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Certain places have a magic that draws people to them. At the heart of the Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is one such place: Cooper’s Glen. With its towering stands of Beech and Maple trees, abundant wildlife, rolling landscape and Trout Run winding through it, Cooper’s Glen has inspired generations of visitors to appreciate and care for the natural world. We invite you to support KNC’s future through a planned gift that honors your connection to this place.

Ways to give

KNC welcomes legacy gifts in many forms and of any amount. You may prefer to make your final gift during your lifetime in order to witness the impact of your generosity. You may wish to plan a gift that will be realized beyond your lifetime. In either case, your legacy gift is appreciated. Your professional advisor can help you structure a gift that reflects your wishes to support KNC’s mission.  

Areas of Impact

Unrestricted gifts to KNC support the organization’s greatest needs at any given point in time. If you prefer that your gift supports a particular program, it can be designated to an area of your choosing such as education, conservation, research, scholarships, facilities, etc.

Points of Connection

KNC’s Legacy Team of staff and volunteers is ready to speak with you about your intentions, answer questions and facilitate your wishes. 


Rayline Manni, Vice President of Development, 269.381.1574 x35
Nathan Smallwood, President & CEO, 269.381.1574 x34


Cooper's Glen Legacy Member Paula Alldred talks with KNC's Conservation Steawardship Vice President Jessica Simons about her recent gift of nearly 40 acres adjacent to Heronwood Field Station.  Thanks to videographer Jim Triezenberg!

Paula is one of the many individuals who have chosen to include KNC in their estate planning.  

Benefits of Cooper's Glen Legacy Membership

Each person making a personal pledge of a final gift or planned support is included as a member of the Cooper’s Glen Legacy. In addition to knowing that your wishes will be honored at KNC, you will enjoy special Cooper’s Glen Legacy opportunities, including:

  • A quarterly Legacy e-newsletter
  • Semi-annual gatherings of Legacy members with special programs inspired by nature
  • Special VIP invitations to KNC programs 

Through these and similar Cooper’s Glen Legacy member benefits, KNC wishes to show our appreciation and enrich your planned giving experience.

“For us, having access to a quality natural environment has been a necessity for a healthy life.”  
~ Charter members, Cooper’s Glen Legacy
A Year in Cooper's Glen, by Jim Triezenberg