Guided Walks, Workbees & Other Events

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Upcoming Hikes & Events

  • Moonlight Paddle on the Cedar River, Saturday August 29, 7pm.

    August 29th, 2015 at 7:00pm — Lisa-Genesen-Cedar-River-21-1024x583Join Conservancy docent and board member, Ed Ketterer, and his wife, Linda, on a moonlight paddle down the Cedar River.  We will start paddling from the bridge in Cedar at 7:00 pm, so participants should arrive a few minutes early. We’ll paddle downstream until the moon rises and the sun is setting, about an hour, at which time we’ll head back. Everyone must bring their own kayak or canoe and plan to launch it themselves. They must also have a PFD for each paddler. Bug spray is highly recommended. Limited to 15 participants. THIS PADDLE IS NOW FULL!

  • Explore Houdek Dunes — Saturday, September 5 at 10 am

    September 5th, 2015 at 10:00am — KenScottHoudek

    Join us to discover the Houdek Dunes Natural Area in late summer. What’s going on at this 370 acre amazing gem of a protected natural area as summer begins its shift to the autumn season?  What adaptations have wild things made in order to survive and thrive in the variety of habitats characterized by this unique dune area?  How might it be changing?  Discover the answers to some of these and more… with docents Ann McInnis and Mary Smart.

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  • Hike at Swanson Preserve–Saturday September 19 at 10 am

    September 19th, 2015 at 10:00am — Hike the lovely Swanson Preserve with our Docents. More info to come. KScott_Swanson

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  • 7th Annual Great Goldenrod Search at Hatlem Creek Preserve — Sunday, September 20th, 1 – 3 PM

    September 20th, 2015 at 1:00pm — ????????????????????????????????????

    This is an annual walk in search of fall flowers with special focus on the different species of Goldenrod.  Goldenrod is one of our most colorful native autumn flowers. The Ojibwa natives called it gizisomukiki or ‘sun medicine’ for its beautiful yellow color and healing power. The Latin term is Solidago meaning ‘to make whole’.  Note the change in location to Hatlem Creek this year.  Join Conservancy docents, Lou Ricord and Dave Amos, on their trek to locate and catalog the many species of Goldenrod and other wildflowers at one of the Conservancy’s newest preserves.  Please no dogs on docent-led walks.

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  • Early Fall at Krumweide — Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 am

    September 26th, 2015 at 10:00am — early fallStretch your legs on the old logging road at Krumweide Forest Reserve. This property was protected in 2007 but not opened for walks until recently because the land needed to heal from logging. Docent Sharon Oriel will point out the effects of sustainable forest management and you will see how the glaciers shaped the valley. Early fall colors may brighten our walk. The walk is up and down hills so come prepared.

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  • Fall Color Hike at Clay Cliffs Natural Area–Saturday Sept. 26 at 10am

    September 26th, 2015 at 10:00am — Hike with our docents at Clay Cliffs Natural Area. More info to come. Trish Petrat, Clay Cliffs Big Trees

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  • Why Fall Colors? at Kehl Lake — Saturday, October 3 at 10 am

    October 3rd, 2015 at 10:00am — Kehl Lake 002 Credit Leelanau Conservancy

    Nature’s alarm clock is signaling the need to get ready for shorter and colder days.  Join docents Ann McInnis and Mary Smart as they investigate Nature’s myriad autumn preparations discovered within the variety of Kehl Lake Natural Area’s diverse high quality habitats…. from the lake and wetlands to virgin woods and recovering meadows of the old homestead.

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  • Early Fall at Jeff Lamont Preserve — Sunday, October 4 at 11:00 am

    October 4th, 2015 at 11:00am — photo date/id to order a print:  click the pic to view on black http://leelanauconservancy.org/

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  • “Getting Ready for Winter?” at Belanger Creek — Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 am

    October 10th, 2015 at 10:00am — photo date/id to order a print:  click the pic to view on black http://leelanauconservancy.org/

    How does wildlife know that winter is coming?  What preparations do plants and animals make to survive the cold and snowy weather soon to blanket Leelanau’s steller natural areas in beauty and majesty?  What is special about the Belanger Creek Preserve?  Join docents Ann McInnis and Judy Smart for a guided walk through this wonderful preserve.

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  • Fall at the Farmstead, DeYoung Natural Area — Saturday October 10 at 2:00 pm

    October 10th, 2015 at 2:00pm — photo date/id to order a print:  click the pic to view on black http://leelanauconservancy.org/naturalarea/deyoung-natural-area-on-cedar-lake/

    Join docent Dave Amos in a  hike around the DeYoung Farm to see the colors and also witness the impressive aftereffects of the August 9th 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.

     

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  • Fall in the Forest at Krumwiede Forest Reserve — Saturday October 17 at 10:00 am

    October 17th, 2015 at 10:00am — Krumwiede 003 Maia Hausler

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  • Fall Color at Houdek Dunes — Sunday, October 18 at 2:00 pm

    October 18th, 2015 at 2:00pm — Houdek 002 Maia Hausler

    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.

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  • Sunset, Moonrise Hike at Clay Cliffs — Saturday, October 24 at 6:00 pm

    October 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm — Clay Cliffs 002 Trish PetratHike with our docents at Clay Cliffs Natural Area. More info to come.

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  • Clay Cliffs Guided Walk — Sunday, November 29 at 2:00 pm

    November 29th, 2015 at 2:00pm —

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  • Winter Marl Spring at Hatlem Creek — Saturday December 19 at 10:00 am

    December 19th, 2015 at 10:00am — HatlemCreek_happyhikers_Dec2014 Sharon Oriel smaller fileJoin 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.

    Click HERE for a video preview of what you will see.

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  • Early Winter at Clay Cliffs — Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 pm

    December 19th, 2015 at 2:00pm — photo date/id to order a print:  click the pic to view on black

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