Upcoming Events

Unless otherwise indicates, all SWMLC events are free and open to the public! Please check this page frequently as we add more events to the calendar. 

And remember, our public preserves are open every day from dawn to dusk, without an admission fee. Get outside . . . play with your kids, take a hike, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, look for birds, sit and think, walk your leashed dog (please be sure to clean up after it), build a snowman, make snow angels, enjoy the quiet . . . it will do you good!

The majority of our events are held outdoors and they are rarely cancelled due to weather  unless there's a chance of thunder and lightning (or rough, high water for paddle events). For that reason, please be sure to check the website or Facebook the morning of an event if stormy weather is predicted.


January Tike Hike
Sunday, January 15, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wolf Tree Nature Trails, Oshtemo Twp., Kalamazoo Co.

Saturday Workday: Let There Be Light!
January 21, 1 pm - 4 pm
Spirit Spring Sanctuary, Marcellus Twp., Cass Co.


January Tike Hike at Wolf Tree Nature Trails
Free & open to the public!

Snow? No snow? Either way it's fun to take little kids outside and explore the trails!

Join long-time SWMLC volunteer TJ Wilkinson and Hike It Baby!'s Julie Collard (and their kids) for a winter walk in nature that's geared for small children.

WHEN: Sunday, January 15, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

WHERE: Wolf Tree Nature Trails, Oshtemo Twp., Kalamazoo Co.

BRING: Weather appropriate footwear and clothes.

DIRECTIONS: From Kalamazoo: go west on M-43, then left (south) on 4th St. Travel about one mile until the intersection with KL Avenue. Turn left (east) and the preserve is less than 1000 feet ahead on the right. Plenty of parking!

rsvp: The event is free but it's helpful for us to know that you're coming. Please call our office at 269-324-1600 or email conserveland@swmlc.org to RSVP. Thanks!

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Saturday, January 21: Let There Be Light! – Spirit Springs Sanctuary

The “oak peninsula” is one of the loveliest corners of this preserve and we’ve been fighting to restore botanical diversity to its forest understory in recent years — with some great success. Tromp through the snow and amongst the blueberry bushes, helping us cut and haul aggressive trees that compromise the biodiversity of this woodland.

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 1 pm - 4 pm

WHERE: Spirit Springs Sanctuary, Marcellus Twp., Cass Co.

BRING: Weather appropriate footwear and clothes, work gloves, and a favorite pair of loppers or saw if you have them (otherwise SWMLC will provide).

DIRECTIONS: From US-131, take Marcellus Highway/CR 216 west toward Marcellus. Head west for 2 miles, then take a left (south) on Bent Road. Bent Road will “T” into Dutch Settlement Road, where you’ll take a right (west). Go 2.3 miles down the road, you’ll come to the preserve on your right (north side of the road).

RSVP: It's helpful for us to know you're coming so that we can provide enough refreshments and tools for everyone.  Please call our office (269-324-1600) by the Thursday before the workday to let us know you're coming, to join the carpool, or to get directions.
You can email Mitch Lettow at lettow@SWMLC.org.

RSVPs are always nice. Just send an email to Mitch at lettow@swmlc.org and let him know you're coming!

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PAAWM Paint-Outs 2016

The Plein Air Artists of West Michigan (PAAWM) paint outdoors in natural light on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, in all kinds of weather, all year long.  Many of their "paint-outs" take place on protected SWMLC properties, and you are invited to attend those held on public preserves. Watching a person paint a picture is remarkably fascinating!

2016 Schedule of PAAWM Paint Outs on SWMLC Preserves

January 23, 11 am
Spirit Springs Sanctuary, Marcellus Twp., Cass Cnty.

February 27, 11 am
Chipman Preserve, Comstock Twp., Kalamazoo Cnty.

March 12, 11 am
Hidden Marsh Sanctuary, Three Rivers, St. Joseph Cnty.

July 9, 9 am
Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, South Haven Twp., Van Buren Cnty.

July 23, 9 a.m.
Wau-Ke-Nau North Tract, Ganges Twp., Allegan Cnty.

October 8, 9 am
Lime Lake Preserve, Antwerp Twp., Van Buren Cnty.

November 26, 11 am
Bow in the Clouds Preserve, City of Kalamazoo