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
Sunday, June 18, 3:30 pm – let your kids run amok outdoors, then meet up afterward at family-friendly One Well Brewing for food and drink.read more
June 24, 2017 – This workday will be the first opportunity for the public to pitch in to improve habitat at this not-yet-open preserve.read more
July 29, 2017 – Join us in weeding the restoration areas and planting native wildflowers throughout the beech-maple forest.read more
August 26, 2017 – Support monarch butterflies as they begin their perilous migration to Mexico by helping to plant a Monarch Waystation.read more
The latest news
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
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