Guided Walks, Workbees & Other Events
Upcoming Hikes & Events
Wander the Teichner Preserve — Saturday, September 20 at 1:00 pm
The Teichner Preserve was saved from residential development and returned to its original state as a wetland, bordered by gorgeous cedars and tamaracks. From the recently constructed boardwalk, wetland species flourish and amphibious wildlife now abounds. Join conservancy docents Mary Petterson and Holly Pharmer as we walk to the Lime Lake shoreline and also explore the trail to a wonderful (and huge) elm and chestnut tree. With the chilly days we have had, perhaps the tamaracks are turning golden. If there have been rainy days prior to the hike, some waterproof boots are advisable but generally the trail just requires walking shoes.
Teichner Preserve is about 9 miles from Leland. Take M22 south from Leland about 8 miles to Lime Lake Road. The Preserve is one mile from M22 with parking on the right.
“Leelanau Conservancy’s Legacy Through the Lens of Ken Scott” at Dennos Museum — September 21—October 26
As part of our 25th Anniversary celebration last year, we collaborated with Leelanau photographer Ken Scott, who spent two years shooting our natural areas and other protected private lands. The result is a stunning collection of images that capture the essence of these beautiful places. Ken’s work will be the subject of an exhibition at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City.
The show will run from September 21 through October 26th. Many thanks to Sustainer Barbara Krause, who is helping to curate the show. “Each of the photographs selected for the exhibition invites us to look closely, engage our sense, savor the moment and share the photographer’s experience. Spend time with his pictures and you will see Leelanau’s beauty and variety with fresh eyes.” For museum hours and info: www.dennosmuseum.org.
“We are pleased to collaborate with the Leelanau Conservancy in the presentation of Ken Scott’s photographic documentation of these natural areas that provide inspiration for all who wander within them,” says Gene Jenneman, Dennos’ Executive Director.
Traditional Plaster Workshop at DeYoung Farmstead — September 26 and 27, 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Leelanau Conservancy, Healing Tree Farm, and Traditional Building Craft Center will host a two-day workshop on traditional lime based plaster repair. This hands-on training and experience with repair of historic lime plaster walls and ceilings will repair and preserve interior wall and ceiling surfaces at the DeYoung farmhouse.
The workshop will be lead by Chris Lewis, a local plaster mason with over twenty years of experience. Chris learned the trade from an earlier generation of traditional plasterers that worked in the Traverse City region.
The workshop is free but registration is required and participation is limited (click on the button below to sign up). Participants should bring, safety glasses, work gloves; wear long pants, work shoes; and bring a sack lunch. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Steve Stier with questions about the workshop: 517-648-2933 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DeYoung Farm is owned by the Leelanau Conservancy. Healing Tree Farm is a permaculture demonstration farm located at the DeYoung farmstead. The repaired walls and ceilings in the farmhouse will allow for more pleasant educational use of the space by Healing Tree Farm.
Traditional Building Craft Center (TBCC) nonprofit dedicated to helping citizens appreciate the value of preservation, rehabilitation and use of existing buildings through information and hands-on training opportunities. President Steve Stier, licensed builder specializing in historic and traditional structures, will be assisting and working throughout the workshop.
Clay Cliffs Natural Area Dedication and Hike — Friday, September 26 at 10:00 am
Following the dedication, join us for a hike to the Lake Michigan Bluff (60 min) or view the Lake Leelanau shoreline (30 min).
Glasses and Galaxies at Tandem Ciders — Friday, September 26, 7:00-9:00pm
Some Hard Cider, The Universe, and You! Everyone (age 21 and up) is welcome to join us at Tandem Ciders in Suttons Bay for this free event. Come with your friends and meet like-minded people at this Leelanau Conservancy sponsored gathering! The first 50 attendees will receive one free drink! Let us know you will be there on Facebook!
Hike Houdek Dunes — Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 am
Conservancy docents Ann McInnis and Mary Smart invite you to explore with us as we check out the fall activities of plants and animals that inhabit the diverse 337-acre Houdek Dunes Natural Area. We’ll look for evidence of ever-shy bears, deer, coyotes, foxes, bunnies, and even cougars, which may give us clues as to how life in the natural world prepares for winter in Leelanau.
6th Annual Great Goldenrod Search — Saturday, September 27 at 1:00 pm
The Chippewa called it gizisomukiki or ‘sun medicine’ for its beautiful yellow color and healing power. The Latin term is Solidago, meaning ‘to make whole’. Goldenrod, a plant native to north America, helped calm stomachs, cure wounds, relieve sore throats. Did you know there are at least 11 Goldenrod species that bloom in Leelanau County? Last year we catalogued 6 species at Chippewa Run Natural Area. Goldenrod has an undeserved bad reputation. It is not the pollen source that stirs up your fall allergies. Find out which flower pollen is the culprit. Join Conservancy docents, Lou Ricord and Dave Amos, on their trek to locate and catalog the many species of Goldenrod and other wildflowers in Chippewa Run Natural Area in Empire. Please no dogs on docent-led walks.
A Conversation with Ken Scott at the Dennos Museum — Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 pm
Join Dennos Curator of Education, Jason Dake, and photographer Ken Scott as they discuss the exhibition, Leelanau Conservancy Legacy through the Lens of Ken Scott. Using the photographs and related materials as a backdrop, this informal conversation will shed light on Scott’s process while focusing on the images, not the technical jargon. Light refreshments will be served. Free with museum admission ($4 per child ages 3-12; $6 per person ages 13+; free for NMC students and members).
Thank you to the Camera Shop for helping to underwrite this exhibit.
Strengthening Community: Part Four of Our Speaker Series — Saturday, October 4 at 3:00 pm
Join us at the Suttons Bay School Auditorium for the final event in our Leelanau Looking Ahead Speaker Series: Strengthening Community. Mark Wyckoff, Director of The Planning & Zoning Center at MSU and Sr. Associate Director MSU Land Policy Institute, will be our keynote speaker. Mr. Wyckoff was the planning consultant who guided the development and adoption of the Leelanau County General Plan two decades ago. He will bring a unique perspective back to our community, based on his personal knowledge of Leelanau and his work involvement with communities throughout the state of Michigan. Mr. Wyckoff will join local panelists to help us answer a big question: how can we work together to support a healthy and vibrant community of land and people in Leelanau County?
Explore Kehl Lake Natural Area — Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 am
Explore the Kehl Lake Natural Area, north of Northport, with Conservancy docents Ann McInnis and Mary Smart as the cool season approaches. Spectacular colors are just one clue that plants and animals are preparing for a Leelanau winter. Why do some trees drop their leaves after changing colors? How are other native species of plants getting ready? If most native animals remain active all winter how will they acquire the energy they need to survive and escape becoming someone’s dinner? Many questions lead to new discoveries.
Sunday with the Leelanau Conservancy at the Dennos Museum — Sunday, October 19 at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Visitors of all ages will enjoy an interactive tour of the Ken Scott photography exhibition with Leelanau Conservancy Executive Director, Brian Price. Learn about the Conservancy’s mission and the land it protects. Free with museum general admission ($4 per child ages 3-12; $6 per person ages 13+; free for NMC students and members).