Special events at KNCSpecial Events at KNC

There is always something fun to do at KNC! We celebrate the changing seasons with fun and educational programs and invite you to visit one or all of the special events held throughout the year. Admission to KNC members is always free. Non-members pay regular admission.

Guest passes and coupons are not valid at special events.


Events at KNC
March - Maple Sugar Festival

maple sap dripping into bucketMaple Sugar Festival

See the schedule of activities here!

Since 1966 our Maple Sugar Festival has been a time for families to experience the maple sugaring process up close. Taste the sugary deliciousness of pure maple syrup on top of your pancakes and enjoy a cup of maple-flavoured coffee to begin your day. Head outside to learn about the wonders of a Michigan Maple Sugar Bush as our tour guides take you through the process step-by-step! Some of our Animal Ambassadors will even make appearances throughout the day!

As the first agricultural crop of the season, maple sugaring has always been an important part of Michigan’s history. Be sure to visit the Historic DeLano Homestead to experience historic maple sugaring and life in the 1800s. With a costume photobooth, horse-drawn wagon rides, and live demonstrations by blacksmiths and fiber artists, there is sure to be something for the entire family to enjoy!


April - Earth Day Celebration

Young scientist at Earth DayEarth Day Celebration

It’s time to get outside and celebrate springtime at the Kalamazoo Nature Center! This FREE admission day offers daylong activities.

Start the day with a 5K Trail Run along some of KNC’s most beautiful trails. The untimed run/walk  begins at 10am and includes steep hills, forest views, and a variety of terrain. The $30 registration fee includes an official run shirt while quantities/sizes last. The kids’ can join in too at 9 am for the Kids’ Raccoon Run for ages 8 and under. This 1K romp around the Habitat Haven Trail is stroller-friendly and includes a run t-shirt with the $15 registration fee. 
Register online by April 1 to guarantee a shirt/size  at NatureCenter.org.

Everyone can join in on the day’s festivities with special programs and hikes for all ages. 


June - Mud Fest

Mud Fest
Dig into a giant mud pit, have a blast at Nature’s Playground, zoom down the giant slip ‘n’ slide, check out fun family games, and soar through the trees like a bird on the zipline. Getting dirty never felt so good! Admission to MudFest is free with general KNC admission; guest passes are not valid for this special event 

See the day's activities and schedule here.

September - Kalamazoo Zugunruhe

Celebrate the incredible migratory instincts of Michigan birds, bats, and butterflies. Movement is an essential narrative of nature, so come explore fun ways to move at the Kalamazoo Zugunruhe!


December - Buy Local Art & Gift Fair

squirrel with candy caneBuy Local Logo

The Buy Local Art & Gift Fair is not your ordinary art fair! More than 50 local artisans transform the Visitor Center with their creative displays and top quality work. Visitors enjoy chatting with the artists and vendors, surrounded by the beauty of the winter woods. KNC supports buying local and gives back to the community by offering FREE ADMISSION to both the Art & Gift Fair and the beautiful winter trails.