Guided Walks, Workbees & Other Events
Upcoming Hikes & Events
Explore Hatlem Creek Preserve − Saturday, December 20 at 10:00 am
Explore the ultimate winter wonderland with conservancy docents Sharon Oriel and JoAnne Gerben. We will walk or snowshoe to the bubbling marl spring which feeds Hatlem Creek which in turn feeds Glen Lake. We will look for tracks along the creek and enjoy the quiet beauty of this very special preserve. Dress for the weather and plan to park along the shoulder of Plowman Road.
Clay Cliffs Natural Area − Monday, December 29 at 1:00 pm
Open House for Brian Price − Tuesday, December 30 from 2:00-5:00 pm
All are invited to celebrate Brian’s legacy at the Leelanau Conservancy! Come by our office at 105 N. First Street in Leland anytime from 2:00 to 5:00 and visit with Brian who is retiring after devoting 26 years to the mission of the Leelanau Conservancy. Enjoy some refreshments, raise a glass to Brian, and meet our incoming Director, Tom Nelson.
Kehl Lake Natural Area − Wednesday, December 31 at 10:00 am
Chippewa Run Snowshoe Adventure − Saturday, January 3 at 1:00 pm
Join Conservancy docents Lou Ricord & JoAnne Gerben at the Chippewa Run Natural Area, just north of Empire, for a family friendly hike. We will snowshoe the paths of Chippewa Run looking for signs of wildlife. Winter is a tough time for plants and animals. How do they survive frozen conditions? Lou and JoAnne will tell us as we walk. Dress for cold weather and bring snowshoes. The hike will last 1.5 hour and cover just over a mile of trail. Since this natural area’s parking lot is not plowed, please park at Empire’s Recycling area on W. Fisher St (off LaCore) and walk across the field to the trail kiosk. If the weather is questionable (e.g., blowing snow storm) give Lou a quick call in the morning for hike status: 231-326-1122.
Clay Cliffs Natural Area − Sunday, January 11 at 1:00 pm
Join Conservancy docents Peter Wolcott & Mary Petterson on a hike up the trail at Clay Cliffs Natural Area. Explore this beautiful Natural Area in the winter and discover breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau! Dress for the weather and bring snowshoes if the snow is deep.
Houdek Dunes Natural Area − Saturday, January 17 at 2:00 pm
Explore Houdek Dunes Natural Area in the quiet of winter with Conservancy docents Janet Ward and Peter Wolcott. We’ll discover some of the tucked away spots in this gem north of Leland − over 330 acres of natural splendor! Dress for the weather and bring your snowshoes if the snow is deep.
Lighthouse West Natural Area − Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 pm
Join Conservancy docents Ed Ketterer and Judy Smart as we experience deep winter at the Lighthouse West Natural Area. We’ll let the day’s weather and depth of snow determine the exact agenda, but our walk will certainly include deciphering the stories told by animal tracks, looking for winter birds, and simply enjoying the beauty that winter brings to this beautiful natural area at the tip of the peninsula. If the snow is deep, snow shoes will be helpful, but they are not required.