Saturday, September 7, 10 am - 6 pm
(Zoo-gun-roo): “The migratory drive in animals, especially birds
during the normal migration period.” Join us for an exciting new
event celebrating 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!
Schedule of Activities
8 am - 12 pm Bird Banding Tours | Every 40 minutes, weather dependent
10 am - 6 pm Artists in the Arboretum | Local artists will be set up throughout the Arboretum in this special, open-air art fair! Interested in being an artist at this year's event? Learn more and register here!
10 am Build-Your-Wings Workshop | Craft your own unique set of wings with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts! Once made, don your creation and strut your stuff in the Magnificent Migration Parade at 11:30 am. $5 workshop fee covers the cost of materials.
11 am - 12:30 pm Crescendo Academy of Music: Musical Trail | Take a leisurely walk in the woods while listening to live musical performances from students of the Crescendo Academy of Music. Each piece is chosen to reflect the meaning of migration.
11:30 am Children’s Magnificent Migration Parade | Celebrate movement in costume! Come dressed as a migratory animal and parade through the arboretum to show-off your costume. Make a pair of wings at the 10 am workshop, or bring your own outfit to display!
10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:30 pm Live Animal Programs | KNC Birds of Prey will be featured.
12 pm Wellspring Dance Company: Dancing Hike | Explore movement through dance! Wellspring Dance Company will lead an adventure through nature while encouraging musical movement.
12 pm - 3 pm Butterfly Walks | Walks leave every hour, on the hour.
5-7 pm Bats and Brews at the Barn | Attendees must be 21+ years of age
Did you know bats are pollinators of the agave plant that is used to make tequila? Join us for an evening “migratory affair” as we learn about the fascinating adaptations of bats, and their important role in an ecosystem. Dr. Maarten VonHoff will give a riveting presentation on these amazing animals to wrap up Kalamazoo Zugunruhe. $10/person if registered prior to event day; $15/person for day-of registration. Spots are limited! Reserve yours by visiting NatureCenter.org, or calling (269) 381-1574 x0.
Be sure to check out these activities throughout the day!
Artists in the Arboretum | Food Truck Vendors | Nature’s Playground | DIY Seed Bombs
DIY Hummingbird Nectar | Pinecone Bird Seed feeders | Creature Features | Face Painting
Temporary Tattoos | Migration Trail Tales | Musical Performances | Speaker Series
Admission: Members free, Non-members $7/adult, $6/senior, $4/child (4 – 17 yrs), children 3 years and under are free
Sign up for a KNC membership at the festival and we will deduct the price of admission!
Guest passes are not valid for special events.