The Leelanau Conservancy invites you to celebrate Earth Week in Leelanau County. Starting Monday, April 18, the Leelanau Conservancy will host a week-long series of events to celebrate this annual homage to our planet. (See event schedule below).

The Leelanau Conservancy is also inviting people to celebrate the beauty of Leelanau County by making a gift to the conservancy. If 175 people make a gift of any amount during Earth Week, April 18 to April 22, the conservancy will receive an extra $5,000 gift from longtime supporters, Linda and Max Proffitt. All Leelanau Conservancy Earth Week donors are also automatically entered into a drawing to win a bag of goodies, including a $250 M22 gift card and gear from the Leelanau Conservancy and MyNorth Media. The drawing will be held on Monday, April 25.

Throughout the week, the conservancy will also be introducing Love Letters to Leelanau. The letters, written by local residents and business owners, will be posted on their website and on social media. The Earth Week celebration will conclude with a celebration at Tandem Ciders on Friday, April 22 with local storyteller Norm Wheeler. The first 100 guests will receive a free pint.

We chatted with Sara Michael, the conservancy’s charitable giving coordinator, about the Leelanau Conservancy Earth Week celebration and events.

Who are some of the writers participating in Love Letters to Leelanau?

“We have letters from:

  • Judy Egeler, well known Leelanau local
  • Matt Myers, owner of M22
  • Susan Green, conservancy board member
  • Larry Mawby, local winemaker and conservancy board member
  • Carrie Sharp, Leelanau resident
  • Joey DiFranco, local business owner

“The Love Letters are not the focus of Earth Week, but they are beautiful and we hope they inspire people to think about what they love about Leelanau and motivate them to support the conservancy.”

Can other people share their Love Leelanau stories or photos on social media—is there a specific hashtag you’re using during Earth Week?

“Yes! We will be posting about Earth Week on Facebook and Instagram. We’d like people to use the hashtag #whyleelanau.”

Earth Week is sometimes a forgotten holiday. Why should everyone celebrate?

“As an individual, it can be overwhelming to think about what needs to be done to protect the environment. However, Earth Day is all about the power of collective action and acting locally while thinking globally. Everyone has limited time and resources, but we all can set aside a small amount of time or make a donation once a year for the environment on Earth Day. This year, the Leelanau Conservancy is celebrating Earth Week to give people more opportunities celebrate and support Leelanau. We hope all the Leelanau lovers out there join us!”

Leelanau Conservancy Earth Week Happenings:

  • Monday, April 18, 10 a.m., “Hike it Baby” Hike at DeYoung Natural Area
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2 p.m., Hike at Teichner Preserve
  • Tuesday, April 19, 6 p.m., Bird research on Gull Island talk with Dr. William Scharf at the Conservancy office
  • Wednesday, April 20, 10 a.m., Child-focused hike at Finton Natural Area with Docent Ann McInnis and Leelanau Parenting Communities staff
  • Wednesday, April 20, 1 p.m., Hike at Palmer Woods with Executive Director Tom Nelson
  • Thursday, April 21, 1 p.m., Wildflower Rescue Kickoff Meeting, Munnecke Room at Leland Library
  • Friday, April 22, 10 a.m., Earth Day Workbee at Clay Cliffs Natural Area
  • Friday, April 22, 6 p.m., Earth Day Celebration at Tandem Ciders with Leelanau Conservancy. Come early to hear special guest storyteller, Norm Wheeler, and the first 100 guests get a free pint.

To learn more about Earth Week activities or to make a gift, visit

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