HeadWaters Land Conservancy

What Inspires You? Submit Your Story or Photos

We want to hear from you!

Do you have an inspiring photo of one of Michigan’s special places? Maybe an essay or poem you wrote about a special place you go with your family? If you have an inspiring written piece, or picture of a special place in northeast Michigan, we invite you to share it with us. We are currently looking for everything you love about nature and its protection to use in future newsletters, here on our website, and in other publications. We need your help showing people why Michigan’s special places are so important and why we are in the business of protecting them. Submissions we receive will be featured and used to communicate the impact of special, protected places. Read More

Let Us Know How You Are Spending Your Winter

Are the cold, snowy days calling you outdoors? Where are you and your family finding winter fun this season? There are many great ways to experience “Up North” Michigan in the winter months, tell us what activities you enjoy most.  Just make sure to have the hot cocoa ready when everyone comes back inside!

 Don’t forget to check out the Sturgeon River Preserve this winter!

Bringing the Outdoors In: Wildlife Exhibit



Do you or someone you know have a wildlife artifact that they would like to donate to HeadWaters Land Conservancy? HWLC is curating a wildlife exhibit that showcases the wildlife that call northern Michigan home. We enjoy taking these artifacts to a variety of different places to teach people about the different animals that live in northeast Michigan.



Families Find Fun Geocaching at the Sturgeon River Preserve!

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using a GPS device (handheld GPS unit or GPS-enabled smart phone) played by people around the world.  Participants navigate to a given set of latitude and longitude coordinates, then attempt to find the cache (container) hidden at that location.  Geocaches can vary greatly in size and appearance—they can be anything from a 5-gallon bucket to a film canister.

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Families Protecting Treasured Land for Future Generations to Enjoy

Together, we are conserving and restoring publicly important lands that support outstanding biodiversity, waterways, fisheries, recreational and educational opportunities, cultural sites, agricultural lands, and spectacular scenery. Read More

Protecting the Great Au Sable River

Introducing our 81st Conservation Easement

Conservation easements are one of the most powerful, effective tools available for the permanent conservation of private lands in the United States. The use of conservation easements has successfully protected millions of acres of wildlife habitat and open space, keeping land in private hands and offering significant public benefits. Together land trusts in Michigan have protected nearly 600,000 acres and counting. HeadWaters Land Conservancy is proud to offer landowners the expertise and tools needed to protect significant land throughout northeast Michigan. With each and every acre we protect we are strengthening the collective efforts of land conservancies throughout the state, while protecting the “Up North” we all enjoy. Read More

A Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We know there’s a lot going on in your world. Sometimes it’s hard to prioritize what is most important when everything is pulling at you equally. Even for a small part of your day, like the few minutes it will take to read these words, there are other things you could be doing – so we thank you for caring about conservation in northeast Michigan today! Read More