Hikes, Workbees & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
Kids Hike at Kehl Lake Natural Area – Saturday, August 18 at 11am
For children ages 6-12 and parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles, etc. Younger children can come with an adult, but keep in mind this is a two mile hike that will take 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Kehl Lake is a fascinating place for children to explore and find hidden treasures in the forest, wetlands and around the lake. Docents Susan Fehrenbach and Karl Hausler will give hikers an enriching experience of this wondrous natural area that will include finding evidence that the area was once used for seasonal settlements by Native Americans, discovering a beaver dam, seeing huge trees that are over 100 years old, and more. Sunscreen, bug spray and a back backpack are recommended. Snacks and water will be provided. Please register through The Leelanau Conservancy website.
Cedar River Moonrise Paddle – Friday, August 24th at 7:00pm
Cedar River. We’ll depart at 7:00 PM from the boat launch in Cedar, where the river crosses under Kasson St. (Rte. 651), and paddle downstream for about an hour, turning back just as the sun sets and the Corn Moon is about to rise. The total time on the river will be about 2 ½ hours, and there is no place to disembark along the way. We’ll be paddling back by moonlight and will arrive back at the boat launch just as it’s becoming dark. Participants must bring their own kayak or canoe and a PFD for each person in the boat. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended, as are binoculars and a camera (with a dry bag, please!). Registration is required because this event is limited to 15 boats.Join us for our annual Moonrise Paddle at the Cedar River Preserve. Experience the sunset and moonrise during a quiet paddle through one of the true wilderness areas in Leelanau, the
Guided Walk Through Lamont Preserve – Sunday, September 9th at 10am
Join us for a guided walk through Lamont Preserve. This wetlands gem is considered the Conservancy property least invaded by feral flora. Docent Peter Wolcott will lead the easy interpretive walk that will feature early fall colors and late summer birds.
Seasonal Preparations Hike at Clay Cliffs Natural Area – Saturday September 15 at 10am
Nature’s alarm clock is already signaling the need to get ready for shorter and cooler days ahead. What’s going on at this 105-acre jewel bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau as summer transitions to the autumn season? What adaptations are wild things making in order to survive and thrive in the variety of habitats found in this unique area? Explore with Conservancy docents Ann McInnis and Jane Gale as they look for evidence.
Fall Colors Hike at Houdek Dunes Natural Area – Saturday, October 13 at 10am
Leelanau County is home to amazing communities of wildlife from shy black bears, deer, coyotes, foxes, bunnies, birds, insects, and cougars to mushrooms, mosses, trees, flowering plants… and much more. What are some of the unique ways these living things are preparing for the colder weather ahead when food and energy will be less available. Explore the diverse habitats of Houdek Dunes with Conservancy docents Ann McInnis, Jane Gale, and Beth Chiles to discover some of the science behind Nature’s unique adaptations which have evolved for survival.