Upcoming Events

 

The following events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted!


OCTOBER

North Country Trail CND Scout Hike
Saturday, October 1
Hikes begin at 9:00 am
Hosted by the Chief Noonday Chapter of the North Country Trail Association 

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Visit Three SWMLC Preserves on the Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour
Sunday, October 9
12 pm - 5 pm

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Black River Preserve Grand Opening & Paddle Picnic Palooza
Saturday, October 15
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North Country Trail CND Full Moon Hike
Sunday, October 16
Hike begins at 7:00 pm
Hosted by the Chief Noonday Chapter of the North Country Trail Association 

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CND Scout Hike
Hosted by the Chief Noonday Chapter of the North Country Trail
 

free and open to everyone!

WHEN:
Saturday, October 1.
Hikes begin at 9:00 am

Optionally, meet for breakfast at 7:30 am at the Thornapple Kitchen, 499 Arlington St (M-37), Middleville (don't forget your lunch money!).

DETAILS:
Join our local boy scout troops on two hikes. The long hike is 9.5 miles long, from Maher Sanctuary in Freeport to the Gazebo in Middleville. The short hike is 4.8 miles long, from Maher Sanctuary to Johnson Rd, Middleville, MI. The trails are natural and paved.

DIRECTIONS:
To Maher Sanctuary, 108th St. SE at Woodschool Rd, Freeport, MI
From Grand Rapids take I-96 east to Lowell. Exit at the Lowell exit and take Alden Nash Ave. south to 100th St. Proceed east 1/2 mile on 100th to Baker Ave. Turn right and go one mile south on Baker, which becomes Woodschool at 108th St. This is the Barry County line. The Maher Sanctuary is located on the southwest corner of Woodschool and 108th. Turn right on 108th and look for the parking area on the left (south) side of the road about 1/4 mile west of Woodschool.

BRING:
Water, cell phone, snack, sunglasses, insect repellant, sunscreen, hiking or comfortable walking shoes

More information is available at North Country Trail's website or by emailing Larry Pio, President of the Chief Noonday Chapter at cnd@northcountrytrail.org or calling 269-327-3589.

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Visit Three SWMLC Preserves on the Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour:
Spirit Springs Sanctuary, Coon Hollow Preserve & Hidden Marsh Sanctuary

Free admission - open to all. 

Nurture mind, body & spirit by soaking up the colors of autumn at these SWMLC preserves. Bring a picnic and make it a day!

Support local land conservation by registering to win cool SWMLC gear . . .
increase your chances to win by picking up an entry at all three stops on the tour!

 

WHEN:
Sunday, October 9
12 pm - 5 pm

WHERE (directions are from the Kalamazoo area):
Spirit Springs Sanctuary, 10000 block of Dutch Settlement Rd., Marcellus Twp., Cass Co.
South on US-131 to Marcellus Highway (MI-216). Turn right (west) onto Marcellus Hwy., drive 4.3 miles to the intersection of Bent Rd. (large green sign). Turn left (south) onto Bent Rd. and drive 3.1 miles to intersection of Dutch Settlement Rd. Turn right (west) onto Dutch Settlement Rd; the property is 1.8 miles ahead on the right-hand side.

Coon Hollow Preserve, 59000 block of Ferguson Rd., Fabius Twp., St. Joseph Co.
South on US-131, past Three Rivers, west on Coon Hollow Rd. for 1.7 miles. Turn left (south) onto Ferguson Rd.; look for the preserve sign and parking on right. 

Hidden Marsh Sanctuary, 57000 block of Buckhorn Rd., Three Rivers., St. Joseph Co.
South on US-131 to Heimbach Rd. (just north of Three Rivers). Turn left (east) and go 0.8 miles to Buckhorn Road (four-way stop). Turn right and go south 2.5 miles. Buckhorn Rd. becomes Portage Rd. and you will see a big preserve sign on the left (east) side.

DETAILS:
Hosted by the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, the Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour is a scenic, fun-filled drive that takes visitors to 12 or more destinations that offer outdoor family activities such as scenic walking trails, hay rides, pumpkin painting, fall food samples, a corn maze, a car show, and more. 

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Black River Preserve Grand Opening and Picnic-Paddle-Palooza! 
We're excited to celebrate the Grand Opening of this rugged, wild, public preserve  
and to honor the people who have made it possible!

We will offer guided hikes of the 120-acre preserve in the morning, followed by the Grand Opening Ceremony and picnic lunch hosted by the Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail Association, Two Rivers Coalition and SWMLC; then a guided paddle of the Black River in the afternoon.

WHEN:
Saturday, October 15
Beginning at 9 am (scroll down for complete event schedule)

WHERE:
Black River Preserve, Geneva Twp., Van Buren Co. (directions below)

DETAILS:
The paddle portion of the day is a reservation-only event and there is limited space. 
Please RSVP for lunch and paddle by Wednesday, October 12 by email to cmdargitz@swmlc.org, or by phone at 269-324-1600.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own life jackets, kayaks or canoes  or to rent them. (A limited number of loaners may be available for those without.)

Paddlers may park directly across the street from the Black River Preserve at the Golden Dreams campground, which will be the first take-out point for the guided paddle.

Event Schedule
9:00 am - 
Staging of cars and paddlecraft 
 meet us at the Black River Preserve parking lot right across from the Golden Dreams (formerly Rustic River) Campground at 68840 8th Street in South Haven.

9:45 am - Welcome and orientation to the 3.5 mi Black River Trail System by Friends of Black River Preserve

10:00 am - Tours of the Corral and River Trails led by Mitch Lettow and Friends of Black River Preserve

11:30 am - Picnic hosted by SWMLC, Two Rivers Coalition and Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail Association

12:00 pm - Recognition and Grand Opening Ceremony

12:30 pm - Paddle Launch with caravans to basic access

 

DIRECTIONS:
From Kalamazoo: Go west on M-43 approximately 31.5 miles (almost to South Haven). At the traffic circle at Maple Grove Corners, take72nd Street (aka CR-689) north to the T-stop at 8th Ave. Turn right (east) on 8th Ave, and look for the preserve on the south side. If you get to 68th St, you’ve gone too far.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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CND Full Moon Hike
Hosted by the Chief Noonday Chapter of the North Country Trail
 

free and open to everyone!

WHEN:
Sunday, October 16.
7:00 pm

DETAILS:
Join us for a 2.5 mile natural surface hike that begins at the Kellogg Forest and ends at the Augusta Dr. Trailhead, .5 miles north of M-96.

DIRECTIONS:
WK Kellogg Experimental Forest, 7060 42nd St, Augusta, MI. Hike end is the Augusta Dr. Trailhead, .5 miles north of M-96.
An interactive Google map is available at their website.

BRING:
Water, cell phone, snack, sunglasses, insect repellant, sunscreen, hiking or comfortable walking shoes

More information is available at North Country Trail's website or by emailing Larry Pio, President of the Chief Noonday Chapter at cnd@northcountrytrail.org or calling 269-327-3589.

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WHEN:

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.
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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