LCWM Holiday Hike Challenge

Second Saturdays

From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, we will host a volunteer event that focuses on ecological restoration activities including invasive species removal, seed collecting, and native plant installation. Volunteers may also be involved with trail maintenance, general clean-up, or other tasks that help visitors better enjoy our magnificent natural areas.

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LCWM Holiday Hike Challenge

November 22 - December 31

Find a bow, snap a photo, win prizes!

This holiday season, busy elves from the Land Conservancy of West Michigan have hung a big red bow on one tree at a number of our nature preserves. If you find them, you could have a chance to win some cool prizes!

How to Enter

  • Hike Explore a preserve and look for the tree with the bow between November 22, 2020 and December 31, 2021.
  • Snap Take a selfie next to the decorated tree.
  • Post Share the photograph to Instagram and tag @naturenearby*, or email the photo to Include the species name of the tree the bow is affixed to in the caption to be entered twice!
    *Note: Your Instagram profile must be public for us to see and count your entries!

Rules & Guidelines

  • One photo submission per family per preserve
  • Photo should clearly show bow with tag indicating preserve name
  • Submissions will be accepted starting at 12:00 am on November 22 through 11:59 pm on December 31.


Grand Prize: REI Outward Shelter

The first person to find and submit photos of all 16 bows wins the grand prize: An outward shelter from REI. 

Second Prize: Private Yoga Class with Wild Ones Wellness

The first person to correctly identify the most trees will win a private yoga class at The Highlands led by Nicole Feenstra of Wild Ones Wellness.


All photo submissions will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes. You do not need to visit all preserves to be eligible for the drawing!

You could win:

Where to Look

There are bows on trees at each of the following preserves. Happy hunting!

Kent County 

Ottawa County 

Allegan County 

Newaygo County 

Muskegon County 

Oceana County 

Thank you to our prize donors!



November 22
December 31
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