Paw Paw Prairie Fen Preserve in Mattawan and is *quite* the gem, and possibly my new favorite family photography spot in the area! You can walk deep into the preserve and come across a variety of landscapes, though this whole session took place just in the first little section of trail. This sweet family came out to explore the preserve for a morning of family fun.
This land is protected by The Nature Conservancy and was apparently originally slated for a housing development! The development company began landscaping for a neighborhood when The Nature Conservancy was alerted to rare wetland communities at the site and began negotiations for acquiring the land. I, for one, am *so* glad they did. I highly recommend checking these trails out if you live in the Kalamazoo area!
Erin Decker (formerly Erin Denay), Photographer based in Kalamazoo, MI