August 26, 9 am – noon
Wau-Ke-Na, William Erby Smith Preserve

Support these iconic insects as they begin their perilous migration to Mexico by helping to plant a Monarch Waystation.

Wau-Ke-Na is a terrific place for people to enjoy the natural features of the Lake Michigan shoreline, its coastal beech-maple forests, grasslands, clay bluffs, and waterfront. As it turns out, this property and region is critical to the health of monarch butterfly populations, too! After a hard year — and several generations of monarch caterpillars eating milkweed, emerging as adult butterflies, and laying eggs — many of Michigan’s monarchs start their perilous journey to Mexico along our very own Lake Michigan shoreline. Join SWMLC volunteers in making Wau-Ke-Na an even more inviting place, both for humans and for monarchs, by planting attractive native milkweeds and other nectar-producing plants that help boost the butterflies on their journey south.

SWMLC is in the second year of its commitment to expanding our “monarch waystation” planting at Wau-Ke-Na for these iconic insects and to raising awareness of their plight.

NOTE: Consider making it a day and staying for the 10th and Final Art Walk at Wau-Ke-Na. Members of the Plein Air Artists of Southwest Michigan will set their easels up around the preserve, capturing its beauty in paint and pastel. Find event details here.

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

WHEN: Saturday, August 26, 9 am – noon

WHERE: Wau-Ke-Na, William Erby Smith Preserve, Ganges Twp., Allegan Co.

BRING: Work-wear (sturdy shoes, grubby work clothes, weather appropriate) and gloves. SWMLC will provide tools, water, and a snack.

DIRECTIONS: Wau-Ke-Na is situated 1 mile north of Glenn. From Hwy. 196/31, take the Glenn exit (exit 30) to Blue Star Memorial Hwy (also County Road A2). Go southwest about ½ mile on Blue Star Hwy. to where 70th St. (aka Lakeshore Drive) merges with Blue Star Hwy. Make a hard turn north onto 70th St. and go about ½ mile. The gravel entrance to the preserve will be on the west side of 70th St.

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!