Earth Day Workday with Great Lakes Brewing Company

Earth Day Workday with Great Lakes Brewing Company

Give back to the planet that’s given everything to us, then join us afterward in celebrating our hard work at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange for a well-earned complimentary pint on Great Lakes Brewing Company! Bow in the Clouds is truly “nature in the city” at its...
Tike Hike & Egg Hunt

Tike Hike & Egg Hunt

Free admission and open to all little kids and their families! WHEN: Sunday, April 9, 3:30 pm WHERE: Chipman Preserve, Comstock Twp., Kalamazoo Co. DETAILS: What’s that in the grass? It’s a big beautiful egg! You and your little ones are invited to a...
Flyway Ramble Guided Bird Walk

Flyway Ramble Guided Bird Walk

Free admission and open to all! With 120 acres of heavily rolling forest and meadows, one mile of frontage on the Black River, and some of the highest quality wetlands in Van Buren County, Black River Preserve offers excellent birding! Please join SWMLC’s...
Frog Walk

Frog Walk

Free admission, family friendly, and open to all! Nothing shouts “SPRING!” like the peeping, chirping, growling, trilling sound of frogs. Plunge into spring by joining us for a Frog Walk at Spirit Springs Sanctuary. Be sure to wear waterproof shoes or...
Spring Spruce Up at Black River Preserve

Spring Spruce Up at Black River Preserve

Saturday, March 25, 9 am – noon Black River Preserve Black River Preserve has approximately 3.5 miles of paths that traverse cool ravines, open meadows, and floodplain forests. It is SWMLC’s most ambitious trail system to date! A group of passionate and...
Wednesday Warriors’ Next Gig

Wednesday Warriors’ Next Gig

Thursday, March 2, 9 am – noon SWMLC Stewardship Barn Shake off those winter blues, the Warriors are taking a break from hibernation! The Wednesday warriors and other volunteers have been collecting native plant seed on workdays over the past several years, and...

Preserves Map

View the locations of SWMLC preserves and protected areas on this map. Green dots mark preserves with public access including parking and trails.  Gold dots mark protected areas with limited access. For details about visiting those contact our office. Clicking on the...
Super Hero Tike Hike

Super Hero Tike Hike

Free admission and open to all little kids and their families! WHEN: Sunday, February 12, 3:30 pm. WHERE: Bow in the Clouds Preserve, City of Kalamazoo. DETAILS: “Nature-Kid Saves the World!” That could be the headline when you and your young children join...
Forest Fiends at Kesling Nature Preserve

Forest Fiends at Kesling Nature Preserve

Kesling Nature Preserve, near Michigan’s southern border, features some of the most diverse understory wildflower life in the region. In parts of the forest however, invasive shrubs have gained a foothold and are discouraging these wildflower populations. Come grab...
Saturday Workday: Let There Be Light!

Saturday Workday: Let There Be Light!

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 1 pm – 4 pm WHERE: Spirit Springs Sanctuary, Marcellus Twp., Cass Co. DETAILS: The “oak peninsula” is one of the loveliest corners of this preserve and we’ve been fighting to restore botanical diversity to its forest understory in...