Help John Climb Higher for Pilgrim Haven!

As of October 20, John Lewandowski had raised $1,903.00 for Pilgrim Haven by climbing 18,800 feet during a 6-day ride through Bryce Canyon, Colorado! Although he has completed his ride, John is still fundraising for Pilgrim Haven and would like to see us climb to $3,000.00. Let's help John reach this goal! Click here to donate and be sure to type "Pedaling for Pilgrim Haven" in the Comments box.  Thank you!

Here are John's daily updates:

October 6 (photo at top):  "Yesterday, we had a short day with 35 miles and 3,150 ft. of climbing. Today's ride was 78 miles and 5,878 of climbing."

October 7 (photo below):  "Today we rode just 34 miles with about 3,500 ft. of climbing at 9,000 ft. above sea level."

October 8:  "We rode 88 miles today and climbed 4,000 ft."

October 9:  "No biking — instead, we hiked about 6 miles."

October 10:  "We finished up this morning — had just 25 miles and a little climbing left!"



Support long-time Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy member John Lewandowski as he Pedals for Pilgrim Haven!

John is biking to raise money to create barrier-free access to open Pilgrim Haven Natural Area to the public. He will pedal over 18,000 vertical feet during a 6-day bike ride through Bryce Canyon October 5-11.

Sponsor John in his ride! You can sponsor John by the day ($10/day would be a $60 sponsorship), by the foot climbed (1 penny per foot would be $188 sponsorship), or however you would like! All sponsorships and donations are welcomed and will help us reach our goal of opening Pilgrim Haven that much faster.

There are two ways to donate:  send us a check (SWMLC, 6851 S. Sprinkle Rd., Portage, MI 49002) or click here to be taken to our online donation page.  Be sure to type "Pedaling for Pilgrim Haven" in the "Comments" section.

To download the flyer, click here.

Thank you!


Bow in the Clouds Preserve

What to learn more about Bow in the Clouds Preserve, a beautiful respite in the City of Kalamazoo?

Click here to see a wonderful video produced by Public Media Network for  It's their September 2014 Connect video, and features Sister Virginia Jones of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and SWMLC's Nate Fuller, Conservation and Stewardship Director.

Our thanks to Karen Woodworth of Public Media Network.


Wednesday Workday Warriors . . . October 29

On Wednesday, October 29, Mitch has arranged a special treat for us.  Renowned tree identification expert, Wil Reding, will lead a tree i.d. field trip at Paw Paw River Preserve.

Wear sturdy boots and bring a hand lens, notepad and pencil, and any tree books you own. 

Please make your own carpool arrangements and meet at the southwest parking area of the Preserve at 2 p.m.

RSVP to Mitch at 

— Kristi


22nd Annual Meeting to Our Members, November 5

Join us on Wednesday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., for our 22nd Annual Members' Meeting & Painted Sanctuary Art Event! 

Come see all 55 pieces of plein air art that inspired our 2015 Painted Sanctuary calendar, which will be available for sale for only $10.

A brief business meeting will take place at 7 p.m., and the event will be catered by Just Good Food.

Location is once again the MLive Media Group office at 306 S. Kalamazoo Mall, on the southwest corner of W. South St. and the Kalamazoo Mall.

We hope to see you there!

(Photo at top is from last year's annual meeting.  Staff dressed as endangered species.)


Painted Sanctuary 2015

Painted Sanctuary 2015 is now available and chock full of beautiful, original art reproductions.

You can purchase this 13-month calendar — a work of art in its own right — for only $10 at the SWMLC office or at any one of the following locations:

Anne's Health Foods in Hastings
At Last in Glenn
Frames Unlimited (3 locations)
Kazoo Books (both locations)
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Gallery Shop
Love Your Mother in Three Rivers
Nature Connection, downtown Kalamazoo
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings

Thirteen artists are represented in this calendar, and Amelia Hansen once again provided the illustrations, accompanied by Nate Fuller's creative text descriptions.

Be sure to get yours before they sell out!