Guided Walks & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
Swanson Preserve Hike — Monday July 11th at 10:00 am
Along M-22, adjacent to Sonny’s Farm, lies the Swanson Preserve. From the road only trees are visible, but beyond are the beautiful and valuable wetlands including 2000 feet of Little Traverse Lake shoreline. Join docents JoAnne Gerben and Marsha Buehler to learn about this protected area. Walk along trails and boardwalks through wetlands that boast 173 types of plant life native to Michigan, and stop by the creek that feeds Little Traverse Lake.
Invasive Species Workbee at Houdek Dunes — Thursday, July 14th 9:00 am
Houdek Dunes Natural Area is a fantastic place for native plants but it needs our help to keep invasive species at bay. Help us pull out spotted knapweed and bladder campion, two noxious weeds, in some more sensitive areas. Bring gloves and water.
Cultural and Natural History of Kehl Lake — Saturday, July 16th 10:00 am
Why was Kehl Lake Natural Area (formerly Leg Lake) so special to the Great Lakes Native Americans? What might life have been like over 160 years ago for the early Leelanau homesteaders? Join Conservancy docent Ann McInnis on a special walk to learn about the cultural and natural history of Kehl Lake and its connections with the wildlife communities found there today.
Kids Scavenger Hunt Hike at Clay Cliffs — Saturday, July 30th at 10 am
For children ages 6-12 and parents are welcome to come along or hike elsewhere on the property. Kids will be nature detectives searching for a variety of items as they hike the Clay Cliffs Natural Area. Docents Susan Fehrenbach and Laura Paine will give the kids a deep understanding of all Clay Cliffs has to offer. Sun screen, bug spray and a back backpack are recommended. Snacks and water will be provided. Hike will last 2 hours.
Annual Friend’s Picnic and Auction — Thursday, August 4th 5:00 pm
For more information about this fun-filled, family-friendly event visit the Picnic and Auction page.
Shrub Removal Workbee at Kehl Lake — Friday, September 16th 1:00 pm
Help out the LC for an afternoon at Kehl Lake Natural Area. We’ll be removing woody invasive species that exist along the trail system and in some sensitive areas. Kehl Lake is home to a large diversity of native plants and by removing invasive plants in the “vector zones” we can help control the spread.
Invasive Species Network Workbee at Clay Cliffs — Friday, September 23rd 1:00 pm
The Leelanau Conservancy will join forces again with the Invasive Species Network to remove woody invasive shrubs at the Clay Cliffs Natural Area. We’ll use “weed wrenches” to help pull larger plants from sensitive areas and along the trail system. Bring gloves and water.