Programs for Kids & Families

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

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, 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

July 5: Sheep to Sweater

Sheep are fun, energetic and useful. Explore how we go from animals in the field to the clothes that you wear.

July 12: Dairy Dreams

Cows give us milk and meat, and can help farmers do hard work, too. Learn about and meet these amazing animals.

July 19: Horses and Hooves

Get up close and discover the world of horses on the farm!

July 26: Gallivanting Goats

Goats are playful, mischievous, and useful. Discover the goofy world of goats on the farmyard.
August 2: Green and Growing

Learn all about the plants growing on the DeLano farm! Investigate the different ways these plants are used and the purposes they serve on a farm.

August 9: Dog Days

Dogs play an important role on the farm! Learn about these hard workers and the jobs they do on a farm.

August 16: Fiber Fun

Meet our sheep, goats, and rabbits to learn about the different uses for animal fur!

August 23: Compost Critters

Healthy life comes from healthy soil! But who looks out for the health of the soil? Come learn about worms, beetles and more, and the role they play on a healthy farm.

August 30: Tools of the Trade

Discover some of the many tools farmers use for working on the farm.

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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