There's no place like Leelanau.
Natural Areas + Preserves
Explore our 28 natural areas and preserves, offering hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, snowshoeing, and more.Find Your Leelanau Adventure
The Therapeutic Effects of Forest Bathing
Time spent in nature has impressive healing powers for mind and body. By Brighid Driscoll Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. Her way of living […]Read More
The Cedar River Preserve: The Everglades of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula
Thirty-three years ago, we started the work to save Victoria Creek, also known as the Cedar River or the Solon Swamp. With help from hundreds of citizens passionate about water […]Read More
Finnegan Family Donation Expands Hatlem Creek Preserve by 82 Acres
Near the edge of Glen Lake is Hatlem Creek Preserve. Spongy wetlands and an unofficial trail in the form of an old two-track make the preserve one of our less […]Read More
What We Do
Our mission: conserve the land, water and scenic character of Leelanau County
We opened our doors in 1988 dedicated to the idea that there's no place like Leelanau. Our founders believed that the Leelanau Peninsula's unique landscape deserved to be protected forever.Learn More About Us
Faces of Giving
"There's something about here that you always want to get back to. It's not like any other place in the world. Being members of the Conservancy helps make us feel connected to our home."
Over the last 11 years of living in the county, life has been good to Tom Balazs and Liz Ketterer. Their connection to Leelanau and the community grows deeper with every passing year. "My family has always been involved in the mission and vision of the Conservancy. My parents brought us to events the Conservancy hosts and properties we all love to hike," Liz said. "My dad is a docent, and the Conservancy has just become part of our way of life. We wanted to give back." In 2018 the couple became Sustainers Circle members. "When we were still in California, part of the high cost of living is the abundant recreation," Tom explained. "I consider our contribution to the Conservancy as a way to conserve and maintain all the beautiful outdoor places we like to go."Donate