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

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Portman's Legacy White Wine

Made specially for SWMLC
by Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery

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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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Volunteer Workdays in the Preserves

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Chipman Preserve

Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County


Love the outdoors!

Preserving southwest Michigan's unique natural heritage.

Wolf Tree Nature Trails

Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County


 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

Grandparents Day Tike Hike

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!

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Annual Members’ Meeting

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.

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The latest news

Birdathon Recap

The Big Day started the night before. Technically, it was morning but no sane person would call a 4:15 meetup “morning”.

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A Big Hearty Thank You!

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!

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

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