Frog Welcome to KNC


arboretum in spring


Kirk Newman Art School at KNC

As muse and motivation for new art making experiences, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ Kirk Newman Art School and KNC are thrilled to announce an expanded partnership that brings the talented School faculty to the landscapes of the Nature Center. Explore the beauty of the trails, prairie blossoms, trees, animals, and scenery through a range of nature-inspired art courses.
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Open House June 8

From outdoor adventures like hiking, swimming, and archery to creative arts and crafts, sports, and team-building challenges, there’s something for everyone at KNC Camp!

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nature playground


Water features now open for Summer

Have fun exploring and enjoy the seasonal changes at Nature’s Playground, located in the Arboretum. Relax as you watch your kids play in the stream and water tower, build forts, and wander through the natural play areas. Better yet, join in the fun!

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Whether your business operates locally, nationally, or globally, a sponsorship places you in front of our 5,600+ membership base and the greater Kalamazoo community. Coming up:

Robin Wall Kimmerer July12

Raptor Run 5K & Kids Run October 19

Buy Local Art & Gift Fair December 6


Kleinstuck Spring Migration Bird Surveys

Started in 1973, this survey covers the entire spring migration period and, over the years, has documented 209 species. Check back for weekly updates from April -May each year, and check out upcoming spring birding programs at KNC!

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Sandhill crane

Coming Up Next

Here’s what’s coming up in the next few weeks at KNC! Visit the Calendar >

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Land Acknowledgment

The Kalamazoo Nature Center holds responsibility for over 1,500 acres of land. These properties embody a history of deep historical injustices that have produced inequity in access to nature that continues today. KNC occupies the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of the first peoples, the Anishinaabek. Also known as the Council of the Three Fires, the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Bodewadmi people ceded land in the 1821 Treaty of Chicago and lost lands through forced removal in 1833. Additionally, we acknowledge the complex racial inequity contributing to steep disparities in land access and ownership for Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities. This gives weight to KNC’s charge to our community. We are committed to becoming a KNC led by and in service to all of our community and to honoring our complex history in all we do. We are committed to healing these relationships between people and land in our work.





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Please note:  KNC is a non-profit nature preserve.
Dogs, camping, drones, and firearms are not permitted. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trails.

KNC does not accept injured or orphaned animals and is not a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
If you are concerned about an animal, please seek guidance before moving or touching the animal. Learn more >

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