High School program at KNCSchool Programs for High Schoolers

View each program below for details on programs specially designed for high schoolers.  Not finding exactly what you are looking for? Give us a call to design a custom program to meet your time frame and educational needs!  For an entire list of programs, view our School Programs Brochure.

Call the Kalamazoo Nature Center Registrar at (269) 381-1574 ext. 24 or email her to set up your visit.

Helpful Information when calling:

•   Organization name, phone number, address.
•   Contact person for confirmation and materials.
•   Program choice/alternate choices, dates & times.
•   Grade, age and number (students and adults) of participants.
•   Name(s) of teacher(s).
•   Schedule time for exhibits, lunch and gift shop.
•   Method of payment.

High School Courses
Custom Field Lab

Custom Field Lab

Grade: 6th-8th Grades, High School
When:  Anytime

Looking for a field experience to tie into your curriculum? Give us a call to develop a program that meets your needs!

Topics: Biotic and Abiotic Components, Spatial & Geographical Analysis, Data Collection Methods, Access to KNC Research Data

@KNC: Time & Price will vary.


Custom Programming

Custom Programming

Grade: All
When:  Anytime

Not finding exactly what you are looking for? Give us a call to design a custom program to meet your timeframe and educational needs!  We can offer field labs, thematic programs, curriculum based programs, and writing, arts, or mathematics based trail hikes.

@Your Place: Time and Price will vary.
@KNC: Time and Price will vary.


Guided Hike

Guided Hike

Grade: All
When:  Fall/Winter/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

Rent one of our naturalists to explore a Kalamazoo Nature Center trail. Our educators will help your students engage with our trails, guiding them to use their senses to make observations, build connections, and investigate the natural phenomena they discover on their hike. Choose between forest, prairie, or wetland!

Topics: Earth materials, Living and non-living, plant parts

@ KNC: $75, .75-1 hour outdoor, time dependent on selected trail.


Life on a Pioneer Farm

Life on a Pioneer Farm
Offered November - June 2018-19 school year

Grade: All
When:  Fall / Spring @ KNC

Travel back in time to a historic 1850's homestead to learn how settlers used domesticated animals and natural resources to make a life. From cabin to farmhouse, help with seasonal chores, use 19th-century tools, and take part in living history!

Activities vary based on both season and grade level, but this program is broken down into four main seasonal themes: Fall Harvest (Sept-October), Preparing for Winter (November-December), Spring’s First Crop: Maple Sugaring (Feb-April), and Spring/Summer Farming (April-June).

Topics: Chronological thinking, family life in the past, historical narrative, use of environment, Natural Resources, Lifestyles over time, environmental impact, Culture, Michigan and US History

@ KNC: $130-140, 1.5-2 hour indoor/outdoor program


Maple Sugaring: Sap to Syrup

School Maple Sugar programMaple Sugaring: Sap to Syrup

Grade: All
When:  March @ KNC

Hike to the sugar bush and learn how a maple forest helps us make liquid gold! Visit the sugar house, smell the sap boiling, and taste real Michigan maple syrup.

Topics: Plant needs, parts and lifecycle, solar energy & seasons, biotic/abiotic components, Michigan history and natural resources.

@ KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor program – includes a guided hike!