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Register for a Program

Some KNC and partner programs, workshops, and events require pre-registration and payment. To register, please click on the appropriate link below or call (269) 381-1574 ext. 0.  

 

Sensory Friendly Night | February 21

Sensory Friendly Night
February 21, 6 pm

Making experiences in nature accessible is something we are working towards. KNC will be opening the Visitor Center after regular hours once a month to offer a quieter, sensory-friendly experience for families with children on the autism spectrum or who have sensory processing needs. The evening includes self-guided exhibit exploration, a craft to take home, and a live animal available to meet. Spaces are limited to 10 each night to preserve the low stimulus environment.

Cost: $5/member, $7/non-member. REGISTER HERE, or call (269)-381-1574 x0

 Standard Cancellation Policy:
For cancellation prior to registration deadline, a $5 processing fee will be retained by KNC.  Between registration deadline and day of program, a 25% processing fee, with a minimum of $5, will be retained by KNC.: No refunds day of event or after.

SOLD OUT: Birds of Prey Photo Session | February 22

Birds of Prey Photo Session
Saturday, February 22, 1-3 pm

This event is at capacity. Please call (269)-381-1574 ext. 0 for a waiting list.

Fee: $10/member; $12/non-member

Photographers! This is your chance to get up close to our raptors to snap those once in a lifetime shots! We’ll have an indoor photo shoot, then our trained handlers will venture outside with the birds so you can get some more natural looking backdrops (registration & fee required). Cost: $10/member, $12/non-member. This program is for adults only.

Standard Cancellation Policy:
For cancellation prior to registration deadline, a $5 processing fee will be retained by KNC.  Between registration deadline and day of program, a 25% processing fee, with a minimum of $5, will be retained by KNC.: No refunds day of event or after.

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED: Green Living Series Workshop: Backyard Maple Sugaring | February 23

Green Living Series Workshop: Backyard Maple Sugaring
Sunday, February 23, 2-4 pm

Note: Registration is now closed for this program.

Fee: $15/Member, $20/Non-Member

Learn how to turn sap into syrup at home! We’ll discuss how to identify trees, tapping strategies, and tips & tricks to boil sap in your own backyard. Stay after the presentation to make your own bucket to collect sap at home (registration & fee required) 

This program is geared toward adults.

2 pm - 3 pm: Backyard Maple Sugaring presentation - FREE
3 pm - 4 pm: (Optional) DIY Sap Bucket
$20 fee per bucket, registration and payment required by February 19.

Standard Cancellation Policy:
For cancellation prior to registration deadline, a $5 processing fee will be retained by KNC.  Between registration deadline and day of program, a 25% processing fee, with a minimum of $5, will be retained by KNC.: No refunds day of event or after.

 

Maple Syrup by Candlelight | February 29

Maple Syrup by Candlelight 
Saturday, February 29, 7-9 pm   

Fee: $15/member; $20/non-member
Meet at back of main Visitor Center parking lot

CHOOSE YOUR REGISTRATION TIME:

Register for the 7:15 pm - 8 pm program

Register for the 8 pm - 8:45 pm program

Experience Maple Sugar tours like never before! Bring a friend or partner to be guided by lamplight through the story of the maple sugar bush. Grab a warm beverage to take with you (bring your own mug!), and enjoy the stillness of the forest at night as you walk along a luminary-lit path. Tours begin at 7:15 pm and 8 pm, and last approximately 45 minutes. Tours will end in our Sugar Shack with samples of real Michigan maple syrup! Dress to be warm and walk quietly. No flashlights, please! Spaces are limited and registration is required. Cost: $15/member, $20/non-member. Register above, or call (269)-381-1574 ext. 0

Standard Cancellation Policy:
For cancellation prior to registration deadline, a $5 processing fee will be retained by KNC.  Between registration deadline and day of program, a 25% processing fee, with a minimum of $5, will be retained by KNC.: No refunds day of event or after.

