• Support The Highlands

    Support The Highlands

    Sponsor a symbolic square foot of The Highlands and ensure a world of discovery for all its visitors, forever.

    Sponsor a Square Foot

  • Apply to be a Preserved! Artist

    Apply to be a Preserved! Artist

    Preserved! is a unique opportunity for local artists to capture the Land Conservancy's beautiful protected areas and raise awareness of the importance of land conservation. We are now seeking artists for the 2019 program.

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  • Protecting Hamlin Lake

    Protecting Hamlin Lake

    Two separate conservation projects, different in approach, have preserved over 300 acres in the Hamlin Lake area.

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Keeping Nature Nearby

At the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, we work to keep nature nearby and help people protect, enjoy, and care for natural land in West Michigan. We conserve land by creating public nature preserves, providing support to communities and local governments in creating natural areas, and helping private landowners protect their own land.


Working with families & communities to protect the land close to their hearts


Offering natural places for the enjoyment of residents and visitors to West Michigan


Providing training and tips to help people become better environmental stewards

Help protect and care for the forests, streams, and prairies throughout West Michigan


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The Highlands

The Highlands is a collaborative project between the Land Conservancy and Blandford Nature Center. It is located in the heart of Grand Rapids at the former Highlands Golf Club and is currently undergoing planning and restoration.

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Citizen Photo Monitoring

Signs installed at five different nature preserves will help you to capture pictures of a changing landscape. Your pictures will be used to monitor the progress of volunteers and staff who have worked tirelessly to remove invasive species, restore native plants and help create healthy ecosystems for wildlife and people to enjoy.

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Wildflower Guide

The guide includes 30 native species with descriptions, bloom times and locations. The guide is interactive with links between pages and outbound links for further information on the flowers and is formatted for easy use on mobile phones.

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Ottawa Sands

Along the banks of the Grand River, along a cut-out in the river known as “the sag,” is a mysterious mile of shoreline that has been off-limits to the public for many decades. Now, for the first time, the public could finally have the opportunity to see the natural beauty this property holds.

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