Guided Walks, Workbees & Other Events
Upcoming Hikes & Events
DeYoung Natural Area in Winter – Saturday, February 7 at 2:00 pm
Winter is in full swing! Join docents Dave Amos and JoAnne Gerben for a delightful snowshoe (or hike) through the upland trails at the DeYoung Natural Area Farm. This is a great trail for snow shoeing across fields and through woods, with a nice view of the farm and vista to the east. The hike will start and end at the parking spot off of Strang Road. The road is just a ¼ mile north and west of the DeYoung barn and parking is a similar distance once you’ve made the turn onto Strang.
Leelanau’s Winter Wildlife: Indoor Docent Program – Saturday, February 14 at 10:00 am
What goes on outside in Leelanau’s natural areas in the winter? Join us for an indoor program with docent Ann McInnis to learn more about outdoor wildlife activities and some of the clues that might tell winter stories. Which animals are active in February? What might you learn from scat, tracks, traces, trails, nibbles, nips, and noises? Meet in the Conservancy’s Office, in the back community room.
Families with children welcome!
Explore Krumweide Forest Reserve – Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 pm
Increase your heart rate on Valentine’s Day by joining docents Sharon Oriel and Janet Ward at the Krumweide Forest Reserve. We will snowshoe/hike the old logging road (1.8 miles). Your heart will be thrilled to see how the reserve is being renewed with growth. You will see how the glaciers shaped this valley that was formed by glacial drainage.
Please park along Wheeler Road. Depending on snow conditions, this will be either a snowshoe or a sturdy boot hike. Dress appropriately for the weather.
Explore Kehl Lake Natural Area – Monday, February 16 at 10:00 am
Join docents Peter Wolcott and Ann McInnis for a snowshoe hike over the ice and through the woods amongst the tracks of Leelanau’s mammals. Kehl Lake Natural Area, north of Northport, is a magical place in all seasons but especially under a blanket of snow. Dress for the weather and plan for an hour-and-a-half out in the elements.
Blues at the Bluebird: Studebaker John and the Hawks – Saturday, February 21 at 6:00 pm
Join us for our Annual Blues at the Bluebird! Dinner from 6:00-7:00; music and dancing from 7:30-10:30.
Studebaker John is a master slide guitarist and blues harpist with deep roots stemming from Chicago. John captures the raw energy and grit of the classic blues musicians but pumped up to a rocking energy level. He has a deep understanding of the blues tradition that comes from hanging with the classic Chicago bluesmen, which influenced him as he created his own sound and style. You will enjoy his energized soulful sounds, a wonderful dinner, and great company – all while supporting the Leelanau Conservancy.
Call Gayle at the Conservancy to purchase tickets ($35 each.) 231-256-9665.
Clay Cliffs Snowshoe Walk – Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 pm
Join docents Peter Wolcott and Holly Pharmer on an adventure up the Clay Cliffs trail. Snowshoe through woods and past animal tracks to a view of ice-clad Lake Michigan. A Bald Eagle may even monitor your progress! Come dressed for the weather and bring snowshoes if you like.
Black Bears in Leelanau: Indoor Docent Program – Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 am
What do you know about Leelanau’s black bears? Soon they will be emerging from their winter lethargy and begin scouting around for mostly a plant-based diet to replenish their depleted energy reserves. With luck you might spot one on your Leelanau hiking adventures and will learn that they pose no danger to hikers. When frightened, even a mother with cubs will just send her babies up a tree and come back later to get them. Black bears and other northern wildlife species that live in Leelanau remind us what a fabulous, biologically diverse, area we share with those species that were here first. Learn more about black bears on from docent Ann McInnis who will share a power-point program developed by the Wildlife Research Institute in Minnesota. Meet in the Conservancy Office, in the back community room.
Families with children welcome!
Discover Clay Cliffs Natural Area – Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 pm
Walk up the new trail at beautiful Clay Cliffs Natural Area with docents Janet Ward and Mary Petterson. Enjoy a peaceful hike up to the bluffs and take in the stunning view. Perhaps we’ll even hear a few early spring birds? Dress for the weather and plan to be out for an hour-and-a-half.
Spring at Swanson Preserve – Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 am
Spring arrives quietly at the Swanson Preserve. During this gentle walk with docents Sharon Oriel and JoAnne Gerben, we will see some of the 173 species of native plants awaking. Boardwalks over gently flowing streams that feed Little Traverse Lake will take us past emerging ferns and early spring ephemerals. We may hear spring peepers if the weather is warm enough. This walk has something for everyone, so bring your family and friends for a wonderful breath of spring air and a visual treat.
Birding Walk at Lighthouse West Natural Area – Saturday, April 18 at 8:00 am
Join experienced birders Ed and Linda Ketterer in a search for migrating and nesting birds at the Lighthouse West Natural Area. A great deal of migratory activity is focused on this part of the Leelanau Peninsula in the spring. We’ll explore all habitats on the property with a goal of finding as many species as we can during the hike. Come and help us compile the day’s bird list. Bring binoculars!
Birds & Wildflowers Walk at Kehl Lake Natural Area – Sunday, April 19 at 8:00 amJoin docents Ann McInnis and Ed Ketterer as we explore the Kehl Lake Natural Area in search of spring wildflowers and migrating birds. This is a particularly rich time of year on this property with a wide variety of habitats. Kehl Lake Natural Area is host to a rich assortment of wildflowers and offers a stop-over for migrating birds that seek forest, wetland, and lake habitat. Bring binoculars and a field lens, if you have them. We’ll be focusing our attention both upwards and downwards during this hike!
Birding at Lighthouse West Natural Area – Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 am
Lighthouse West Natural Area north of Northport is filled with birdsong on early spring mornings! Join docents Ed Ketterer and Ann McInnis in a search for migrating and nesting birds at Lighthouse West. A great deal of migratory activity is focused on this part of the Leelanau Peninsula in the spring. We’ll explore all habitats on the property with a goal of finding as many species as we can during the hike. Bring binoculars!
Explore Clay Cliffs Natural Area – Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 pm
Join docents Janet Ward and Mary Petterson at the beautiful Clay Cliffs Natural Area and climb the bluff to the overlook above the shore of Lake Michigan. Look for early signs of Spring: birds, buds, and blooms along the way and watch for the eagle at the overlook. Trekking poles may be helpful.
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 other wildflowers, 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 22nd and Saturday May 23rd; 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.