Hikes, Workbees & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
The Natural History of Lighthouse West Hike — Lighthouse West Natural Area, Thursday, July 27th at 10am
Join docents Ed Ketterer and Jack Dunn in a walk that will focus on how the land of Lighthouse West Natural Area was formed, what’s happening now, and how things are changing. We’ll explore the different habitats on the property, including the shoreline, looking for signs of seasonal and longer-term change. We will also look for birds that are summer residents and summer wildflowers. Binoculars and mosquito repellent are recommended.
Kehl Lake Natural and Cultural History Hike — Saturday, July 29th at 10am
When was Kehl Lake Natural Area underwater? And what animals made it their “home”? Are any of those species still here? Who were the “original people” who settled here and what was their source of food, medicine, shelter, education and more? Who were the early pioneer homesteaders and what obstacles did they have to overcome? Why is much of Kehl Lake Natural Area still amazingly pristine and even called “virgin”? There are lots of questions to explore here! Join Conservancy docents Ann McInnis, Mary Tris, and Beth Chiles on this guided hike to discover some of the answers.
Conservancy Day Workbee at Chippewa Run Natural Area — Thursday, August 3rd, 9-11am
Conservancy Day, give back to Leelanau by volunteering at Chippewa Run Natural Area to help control invasive shrubs. Join us from 9-11am to remove autumn olive, honeysuckle, and to clean up trash from the creek. Please wear boots and bring your own gloves, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. We will have extra gloves, water, coffee and donuts as well.On
Myths and Mysteries of Migration Program at Saving Birds Thru Habitat — Wednesday, August 9th,10-11am
Join Bobbie Poor, Conservancy docent, and Kay Charter, SBtH Director, on the path of discovery as we look for answers to these questions. This rain or shine event will be followed by a walk in the SBtH Prairie Garden.
This event will be held at the Saving Birds thru Habitat building at Thatch and Putnam Rds. in Omena. Visit www.savingbirds.org for more information.
Kids in Nature Hike at Kehl Lake Natural Area – Saturday August 12, 11am
Parents and grandparents, bring your children aged 6-12 out for a fun activity-based hike at Kehl Lake Natural Area. Kids will be nature detectives and enjoy environmental activities as they hike around Kehl Lake. We will embark on a scavenger hunt, make texture drawings, create environmental sculptures and more. Docents Susan Fehrenbach, Laura Paine and James Deaton will give hikers an appreciation for the finer details of nature of this wondrous natural area. Sunscreen, bug spray and a back backpack are recommended. Snacks and water will be provided. Hike will last 2 hours. Sign-up is required.
Trailbuilding Workbee at DeYoung Natural Area – Thursday, August 17th, 10am-noon
Come out and join the Conservancy stewardship staff for a trailbuilding workbee. We’re excited to be adding a new hiking trail on the northern parcel of DeYoung Natural Area off of Strang Road. This initial work will involve cutting back shrubs and clearing the first sections of the trail. Plan to use a variety of hand tools and moving brush. Please wear boots and long sleeves and bring water and gloves. Meet at the Strang Road parking lot.
Shrub Removal Workbee at DeYoung Natural Area – Saturday, August 19th, 10am to noon
We need help at the DeYoung Natural Area removing invasive shrubs. Over the past few years Autumn Olive has gained a foothold in some areas of DeYoung and we’ll be working to remove the shrub and slow the spread. Please join the Conservancy for a morning of “weed wrenching” – a handy tool to help us pull out the shrubs. Plan to wear boots and long sleeves and bring water and gloves. Park at the farmstead, we’ll have the gate open to meet right there. Look for signs.