Guided Walks, Workbees & Other Events
Upcoming Hikes & Events
Summer at Lighthouse West — Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 am
Experience Lighthouse West Natural Area in summer with docents Ed Ketterer, Ann McInnis, and Mary Smart. We’ll use this walk to focus on the geology and natural succession that are evident on the property but, as always, we’ll be alert to the birds, animals, and blooming plants. Binoculars and a hand lens are always good tools to bring along, but they aren’t essential for this walk. It would be a good idea to bring your insect repellent of choice.
Sheep (and Alpaca) to Market Workshop at DeYoung — Saturday, July 11th 10am
The Healing Tree Farm Sheep to Market Series has been condensed to a one day celebration of fiber. Join them at the farmhouse at the DeYoung Natural Area to learn about processing wool from sheep and alpaca to a finished end product.
Participate in skirting and washing, carding, and spinning fibers on both a drop spindle and the wheel. This workshop is FREE and open to anyone interested in learning more about fiber art, but please register via email at email@example.com. You may wish to bring a snack or light lunch.
Summer at Whaleback Natural Area — Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 am
Join docents Judy Hoeffler and JoAnne Gerben on a hike up the sometimes steep spine of Whaleback Natural Area, the beautiful Conservancy land just south of Leland. Put your legs to work as we move to the top and let our eyes experience, from the overlook, the beauty of the steep drop to Lake Michigan to our west and, to our east, the distant blue of Lake Leelanau. As we walk on the ridge at the top, enjoying a bit of flat land, we’ll see the Thimbleberries growing, one of the few patches of such fruit seen south of Copper Country in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Enjoy a 90 minute respite from life’s hectic pace in a place of beauty and peace.
Trash Pick-up Workbee at Hatlem Creek Preserve — Thursday July 23 at 10:00 am
Join us at Hatlem Creek Preserve for a trash pick-up workbee. We will get rid of debris from a house that was removed and help restore the area to a more natural state. Bring boots and water and gloves if you have them! 10:00-12:00
Getting there: From Leland, take M-22 South to Maple City Hwy (667). Head west on Burdickville Rd (616). Turn left at MacFarlane Rd (675). Turn left onto S. Plowman Road. Park along S. Plowman Rd where the temporary signs will be placed.
Pre-Picnic Workbee at Chippewa Run — Saturday July 25 at 1:00 pm
Join us to do some trail maintenance at Chippewa Run Natural Area. We will also be doing some site prep to prepare for our annual picnic during this workbee. Bring water, boots and gloves. 1:00-3:00 pm.
Getting there: Chip Run is located almost one mile North of Empire. Parking lot is on the West side of M-22.
Marl Spring at Hatlem Creek Preserve — Saturday, August 1 at 10:00 am
Do you want to escape the crowds? Do you want to see a “cool” marl spring? Then join docents Sharon Oriel and Lou Ricord on at the Hatlem Creek Preserve. This quiet place helps to sustain the health of the Glen Lakes as streams and seeps feed into Hatlem Creek. The endangered Michigan monkey flower thrives in the preserve and the red shouldered hawk lives in the closed canopy. The marl spring is a treat to gaze upon. There is no trail so wear stout walking shoes. A walking stick and bug spray could be useful. Parking is along Plowman Road. And, bring your sense of adventure!
Early Fall at Krumweide — Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 am
Stretch your legs on the old logging road at Krumweide Forest Reserve. This property was protected in 2007 but not opened for walks until recently because the land needed to heal from logging. Docent Sharon Oriel will point out the effects of sustainable forest management and you will see how the glaciers shaped the valley. Early fall colors may brighten our walk. The walk is up and down hills so come prepared.