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,...
Big Marsh Farm Celebration Recap

Big Marsh Farm Celebration Recap

Some photos from Saturday’s (6/3/17) thank you event at Holcomb’s Big Marsh Farm in Calhoun County. The Holcomb family recently put a conservation easement on their 476-acre property, which is especially important because of its proximity to other...
Cheers and Thank You’s

Cheers and Thank You’s

Loud cheers and thank you’s to Julie Collard of Little Adventurers Club and SWMLC volunteer TJ Wilkinson for all of the energy, creativity, and hard work they’ve been pouring into the SWMLC Tike Hikes! You guys are doing a great job! These photos were...
Birdathon Recap

Birdathon Recap

The Big Day started the night before. Technically, it was morning but no sane person would call a 4:15 meetup “morning”. The four Land Conservancy Larks deployed from Kalamazoo by 4:30 am in a Prius packed full of rubber boots, extra socks, binoculars,...
SW Michigan Team Birdathon is back!

SW Michigan Team Birdathon is back!

Have you been hearing those songs outside your window in the mornings? The songbirds are coming back and serenading you to spark your spring fever. They have successfully sparked the fever of the Land Conservancy Larks, and we will head out next Saturday to count...
A Big Hearty Thank You!

A Big Hearty Thank You!

a great group of volunteers! forging a new trail repairing the boardwalk puttin' a hurt on garlic mustard bridge building loppin', choppin' and stackin' volunteers come in all ages and sizes! sensitive habitat means foot-borne tools & materials far from the trail,...
HOP!

HOP!

Hike Our Preserves (HOP!) is a new program that encourages kids to get fit while having fun outdoors. Click to see the gallery of kids and grownups who have sent us a selfie after hiking a preserve. Here’s how it works: Get a walking stick. Walking sticks are...
Congratulations, Bruce!

Congratulations, Bruce!

Bruce joined SWMLC in May 2015 as part of the Stewardship Crew, and became Stewardship Crew Leader in July 2015. Bruce grew up in rural Paw Paw, where he lived until moving to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University. Here, his broad interest in the environment...