The Southwest Corner Cluster (SWCC) of the Stewardship Network serves organizations and individuals in the southwest region of Michigan. Lead organizations of the SWCC include: the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy; The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Land Owner Incentive Program, Stewardship Program, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Fort Custer Training Center Environmental Section; and The Nature Conservancy. These and other organizations and individuals combine resources, efforts, knowledge, and experience in order to enhance stewardship capacity and on the ground efforts at land management and restoration.
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Southwest Corner Cluster Events 2014
The Southwest Corner Cluster is launching a Google Calendar this year beginning in February that will be a clearing house for individuals and organizations to promote and advertize their projects, events, workdays and workshops. In this experiment we are trying to reach as many stewardship enthusiasts as we can in our region. We wish to engage more volunteers and participants who perhaps are not sure where to fit their time or skills but wish to participate. Through the year this calendar will have much to offer on what there is to do and see in the southwest Corner Cluster.
2014 Southwest Corner Cluster Kick-off!
February 13, Thursday 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Glen Vista Gallery, Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Ave.) Kalamazoo Township, MI
Click here to register!
This event will provide a chance for interested volunteers to connect with some of the leading local environmental organizations, learn about opportunities to become involved with their natural areas work, and further their stewardship education. The South West Corner Cluster (SWCC) is also curious to hear your ideas about what types of events, training, and education you are most interested in receiving over the coming years.
You’ll also learn about the SWCC shared calendar, a clearinghouse of stewardship-related events scheduled in Southwest Michigan. You will be able to use this calendar to navigate the multitude of workdays, seminars, field trips, and trainings offered by our diversity of local natural areas organizations to find opportunities that meet your interests most. Come join us, learn more about SWCC of The Stewardship Network and chat with local organizations and volunteers.
Organizations: Please contact Paul MacNellis if you would like to have some space to present your organization or stewardship project. A table may be provided if available.
RSVP using the registration link above, or email Paul MacNellis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Garlic Mustard Challenge 2014
April – June
Garlic Mustard Pull Challenge
Garlic mustard is an invasive plant that threatens the abundant wildflowers and diverse Michigan woods. Each spring (April through June) the Stewardship Network has a Garlic Mustard Pull Challenge among its local clusters. Check out the Stewardship Network's Garlic Mustard Challenge webpage for more information on how to participate and help the Southwest Corner Cluster in its quest for the Cluster Cup.
Southwest Corner Cluster Participating Organizations
Leadership provided by:
Western Michigan University
Audubon Society of Kalamazoo
Calhoun County Wild Ones
Fort Custer Training Center
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
Stewards of Kleinstuck
Additional participating organizations
Edward Lowe Foundation | Michigan Nature Assocation | Sarett Nature Center The Nature Conservancy in Michigan
We'd Love to Have You!
We would like to invite you to join our Cluster. Groups and individuals who may be interested include: Community Service volunteers, Eagle Scouts, Master Gardeners, Conservation Stewards, field interns, people who want to connect to nature, people who want to meet with like-minded people, and people who like getting exercise outdoors. Let's have some fun!