2017-02-09 / Outdoors

Conservancy plans two hikes

The Leelanau Conservancy has two events planned at separate nature areas this weekend.

Saturday there’s a snowshoe hike at the DeYoung Farm in Elmwood Township.

Docents Dave Amos and Sharon Oriel will lead the 1 p.m. outing which may include checking for animal tracks in the snow.

If you don’t have snowshoes, boots are likely to be OK. It’s about an hour trek with some hills.

Parking is available in the lot off Strang Road, about a quarter-mile north of the main farmstead, located off Cherry Bend Road.

Sunday, also at 1 p.m., docents Peter Wolcott and Karl Hausler will lead a cross-country ski adventure at Palmer Woods Forest Reserve.

Participants will meet in the parking area along Wheeler Road and go from there. Expect a moderately difficult ski on the groomed trail that will last about 1 1/2 hours.

Along the way, skiers will pass a mixed hardwood forest losing its beech trees due to beech bark disease and will likely see a variety of woodpeckers.

Don’t worry, if the conditions aren’t good for skiing, the group will hike or snowshoe.

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

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