Hikes, Workbees & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
Summer Yoga Series: Yoga at the Village Green, Sat., 6/30 at 9am
We are excited to announce our new Leelanau Conservancy summer yoga series with yoga instructor Katherine Palms. Each class is donation-based with all proceeds going to the Conservancy.
These classes will be a slow flow practice modified for outdoor purposes. Focus is on integrating breath and movement through Sun Salutations, balancing, and core work. All levels welcome.
Katherine is certified through yoga alliance from her 200-hour training in 2013. Since then she has continued education with a 10-day immersion trip to study yoga in India in 2014, a 12-Step to Recovery training in 2015, along with Holy Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Inversion Training, and other workshops in the past two years. Katherine has a passion for understanding the body and encouraging a life filled with ease in movement, and peace of mind.
It is her great pleasure to be offering her service teaching donation-based classes for the Leelanau Conservancy, as she has a deep love for the area and feels yoga had a large part in her ability to move to Leland in 2016.
Summer 2018 Dates:
Wednesday, May 23, 5:30pm Leland Village Green
Saturday, June 30, 9am Leland Village Green
Wednesday, July 11, 8pm Van’s Beach
Saturday, July 21, 9am, Nedow’s Beach
Wednesday, August 8, 8pm Van’s Beach
Saturday, August 18, 9am Nedow’s Bay
Saturday, September 8th, 7pm Van’s Beach
Leelanau Geology Hike at Houdek Dunes Natural Area, Saturday, June 30th at 10 AM
Had you visited Houdek Dunes several thousand years ago you would have arrived via a sandy beach (now M22) of the high water level of ancient Nipissing – minus all those sand dunes! Erosion, wind, weathering, and longshore currents have deposited a magnificent coastal dune area hosting unique hardy, stress-tolerant species of plants and animals. On a guided walk with docents Ann McInnis and Jack Dunn, we will see the natural succession of vegetation from dunes to northern hardwoods while looking for evidence of the diversity of wildlife that these areas support. While direct access to Lake Michigan itself is not available at this location, you will be delighted to explore part of the over 370 acres of natural area with Conservancy docents.
Cultural and Natural History Hike at Kehl Lake Natural Area, Saturday, July 7 at 10am
Native Americans possessed the knowledge to just step into the woods and forage for healthy and medicinal plants and mushrooms when needed and then prepare them in tasty ways. What other ways might Kehl Lake have been used before more recent Europeans arrived? How did our early European homesteaders use this natural area, and how is this high quality natural area used now? Join Conservancy docents Ann McInnis and Jane Gale as they share information about the cultural and natural history of this natural area which has been a focal point for centuries for Native peoples, European immigrants, and especially wildlife.