A small inlet opens out onto a lake. Sun is setting. Icicles come from the top of the inlet. Ice and water along the bottom.
Lake Michigan inlet A small inlet within an ice shelf along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. © Stephen Carmickle/TNC Photo Contest 2021

Our lakes. Our land. Our future.

For decades, TNC in Michigan has worked with the people of this Great Lakes state to protect the rivers, lakes and lands that are its natural heritage. We continue to pursue strategies that will help ensure the vitality of Michigan’s people, places and wildlife for generations to come.

Boulders dot the shoreline of a lake.
Lake Huron shoreline. Carl A. Gerstacker Nature Preserve at Dudley Bay in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. © Ron Leonetti

Places We Protect

TNC’s protected lands provide people with valuable opportunities to connect with nature. We maintain our preserves and reserves to achieve the right balance of use so that natural systems flourish, and people can have meaningful experiences in the outdoors.

A rock formation on a calm shore.
Rolling dunes and grass along a lake shore.
Rock formation along the side of a lake. Rolling forests changing color in the background.
Sled dogs and their driver rush through the snow past a Nature Conservancy sign.
A lighthouse along a lakeside
A summit overlooking rolling forests and a lake.
The clouds reflected in a river. The water is surrounded by green grass on either side.
Snow drifts along the shore of a lake.
The light peeks through the trees and lights a dirt trail.
Sun rises over a grassy bay. The sun reflects in the water.