Saturday, May 6, 9 am – noon
Chipman Preserve

Chipman Preserve — with its diverse savanna, prairie, and woodland habitats  — is full of botanical gems like wild lupine, butterflyweed, and showy goldenrod. One quirky and rare plant that grows here, yellow harlequin, grows in the shady woodlands in the middle of the preserve and is in need of some help. By pulling and bagging invasive garlic mustard around this population, along with constructing fencing to keep local deer from browsing its tender blossoms, SWMLC volunteers will give the yellow harlequin a chance to thrive!

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

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 9 am – noon

WHERE: Chipman Preserve, Comstock Twp., Kalamazoo Co.

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

DIRECTIONS: From west of Kalamazoo at the I-94 and Sprinkle Road exit, follow Sprinkle Road north to East Main Street.  Take East Main Street east past 30th Street.  The parking lot is on the north side of the road between 30th and 33rd Streets.

From east of Kalamazoo at the I-94 and Galesburg exit, go north on 35th Street to M-96.  Follow M-96 west to 33rd Street.  Go north on 33rd Street to East Main Street.  Go west on East Main Street. The parking lot is on the north side of the road between 30th and 33rd Streets.

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!