South Haven Rotary Grants Chair, Art Ayers, presenting a $350 grant to SWMLC's Executive Director Peter TerLouw.
A beautiful patch of trillium on the banks of Dyckman Creek at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, South Haven, MI. Photo by Kristin Schinske.
Pilgrim Haven natural Area's iconic bridge over Dyckman Creek in spring. Photo by Pete Terlouw.

Many thanks to the South Haven Rotary Club (SHRC) for awarding us a $350 grant of support that we will use at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area to continue our plantings in the woodland restoration project.

Though most people think of the beach when they think of this preserve on Lake Michigan, the property also contains a lovely beech-maple forest that hosts many spring wildflowers, including spectacular shows of trillium in May.

SWMLC has been doing improvements in the woodland for several years now, working with volunteers to replace invasives like Japanese honeysuckle and barberry with native species that we’re either saved from other sites or purchased from native plant growers.

This grant from the SHRC, along with support from the South Haven Community Foundation’s Friends of Pilgrim Haven Natural Area Endowment Fund, will enable us to purchase more plants for this project in the spring. Please click the link if you would like to help.

Thank you!