2022 Holiday Hike Challenge Results

2022 Holiday Hike Challenge Results

This holiday season, many of you set out to find the big red holiday bows hanging on trees in 16 of the natural areas the Land Conservancy has helped protect. You travelled across West Michigan with your friends, family, and pets and discovered gorgeous natural places—some for the first time! 

A hearty thanks to everyone who participated in our Holiday Hike Challenge! Today we are excited to share with you the results and prize winners. 


  • 38 total participants 
  • LCWM preserves were visited a total of 138 times
  • 2 participants visited all 16 preserves
  • 0 participants successfully identified all 16 trees. One person successfully identified 15/16.


Congratulations to our winners! We will be reaching out to everyone who won to arrange redemption of prizes. A special thank you to our prize donors, Blandford Nature Center, Books & Mortar, Brewery Vivant, Conservation Resources Alliance, Designs by Nature, Field Sparrow Studio, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Jewel of the Forest, Matthew Goetzka, New Holland Brewing Company, Querkus Creative Consulting, REI Co-op, Solstice Handmade, and Trillium & Twig Fine Art.

GRAND PRIZE: Framed Original Painting by Jerry Gates, donated by Conservation Resource Alliance

Awarded to the first person to submit photos from all 16 preserves
Winner: Emily Leslie

SECOND PRIZE: Pollinator Garden from Designs By Nature

Awarded to the first person to successfully identify the most trees.
Winner: Emily Leslie successfully identified 15/16 trees. Since she is the first place winner, this prize goes to the runners up, Amy Brumwell & Dustin Rehn!


Mike and Cindy Becker with Wylie
Julie Blakeslee
Miriam Brooks
Blair Celano
Rebecca Daigle
Cari Draft
Sarah Elliot
Michelle Falk
Beth Fife
Anna Felkers
Lisa Hinze
Lynn Hundersmarck
Candy Kleinheksel
Tari Koziatek
Brian Leppard
Nic Loiseau
Lisa Mancini
Grace Metz
Amy McKee
Ann Ethel Nelson
Lea Sevigny
Claire Smith
Janet Syrek
Katelyn Tomaszewski
Linda Trier
Lindsey Wiejackza

Tree ID Answer Key 

Anderson Woods Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
B.D. White Musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana)
Brower Lake White pine (Pinus strobus)
Dune Pines Sassafras (Sassifras albidum)
Flower Creek Dunes Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Kuker Van-Til Red maple (Acer rubrum)
Lake Breeze Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Lamberton Lake Fen Box elder (Acer negundo)
Maas Family Jack pine (Pinus banksiana)
Minnie Skwarek American beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Palomita Red oak (Quercus rubra)
Richmond Woods Black cherry (Prunus serotina)
Saul Lake Bog Pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
The Highlands Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Wege Foundation White oak (Quercus alba)
Upriver Nature Preserve White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)


Thank you to our prize donors!

Jewel of the Forest
Designs By Nature Matthew Goetzka
1 Comment
  • Hello there! I’d like to see time-stamped photos of the Grand Prize winner’s visits to the parks, please! Last year you had pictures documenting them, iirc. If they are posted somewhere else on the net, will you please include a link? Thanks much.

    January 13, 2023at3:44 pm

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