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

December 21, 2020 - January 17, 2021

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 December 21, 2020 and January 17, 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 December 21 through 12:00 am on January 17.


Grand Prize: Weekend stay at a Lake Michigan cottage

The first person to find and submit photos of all 16 bows wins the grand prize of a weekend stay at a cottage on Lake Michigan, generously donated by Larry and Betsy Willey. Located in the Holland area, the cottage has 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 12. Availability is limited to spring and fall weekends. Must be redeemed in 2021.

Second Prize: Guided hike for 4 with lunch

The first person to correctly identify the most trees will win a guided hike of one of the Land Conservancy’s nature preserves and lunch for 4, on us. Must be redeemed in 2021.


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!

Larry & Betsy Willey



December 21, 2020
January 17
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