Walden West

Saturday 9 September – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Walden West

Field Trip Leader: Bob Smith

Walden West is a 119-acre property in Lenawee County that is now protected and will serve as a “living classroom” for Adrian College.  The property, which features rare fen habitats, was owned by Ann Arbor residents Jim and Mary White.  The White’s donated a conservation easement, which permanently protects the land in a natural state, to Legacy Land and Raisin Valley Land Trust.  After establishing the conservation easement, the Whites donated the land to Adrian College for use in their educational programming.

The preserve offers a diversity of wetlands, ponds, a medium sized lake, a substantial glacial moraine.  Highlights may include four species of carnivorous plants, three types of orchids, several types of milkweeds, and numerous fen species. 

Carpool: Meet at Chelsea Park-n-Ride I-94 Exit 159 or at Meijer 3145 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.  Depart at 9:00