Our 25th Anniversary

25 years of preserving our lands

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Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

SWMLC works in the nine counties of southwest Michigan to preserve wild and scenic places for today — and keep them healthy for tomorrow. Since its inception, SWMLC has protected almost 14,000 acres of dunes, wetlands, forests, savannas, prairies, farms and vineyards that give our region its distinctive character.

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Visit one of our public preserves. Experience a variety of terrains, hike a trail, observe wildlife in natural settings.

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Download our Fall 2015 newsletter with stories about our new preserve opening this spring, our upcoming silver anniversary and other events.

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Your efforts and support make it all possible. Become a member. Donate. Volunteer.

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Birdathon Recap

The Big Day started the night before. Technically, it was morning but no sane person would call a 4:15 meetup “morning”.

A Big Hearty Thank You!

April 22, 2017 – Thank you to the folks at Great Lakes Brewing Company for sponsoring our Earth Day Workday at Bow in the Clouds Preserve . . . and to all the volunteers who got SO much done!

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!