Juneteenth Join KNC as we celebrate Juneteenth, June 19 through July 19

 Why is KNC Celebrating Juneteenth?

In celebration of Juneteenth, KNC will offer free admission as a way to celebrate freedom and share the healing and nourishment that nature can provide for all. Juneteenth holds historical significance as the date in 1865 that marked the end of slavery in the United States. It has increasingly become a holiday that honors the beauty, wisdom, culture and ongoing contributions of the Black community. It’s a time to recognize the rights of enslaved people and reflect on the long arc that we’re still traveling toward racial equity and social justice.

We especially invite the Black community to celebrate Juneteenth through July 19 at KNC. Our grounds offer a refuge of peace and quiet, a green place where families can gather to wander our many trails. 

To receive free admission, simply tell our Welcome Station staff that you’re here to honor Juneteenth!   

KNC plans to offer a more organized Juneteenth celebration in 2021, after COVID-19 has become more manageable.


KNC Policy to Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is an equal opportunity organization that will not discriminate in its programs or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, culture, physical or mental ability, veteran status, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or political affiliation. 

In addition, we recognize that institutional bias (implicit and explicit) in our organization, in our society and throughout the nature center/outdoor industry results in inequitable access to employment, recreation, education and other activities in the pursuit of our mission. 

Therefore, relying on current research and best-practices, we adopt the following goals to create an equitable an inclusive organization, and to further equity works in Kalamazoo 


• KNC will ensure that its board of directors, staff, volunteers, visitors, participants, membership and all others involved with the organization reflect the diversity of the community we serve.. 

• KNC will work consistently to create an inclusive culture & promote equitable access to our facilities, programs, jobs and other opportunities, by actively inviting, engaging and collaborating with people from all walks of life. 

• KNC will ensure that our interpretive facilities and programs reflect the many different historical, cultural and spiritual stories that have influenced and will continue to shape our connection to the natural world, KNC will celebrate and recognize the unique contributions of all people, and provide opportunities for shared learning, growth and understanding, Our programmatic outcomes will reflect our commitment to justice and equity. 

• KNC will protect and celebrate natural and cultural resources that tell our complex history and that help us learn from our past, honor our ancestors and promote a more sustainable future, 

• KNC will establish measurable benchmarks that accurately reflect our commitment to equity and inclusion. We will provide our board of trustees, our members and our community with regular reports of our progress toward these goals. 

This policy was drafted with help from two important sources: 

The Green 2.0 report on The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations prepared by Dorceta Taylor, Ph.D. and published in July 2014. https://www.diversegreen.org/

The Next 100 Coalition of civil rights, environmental justice, conservation and community organizations advocating for greater inclusion of diverse communities in our country's national parks and other public lands. http://next100coalition.org/

The Sierra Club's Equity and Inclusion Plan adopted in 2015 by Sierra club president Aaron Mair Prepared by Sierra Club director of Equity and inclusion, Nellis Kennedy-Howard https://www.sierraclub.org/equity

Read KNC's Statement on Equity here...