New CE adds to Battle Creek Watershed protection.

New CE adds to Battle Creek Watershed protection.

Bruce and Pete recently met with John and Carol Rasmussen, who have donated a conservation easement (CE) that will permanently protect their 38-acre property in Pennfield Township, northeast of Battle Creek in Calhoun County. Both Carol and John enjoy the peacefulness...
New Portman Video Released!

New Portman Video Released!

See and hear the passion behind this project! Watch The Incredible Biodiversity of Portman Nature Preserve, the third in a 3-part video series created specially for SWMLC by Rhino Media. We need just $35,000 more to complete the project and open the preserve to the...
It’s a Hoppin’ Summer So Far

It’s a Hoppin’ Summer So Far

At the time of this writing, SWMLC’s Hike Our Preserves (HOP!) program has been up and running for just four weeks, and we have already received more than 100 selfies from 37 families! We are so excited by the response this program has received — and extremely...
Havin’ Fun at the HOP Launch

Havin’ Fun at the HOP Launch

HOP! (Hike Our Preserves) is SWMLC’s new hiking program that encourages kids to exercise and have fun outside in nature. The kickoff hike was held last Saturday at Wolf Tree Nature Trails, one our newest and most popular preserves, and quite a few families...
Big Marsh Farm Celebration Recap

Big Marsh Farm Celebration Recap

Some photos from Saturday’s (6/3/17) thank you event at Holcomb’s Big Marsh Farm in Calhoun County. The Holcomb family recently put a conservation easement on their 476-acre property, which is especially important because of its proximity to other...
A Big Hearty Thank You!

A Big Hearty Thank You!

a great group of volunteers! forging a new trail repairing the boardwalk puttin' a hurt on garlic mustard bridge building loppin', choppin' and stackin' volunteers come in all ages and sizes! sensitive habitat means foot-borne tools & materials far from the trail,...
Congratulations, Bruce!

Congratulations, Bruce!

Bruce joined SWMLC in May 2015 as part of the Stewardship Crew, and became Stewardship Crew Leader in July 2015. Bruce grew up in rural Paw Paw, where he lived until moving to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University. Here, his broad interest in the environment...
New 5k Nature Trail Courses

New 5k Nature Trail Courses

Sometimes a body just wants needs to run in nature. We’ve recently mapped out trail running loops at two of our most popular preserves, Wolf Tree Nature Trails in Oshtemo and Chipman Preserve in Galesburg. These new 5k courses offer a refreshing and fun way to...

Seeds Today, Flowers Tomorrow

Some photos from last week’s seed-cleaning workday. Each fall, SWMLC holds a Seed Collection Workday, where volunteers harvest the seeds of prairie species from some of our more robust preserves, so that we can sow them at other prairie preserves in the spring....