Saturday, July 29, 9 am – noon
Pilgrim Haven Natural Area

Pilgrim Haven Natural Area has a rich story of human use, from its use as two different summer camps in its recent history to its current evolution into an engaging and publicly accessible lakeshore natural area. One unintended result of this human use is the escape of the camp and area landscaping into the forest, many plants acting as invasive species and pushing out native plants. In recent years however, SWMLC and its volunteers have been hard at work to beat back the invasives and introduce native plants to restore this preserve’s habitat.

Join us in weeding the restoration areas and planting native wildflowers throughout the beech-maple forest.

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

WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 9 am – noon

WHERE: Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, South Haven Twp., Van Buren Co.

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

DIRECTIONS: Pilgrim Haven is located just north of Van Buren State Park. From the Kalamazoo area, travel west on M-43 until you come to the intersection with CR 380 at Jericho Corners (look for a brown Van Buren State Park sign and a green airport sign). Turn left at the intersection and continue on CR 380 (aka 20th Ave.) for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn right (north) onto Blue Star Highway. In 1/5 mile, take the left fork at the intersection with 77th Street. Head north for 0.25 mile, then turn left (west) onto 18th Ave. Look for our gate on the right about halfway to the dead-end. An additional pedestrian entrance is located at Fire Lane L, off of 77th St.

Make it a day by bringing a lunch and staying on at Pilgrim Haven for a hands-on workshop presented by the Southwest X Southwest Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, beginning at 1 pm. Participants will learn how to identify and report the invasive species that are threatening Southwest Michigan’s forests, lakes, and homes. Using the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN), volunteers will map and report species such as Japanese Knotweed. SWMLC staff will also demonstrate this fall’s planned knotweed treatments, and demonstrate the successful shrub treatments on the preserve. Find out more at SW X SW Corner CISMA’s Facebook page.

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!