Support John Lewandowski's "Pedaling for Pilgrim Haven"


Support long-time Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy member John Lewandowski as he Pedals for Pilgrim Haven!

John is biking to raise money to create barrier-free access to open Pilgrim Haven Natural Area to the public. He will pedal over 18,000 vertical feet during a 6-day bike ride through Bryce Canyon October 5-11.

Sponsor John in his ride! You can sponsor John by the day ($10/day would be a $60 sponsorship), by the foot climbed (1 penny per foot would be $188 sponsorship), or however you would like! All sponsorships and donations are welcomed and will help us reach our goal of opening Pilgrim Haven that much faster.

There are two ways to donate:  send us a check (SWMLC, 6851 S. Sprinkle Rd., Portage, MI 49002) or click here to be taken to our online donation page.  Be sure to type "Pedaling for Pilgrim Haven" in the "Comments" section.

To download the flyer, click here.

Thank you!


Bow in the Clouds Preserve

What to learn more about Bow in the Clouds Preserve, a beautiful respite in the City of Kalamazoo?

Click here to see a wonderful video produced by Public Media Network for  It's their September 2014 Connect video, and features Sister Virginia Jones of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and SWMLC's Nate Fuller, Conservation and Stewardship Director.

Our thanks to Karen Woodworth of Public Media Network.


Wednesday Workday Warriors . . . October 1 and October 8

On Wednesday, October 1, we will meet at Hidden Marsh Sanctuary in Three Rivers at 1 p.m. to spiff up the trails.  Hidden Marsh is one of the Fall Color Tour stops on October 12. 

On Wednesday, October 8, we'll stay in Kalamazoo County and meet at Sand Creek Preserve at 1 p.m. to pull knapweed and/or collect seed.

Please RSVP to Mitch at 

— Kristi

October 18: Fall Seed Harvest at Hidden Pond

Join us on Saturday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to Noon, for our October Stewardship Volunteer Workday.  (MSUE Master Gardeners and Michigan Conservation Stewards can count volunteer hours for this event.)

With its abundant forests where towering white oaks clad in burgundy stand alongside the road, Barry County puts on a spectacular show of fall color.

During this season of harvesting, join us at Hidden Pond to harvest prairie grass and wildflower seed to redistribute in an adjacent area of recent habitat restoration work. The preserve's rolling hills planted during 2006-2008 have successfully filled in with an abundance of native prairie plants, which now offer plenty of seed for restoring new areas that lack many native plants.

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 16, so that we have enough tools and refreshments for everyone.

— Mitch

Painted Sanctuary 2015

Painted Sanctuary 2015 is now available and chock full of beautiful, original art reproductions.

You can purchase this 13-month calendar — a work of art in its own right — for only $10 at the SWMLC office or at any one of the following locations:

Anne's Health Foods in Hastings
At Last in Glenn
Frames Unlimited (3 locations)
Kazoo Books (both locations)
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Gallery Shop
Love Your Mother in Three Rivers
Nature Connection, downtown Kalamazoo
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings

Thirteen artists are represented in this calendar, and Amelia Hansen once again provided the illustrations, accompanied by Nate Fuller's creative text descriptions.

Be sure to get yours before they sell out!