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Pfizer Day of Caring volunteers at UNPUrban Nature Park

Located at 426 E. Michigan Avenue in downtown Kalamazoo, the Urban Nature Park (UNP) is a 4-acre natural area in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo. Historically, it was a coal yard for the railroads and recently was a polluted brownfield site. The Kalamazoo Nature Center has cleaned up contamination and restored the historic railroad bridge overlook across Portage Creek. Clean topsoil has been graded into rolling curves and a native shortgrass prairie was planted in 2017. We will mow the prairie for the first two years to encourage native plant establishment before we allow the prairie to grow and bloom.

A paved hiking and biking trail leads to a scenic overlook of Portage Creek, and you can observe birds and other wildlife using the restored wetland along the creek.

There is no fee for entrance, and free parking for Urban Nature Park visitors is located on E. Michigan Ave, right across the street from Maru and Hopcat. Please visit and bring your friends! Stay tuned for a Grand Opening Celebration in July 2018.

If you’d like to join the “Friends of the Urban Nature Park” and help care for the park, please contact Anna Kornoelje at akornoelje@naturecenter.org

Urban Nature Park

Urban Nature Park

Urban Nature Park in Fall

Urban Nature Park in Fall

View from the deck

View from the deck

Ducks on the creek

Ducks on the creek

Directions to Urban Nature Park