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,...
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...