Guided Walks, Workbees & Other Events
Upcoming Hikes & Events
Explore Clay Cliffs Natural Area — Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 am
Explore the new trails at the amazing 105-acre Clay Cliffs Natural Area with conservancy docents Ann McInnis and Judy Hoefler. Multiple diverse habitats along the trail route host a number of native species of plants and animals as well as with migratory birds in season. With 1700 feet of frontage on Lake Leelanau and Lake Michigan, this new Leelanau Conservancy Natural Area is a total gem!
Ken Scott Photo Exhibit 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.
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.
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 Marsha Buehler 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.