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 some loppers, tromp through the snowy woods like a Forest Fiend with other volunteers, and lop back these no good shrubs!

WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 1 pm – 4 pm

WHERE: Kesling Nature Preserve, Three Oaks Twp., Berrien Co.

BRING: Warm clothes and work gloves – SWMLC will provide tools, snacks, beverages, and a good time!

DIRECTIONS: From I-94, take exit 4A (New Buffalo Exit), onto US12 east. Go about 2.5 miles east on US-12 and turn south onto Basswood Road. Go 1.5 miles south on Basswood Road and turn west onto Forest Lawn Road. Follow Forest Lawn Road about .75 miles. The preserve is on the north side of the road, just east of the bridge over the South Branch of the Galien River. A township park, Three Oaks, is just east of Kesling. It has a gravel parking area, port-a-john and trail leading into Kesling.

RSVP: It’s helpful for us to know you’re coming so that we can provide enough refreshments and tools for everyone. Please call our office (269-324-1600) by the Thursday before the workday to let us know you’re coming, to join the carpool, or to get directions. Or, you can email Mitch Lettow at

Anyone is welcome to pitch in to help keep our preserves up to snuff. It’s a wonderful way to experience the preserves with the folks who know them best, plus get acquainted with other active people who share the conservation spirit. SWMLC Saturday Workdays in the Preserves . . . show us your muscles!