Township officials in West Traverse Township invite the community to join them for the re-dedication of the recently rebuilt Thorne Swift Dune Observation Platform at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve on August 26, 2013 at 7pm. The original structure reached the end of its useful life and was rebuilt this spring through a cooperative funding program involving private donors, the Little Traverse Conservancy, the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation and the taxpayers of West Traverse Township.
The Dune Observation Platform is open daily and is part of the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve -a 30 acre tract on Lake Michigan owned by the Little Traverse Conservancy and leased to and operated by West Traverse Township. Thorne Swift was conceived in 1981 when Elizabeth
Kennedy donated the property to the Conservancy.
In addition to the dune observation platform, Thorne Swift features the Elizabeth Kennedy Nature Center containing a multitude of educational displays, over a mile and a half of hiking trails, a pond observation platform, a gazebo, an amphitheatre and offers seasonal guided programs. The preserve and nature center are open daily from 10am to ½ hour after sunset from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There is a $3 parking fee for visitors while West Traverse Township residents and Little Traverse Conservancy members enjoy free entry.
Call (231) 526-6401 for more information on current programs and off season hours.