Community Emergence Series

Community Emergence Series

Inspired by adrienne maree brown’s concept of emergence as a
framework for interacting with self, others, and our planet that mimics patterns found in nature,
the Community Emergence Series is offered by the Kalamazoo Nature Center, 
ONEPlace at Kalamazoo Public Library, and Rootead Enrichment Center.
Presented by the Terry Todd International Speaker Fund.

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Explore Nature's Playground

Explore Nature's Playground

Now open daily this summer, located in the Arboretum.

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Butterfly Field Trips

Butterfly Field Trips

Meet experts from the Michigan Butterfly Network at local preserves to search for butterflies in the field.


Welcome to the Kalamazoo Nature Center!

Visitor Center Hours:  Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, Sunday, 1pm-5pm. The Visitor Center is closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
KNC Trails are open daily from 9 am - 7:30 pm 

Welcome back! The Exhibits Hall is currently closed for renovations. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks while inside if they are not vaccinated. Participants in KNC programs are required to wear masks while indoors.

Our Hosts are here to help you make the most of your visit to the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Have questions?  Call us at (269) 381-1574 ext. 0. We look forward to seeing you soon!  

Community Emergence Program Series presents...

Lecture and Musical Trail Celebrating Global Environmental Leadership  
Featuring Mariam Konaté, Ph.D. and the Kalamazoo Orchestra Symphony

Saturday, August 7, 2021, 5:15pm – 8:00pm

Join us for the first in the Community Emergence Program Series offered by the Kalamazoo Nature Center, ONEPlace at Kalamazoo Public Library, and Rootead Enrichment Center. We welcome Mariam Konaté, Ph.D., Associate Professor of African American & African Studies & Gender and Women's Studies at Western Michigan University. Her talk on, "Race, class, gender, and environmental justice: A Global Perspective" will address the importance of using an intersectional approach to analyze the multi-faceted impact of climate change and its environmental effects on people worldwide.

After the talk, enjoy a performance on KNC's Glen Vista Deck by a quartet from the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and drink service from Stamped Robin’s Lil Bird Cocktail Cart. Members of the KSO will also perform works composed by Black and Indigenous People of Color, (BIPOC) composers along the KNC's Beech Maple Trail. This experience will feature 5-7 individual performers, duos, and trios. 

Community Emergence SeriesThe Community Emergence Program series is inspired by adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy, which offers nature-inspired ideas and tools to transform the ways we interact with ourselves, each other, and nature. This series features programs from Kalamazoo Nature Center, Mary Jane Underwood Center for Civic Engagement with support from the Arcus Center at Kalamazoo College, Gryphon Place, Open Roads, RAWK, ONEPlace at Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Brent Harris Sculpture, Rootead Enrichment Center, and others. This series is made possible with support from KNC's Terry Todd International Speakers Series.  



Michigan Butterfly Network

MiBN Field Trips

Join KNC staff on guided butterfly hikes through some of our local natural areas this summer! 

Fee: Member $25/Non-member $30

Emma Pitcher Prairie: July 19 
Habitat Haven: August 14  
Willard Rose Prairie: August 26  

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Common buckeye (Junonia coenia) by Bill Krasean

Buy Local Art & Gift Fair

 Call for Artists

Attention area artisans! Applications are now open for the Buy Local Art & Gift Fair, held the first weekend in December. See KNC's Visitor Center magically transformed with top-quality work from more than 50 local artisans in a fun and festive atmosphere.

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Scholarship Appeal

Early Childhood Education Scholarships

You can support learning in the natural world! Early childhood education programs at KNC, including Nature's Way Preschool (NWP), provide critical building blocks for young learners. Equally critical are the scholarship funds that make NWP and other early childhood programs financially accessible.

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Gifts of Nature

There are a number of ways to support KNC and give a unique gift that lasts all year! From adopting a hummingbird to giving a gift membership to KNC, there is a Gift of Nature for everyone.

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Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

Arts at KNC


Adopt an Animal





Please note:  The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a private nature preserve. 
Dogs, camping, drones, and firearms are not permitted. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trails.

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