Come Have Fun With Us at Our Annual Meeting


Join us on Wednesday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., for our 22nd Annual Members' Meeting & Painted Sanctuary Art Event! 

Come see all 55 pieces of plein air art that inspired our 2015 Painted Sanctuary calendar, which will be available for sale for only $10.

A brief business meeting will take place at 7 p.m., and the event will be catered by Just Good Food.

Location is once again the MLive Media Group office at 306 S. Kalamazoo Mall, on the southwest corner of W. South St. and the Kalamazoo Mall, in Kalamazoo.

We hope to see you there!

We will also be at the same location on Friday, November 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. for the Art Hop.

(Photo at top is from last year's annual meeting.  Staff dressed as endangered species for Halloween.)


Bow in the Clouds Preserve

What to learn more about Bow in the Clouds Preserve, a beautiful respite in the City of Kalamazoo?

Click here to see a wonderful video produced by Public Media Network for  It's their September 2014 Connect video, and features Sister Virginia Jones of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and SWMLC's Nate Fuller, Conservation and Stewardship Director.

Our thanks to Karen Woodworth of Public Media Network.


Wednesday Workday Warriors . . . October 29

On Wednesday, October 29, Mitch has arranged a special treat for us.  Renowned tree identification expert, Wil Reding, will lead a tree i.d. field trip at Paw Paw River Preserve, a few miles northwest of Paw Paw.

Wear sturdy boots and bring a hand lens, notepad and pencil, and any tree books you own. 

Please make your own carpool arrangements and meet at the southwest parking area of the Preserve at 2 p.m.

RSVP to Mitch at 

— Kristi


Wetland Once-Over at Bow in the Clouds, November 8

Bow in the Clouds Preserve is a testament to the resiliency of nature . . . a place where the land has been used hard in the past, hydrology has been changed, and invasive species have had their heyday.  Staff and volunteers have put some serious effort into invasive brush removal, seed collecting, and burning, and the wetland has sprung back with vigor, displaying an assortment of sedges and wildflowers.

Come visit this urban gem and help us tackle a new brushy corner of the wetland, which has yet to reveal what surprises it has in store.

Saturday, November 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  RSVP to Mitch at



Painted Sanctuary 2015

Painted Sanctuary 2015 is chock full of beautiful reproductions of original paintings by the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan.

You can purchase this 13-month calendar — a work of art in its own right — for only $10 at the SWMLC office or at any one of the following locations:

Anne's Health Foods in Hastings
At Last in Glenn
Frames Unlimited (3 locations)
Kazoo Books (both locations)
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Gallery Shop
Love Your Mother in Three Rivers
Nature Connection, downtown Kalamazoo
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings

Thirteen artists are represented in this calendar, and Amelia Hansen once again provided the illustrations, accompanied by Nate Fuller's creative text descriptions.

Be sure to get yours before they sell out!