey dads! Help your little ones make a Mother’s Day Nature Card while Mom gets to spend a little “me time” at home. Or bring the whole family and enjoy nature together.

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The latest news


Find out about this new program that encourages kids to get fit while having fun outdoors.

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New 5k Nature Trail Courses

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!

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Goodbye, Geoff!

It’s with mixed feelings that we must say goodbye to Geoff Cripe, SWMLC’s Director of Land Protection.

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