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Take a Hike!

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

Show us your muscles!

Volunteer Workdays in the Preserves

The Wednesday Warriors' 2017 Summer/Fall Season has Ended

Want to join a small, die-hard group of volunteers who plan to continue working through the winter?

Love the outdoors!

Preserving southwest Michigan's unique natural heritage.

Chipman Preserve

Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County

Wolf Tree Nature Trails

Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County

You can make a difference.

Please help bring barrier-free access to Bow in the Clouds Preserve.

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 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.

Seed Collectors Wanted!

Join the new Seed Collectors volunteer program that improves our preserves’ botanical biodiversity one seed at a time!

Get involved!

We couldn’t do it without you. Become a member. Donate. Volunteer.



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Upcoming events & workdays

Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31 – What’s that in the grass? It’s a big beautiful egg!

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Nature Recycles Tike Hike

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!

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Songbird Stroll

Saturday, May 5 – Join us on a guided walk that will reveal Black River Preserve’s appeal to nesting and migrating birds.

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The latest news

Bow in the Clouds Special Appeal

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?

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A Little Love for Ox Creek

September 29, 2017 – It’s easy to love the beautiful Paw Paw River . . . harder to generate enthusiasm for its final tributary, Ox Creek.

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