• Sponsor A Square Foot!

    Sponsor A Square Foot!

    Sponsor a Square Foot of The Highlands and help bring nature back to the City of Grand Rapids

    Sponsor A Square Foot!

  • New Digital Wildflower Guide!

    New Digital Wildflower Guide!

    Take the wildflower guide with you on your next hike and learn some of the common species in West Michigan.

    Download the Guide

  • Maas Family Nature Preserve

    Maas Family Nature Preserve

    Maas Family Nature Preserve is a popular stop-off point for users of the White Pine Trail, particularly in May and June when the purple lupine is in full bloom.

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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 creating natural areas, and helping private landowners protect their own land.


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


Providing training and tips to help people become better environmental stewards


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

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

One of Michigan’s iconic and wild rivers is in peril. Uncontrolled development along the river presents numerous threats to the health of the river and wildlife that depends on it. These threats include pollution, stream-bank erosion, invasive species, and other issues that put the wild and natural qualities of the river and the watershed in jeopardy. We believe there is a solution.

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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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