Fall on Beech Maple Trail

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization located in Kalamazoo, Michigan whose mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.

KNC History

School group walking over bridge circa 1960s

Certain places have a magic that draws people to them. Today, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, recognized by its peers as one of the top nature centers in the country, has expanded to include 1,100 acres of wooded, rolling countryside five miles north of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Learn more about the history of KNC here.

KNC's Mission & Vision

KNC's Policy to Promote Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Watch the 50th Anniversary video, "Golden Past, Green Future," by Lawrence Productions


Annual Reports

View the most current Annual Report, along with previous years, below:

2020  |  2019  |  2018  |  2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014

2019 Members' Night Presentation

KNC celebrated our 2019 Members’ Night in November with guest speaker Dr. David Karowe, professor in the department of biological sciences at Western Michigan University. His talk on the effects of climate change on birds and trees is available here.

KNC Board & President

Nathan Smallwood - President & CEO


2020-21 Board of Trustees

Chairperson Lucas Mansberger
Chairperson Elect Jim Stark
Secretary Denise Keele, Ph.D.
Treasurer Robert Loftus
Kelly Clarke
Jon Durham
Jim Justice
John "Kit" Kittredge
Paul Manstrom
Steven Rypma
Sandy Standish, Ph.D.
Afifa Thaj
Martha Todd