Upcoming Events







Saturday, August 23, 2014

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

7th Annual Art Walk with the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan (PAAWM)

Wau-Ke-Na Preserve, Glenn

Plein air artists from across West Michigan will gather on this 365-acre nature preserve to paint their interpretations of the beautiful landscape.  Come watch the artists work; feel free to ask questions or to purchase their art off their easels.

There will be three plein air painting demonstrations by artists Lori Feldpausch, Richard Jordan, and Jerry Kollig.

As usual, we'll have free antique wagon rides and self-guided nature tours as well as a butterfly tour.

Refreshments will be available for $1.

Our 2015 Painted Sanctuary calendar will make its debut at this event.  Purchase a calendar for only $10 and be entered in a drawing to win an original watercolor by Mike Pendola!

For directions to Wau-Ke-Na and the Art Walk, click here.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wild Ones Kalamazoo Chapter Field Trip

Paw Paw River Preserve, Paw Paw

Former SWMLC board president and current volunteer Ken Kirton knows this preserve better than anyone and will lead this field trip.  

Come learn more about this unique 258-acre preserve and its botanical riches, due to the efforts of dedicated volunteers.

Click here for more information about the Kalamazoo Chapter of Wild Ones.


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.



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.

August 23 - Wau-Ke-Na Art Walk

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