March 24, 1 – 4 pm
Spirit Springs Sanctuary

Spring is in the air!
It makes you feel good – and even better when you know you’re helping other people and the environment!

The spring wildflowers at Spirit Springs Sanctuary are spectacular! But it’s hard for these delicate plants to get the light and nutrition they need when the forest is overrun with invasive plants such as multi-flora rose and autumn olive. We can help by getting out into the woods before these sensitive flowers have emerged and lopping, chopping, pulling, stacking, and generally make things difficult for the invaders. Spend an afternoon in the woods doing brush removal i March, then come back in April and May to see the lovely results of your labor!

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 1 – 4 pm

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

BRING: Wear sturdy shoes or boots (waterproof if there’s still snow on the ground or if it’s rainy), clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or snagged, and be sure to wear layers (“Because it doesn’t take long for a sweat to become a chill,” says Mama SWMLC). We will provide tools, water, and a snack.

RSVP: RSVP’s are always nice: just shoot a quick email to to let us know you’re coming!

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.

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!