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The Heronwood Field Station is a 5000 square foot home that was generously donated to the Kalamazoo Nature Center and converted into an ecological field station. The field station sits on over 60 acres of Oak forest with wetlands and a large pond. Heronwood  is the home to several projects and programs. With fully equipped laboratories, a GIS station, and plenty of room for projects, Heronwood is an ideal place to work with high school students, college students, and graduates on a wide variety of research projects. Research projects include butterfly and moth research and rearing.

Please note:  Heronwood Field Station is a private school and not open to the public.  For education questions, please call (269) 459-8500. To rent Heronwood, please visit our Rentals page here.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol at Heronwood Field Station

Our Commitment to Health and Safety

Heronwood Field Station is committed to protecting the health of our students, families, staff, and community. The following policies were designed in response to guidance from the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap, Michigan Departments of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Health and Human Services, in accordance with best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with everyone’s well being in mind.

To limit the potential spread of COVID-19, we will be making some temporary changes to our programming that include robust cleaning and disinfecting procedures and minimising opportunities for person-to-person exposure (e.g., an infected person spreading respiratory droplets through actions such as coughing, sneezing, or talking). The following plan outlines the recommended practices and strategies we will use to protect the health of our students, staff, and families while at the same time ensuring that students are experiencing developmentally appropriate and responsive interactions and environments.

Please read the Heronwood Field Station COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan here.

Programs at Heronwood

Conservation Biology

Heronwood Conservation Biology courseKNC’s Conservation Biology class, offered in partnership with the Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency’s Education for Employment (EFE) program, introduces students to the exciting careers in Natural Resource Conservation and Wildlife Biology.  This is a laboratory/field-based course which involves hands-on learning of ecological science, animal and plant studies (i.e. behavior, identification), job shadowing and field trips. This course has special emphasis on skills and technology used in this profession.  Students have direct contact with natural resource conservationists and wildlife biologists in this field of study. They will receive either their 2nd or 3rd high school science credit through this program, as well as, attain the skills necessary to obtain employment in various careers in Natural Resource Conservation and Wildlife Biology. To learn more about this program and enrollment requirements, please visit KRESA's website or call 269-250-9300 

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