2016-12-22 / Outdoors

Leelanau Conservancy plans two winter hikes


KIDS FIRST Uganda, a non-profit based in Lake Leelanau, has launched its year-end appeal for donations to assist women and children in Uganda. Above, Kids First founder Mary Taylor, right, is shown accepting a donation of Frisbees from Leland Township resident Marlis Mann. KIDS FIRST Uganda, a non-profit based in Lake Leelanau, has launched its year-end appeal for donations to assist women and children in Uganda. Above, Kids First founder Mary Taylor, right, is shown accepting a donation of Frisbees from Leland Township resident Marlis Mann. Two Leelanau Conservancy winter outings scheduled for next week will provide residents with an opportunity to exercise off holiday indulgences.

A snowshoe hike is planned for Monday — the day after Christmas — through woods at Clay Cliffs Natural Area. Participants will enjoy a view of Lake Michigan and its infinite variety of winter colors and patterns.

Docents for the 1 p.m. hike will be Peter Wolcott and Karl Hausler.

And on next Friday, Dec. 30, a winter walk is planned to kick off at 1 p.m. at the Kehl Lake Natural Area.

The trail traverses through woods that provide shelter from winds. Signs of resident wildlife including beaver, otter, bear, fox and coyote should be apparent in the snow.

If snow depth allows, bring snowshoes for the hike. Docents Marsha Buehler and Jack Dunn will lead participants.

To register or for more information go to leelanauconservnacy.org/ events/hikes.

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