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, May 6, 9 am – noon: Join us for this family-friendly workday where we will create a mountain of garbage bags stuffed with garlic mustard!read more
Thursday, May 11, 9 am – Warblers, warblers, warblers! This ecologically-rich preserve provides excellent habitat for many different bird species.read more
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.read more
Saturday, May 20, 9 am – This mid-season birder’s “safari” kicks off the Portman Sneak Peek event!read more
Saturday, May 20, 10 am – 3 pm. The public is invited to explore this gorgeous, not-yet-open preserve!read more
The latest news
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