A young girl explores wildlife at the Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow.
Girl looking at plant. A young girl explores wildlife at the Nan Weston Nature Preserve at Sharon Hollow. © Michael D-L Jordan/dlp

Stories in Michigan

Enhance Your Preserve Experience

Find new ways to explore our preserves—at home or in the field.

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Wild Winter Wolf Hear the howl of the elusive Echo Lake wolf pack, one of the most famous wolf packs in the Upper Peninsula, and one of many species to discover on the TravelStorys tour. © Janet Haas

Get the Inside Scoop 

Take a tour through floodplain forests, wetlands, bluffs and marshes right from the palm of your hand. Our guided audio tours include stories, fun facts, historical notes and natural sounds to deepen your connection to place. Access the tour from the comfort of your home, or onsite as you hike! Keep scrolling to find directions for either option, available at the following locations:

Take the Tour at the Preserve

Before you visit:

  • Download the free TravelStorys app to your smartphone or tablet from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
  • Open app and when prompted to choose location permissions select ‘allow all the time’
  • Search for the preserve you want to tour
  • Click on the tour when it pops up, then click on the blue circle with the white arrow to download it to your device.
  • In your device settings, make sure GPS and location services are set to "allow all the time".
  • Charge your device and grab a pair of headphones (if you prefer). 

When you arrive:

  • In the preserve's parking area, open the TravelStorys app, and select the tour for that preserve to begin the tour (data service/internet is not required). 
  • As you begin your hike, the audio will play at pre-programmed GPS points along the route. It’s like a personal tour guide that you can carry in your pocket! 

Take the Tour at Home

  • Visit travelstorys.com/tours and search for the preserve you’d like to tour, or click one of the preserves links above.
  • Click on the tour page and scroll to the green button “Explore this Preserve Remotely”.
  • From here, toggle your way through the interface at your own pace. Enjoy all the sights and sounds from the comfort of your home or classroom.  
A delicate orange and black butterfly balances on a plant with small yellow flowers.
FRITILLARY BUTTERFLY AT ROSS PRESERVE One of many species you may see enjoying the wildflowers. © Jason Whalen/Big Foot Media

Treasure Hunt with Geocaching

Geocaching is an exciting way to explore the landscape, to discover someplace new and share special places with other outdoor enthusiasts. Players seek to locate hidden containers, called geocaches or earthcaches, using a smartphone or GPS. It gets the whole family outside to explore the natural world and teaches kids about navigation with the fun reward of finding real hidden treasure. Once back home, you can share your stories and photos of the adventure online. Log on to geocaching.com to set up a free account and start the hunt. Official geocaches can be found at the following preserves:

Geocaching is a regulated activity at TNC. In order to protect the sensitive areas of preserves, to maintain a safe, fun activity and to allow TNC to monitor this use, all people wishing to place a geocache within preserves must complete a permit application.  

Geocaching 101 Start your adventure today!

Get Involved!

Volunteer Work Days

Step up for nature at Ives Road Fen Preserve in Lenawee County. Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds as you remove garlic mustard in the floodplain next to the River Raisin and cut honeysuckle in the upland prairie. Work days take place every Saturday from 9am-12pm ET in the months of April, May, September, and October. To participate, contact Chuck Pearson at ivesroadfen@gmail.com or call 615-500-8229. 

Field Trips & Webinars

Visit nature.org/mievents for more information on guided hikes and educational webinars offered throughout the year. 

A group of smiling people with tools pose next to the Ives Road Fen Preserve sign.
Volunteer Work Day TNC staff (including State Director Helen Taylor) removing invasive species at Ives Road Fen Preserve © TNC/Heywood