 

Regenerative Agriculture Panel | March 7

Free program during Maple Sugar Festival

KNC has partnered with the Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition, and Kalamazoo Valley Food Innovation Center to host a round table discussion on regenerative agriculture.  Learn how some farmers in our region are using nature-based agricultural practices to mitigate the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change. In continued efforts to practice the ethics we teach, KNC has sourced its sausage for MSF from a Michigan farm that utilizes regenerative agriculture practices this year. 

LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Family Night: Gardening Together | March 20

Family Night: Gardening Together
Friday, March 20, 6 pm

Fee: $5/member, $7/non-member                        

Start Location: DeLano Farms Greenhouse, 555 West E Ave

Growing your own food as a family can provide a deep connection to nature. Spend the early evening at the beautiful DeLano Farms Greenhouse and learn how to start a garden in your backyard. Our farm director will give you some starting supplies, and demonstrate tips and tricks to plant a 4×8 garden at home!

REGISTER HERE or call (269) 381-1574 ext 0

Standard Cancellation Policy:
For cancellation prior to registration deadline, a $5 processing fee will be retained by KNC.  Between registration deadline and day of program, a 25% processing fee, with a minimum of $5, will be retained by KNC.: No refunds day of event or after.

 

Spring Tea Walk | March 22

Spring Tea Walk 
March 22, 2 pm

What could be better than walking through the early spring forest while sipping a hot cup of tea? Steep your choice of tea and enjoy a hike to the Kalamazoo River. Bring your own mug. Cost: $5/member, $7/non-member.

REGISTER HERE or call (269) 381-1574 x0.

Standard Cancellation Policy:
For cancellation prior to registration deadline, a $5 processing fee will be retained by KNC.  Between registration deadline and day of program, a 25% processing fee, with a minimum of $5, will be retained by KNC.: No refunds day of event or after.

Sensory Friendly Night | March 27

Sensory Friendly Night
March 27, 6 pm     

Based on the book “I’m (NOT) Just a Scribble!” by Diane Alber, we’ll be participating in the official celebration with our own Scribbles and the hashtag, #KNCScribbles. The book is an introduction to art, emotion, and learning to “associate colors with feelings in a fun, creative way”! 

Making experiences in nature accessible is something we are working towards. KNC will be opening the Visitor Center after regular hours once a month to offer a quieter, sensory -friendly experience for families with children on the autism spectrum or who have sensory processing needs. The evening includes self-guided exhibit exploration, a craft to take home, and a live animal available to meet. Spaces are limited to 10 each night to preserve the low stimulus environment.

Cost: $5/member, $7/non-member. REGISTER HERE, or call (269)-381-1574 ext. 0

Standard Cancellation Policy:
For cancellation prior to registration deadline, a $5 processing fee will be retained by KNC.  Between registration deadline and day of program, a 25% processing fee, with a minimum of $5, will be retained by KNC.: No refunds day of event or after.

Green Living Series Workshop: Garden Starter Kit | March 29

 

Green Living Series Workshop: Garden Starter Kit
Sunday, March 29, 2-4 pm

Have you always wanted to start a garden, but don’t know where to begin? Spend the afternoon at the beautiful DeLano Farms Greenhouse to discover a way to start a garden without a rototiller or digging! Stay after the presentation to learn how to create a no-till garden with items you might have around the house, or use a simple starter kit provided by the Farm Director (registration & fee required)

REGISTER HERE, or call (269)-381-1574 ext. 0. This program is geared toward adults.

2 pm - 3 pm: Intro to Gardening presentation - FREE
3 pm - 4 pm: (Optional) Garden Starter Kit
$10/member kit, $15/non-member kit, register by March 25.
(Fee includes: Landscape fabric, staples, seeds - additional charge for transplants)

Standard Cancellation Policy:
For cancellation prior to registration deadline, a $5 processing fee will be retained by KNC.  Between registration deadline and day of program, a 25% processing fee, with a minimum of $5, will be retained by KNC.: No refunds day of event or after.