Nature Preserves of the
Little Traverse Conservancy
The Little Traverse Conservancy owns and manages more than 164 nature preserves within our five-county service area (Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac, and Chippewa counties). Several additional properties are owned by local units of government, but were protected with assistance from the Conservancy.
For those of you with Garmin GPS systems, click here for a custom Preserve map and instructions on loading it onto your GPS.
Want something to hold in your hands? An updated (December, 2011) Preserve Guide Map is now available through our office or here on the web. Please call 231.347.0991 if you would like us to send you a copy.
NEW August 2012
In addition, we have a full preserve guide booklet last updated in August 2012 with a new version underway for 2012. You can view it here, or call the office for a copy.
Preserve Announcements & Updates
Andreae Preserve Cabin (located east of Indian River). The cabin at the Andreae Nature Preserve located along the Pigeon River is available for use by community groups such as scouts or other non-profits or education groups. This informational booklet can help answer your questions. In addition, click here for more information, a reservation calendar and a reservation form.
Offield Preserve - The latest map of these changing trails/
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve (located north of Harbor Springs) is the only Conservancy nature preserve that includes an interpretive center. The preserve is managed and maintained by West Traverse Township. It is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 7 days a week from 10 am to 1/2 hour after sunset. A $3 parking fee is required per car for non-township residents.