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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.

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 

Conservation Leadership Program for 6-8 Grade

The Conservation Leadership Program is a two-week outdoor experience held each summer for 6th-8th grade students to learn about environmental science and biological research in the best laboratory: nature.  Learn more about the Conservation Leadership Program and registration information here.

Contact Heronwood Director Kim Lippke
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Directions to Heronwood Field Station

Note: Heronwood is not open to the public.