Community Outreach program with Open RoadsCommunity Outreach

KNC's community outreach program works in collaboration with the Congregation of St. Joseph, serving as a local resource in the development of outdoor education for urban populations residing on the east side of Kalamazoo.  Programs will inspire and support residents to reach their potential by creating opportunities for healthy, active, and balanced lifestyles, while gaining a deeper appreciation for nature in their community. The program serves to provide this connection to nature through walks, canoeing, programs, workshops, and adventures, many in their own neighborhoods.  Two important resources in the Kalamazoo community are the Nazareth property and Bow in the Clouds Nature Preserve.

Community Outreach Partnerships

KNC's community outreach program is funded by a grant through the Congregation of St. Joseph.

Partner list

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo
Eastside Youth Strong
Peace House
Northeastern elementary
Building blocks
Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation
Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association
E-Net ( Kalamazoo Eastside Network )

Director's Note
My first summer with the Kalamazoo Nature Center went by in a blink of an eye. We continued to build relationships with existing partners: Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association (KENA), Boys and Girls Club (BGC), Peace House and Kalamazoo Youth Strong, fostering new partnerships with: Kalamazoo Public Safety, Oakwood Neighborhood Association and Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation. From canoe trips to exploration hikes, each group brought a different perceptive to my work helping to create a diverse backdrop for the program. I am excited about the relationships we have been able to build and with the success that we are experiencing as we connected people of all backgrounds to the natural world.
- Ben Chee, KNC Community Outreach Director