Bow in the Clouds Special Appeal

Bow in the Clouds Special Appeal

Give the Gift of Nature! YES! I want to help create universal, barrier-free access at Bow in the Clouds Preserve! “Everybody needs beauty … places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.” — John Muir It is...
South Haven Rotary Club Grant

South Haven Rotary Club Grant

Many thanks to the South Haven Rotary Club (SHRC) for awarding us a $350 grant of support that we will use at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area to continue our plantings in the woodland restoration project. Though most people think of the beach when they think of this...
Portman Nature Preserve is Now Open!

Portman Nature Preserve is Now Open!

The community’s newest preserve has finally opened its gates! After years of planning and preparation, and a frenzied last few weeks filled with fine-tuning, Portman Nature Preserve finally opened its gates to the public last Saturday, October 21. And after all...
A Little Love for Ox Creek

A Little Love for Ox Creek

Kevin Haight, President Two Rivers Coalition It’s easy to love the Paw Paw River — cold water running over gravel bars, huge floodplain forests, its myriad clear tributaries. But it’s hard to generate enthusiasm for the river’s final tributary, Ox Creek. Ox Creek...
Grant Boosts BC Watershed Protection

Grant Boosts BC Watershed Protection

We’re excited to announce that SWMLC has been awarded a two-year $212,000 matching grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to permanently conserve more land in the Battle Creek Watershed! This is a follow up grant to the $530,000 we received...
A Lovely Evening on the River

A Lovely Evening on the River

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening for Monday’s Kanoe the Kazoo/Drink One Down combo event. The sun was shining, a light breeze kep the paddlers cool, the river was gentle and sparkly, and lots of people tipped one (or more!) back in support...
New Portman Video Released!

New Portman Video Released!

See and hear the passion behind this project! Watch The Incredible Biodiversity of Portman Nature Preserve, the third in a 3-part video series created specially for SWMLC by Rhino Media. We need just $35,000 more to complete the project and open the preserve to the...
It’s a Hoppin’ Summer So Far

It’s a Hoppin’ Summer So Far

At the time of this writing, SWMLC’s Hike Our Preserves (HOP!) program has been up and running for just four weeks, and we have already received more than 100 selfies from 37 families! We are so excited by the response this program has received — and extremely...
Havin’ Fun at the HOP Launch

Havin’ Fun at the HOP Launch

HOP! (Hike Our Preserves) is SWMLC’s new hiking program that encourages kids to exercise and have fun outside in nature. The kickoff hike was held last Saturday at Wolf Tree Nature Trails, one our newest and most popular preserves, and quite a few families...
Portman’s Legacy White Wine

Portman’s Legacy White Wine

Local vineyard and winery Cody Kresta has created a new wine in honor of the conservation of SWMLC’s new Portman Nature Preserve in Almena and Antwerp Township, and is donating ALL PROCEEDS toward the creation of the preserve! David and Mary Lou Butkovich,...