Upcoming Events

It's been a busy year!

Celebrations, Workdays, Dedications, Art Walk, Sound Walks, Tike Hikes, Bird Walks, Paint Outs, StorybookHikes, and Workshops . . . seems the calendar has had something "up-coming" on it nearly every week for the last twelve months. These events have provided fantastic opportunities for us to introduce our preserves to the public and we're so pleased by the community's positive response. 
In 2016, we will mark our organization's Silver Anniversary with 25 special events that highlight our public preserves and offer fun, new activities for the whole family. Please stay tuned to this page for the most up-to-date event announcments. 

See you in 2016!

PAAWM Paint-Outs 2015

The Plein Air Artists of West Michigan (PAAWM) paint outdoors in natural light twice a month, all year long.  Most of their paint-outs take place on protected SWMLC properties, and you are invited to attend those held on public preserves.  Paint-outs are on Saturdays.  They begin at 9 a.m. and end around 1 p.m.  Below is a list of all paint-outs on SWMLC properties scheduled for 2015.

For more information on PAAWM, visit their website.

January 10 - Prairieville Creek Conservation Easements, Richland

February 14 - Aurohn Lake Conservation Easement, Hastings

February 28 - Bow in the Clouds Preserve, Kalamazoo

March 14 - Hidden Marsh Sanctuary, Three Rivers

March 28 - KL Avenue Nature Preserve, Kalamazoo

April 11 - Kesling Nature Preserve, Three Oaks

April 25 - Spirit Springs Sanctuary, Marcellus

May 9 - Perry Family Farm Conservation Easement, Cloverdale

May 23 - Hidden Pond Preserve, Hastings

June 13 - Prairieville Creek Conservation Easements, Richland

June 27 - Black River Preserve, South Haven

July 11 - Ismond Conservation Easement, Otsego

August 8 - Bonamego Farms Conservation Easement, Lawrence

August 22 or 29 - Art Walk, firm date and location TBD

September 12 - Jeptha Lake Fen, Grand Junction

September 17-20 - Fall Retreat, location TBD

October 24 - Chipman Preserve, Galesburg

November 14 - Palmer Conservation Easement, Battle Creek

You Just Missed This One . . .

23rd Annual Members' Meeting & Painted Sanctuary Art Event
Please join us at this cool new venue to see this year's original art created by the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Boatyard Brewing Company
432 E. Paterson St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009

* Our new Painted Sanctuary 2016 Calendar will be available for sale, as well as most of the original art selected for the calendar.
* A brief business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. where our membership will approve last year’s meeting minutes,
elect board members, and approve our financial report.

* Please call us at the office at (269) 324-1600 if you have any questions or need additional information.

Many thanks to Joseph Gesmundo and Greenspire Equity for their generous support of our annual meeting.

You Just Missed This One . . .

Tike Hike at Bow in the Clouds Preserve
Connecting with nature starts with baby steps!

Sunday, November 15, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Bow in the Clouds Preserve, City of Kalamazoo

Please join us for a Sunday morning nature tike hike at Chipman Preserve. Jennifer Lau (Associate Professor at the Kellogg Biological Station and Mom to young Ben) will lead a hike lasting about one hour at typical toddler pace (lots of stops, wandering in the wrong direction, stopping to look at pretty leaves, etc.)
This event is free and open to the public!

You Just Missed This One . . .

Saturday Workday at KL Avenue Nature Preserve

Saturday, November 14, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

KL Avenue Nature Preserve, West KL Avenue, Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County

Trail improvement and seed broadcasting

We're busily transforming KL Avenue Nature Preserve from its current brushy state to a healthier ecosystem with beautiful sight lines, more natives, less invasives, lovely meandering trails, AND public access. We could use some helping hands! We'll be sowing native seed in areas where large amounts of invasive brush were cleared and improving the trail system for the future grand opening.

Work gloves, sturdy boots, and water. SWMLC will bring instruction, snacks, and a good time!