Hikes, Workbees & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
Changing Seasons Hike at Whaleback Natural Area — Sunday, September 24 at 2pm
Enjoy the changing seasons with a hike to the top of Whaleback – a distinct feature on the Lake Michigan shoreline and an iconic landmark. This fragile bluff rises 300 feet, providing lovely views of the Manitou Passage. The plant lover will enjoy seeing the many interesting native plants which unfortunately includes some aggressive invasive species. Large mature oaks and hemlocks provide a shady canopy for a cool walk.
Please note that the hike to the top is a steep, .4 mile trail. Lots of roots and rocks – hiking poles or sticks recommended
Seasonal Preparations Hike at Kehl Lake Natural Area — Saturday, October 7, 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 more. What are some of the unique ways these living things are preparing for the colder, less productive weather ahead? Explore the diverse habitats of Kehl Lake Natural Area with Conservancy docents Ann McInnis, Jack Dunn, and Jane Gale and experience the lake & wetlands, virgin woods & recovering meadows of the former old Kehl homestead.
Fall Color Hike at Finton Natural Area — Saturday, October 14 at 10am
Join docents Jane Gale and Marsha Buehler for a hike in the crisp autumn air and still have time to catch your favorite college football game. Finton Natural Area is part of a critical wildlife corridor between Northport Bay and Cathead Bay. Maple, beech, cedar and hemlock form a dense canopy over the trail. Look for birds returning from summer in the north and other signs of wildlife preparing for winter. The gentle terrain makes this hike suitable for children and anyone challenged by steep climbs and descents.
Houdek Dunes Erosion Control – Thursday, October 19th from 10am- noon
We need help at Houdek Dunes to limit erosion and restore the dune around the observation platform. We’ll be transplanting native grasses back onto the dune and working to secure the area, limiting foot traffic down to the creek and keeping the dune healthy. This is also a great time of year to see fall color and a variety of fungus at Houdek Dunes! Please bring gloves and water and meet in the parking lot.
Science of Survival Hike at Houdek Dunes Natural Area – Sat. Oct. 21 at 10am
Which species of of wildlife, originally native to Leelanau County, still claim ownership of this amazing Peninsula? How are they and their plant associates preparing for the winter season during which they will be experiencing diminished solar energy and food (fuel)? Join Conservancy docents Ann McInnis, Jane Gale, and Marsha Buehler to learn and discover some of the science behind the unique adaptations seen in nature (such as the changing of tree colors) that have evolved to assist in their successful survival.