Guided Walks, Workbees & Other Events
Upcoming Hikes & Events
Fall at the Farmstead, DeYoung Natural Area — Saturday October 10 at 2:00 pm
Join docent Dave Amos in a hike around the DeYoung Farm to see the colors and also witness the impressive aftereffects of the August 2nd storm. The oaks, black cherry, maple, poplar and bass wood will be in varying shades of red, yellow and brown and the fields are full of many varieties of late blooming flowers and berries. We’ll even take a brief side trip to see the alpacas.
Please park in the Strang Rd lot. Strang Rd. is about a quarter mile north of the main farmstead.
Historic Plaster Repair Workshop– October 17, 9am-4pm DeYoung Farmstead
The Leelanau Conservancy, Healing Tree Farm, and Traditional Building Craft Center are offering a workshop on traditional lime based plaster repair. This hands-on training and experience with repair of historic lime plaster walls and ceilings will repair and preserve interior wall and ceiling surfaces at the DeYoung farmhouse. The farmstead includes a powerhouse that houses an early 20th century water wheel. Deteriorating concrete in the wheel chamber will be repaired as well.
The plaster workshop will be lead by Chris Lewis, a local plaster mason with over twenty years experience. Chris learned the trade from an earlier generation of traditional plasterers that worked in the Traverse City region.
Traditional Plaster Workshop
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
9510 Cherry Bend Road
Traverse City MI
Participants should bring, safety glasses, work gloves; wear long pants, work shoes and bring a sack lunch.
The DeYoung Farm is owned by the Leelanau Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the land, water, and scenic character of Leelanau County.
Healing Tree Farm is a permaculture demonstration farm located at the DeYoung farmstead. The repaired walls and ceilings in the farmhouse will allow for more pleasant educational use of the space by Healing Tree Farm.
Traditional Building Craft Center (TBCC) nonprofit dedicated to helping citizens appreciate the value of preservation, rehabilitation and use of existing buildings through information and hands-on training opportunities. President Steve Stier, licensed builder specializing in historic and traditional structures, will be assisting and working throughout the workshop.
The workshop is free but registration is required and participation is limited.
To Register or ask Questions about the workshop:
517-648-2933 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall in the Forest at Krumwiede Forest Reserve — Saturday October 17 at 10:00 am
Krumwiede Forest Reserve is especially beautiful. The views both in the hardwood forest and surrounding areas are glorious. The history of this property is also fascinating. Please join docents JoAnne Gerben and Judy Hoeffler for a wonderful “up north” experience.In autumn as the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and gold,
Fall Color at Houdek Dunes — Sunday, October 18 at 2:00 pm
Northern Michigan’s fall color season is the envy of the whole country. Which species of plants and animals native to Leelanau are still here? Discover some of the science behind nature’s marvelous adaptations for winter survival on a discovery walk at the diverse Houdek Dunes Natural Area with docents Ann McInnis and Mary Smart.
Sunset, Moonrise Hike at Clay Cliffs — Saturday, October 24 at 6:00 pm
Explore Clay Cliffs Natural Area in the evening with docents Janet Ward, Mary Petterson, and Mary Smart. What sounds and sights of the forest will be revealed at the end of day? Watch the setting sun over Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands and see the moonrise above Lake Leelanau. Trekking poles and a flashlight may be useful for the 1.5 mile climb.
Clay Cliffs Guided Walk — Sunday, November 29 at 2:00 pm
Winter Marl Spring at Hatlem Creek — Saturday December 19 at 10:00 am
docents Sharon Oriel, Joanne Gerben, and Lou Ricord to take a break from holiday preparations and explore a genuine Leelanau winter wonder. The bubbling marl spring at the Hatlem Creek Preserve is magical in the winter. Glen Lake is fed year around by Hatlem Creek and its springs and seeps. We will look for animal tracks and take the temperature of the spring. Dress for the weather. Stout boots are recommended. If we have snow, snow shoes could be fun. We will not be following a set trail so come prepared for adventure. Parking is along Plowman Rd.Join
Click HERE for a video preview of what you will see.
Early Winter at Clay Cliffs — Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 pm
Explore the winter wonderland of Clay Cliffs Natural Area with docent Janet Ward. What signs of nature will we find in the snow? How much ice will there be on Lake Michigan? Snowshoes and trekking poles are strongly advised for the climb to the bluff.