Hikes, Workbees & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
Panoramic Views Hike at Whaleback — Saturday, April 15th at 10am
Whaleback Natural Area is glorious from late spring into summer and again when the leaves turn; however, all that foliage means you don’t get a good view of the lake. Hiking right now gives us to the opportunity for great views of the lake and of Fishtown from 300 feet up.
Join docents Beth Chiles, Mary Smart, and Jane Gale for a leisurely paced hike with opportunities to catch your breath on the gradual, but steep ascent to the top. Once on top of Whaleback, the terrain is more or less flat and fairly easy to traverse and there is a nice viewing platform as well. The trail is a mile long with a difficulty rating of “moderate”. If you have walking poles you may want to bring them.
Hike It Baby! at DeYoung Natural Area — Monday, April 17th at 10:00 am
Join Becky Hill, the Conservancy’s Natural Area and Preserves Manager, and her two-year-old son Ira for one of our “Hike it Baby” walks at the DeYoung Natural Area. We will hike at a pace fit for toddlers and little legs. Parents, partners, grandparents, nannies and friends are all welcome! Meet up at the trail head next to the parking area along the TART trail and you can expect the hike to last about an hour or more.
Clay Cliffs Garlic Mustard Workbee — Tuesday April 18th 10:00 am
When: Tuesday, April 18th (10:00am-noon)
Where: Meet at the Clay Cliffs NA parking lot
This Earth Week, help protect our natural areas from invasive species! Join the LC Stewardship Staff to help pull garlic mustard at the Clay Cliffs Natural Area. Come ready to learn about garlic mustard and spend a couple hours pulling the plant to help improve habitat. We’ll be pulling in a more remote location of Clay Cliffs so please be on time as we’ll be heading to a spot not along the trail. Bring gloves and water.
Trail Run at Palmer Woods with M22 — Wednesday, April 19 at 5pm
In honor of Earth Week, we’re teaming up with our friends at M22 to bring you a trail fun run at Palmer Woods Forest Reserve, our newest and largest property. Stick around afterwords for a tailgate in the parking lot- we’ll have local brew and cider from Hop Lot Brewing Co. and Tandem Ciders.
Wildflower Rescue Annual Kickoff Meeting-Thurs. April 20th, 10am
The wonderful Wildflower Rescue Committee will hold their kickoff meeting on Thursday, April 20th at 10 am at the Munnecke Room (adjacent to the Leland Library.) This group rescues wildflowers from construction sites and sells them every year on Memorial Day weekend on the Village Green (see separate entry on this page.) Get involved with this great group by attending the meeting. Brian Zimmerman of Four Season Nursery will speak. No need to register. Can’t make the meeting but want to volunteer? Contact Claire Wood, Community Engagement Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-256-9665
Earth Week Chippewa Run Trailbuilding Workbee — Friday, April 21 at 10am
Come help restorea trail and reestablish native plants at Chippewa Run Natural Area. This is a great opportunity to come out to a Natural Area that you may not have the chance to visit as often! Meet the LC Stewardship Staff at the Chippewa Run parking area located just North of Empire off of M-22. We will work to improve the trail system as well as plant new native species along the trail and along the wetlands near Beaver Pond. It could be muddy, so please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring gloves if you have them, and of course don’t forget water!
Earth Week Executive Director’s Hike at Kehl Lake — Friday, April 21 at 2pm
Join Leelanau Conservancy Executive Director Tom Nelson for a hike at Kehl Lake Natural Area. Learn more about the history of this pristine natural area great for birding. Please wear waterproof boots as it is muddy this time of year.
Trees Before Leaves Identification Earth Day Hike at Palmer Woods — Saturday, April 22nd at 1pm
Learn all about trees at Palmer Woods Forest Reserve! During this hike we will learn how to identify trees before they get their leaves, and learn about some of the diseases threatening our forests. We will also discuss the role of deer exclosures in tree regeneration. Join docents JoAnne Gerben, Kathy Ricord and Shelley Yeager at 1pm on Saturday, April 22. Please, no dogs on docent-led hikes.
Earth Day Celebration at Tandem Ciders with The Moxie Strings — Saturday, April 22 at 6pm
Inspired by the Celtic and Americana music traditions and labeled ‘top-notch, instrumental wizardry’ by the Grand Rapids Press, The Moxie Strings offer a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms.
