Art Walk at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area!

Saturday, August 29, 2015
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

details below . . .


Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, South Haven - a beautiful new location for this very popular event!

Come see the beauty of woods and water captured in paint as members of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan, Ottawa Shores Plein Air and the Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association create their works of art in real time during the 8th Annual Art Walk event. 

Debut of the 2016 Painted Sanctuary Calendar
Buy one for $10 and you will be automatically entered to win an original painting by Richard Jordan, of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan! Raffle begins at 3:30 p.m.

Painting Demonstrations

Enjoy plein air painting demonstrations throughout the day by some of the area’s top landscape artists.

Kathleen Kalinowski – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Susan Badger – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Richard Jordan – 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Art Exhibit and Sale
Some of the best plein air artists in Michigan will have paintings on display and for sale. You can even purchase paintings that the artists are creating during the event. A portion of all painting sales will benefit SWMLC. Support the arts while supporting land protection!

The Beauty of Pilgrim Haven
Walk the trails through woods and meadows, visit the beach, chat with artists as they work, and learn about our plans to create public access at this historic preserve. 


Pilgrim Haven Natural Area, South Haven, MI
The preserve is located approximately 4 miles south of South Haven. From the intersection of M-43 and Blue Star Highway, travel south on Blue Star for 3.2 miles. Turn right onto 77th St. for about 1⁄4 mile, then left onto 18th Ave. The preserve is on the right. Please follow the posted signs for parking.

Join the Wednesday Workday Warriors!

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

We're going to do a check up on Marc's Marsh. The summer crew has been valiantly pushing back the cattail front and now we get a chance to deliver the coup-de-grace with the Bloody Glove of Death, which is actually a cotton glove that's been sprayed with herbicide, worn over a rubber glove. One then strokes the alien plant of choice, muttering malevolent curses all the while to speed its demise. We will meet there at 9:00 am, and work till noon. Bring water and rubber boots, and bug spray. RSVPs are always nice.

Wednesday, September 2, Marc's Marsh Preserve, Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Bring the usual: rubber boots, bug spray, drinking water, and maybe a snack. 

Directions to Marc's Marsh: Meet at the preserve at 9 a.m. From Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo, go east on East Main. The preserve is on the north side of the street, about 1/4 mile past the intersection with 26th Street.

[Photo by Kristi]


Michigan Botanical Club Field Trip: Fen Diversity & Management

Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 9:45 a.m.

Marc's Marsh Preserve, Comstock Township, Kalamazoo County

Nate Fuller, SWMLC's Conservation & Stewardship Director, will lead a field trip at Marc’s Marsh Preserve, a beautiful, wildflower-filled fen just east of Kalamazoo along the south shore of Lyons Lake.  Fen wildflowers peak in late summer and Marc's Marsh boasts a lengthy list that includes lesser-fringed gentian, marsh blazing-star, swamp and tufted-loosestrife, bladderwort, swamp thistle, as well as wetland goldenrods and asters.  Fen management has included controlling invasive shrubs and hybrid cattails, prescribed burns, and the successful introduction of purple loosestrife beetles.
The fen will be wet with some areas several inches deep so waterproof footwear is highly recommended.

Because parking is very limited at the preserve, we will carpool to the preserve from the parking lot of the Kalamazoo Covenant Church, 5708 East Main St, at the southwest corner of East Main St. and N. 26th St. in ComstockTownship – across from Comstock High School. North 26th St. is about one-half mile east of Sprinkle Rd. The preserve is on the north side of East Main St., less than a half mile from the church. Please arrive at the church parking lot by 9:45 am.