Heronwood Field Station
Ecology. Research. Education.
6378 Hart Drive, Kalamazoo, MI  49009
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Heronwood Field Station is a 5000 square foot home that was generously donated to the Kalamazoo Nature Center and converted into an ecological field station. The field station sits on over 60 acres of Oak forest with wetlands and a large pond. Heronwood  is the home to several projects and programs. With fully equipped laboratories, a GIS station, and plenty of room for projects, Heronwood is an ideal place to work with high school students, college students, and graduates on a wide variety of research projects. Plans for upcoming work include butterfly and moth research and rearing. 

Programs at Heronwood Field Station


Conservation Leaders Program for Grades 7 and 8

Research Training Sessions – Weekdays June 19 – 27 from 9am – 5pm

Sleeping Bear Dunes Trip – 9am on Wednesday, June 28 – 5pm on Friday, June 30


The Conservation Leadership Program is an outdoor experience for 6th-8th grade students to learn about environmental science and biological research in the best laboratory: nature.

Throughout the two-week program, students create their own experiments, draw connections between their everyday life and nature, and build friendships through team games and challenge course activities. Like a nature detective, students gain added STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills through observation, experience with scientific equipment, and interactions with biologists working in the field. These research training sessions teach relevant research techniques and their application and take place across local natural areas and in active science labs and field stations!

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Conservation Biology

KNC’s Conservation Biology class, offered in partnership with the Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency’s (KRESA), Education for Employment (EFE) program introduces students to the exciting careers in Natural Resource Conservation and Wildlife Biology.  This is a laboratory/field-based course which involves hands-on learning of ecological science, animal and plant studies (i.e. behavior, identification), job shadowing and field trips. This course has special emphasis on skills and technology used in this profession.  Students have direct contact with natural resource conservationists and wildlife biologists in this field of study. They will receive either their 2nd or 3rd high school science credit through this program, as well as, attain the skills necessary to obtain employment in various careers in Natural Resource Conservation and Wildlife Biology. To learn more about this program and enrollment requirements, please visit http://kresa.org/Page/1733 or call 269-250-9300  
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Kalamazoo Nature Center  •  7000 North Westnedge Avenue  •  Kalamazoo, MI 49009
PHONE (269) 381-1574  •  FAX (269) 381-2557 

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