Delicious cider, irresistible music, dancing, and good friends. This is a party not to be missed. There is no cover, but donations to the Leelanau Conservancy are welcome.
Hike at Houdek Dunes — Sunday, April 23 at 1pm
Had you visited Houdek Dunes Natural Area several thousand years ago, you would have arrived via a sandy beach (now M22) of the high water level of ancient Nipissing Great Lakes, minus the sand dunes. Erosion, wind and weathering, and longshore currents have deposited, over the last few thousand years, a magnificent coastal dune area hosting unique hardy, stress-tolerant species of plants and animals. On this hike, you will experience the natural succession of vegetation from open dunes to northern hardwoods forests while looking for evidence of the diversity of wildlife that is supported by each habitat. While access to Lake Michigan is not available from Houdek, Conservancy docents love exploring this favorite 370-acre natural area with you.
Garlic Mustard Removal Workbee at Clay Cliffs — Saturday, April 29th 10am
Join the LC Stewardship Staff to help pull garlic mustard at the Clay Cliffs Natural Area. Come ready to learn about garlic mustard and spend a couple hours pulling the plant to help improve habitat. We’ll be pulling in a more remote location of Clay Cliffs so please be on time as we’ll be heading to a spot not along the trail. Bring gloves and water.
Awakening Wildlife Hike at Kehl Lake Natural Area — Sunday, April 30th at 2pm
Witness the early Spring explosion of sights and sounds from beneath the forest floor to the top of the forest canopy in this 279 acre unique natural area replete with cultural history, glacial geology, and a pristine lake and wetlands along with old growth woodlands. Even a beaver family has joined the assemblage of wildlife historically and presently found here. Longer daylight hours and warming temperatures are the signal for awakening wildlife to exploit fresh opportunities for making a living and rearing their next generation. Migrating birds are joining the woodland crew and sharp-eyed hikers will most likely spot some. Add your inquisitiveness to that of the Conservancy docents for a fun and unforgettable spring guided hike.
Palmer Woods Power Hike — Saturday, May 6 at 9am
Calling all energetic hikers! Join docents Sharon Oriel and Shelley Yeager for a fast-paced jaunt through the heart of Palmer Woods Forest Reserve. We will follow the Price Valley Trail out and back for a total of four miles round-trip. It is a steady gradual uphill climb on the way out, but downhill on the return trip. Points of interest will be discussed as we go along.
Enjoy the exercise, fresh air and learning in this wonderful living laboratory. This will be a moderate to high-intensity hike, so be prepared to break a sweat. Please bring water and wear sturdy shoes.
Wildflower Rescue Annual Plant Sale Memorial Day Weekend–May 26, 27
The Annual Plant Sale on the Village Green in Leland is on tap for Memorial Day Weekend! Now is your chance to purchase native ferns, trillium, and more along with a selection of native trees and shrubs provided by locally owned Four Season Nursery, who will be on hand to answer questions about going native.
Sale runs Friday, May 26th and Saturday May 27th; hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. All proceeds help maintain the Village Green and assist with other Conservancy projects. The Wildflower Rescue Committee continually seeks new sites on which to dig. If you are building a home, driveway, addition, or know of someone who is, please contact the WRC so they may have a chance to remove these precious wildflowers before the excavators arrive! Contact chair Joanie Woods: 256-7154 or call the Leelanau Conservancy: 231-256-9665.
What’s the Buzz? Bees, Butterflies, and Birds Training – Thursday, June 1st at 10am
Join this fun public event to discover the answers to these questions and learn more about pollinators and how we can help them. Leelanau Conservancy Docent Bobbie Poor will host the training along with Kay Charter, Director of Saving Birds thru Habitat at the Saving Birds Thru Habitat Discovery Center, Putnam at Tatch Roads in Omena. Call (231) 271-3738 or visit savingbirds.org if you need directions. The program is from 10am-11:30am starting with an indoor portion, followed by a walk in the native plants garden during the second half.
Annual Friends Picnic, Thursday, August 3rd
Annual Friends Picnic, Thursday, August 3rd
Rex Dobson Ruby Ellen Farm in Bingham Township
More details to come soon.