Arboretum in Spring

Make a gift to the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Your online gift helps support the mission of the Kalamazoo Nature Center by providing funding for the many programs and services offered every month. From summer camp to preschool, public programs, research, and conservation, our goal is to inspire everyone to experience nature everyday. You can help. 

KNC is a private, non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) formed in 1960. We are supported by membership and admission fees, monetary and in-kind donations, program and service fees, foundation grants, and endowment earnings.


New at KNC!  Professional Enrichment Fund

The Professional Enrichment Fund, in honor of Bill Rose, will be endowed for the purpose of providing staff with professional development opportunities - particularly those that are non-traditional and/or experience-based.  An anonymous donor has offered to match gifts 1:1 to a maximum of $25,000!  Learn more and give here...

Donate to the Annual Fund at KNC

Donate to the Annual Fund (Fall Appeal)

Your tax-deductible donation provides critical operating support so that everyone in our community can experience the passion, thrill, and excitement that comes with meaningful connections to the natural world.



Copper Beech leaves

Cooper's Glen Legacy

KNC's Cooper's Glen Legacy program honors those who choose to supprt KNC's future through planned giving. We welcome legacy gifts in many forms and of any amount. In either case, your legacy gift is appreciated. 



KVBO - American Kestrel


Each donation supports the supplies, equipment, facilities, and staff that are critical to building on the Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory's 40 + year history as one of the largest inland bird banding stations in the United States.


Arboretum in spring

Commemorative Bricks & Benches

Each personalized, engraved brick along the  Commemorative Pathway in KNC's Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden demonstrates support of the KNC mission of connecting people and nature, now and for future generations. For more information on purchasing a brick or bench plate, please call (269) 381-1574 ext. 35.

Kids doing somersaults in summer


Through generous donations like yours, KNC has supplemented over 1,200 camp experiences since 2005. We are looking forward to another summer filled with exploration, friendships, and memory-making!




Michigan Butterfly Network

The Michigan Butterfly Network seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species, evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems, and engage the Michigan public in significant citizen science research.



Box Turtle at KNC

Adopt an Animal

Adopting an animal is an exciting way to support KNC's animal care and learn more about these amazing animals. Your adoption helps to provide care for an animal at KNC, gives an unreleasable animal a permanent home (they will live and be cared for here at KNC), and supports educational programming.  You can even have a Meet & Greet with your animal!



Adopt a Hummingbird

Adopting a Hummingbird is a unique and rewarding way to suppport the Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory, KNC's bird banding program.  When you adopt a hummingbird, you will receive a certificate with your name and a profile for an individual hummingbird banded through KVBO, a guarantee that you will be notified if your hummingbird is ever recaptured, and the satisfaction of knowing that your adoption is helping KVBO with important research.