Upcoming Events







Saturday, September 13, 2014

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Guided Paddle

Black River Preserve, South Haven

Two Rivers Coalition, Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail Association, and SWMLC are sponsoring a guided paddle through Black River Preserve.  A limited number of loaner boats will be available on a first come first served basis.  Bring life jackets, socks, rain gear and extra clothes (just in case).  

Drop off kayaks with the kayak tender at the Basic Family Access, corner of CR 384 and 68th St. in Geneva Township, just east of South Haven.  Then meet at 10:15 a.m. at Rustic River Campground, 68840 8th Ave., South Haven, to leave vehicles and caravan back to the the kayaks for put-in.

Upon take-out, grills will be provided for making lunch, along with brats, hot dogs, and cider.

RSVP to SWMLC at (269) 324-1600 by Wednesday, September 10.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Grand Opening Event

Bow in the Clouds Preserve, Kalamazoo

More info to come . . .


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour

Noon to 5 p.m.

SWMLC will have 3 preserves open and staffed:  Hidden Marsh Sanctuary in Three Rivers, Coon Hollow Preserve in Fabius Township, and Spirit Springs Sanctuary in Marcellus.  All three preserves can be found on Google Maps.

More details about other stops on the tour are available at Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.


November 2014

22nd Annual Members' Meeting & Painted Sanctuary Art Event

Time and place TBD


Friday, December 5

Art Hop

Downtown Kalamazoo

Time and place TBD


PAAWM Paint-Outs

The Plein Air Artists of West Michigan paint outdoors in natural light twice a month, all year long.  Many of their paint-outs are 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 remaining 2014 paintouts on SWMLC preserves.

September 18-24 - Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings

(This is PAAWM's annual retreat, but the Institute is open to the public.)

October 11 - Kesling Nature Preserve, Three Oaks