Challenge your family to spend more time outside!
The library’s Children’s Services staff will also be challenging themselves and will host a variety of activities throughout the year to keep us all on track. At the end of the year, there will be a final party – with prizes – for families who attempt the challenge!
Download a log sheet here to start tracking your outdoor hours and enjoy the fresh air with LTPL!
Locally we have plenty of parks, preserves, farms, beaches, and more that can help you GET OUT!
Grand Mere State Park
Grand Mere State Park is characterized by magnificent sand dunes, deep blowouts and half a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline, accessible by the park’s two trails. Two inland lakes lie behind the dunes in the undeveloped natural area. The park is popular with hikers and runners. Access the history of Grand Mere State Park here: Grand Mere Historical Documents (Lincoln Township Public Library)
Sarett Nature Center
The Sarett Nature Center is a unique nature center, located in southwestern Michigan’s Berrien County, has eight miles of trails meandering through its 1000 acres. Our trail system includes boardwalks, observation platforms, and an easily accessible barrier-free walkway. Trails running along the Paw Paw River bluffs provide great views of the river valley below.
Love Creek Nature Center
Love Creek winds its way through this rolling 200-acre natural area outside of Berrien Springs, Michigan. Six miles of hiking trails provide access to a variety of habitats, including a mature Beech-Maple Forest with spectacular spring wildflowers.
The Brown Sanctuary is a 173-acre nature preserve located along the Paw Paw River owned by Sarett Nature Center. This former City of David property was once a muck farm but was acquired by Sarett Nature Center in 1993 through a generous donation by Edalene Brown in memory of her husband Ed. Now, its open marsh area serves as an important sanctuary for many migratory waterfowl.
Chikaming Open Lands
Chikaming Open Lands (COL) is the local land conservancy dedicated to preserving the open spaces and natural rural character of southern Berrien County. We protect and restore native plant and animal habitat, improve water quality in our lakes, streams, and rivers, and permanently preserve ecologically significant forests, prairies, and wetlands, as well as farmland and other open spaces in our community.
Hickory Creek Preserve
Hickory Creek Preserve is 32 acres of protected habitats and linear trail, which are tucked away in the middle of town.