Guided Walks & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
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.
Palmer Woods Hike – Friday, August 12th 10:00am
Time for a walk in the woods! Be one of the first to walk at Palmer Woods Forest Reserve. Join docents Sharon Oriel, JoAnne Gerben, and Karl Hausler on August 12 at 10am. Our walk will go along the Valley Trail where we will see evidence of the August 2, 2015 storm plus how the forest is recovering. You will also get a sense for the terrain and size (700 acres) of Palmer Woods. Wear good walking shoes; bring water, and bug spray plus a sense of adventure.
Cedar River Moonrise Paddle – Friday, August 19th 7:00pm
Join docents Ed Ketterer, Karl Hausler, and Jack Dunn for a leisurely evening paddle down the Cedar River. We’ll begin at 7:00 PM and paddle downstream for a little over an hour, until the moon starts to rise. We’ll then head back and enjoy the sunset which will be directly in view as we return, reaching the launch point by around 9:30. Meet at the parking lot by the recycling area in Cedar, which is near the bridge. Cameras (in a dry bag or case) and insect repellent are recommended. All participants must bring their own kayak/canoe, paddles, and PFDs. This event is limited to 15 boats, so please be sure to register.
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.