Little Traverse Conservancy events are the perfect cure for winter blues. These community field trips are designed to bring people together, spread knowledge and share skills all while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Check out the new schedule for this winter, with the first trip of 2019 on January 26 followed by several more throughout February. There is no charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register online or call 231.347.0991.

The conservancy’s nearly 200 nature preserves are always open to the public, with many still accessible in the winter. Download the free app “LTC Explorer” from Google or Apple for directions to a preserve near you.

Women in the Wild Series Part I: XC Skiing

Saturday, January 26, 1–3 p.m. // Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve
This year LTC is offering four seasonal field trips for women of all ages to become more comfortable getting outside in new places. The first trip will explore the 3+ miles of groomed trails at Goodhart Farms. Whether this is your first time on skis, or at this preserve, come get some fresh air while also building your confidence on your cross country skis. Adventure awaits, complete with hot cocoa! Please provide your own skis. Rentals are available through The Outfitter of Harbor Springs. An adult must accompany child(ren).

Winter Hike with Eric Hemenway

Saturday, February 2, 10 a.m.–noon // McCune Nature Preserve, Petoskey
“Be-Boon” or winter in the Odawa language, was a critical time of year for Northern Michigan’s indigenous people. This talk will look at what the Odawa did historically to survive the harsh winters of years past.

Greenwood Foundation Snowshoe & Cross-country Skiing Adventure

Saturday, February 9, 10 a.m.–noon // Cheboygan County
The Greenwood Foundation is a privately-owned property near Wolverine protected with a conservation easement held by LTC. Greenwood welcomes the public to enjoy and explore this large and diverse property. A groomed trail for skiers will lead you through this winter wildlife haven. A shorter route is available for snowshoers. Please provide your own skis or snowshoes, although snowshoes are available for children 12 and under if needed. Because this is private property, no dogs are allowed. Please try to arrive at least 20 minutes early.

Knee High Naturalist: Winter Wonderland (for ages 3–5)

Saturday, February 16, 10–11 a.m. // Round Lake Nature Preserve, Harbor Springs
Winter is a great time to explore and play. Join LTC for a walk through the woods and gather materials to create your very own nature snowmen, look up close at snowflakes, and discover what stories are left behind in the snow. End the adventure with delicious hot chocolate.

Les Cheneaux SnowsFest Hike: Winter Ecology

Sunday, February 17, noon–2 p.m. // Birge Nature Preserve, Hessel
Join Little Traverse Conservancy on a snowshoe outing at the Birge Nature Preserve. Explore on and off the trail while tracking wildlife and searching for hidden jewels of this preserve. Please bring your own snowshoes. All ages welcome. Meet at the Mertaugh Camp Road parking area.

Little Traverse Conservancy is the regional non-profit land trust working in northern lower and eastern upper Michigan. Call to find out more about land protection options that may be available for your land. Community field trips and environmental education programs are offered throughout the year. 

Northern Michigan Outdoors

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