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 celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2020!

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

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

Annual Reports

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


2019-20 Board of Trustees

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