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HOP! Launch

Free admission and open to everyone!

Hike Our Preserves (HOP!) is a new program that encourages kids to get healthy and earn free books while having fun in nature . . . and Wolf Tree Nature Trails is a great place from which to launch! Walking sticks and Wolf Tree medallions will be available to get you started. See you there!

What’s HOP and how does it work?

Get a walking stick from the SWMLC Office or HOP partner Bookbug, take a hike at one of the seven HOP! preserves, send us a selfie from the preserve, and get a medallion that’s unique to each preserve. Earn all seven medallions (and decorate your stick with them if you like) and get a free $15 Bookbug gift card! The HOP program is geared toward children 4 years and up, but could be great for families with children of any age! Find out more at

Summer is the perfect time to exercise, play outside, and read!

Saturday, June 10, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Wolf Tree Nature Trails, Oshtemo Twp., Kalamazoo Co.

From Kalamazoo:
West on M-43, then left (south) on 4th St. Travel about one mile until the intersection with KL Avenue. Turn left (east) and the preserve is less than 1000 feet ahead on the right.

Even though this is a free event, RSVPs are always nice. Please give us a call at 269-324-1600 or shoot us an email to to let us know you’re coming. Please be sure to mention which event you are planning to attend. Thank you!

Father’s Day Trails & Ales Tike Hike

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

Join SWMLC and the Little Adventurers’ Club to celebrate fatherhood with a walk in nature with your kids, followed by refreshments in a family-friendly environment at One Well Brewing. Come check out the new boardwalk, osprey platform, and new loop trail that were just created by our Earth Day Workday volunteers.

If you haven’t visited Bow in the Clouds before, you will be amazed by this heavenly slice of wilderness right in the heart of Kalamazoo!

WHEN: Sunday, June 18, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
WHERE:  Bow in the Clouds Preserve, City of Kalamazoo
The preserve is on Nazareth Road (about one mile west of Sprinkle Road), behind Nazareth Campus (home of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3427 Gull Rd.). From Gull Road, turn north onto Nazareth Road. The preserve entrance is about half a mile ahead on the left side of the road. Look for our old gray barn up off the road.
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

SWMLC Past Events

HOP! Launch

Saturday, June 10, 4:30 pm. Hop on over to Wolf Tree Nature Trails to help kick off HOP! – our new kids hiking program!

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