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

KNC Board Member Receives Climate Champion Award

Dr. Denise KeeleKNC Trustee Dr. Denise Keele, Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Western Michigan University, received the inaugural Michigan Climate Action Network's (MCAN) Climate Champion Award at the organization's virtual Michigan Climate and Clean Energy Summit in May, 2021. According to the MCAN release, the group created the award to "recognize Michiganders doing exceptional climate and justice work." The Climate Champion Award is given to a professional doing exceptional climate and justice work for an organization, a municipality, or business in Michigan. 

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