Spring Education and Volunteer Opportunities Announced

Chippewa Watershed Conservancy (CWC) is pleased to announce its spring 2019 environmental education programs and volunteer opportunities which run from March to May. Offerings include guided hikes, invasive species management, and hiking trail maintenance efforts. Locations of the events range from the scenic Audubon Woods Preserve to Bundy Hill Preserve – the tallest point in Isabella County. Educational topics include geology, forestry, and more.  

“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,” said Jon Breithaupt, CWC Executive Director. “These educational outings open up a world often unseen and unknown. 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,” proclaimed Breithaupt.         

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

CWC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and restore Central Michigan’s land, water and wildlife resources to improve the quality of life for all. It owns 22 public nature preserves which total more than 600 acres. CWC protects private lands under conservation easement – a tool used to restrict land development in order to protect conservation values such as water quality, recreation and forest health. Visit www.cwc-mi.org/events for more information.