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Annual Members’ Meeting

Savor hors d’oeuvres and wine in the relaxing atmosphere of Cody Kresta Winery, then learn about the latest SWMLC happenings at the business meeting.

This year’s Annual Members’ Meeting will be held in Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery’s new outdoor veranda and patio! Appreciate the winery’s beautiful rural landscape while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, wine, and visiting with friends. (Of course, non-alcoholic beverages will be available, too.) Then join us for the annual business meeting, where we will provide an overview of SWMLC’s last 12 months and future plans.

For those who may be unfamiliar, Cody Kresta Winery has created an excellent white wine called Portman’s Legacy specifically as a benefit for SWMLC, generously donating ALL of the sales proceeds to us. You may buy Portman’s Legacy directly from Cody Kresta or from their booth at the Mattawan Market throughout the summer . . . while supplies last!

WHEN: Tuesday, September 19, 6 – 8 pm.

WHERE: Cody Kresta Vineyard and Winery is located right around the corner from Portman Nature Preserve at 45727 27th Street, Mattawan.

DIRECTIONS: From I-94, take the Mattawan Exit (# 66) and head north (right) from the traffic circle onto Main Street. Head north for one mile to reach Red Arrow Highway, then turn left (west).
• Go west for 1.5 miles, then turn right (north) onto 27th Street (look for Owsiany Farm Stand on the corner).
• Continue traveling north for one mile; Cody Kresta’s driveway is on the right (east) side of the road.

RSVP: Please call our office (269-324-1600) or email Miko at

Catch the Color

October 8,12 – 5 pm
Spirit Springs Sanctuary and Coon Hollow Preserve

SWMLC preserves are natural areas that nurture body, mind, and spirit!

The Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour was started by the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce in the 1950s, and has been celebrating the beauty and color of Southwest Michigan ever since. Click here to go to the Fall Color Tour’s Facebook page for more details and a tour map.

Hosted by local businesses, St. Joseph County Parks, City of Three Rivers, and the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fall Color Tour is a scenic, fun-filled drive with a variety of destinations and activities along the way.


Coon Hollow Preserve
Coon Hollow Road and Ferguson Road (follow above link for detailed directions).
Wooded slopes and a beautiful wetland beckon visitors to the marsh boardwalk for unique perspectives on fall color.

Spirit Springs Sanctuary
Dutch Settlement Rd., just west of Day Rd. (follow above link for detailed directions).
Big and beautiful in every season, this beloved preserve offers trails that wind around an inland lake, into the forest, and along a ridge overlooking untouched wetlands.

At 3:30 pm, the Little Adventurers’ Club will lead a tike hike for little kids to Spirit Spring’s pond to look for turtles, followed by treats! Click for details.

WHEN: Sunday, October 8, 12 – 5 pm

Fluffernutter Tike Hike

Free admission and open to all little kids and their families!

What’s a “fluffernutter”? Why, it’s a sticky sandwich made from bread, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff . . . of course! You and your little ones can burn some calories out on the trails, then enjoy a tasty treat on us. TJ Wilkinson (steadfast SWMLC supporter, volunteer, and father to two young daughters) and Julie Collard of the Kalamazoo area chapter of Little Adventurers’ Club will lead the group on an age-appropriate hike to Spirit Spring’s pond to look for turtles and pretty autumn leaves. Don’t forget to bring something to drink to wash down those fluffernutters!

NOTE: Spirit Springs Sanctuary is part of the Annual Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour, going on from 12 – 5 pm on the same day.

WHEN: Sunday, October 8, 3:30 pm.

WHERE: Spirit Springs Sanctuary, Marcellus Twp., Cass Co.

DIRECTIONS: From Kalamazoo area: Travel south on US-131 to Marcellus Road (M-216). Turn right (west) onto Marcellus Road, drive 4.3 miles to the intersection of Bent Road (large green sign). Turn left (south) onto Bent Road and drive 3.1 miles to the intersection with Dutch Settlement Road. Turn right (west) onto Dutch Settlement Road; the preserve parking lot is 1.8 miles ahead on the north (right) side, just after the road surface changes color at the county line.

RSVP: Even though this is a free event, RSVPs are always nice and it’s helpful for us to know that you’re coming. Please call our office (269-324-1600) or email Miko at

Black River Paddle

Experience this large, interesting preserve from the comfy seat of your kayak or canoe!

The Black River is big enough to be free (usually) of obstacles and small enough to let you relax as you float through the woods and past the stream-filled ravines. Mark your calendars for this fun fall event . . . and please check back for developing details.

Hosted by SWMLC in collaboration with Two Rivers Coalition and Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail Association.

Saturday, October 14

WHERE: Black River Preserve, Geneva Twp., Van Buren Co.

From M-43:
At the traffic circle at Maple Grove Corners, take CR-689 north to the T-stop at 8th Ave. Turn right (east) on 8th Ave, and look for the preserve on the south side. If you get to 68th St, you’ve gone too far.
From US-196:
Exit east onto Phoenix Rd. (exit #20). Take Phoenix Rd. about 1/2 mile to 71 1/2 St. Turn south onto 71 1/2 St. and go 1 mile to 8th Ave. Go east on 8th Ave, about 1 mile and look for the preserve entrance on the south side of the road.

Portman Nature Preserve Grand Opening!

Save the date!

It’s been a long time in the making, but Portman Nature Preserve will finally open to the public this coming fall. Save the date and please join us in celebrating the unspoiled beauty of YOUR newest public preserve!

Please check back for details!

WHEN: Saturday, 1 – 4 pm

WHERE: Portman Nature Preserve, Almena and Antwerp Twps., Van Buren Co.

SWMLC Past Events

Annual Members’ Meeting

Tuesday, September 19 – Savor hors d’oeuvres and wine in the relaxing atmosphere of Cody Kresta Winery, then learn about the latest SWMLC happenings at the business meeting.

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Catch the Color

Sunday, October 8 – Two SWMLC preserves are part of this scenic, fun-filled drive hosted by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Black River Paddle

Saturday, October 14 – Experience this large, interesting preserve from the comfy seat of your kayak or canoe!

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North Country Trail Hikes

The North Country National Scenic Trail is a 4600 mile hiking trail that is administered by the National Park Service. Several different trails carry a route that stretches from Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont, down through the Finger Lakes region, around...

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