On December 14 we will be visiting the Nature Preserve in NE Grand Rapids and the three in Rockford. The trails in the Nature Preserves only seem to be about a mile in length so we can easily handle multiple locations in one day. If you would like to carpool plan on meeting at the West River Drive park-n-ride off 131 at 10am.
From the Land Conservancy of West Michigan website: http://www.naturenearby.org/th_event/holiday-hike-challenge-2/
We invite you to get outside this holiday season and explore nature with families and friends. At 12 of our nature preserves, we will be decorating a tree with a bright red bow, in the spirit of the holiday season. Find the bow, send us a photo, and be entered to win prizes.
The challenge runs from December 14, 2013 to January 13, 2014.
Hike: Walk the trails at our preserves and locate the tree with the red bow.
Photograph: Take a picture of yourself, a family member, or friend next to the decorated tree.
Email: Please use the subject line “Holiday Hike Challenge,” include your contact information, and email us your photo.
Bonus: Identify the species of the decorated tree for an additional chance to win.
Grand prize: A $100 gift card to the Gilmore Collection Restaurants will be awarded to the first person to send in pictures from all 12 nature preserves.
Drawing: All photo submissions will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes including gift cards from Forest Hills Foods and Wild Birds Unlimited. Participants do not need to visit all preserves to be eligible.
Rules and Guidelines One entry per family per preserve. Photo should clearly show bow with tag indicating preserve name.Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. on December 14, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 13, 2014.Location
The decorated trees will be located at the following 12 West Michigan nature preserves:
Dune Pines Nature Preserve
B.D. White Nature Preserve
3. Brower Lake Nature Preserve 8748 JeNeBe Dr, Rockford
1. Lamberton Lake Fen Nature Preserve (see map in location listing)
4. Maas Family Nature Preserve[masked] Mile Rd, Rockford
2. Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve 10469 Six Mile Rd, Rockford
Wege Foundation Natural Area
Lake Breeze Nature Preserve
DePersia South Highlands Nature Preserve
Kuker-van Til Nature Preserve
Minnie Skwarek Nature Preserve
Palomita Nature Preserve
Note: Castle Park Reserve and Flower Creek Dunes Nature Preserve are not part of the Holiday Hike Challenge