Think spring: Local conservancy group unveils new season of programming

Though it may be hard for some mid-Michiganders to believe, spring is right around the corner. That’s what they tell us, at least.

For all the snow and cold wind of February, you can never hold back spring. The Chippewa Watershed Conservancy is holding to this promise with the release of its spring education and volunteer programming.

"We’re pleased to announce a variety of free environmental education programs and volunteer opportunities that allow folks in our community to forge deeper connections to the natural world," says Jon Breithaupt, CWC Executive Director.

"These educational outings open up a world often unseen and unknown."

This season’s events include:

  • Spring Equinox Full Moon Hike at the 78-acre Sylvan Solace Preserve on Wednesday, March 20, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Seasonal Changes Guided Hike at the Sylvan Solace Preserve on Saturday, March 23, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Explore Audubon Woods Hike at the 40-acre Audubon Woods Preserve on Saturday, April 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 24th Annual Conservancy Banquet Fundraiser at Bucks Run Golf Club on Thursday, April 18, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Audubon Woods Stewardship Work Day at Audubon Woods Preserve on Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Mushroom Foray at Halls Lake Natural Area on Wednesday, May 1, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Sylvan Solace Stewardship Work Day at the Sylvan Solace Preserve on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Bundy Hill Geology Hike at the 100-acre Bundy Hill Preserve on Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. to noon

"Our volunteer opportunities give people the chance to share land stewardship responsibility with the Conservancy and help us preserve biodiversity and provide safe outdoor recreation experiences for visitors of our many nature preserves," Breithaupt says.

Visit the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy online for updates and more.

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