Wildflowers Out West

One of our under visited preserves is the 79-acre Peterson Natural Area in Mecosta County. This property, a former childhood home and farm, was donated to the CWC from the estate of the late Alyce J. Peterson in 2008.

On August 16, 2014, our first ever wildflower walk there identified more than 70 species present. Some of the showier specimens included Cutleaf Coneflower, Common Water Hemlock, Wild Bergamot, Joe Pyeweed, Boneset, Chickory and several species of goldenrod.

The Peterson Natural Area is open year-round.