Upcoming Events







Saturday, October 4, 2014

Soundwalk Take 2

Chipman Preserve

10 a.m. to Noon

In a repeat performance of our June standing-room-only event, we are again offering a field trip led by soundscape ecologists, Dr. Sharon Gill and Rachel Stiening.

Take a walk through Chipman Preserve with experts on the acoustics of nature and soundscapes. A soundscape is the collective sounds of an area. These researchers from Western Michigan University will share their insights into understanding patterns of sound in natural environments and how those sounds influence the well-being of its inhabitants, including humans.

Call now to reserve your spot — space is limited. To RSVP, call Miko Dargitz at our office (269-324-1600) or email her at cmdargitz@swmlc.org. If you cannot attend this fascinating event, you are encouraged to keep an ear open to noise and consider how it affects you and the wildlife around you as you enjoy our natural areas.

Please note that staying quiet is essential to perceiving the sounds of nature, so this field trip is offered for adults only. (And no dogs, please.)

For more information about Chipman Preserve, including a map and directions, click here.


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.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

22nd Annual Members' Meeting & Painted Sanctuary Art Event

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MLive Media Group, 306 S. Kalamazoo Mall

Join us for our 22nd Annual Members' Meeting with a Painted Sanctuary art event!  Come share in our success and view original art created by the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan.  Art and 2015 Painted Sanctuary calendars will be available for purchase.  We'll have a brief business meeting at 7 p.m. and then get back to enjoying the people, art, and catered food.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Art Hop

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MLive Media Group, 306 S. Kalamazoo Mall

Come on out and purchase your Painted Sanctuary 2015 calendar.  Buy extras for holiday gift-giving! Original are by the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan will also be available for sale — 55 pieces.  A portion of all art sales will go to SWMLC.


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.  There is only one left for 2014:

October 11 - Kesling Nature Preserve, Three Oaks