Hikes, Workbees & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
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.
Clay Cliffs Spring Wildflowers Hike Sunday, May 7th, 2 pm
May brings a cacophony of sounds, scents and sights that suggest wildlife populations are busy producing their next generations as they mate, nest, feed and teach their youngsters, and prepare for their next stage in the survival game. While evidence of last century homesteading offers hints of the domestic day-to-day activities of early Leelanau settlers…other areas serve as priceless “libraries” of high-quality native species of plants that at one time covered Leelanau. This species richness continues to host many of the animal species that preceded human settlement. Join Conservancy docents Ann McInnis and Jane Gale as they speculate on earlier homesteading as well as discover emerging spring wildflowers blooming before the leaves emerge to shade the woodlands. Learn more about Clay Cliffs.
Birding the Tip of the Peninsula – Lighthouse West — Saturday, May 13 at 8am
Join docents Ed Ketterer and Ann McInnis in a search for migrating spring birds of all sizes and shapes. We’ll explore the various habitats of Lighthouse West and, if time permits, check parts of Leelanau State Park. The spring migration will be near its peak at this time. We’ll be looking for warblers and other species that are moving through or moving in. Meet at the Lighthouse West parking lot at 8:00AM. Bring binoculars and keep in mind that it is often cool and breezy at the tip of the peninsula this time of year.
Mother’s Day Exploration at Belanger Creek Preserve, Sunday May 14th, 2pm
What better way to celebrate the critical role moms play by enjoying a fantastic exploration of this amazing, pristine, trail-less preserve. Moms and the whole family will be up to the challenge of exploring and discovering evidence of “wildlife moms” as they go about seeking to meet the needs of their offspring. For certain, all explorers will be treated to a unique experience as native wildflowers will be bursting with beauty,…. and evidence of busy animal mom and dads may be spotted by sharp-eyed hikers. Conservancy docents Ann McInnis, Mary Smart, and Beth Chiles are excited to share this special Conservancy Preserve with you. Walking sticks might be helpful.
Memorial Weekend Hike at Clay Cliffs, Saturday, May 27th, 10 am
Between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau sits a jewel of Leelanau County…Clay Cliffs….105 acres of priceless beauty! What better time than Memorial Day weekend to join Conservancy docent Ann McInnis and Jane Gale on an interpretive guided walk to view the lush native wildflowers and trees, look for evidence of all manner of wildlife, and experience this land of delight…..before venturing to the Native Wildflower Rescue Plant sale down the road at the Leland Village Green to purchase some rescued plants for your garden. Photo by Leelanau.com
Birds and Spring Wildflowers at Kehl Lake, Saturday, May 20 at 8am
This is a wonderful time to explore Kehl Lake for wildflowers and birds. Docents Ann McInnis and Ed Ketterer will lead a walk that covers the diverse habitats on the property. The spring bird migration will still be in full force, so binoculars are recommended. Waterproof hiking shoes or boots are also recommended because the trail is often wet in parts. Meet in the parking lot on Kehl Lake Road, at 8:00 AM.
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.
Houdek Dunes Guided Walk + Orchid Pre-hike Sunday, May 28th, 1:45 pm
Orchids…and more orchids! Pink lady slippers (moccasin flowers) hopefully will be in full bloom at Houdek Dunes…perhaps over a thousand protected (by law) orchids. Houdek will have many other wonderful nature surprises this time of year for hike participants to discover while exploring the diversity of wildlife communities that call Houdek home. Join docents Ann McInnis and Beth Chiles who will be delighted to guide folks on an interpretive walk in this magical natural area. Special bonus: The hike officially begins at 2pm but plan to arrive early at 1:45 pm for a short educational opportunity to learn about Leelanau’s orchids from specialist Chuck Dickerson.
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.