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, July 29, 9 am – 1 pm: Join us in weeding the restoration areas and planting native wildflowers throughout the beech-maple forest.read more
Saturday, July 29, 1 – 3 pm: Learn how to identify and report the invasive species that are threatening Southwest Michigan’s forests, lakes, and homes.read more
Monday, August 7 – A super-fun way to support land conservation in our community!read more
Tuesday, August 8 – What’s that in the grass?! Participate in an insect investigation of Hidden Pond’s tall grass prairie.read more
Sunday, August 13 – Cupcakes are fun to decorate and even more fun to eat!read more
Saturday, August 26 – Support monarch butterflies as they begin their perilous migration to Mexico by helping to plant a Monarch Waystation.read more
Saturday, August 26 – Support the arts while supporting land protection!read more
Sunday, September 10 – Oma and Opa, Baba and Gigi, Nana and Papa, Memaw and Pepaw, Grandma and Grandpa . . . those names mean “love” in any language!read more
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.read more
Sunday, October 8 – You and your little ones can burn some calories out on the trails, then enjoy a tasty treat on us.read more
The latest news
July 11, 2017 – The HOP program has gotten off to a great start . . . check out the selfie gallery!read more
The HOP kickoff hike was held last Saturday at Wolf Tree Nature Trails, and quite a few families showed up to take a summer walk.read more
Local vineyard and winery Cody Kresta has created a new wine in honor of the conservation of SWMLC’s new Portman Nature Preserve!read more
“It’s good to know that this land will remain wild.” – Larry Holcomb.read more
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