The Friends of Pilgrim Haven ROCK!

You did it! SWMLC’s 2015 Year End Appeal challenged all of you to help us meet an ambitious $50,000 goal to create public access at Pilgrim Haven, and you nailed it!

Our deepest thanks to all of you who participated and made a gift to support the Friends of Pilgrim Haven. And as always, many thanks to all of you who broadly support SWMLC and allow us to do this important work together.

Your gifts enable us to meet the matching requirements of our Michigan Natural Trust Fund grant as well as those for a federal funds proposal we submitted in December. Altogether these funds will provide most of the necessary monies to undertake the first phase of work to open Pilgrim Haven to the public and create barrier-free access to the beach.

In partnership with the South Haven Area Recreation Authority (SHARA), we expect to begin improvements in early summer. SHARA will assume management and maintenance of the preserve, while SWMLC maintains responsibility for improving the natural area.

And although the preserve will be undergoing construction of a parking lot and walkway, we will still be holding several workdays to help restore Pilgrim Haven’s natural areas, as well as community events for you to come and enjoy.


Thank you!


The Wednesday Workday Warriors: Join us in Lucky Season 13!

2016 marks SWMLC's Silver Anniversary
and it's hard to believe that so much time has passed!

There have been many changes but one constant remains: 14,000 acres of Southwest Michigan’s distinctive dunes, wetlands, forests, savannas, prairies, farms, and vineyards are now conserved and protected forever. In 2016, we're celebrating our anniversary with 25 special events that highlight our public preserves and offer fun, new activities for the whole family.
Please check our events page for the most up-to-date announcements and details.

Join us in celebrating what we’ve achieved together in 25 years of local conservation. With your help, we’re just getting started!



The Wednesday Workday Warriors

Lucky Season 13!
Anyone is welcome to pitch in to help keep our preserves up to snuff. It's a wonderful way to experience the preserves with the folks who know them best, plus get acquainted with other active people who share the conservation spirit. RSVPs are always nice; just call the office at 269-324-1600 or email













*CANCELLED due to weather* Wednesday, May 4

The garlic mustard onslaught continues at another forest wonderland bursting with spring wildflowers!

WHERE: Pritschet-Davis Preserve, Hopkins Twp., Allegan Co.

WHEN: We will meet at the D Avenue/US-131 carpool lot at 8:30 a.m., or meet at the preserve around 9 a.m. Directions to both are below.

ACTIVITY: Garlic mustard pulling

BRING:  Bring work gloves, water, and a snack.

To carpool: 
Meet at the D Avenue carpool lot at 8:30 a.m. From the Kalamazoo area, travel north on US-131. Take Exit 44 (West D Avenue) and turn left (west). The carpool lot is on the left, just beyond the overpass. 
To meet at the preserve: From US-131, take Exit 59 (Shelbyville). Turn left (west), go over overpass, then almost immediately right (north) onto 12th St. Go about 1.8 miles and turn left (west) onto 128th Ave. Drive about 3 miles, then turn right (north) onto 18th St. When you see three blue silos on the left at 2950 18th St, look for the preserve sign on the right. Drive through the hayfield to the edge of the woods.