Upcoming Events

 

The following events are

free and open to the public! 

 

AUGUST
9th Annual Art Walk at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area

Saturday, August 27
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Enjoy the work of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan in a peaceful, beachside setting. There will be live painting demos, an art exhibit and sale, kids' activities, guided hikes, and more!
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SEPTEMBER

Geocaching for Preschoolers / Tike Hike at Chipman Preserve
Tuesday, September 13 

Geocaching for young children — with plenty of prizes and cool kid stuff inside the cache!
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Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary Gala Event at Chipman Preserve
Saturday, September 17 

Celebrate 25 years of conservation work in southwest Michigan! It will be a blow-out bash . . . don't miss it!
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Saturday Workday: Seed Collection at Sand Creek Preserve
Saturday, September 24 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Step into a land where the grass grows tall! Wildflowers and prairie grasses will be ready to harvest and we need volunteers to help collect seed that we will sow at other habitat restoration sites. It's a fun volunteer activity for families.
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North Country Trail National Scenic Trail Day Hikes
Sunday, September 25

Hikes begin at 1:00 pm
Hosted by the Chief Noonday Chapter of the North Country Trail Association 

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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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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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9th Annual Art Walk

free and open to everyone!

Enjoy the beauty of woods and water, captured in paint by artists working in real time.
A portion of all painting sales will benefit SWMLC. Support the arts while supporting land protection!
 

WHEN:
Saturday, August 27, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

WHERE: Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, South Haven Twp., Van Buren Co.

DETAILS:
Enjoy the work of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan in a peaceful, beachside setting. There will be live painting demos, an art exhibit and sale, kids' activities, guided nature hikes, the debut of the 2017 Painted Sanctuary calendar, and more! 

DIRECTIONS:
Pilgrim Haven Natural Area is located just north of VanBuren State Park. From the Kalamazoo area, travel west on M-43 until you come to the intersection with CR 380 at Jericho Corners (look for a brown Van Buren State Park sign and a green airport sign.) Turn left at the intersection and continue on CR 380 (aka 20th Ave.) for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn right (north) onto Blue Star Highway, travel a short distance, then take the left fork at the intersection with 77th Street. Again, travel a short distance, then turn left (west) onto 18th Ave. Look for event signs and the preserve entrance on the right.

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North Country National Scenic Trail Day Hikes
Hosted by the Chief Noonday Chapter of the north Country Trail
 

free and open to everyone!

WHEN:
Sunday, September 25.
Hikes begin at 1:00 pm.
Hikers are invited to meet at 11:30 am at Dig In Cafe, 111 W. Michigan Ave., Augusta (don't forget your lunch money!).

DETAILS:
Hikes begin at 1:00 pm at the trailhead at Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave. Augusta. The short hike is 5 miles and the long hike is 12 miles.

DIRECTIONS:
The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is located about 14 miles north of Kalamazoo and about 10 miles west of Battle Creek. They are located right off of highways M-89 and M-43. Nearby highways include I-94 and M-96. An interactive Google map is available on 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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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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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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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