Guided Walks, Workbees & Other Events
Attending one of our Docent-led guided walks is a sure way to get the most out of one of our Natural Areas. Our knowledgeable volunteers will share everything they know about these beautiful places. Please, so that we may plan for the best possible experience, do register in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling our office (231-256-9665). In some cases, space is limited. You’ll find directions to our Natural Areas on each web page, but if you have questions, don’t hesitate to call!
Most of our hikes last 1.5 to 2 hours and start by meeting at the trail head. If you are coming along for an evening hike, such as a sunset hike at Whaleback, please bring a flashlight along in case you need it for the walk back down the trail. Do dress according to the weather and potential weather.
Workbees are fun and a great way to get exercise and fresh air and meet new people. Workbee activities vary but include trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and structure repair (such as footbridges and stairs). As they are scheduled, workbee locations and tasks will appear in the chronological listing of events below. Summer 2013 will focus on building new trails at Swanson Preserve and DeYoung Natural Area.
If you have questions about the planned work or want to learn more about upcoming stewardship volunteer opportunities, e-mail Sarah Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 231-256-9665. Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray along to the workbee – as well as your favorite pair of work gloves if you have them. All other tools will be provided.
Directions and a Google Map to all of our Natural Areas and Preserves may be found under each property. Click here to see all our Natural Areas and Preserves.
Dog Policy at Natural Areas and Preserves
You and your dog are welcome to explore our Conservancy trails but please do NOT bring dogs to a scheduled docent-led hike. This will keep your dog safe at home during Conservancy scheduled hikes, and keep hike attendees and wildlife safe too. Our hikes aim to show attendees bird and wildlife that are often scared off by the scent and sounds of dogs. (Service dogs are welcome at any time.) We occasionally offer a special hike that includes pets; when those opportunities are offered, or if you visit on your own, please keep your pet on a leash and pick up waste.
Upcoming Hikes & Events
Hike Clay Cliffs Natural Area – Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 pm
Join Conservancy Docents Peter Wolcott and Holly Pharmer on a hike through the beautiful Clay Cliffs Natural Area. Enjoy the fantastic views of Lakes Leelanau and Michigan at this stunning location just north of Leland in the quiet of late winter. The terrain varies from wooded to open meadows, more woods and then the expansive view of Lake Michigan with the Manitou Islands. On a clear day, Fox Island is also visible. It will be up to mother nature whether you will need snow shoes or not but do not put them away yet! The hike will feature early spring bird calls, maybe a pregnant eagle, and lots of buds!
Please meet at the Leelanau Conservancy office at 105 N. First Street in Leland. We will carpool from the office.
Wildflower Rescue Committee Meeting–Tuesday, April 15 at 9:30 am
Come learn about how you can get involved with the group that rescues wildflowers from lands that are being developed and sells them at the annual plant sale every Memorial Day Weekend on the Leland Village Green. Learn more about this great group here. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Munnecke Room of the Leland Library: 9:30 am–Coffee; 10 am—Speaker to be Announced
Earth Day Green Fire Showing at the Old Art Building, Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm
The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the way we think about land and our relationship to it. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.
This is a free event. We hope to see you there! Learn more about the movie and watch a trailer here.
Speaker Series: Northern Hardwoods — Saturday, May 3, 3:00 – 5:00 pmThe third in our four-part speaker series, this free event will feature keynote speaker, Jon Fosgitt of Compass Land Consultants. Mr. Fosgitt will give an overview of Northern Hardwoods, including a history of the landscape, forest complexity, ecosystem management, and current trends in Great Lakes forests. After the keynote speaker there will be a panel discussion with local forest experts, including Kama Ross, Leelanau Conservation District Forester; Eric Ellis, Biologist and Wild Link Program Manager; and Kevin Skerl, Natural Resources Chief from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.A children’s educational program will be held during the speaker event. Light refreshments will be provided after the program. All are welcome to attend this free event! Please sign up for this event by calling the Conservancy Office (256-9665) or clicking on the link below.
Annual Plant Sale at the Village Green — Memorial Day Weekend
The Annual Plant Sale at 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 23rd and Saturday May 24th; 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 Patty Shea: 256-9249 or Joanie Woods: 256-7154.
Annual Friends Picnic & Auction – Thursday, August 7 at 5:00 pm
Our Annual Friends Picnic and Auction will be held on Thursday, August 7 at the Gregory Family’s spectacular “Top of the World” property near Suttons Bay. The Picnic begins at 5 p.m., with pre-Picnic hikes and field trips held in the afternoon. More information to be posted soon! If you would like to help underwrite this “event of the summer,” join our fun and creative Picnic-Auction Committee, or donate an item to the Auction, email email@example.com or call Carolyn Faught, 231-256-9665.