Welcome to the first-ever Fall for Leelanau!
There’s no place like Leelanau. That’s true in every season, but our county feels especially radiant with the vibrant colors of autumn erupting around us. That’s why we’ve provided you with a cornucopia of opportunities to celebrate this special corner of the planet during the harvest season.
So come on and Fall for Leelanau with us!
Saturday, October 10th
- Drive & Hike Color Tours- Get off the beaten path and explore some of Leelanau’s best-kept secrets along these three distinct routes. Experiences include adventures at our Natural Areas for hikes, passing by preserved private lands for spectacular vistas, and stops at establishments that are supporters of the Leelanau Conservancy. We hope you will share your photos with us! Use the hashtag #fallforleelanau
- Fall for Leelanau Photo Contest – Submit a photo of why you #fallforleelanau using the hashtag on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win some Conservancy Swag and have your photo featured on our Social Media.
Sunday, October 11th
- Norte Domingos Family Ride at Palmer Woods– Domingos is a family-friendly, weekly free mountain bike group ride on the Palmer Woods trails. We will ride bikes on dirt, meet new friends, explore the woods, build confidence, get fit, and have fun–loads of fun.
- Sunset Yoga Finale & Toast at Mawby Vineyards via Facebook Live from 6:30-7:15pm. Katherine Palms, our Leelanau Conservancy Yogi, will lead a gentle flow practice for the last session of the season. You can join from the comfort of your home via Facebook Live. We’ll be filming at Mawby Vineyards for a true Leelanau experience, and toast to a great season with some Mawby Bubbly.
Monday, October 12th
Indigenous Peoples Day– Stay tuned to our Social Media as we honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Tuesday, October 13th
Instagram Takeover- Tag along with @M22_Yoga Girl for a takeover of our Instagram Channel.
Wednesday, October 14th
Tree Talk Video Premiere– Take a walk in the woods with Docent Shelley Yeager to learn about the intimate relationship between fungi and the trees. Stay tuned in to this page and our social media.
Thursday, October 15th
Tree Planting Workbee– Interested in getting your hands dirty? Come volunteer to plant trees with our Stewardship team at Clay Cliffs Natural Area. Space is limited due to Covid safety precautions. To learn more and reserve your space, contact our Volunteer Manager, Lindy Kellogg at [email protected].
Friday, October 16th
Docent-led Virtual Hike at DeYoung Natural Area and Farmstead- Join us on Facebook Live for a live chat and tour with DeYoung Natural Area expert, docent Dave Amos.
Saturday, October 17th
Facebook Live Concert with Luke Alan- Singer/songwriter Luke Alan will perform for us all on Facebook Live from the vineyard at 45 North Winery. Raise a glass of 45North Wine or Cider and toast to the first (but not last) time you will #FallforLeelanau.
Monday, October 18th
Photo Contest Winner Announced- Look back on the week in photos of the #FallforLeelanau photo contest; the winner of the contest will be announced!
Did you know that many of the beautiful fall views you see while driving around Leelanau are other corridors of natural and agricultural land in our County that have been protected through private conservation easements with the Leelanau Conservancy?
Private conservation easements are a way for landowners to ensure that their land, which remains in private ownership, will never become developed. While land with a private conservation easement is not open to the public, there are many beautiful corridors that you can view on a drive through the County. This permanent land protection is possible thanks to the generous support of community members like you.
This fall, get off the beaten path with one of these three suggested routes that will take you on a scenic journey, with views of protected land that will remain unchanged for generations to come. Spend an hour, an afternoon or a weekend immersed in the colors of Leelanau!
Share your Fall for Leelanau adventure with us on social media with the hashtag #fallforleelanau!
To learn more about Conservation Easements with the Leelanau Conservancy, please visit: https://www.leelanauconservancy.org/our-work/land-protection-and-stewardship/protect-your-land/