Mittler Family Donates Corey Lake Preserve


Corey Lake Preserve is a generous donation of a very scenic property on the north bay of Corey Lake and was donated to SWMLC in December by the Mittler Family Foundation.  

Corey Lake is a mostly developed recreation lake west of Three Rivers, with two large camps and many resorts along its shores.  The donated property contains scenic upland forests that cloak a high ridge overlooking the north bay.  It also contains a six-acre chunk of a larger complex of scrub-shrub and emergent wetland that filters out sediments, nutrients, and pollutants from surrounding agricultural areas and thus helps protect the purity of surface water draining into Corey Lake

By keeping this property natural, SWMLC will carry out the donors' wishes of preserving a very scenic resource and protecting the first part of a larger wetland complex that has multiple benefits to wildlife and the lake.  

[Photo by Peter D. Ter Louw]


April Tike Hikes at Bow in the Clouds Preserve

Now that spring is here and the parking lot at Bow in the Clouds Preserve is snow-free, SWMLC board member Jen Lau will lead family hikes there during April.  And since our first Sunday in April occurs on Easter Sunday, Jen will hide some eggs for the kids to find.

All hikes are on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and depend on weather conditions for that day. (Check our Facebook page for updates the morning of the hike in case of questionable weather.)  

Tike hikes last about 1 hour at typical toddler pace which includes lots of stops, wandering in the wrong direction, pausing to pick up sticks, etc.

April 5 at Bow in the Clouds Preserve — including an Easter egg hunt!

April 12 at Bow

April 19 at Bow

April 26 at Bow

If you have any questions, call our office at (269) 324-1600.

Plant a Prairie April 11

Anyone who has attempted to restore a prairie will tell you the most critical part of the process is site preparation prior to planting. 

Building on an entire year's worth of weed control and hand collecting of native genotype seed, we'll finally get to bring in the natives!

Come help us hand-broadcast prairie seed, plant natives from plugs, and prepare the soil to start this exciting chapter of growth and establishment in Chipman's ongoing story of restoration.

Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to Noon, at Chipman Preserve in Comstock.

Email Mitch at to let him know you're coming.

Spring Soundwalk April 25

Sharon Gill and Rachel Stiening will lead the fourth and last in a series of seasonal nature soundwalks at Chipman Preserve on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Dr. Gill and Ms. Stiening are experts on the acoustics of nature and soundscapes and will help you understand patterns of sound in natural environments and how those sounds influence your well-being.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.  Call Miko at the SWMLC office (269-324-1600) or email her at

Please note that because staying quiet is essential to perceiving the sounds of nature, this event is offered for adults only.