Programs for Kids & Families

Get up close and learn about the natural world with these fun and informative programs!

Family Nature Club

Family Nature Club

KNC invites you to a nature play date! Bring your household for a special program designed to get family time in nature back on the calendar. In addition to socializing with nature families, learn practical outdoor skills to better explore our Michigan splendor.
Throughout the year, we’ll experience outdoor sports like archery and fishing, build skills like fire and shelter building, learn ways to call owls, make your own maple syrup, and learn how to build a better backyard. And definitely make time for the first annual Adventure Race! The learning is for all ages and so is the fun. Participate in our pilot programs and register at the links below. $25 a program, per family.

Upcoming Family Nature Club dates:

Saturday, January 28, 6-7:30 pm
Doing the Owl Prowl

Saturday, February 25, 10-11:30 am
Maple Syrup Treasure

Saturday, March 25, 10-11:30 am
Backyard Buddies


Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Visit each Wednesday morning at 10 am to learn about a different Michigan animal friend!  Hear a story, color a picture, and meet a live animal.  Animals will be handled by trained animal care staff.  Geared for children 5 and under with an adult.  $2 program fee per child (in addition to regular admission).  

See the Calendar for each week's featured animal.

 

Visitor Center


Visitor Center

Open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm
KNC's Visitor Center is fun for everyone!  Featuring interactive exhibits and live animals, a tropical Sun-Rain Room, wildlife viewing areas, an Expedition Station with rotating seasonal themes (and a cool loft for the kids!), Glen Vista Gallery, and the Expedition Gift Shop, the award-winning Visitor Center is a must-see on your visit to the Kalamazoo Nature Center.



Creature Features

Creature Features

Drop by between 11 am and noon on Saturdays (dates vary, visit the Calendar for dates and featured animals) to see some of KNC's animals up close and out of their normal enclosures!  Animals will be handled by trained KNC staff and volunteers who are happy to answer your questions.








Farmyard Wednesdays

Farmyard Wednesdays June - September 10:30 am - Noon

We'll feature a different farm animal each Wednesday from June through September from 10:30 am - Noon.  These fun farmyard programs are for children ages 2-8 and anyone with a love of animals!  $5 program fee per participating child (in addition to regular admission)  
Meet: DeLano Farmyard, 555 West E Avenue

6/7 Eggsploring the farm 6/14 Rabbit Romp 6/21 Wild Guests 6/28 Tractor Day 7/5 From Sheep to Sweater 7/12 From Moo to Milk 7/19 Hard working Horses 7/26 Goofy Goats 8/12 Green and Growing 8/9 Dog Days 8/16 Birds of a Feather 8/23 Fiber Fun 8/30 Composting critters 9/6 Farmyard Picnic - Final Wednesday Morning Celebration

Visit KNC's calendar for details on each week's program.

Nature's Playground


Nature's Playground

Have a great time exploring, splashing, and climbing at Nature's Playground, located in the Arboretum!  Spend some quality outdoor time with the little ones and play in the stream, build forts, and wander through the natural play areas. Enjoy the benefits of unstructured play outside.  Bring a picnic lunch (and a towel) for an amazing afternoon adventure.  

Nature's Playground is open from April 1 - August
Monday-Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday, 1-5 pm






     
Kalamazoo Nature Center  •  7000 North Westnedge Avenue  •  Kalamazoo, MI 49009
PHONE (269) 381-1574  •  FAX (269) 381-2557 

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