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Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 20, 9 am - 5 pm

Join the Kalamazoo Nature Center for FREE admission day and special activities! 

Register for the Earth Day 5K & Kids' Raccoon Run to kick off your day. 

Kids' Raccoon Run at 9 am

The Raccoon Run for ages 8 & under is a stroller-friendly 1K romp around the Habitat Haven Trail.  Registration is $15, and available beginning at 7:30 am April 20; shirts are available on a first-come basis.

Earth Day 5K at 10 am

This fun and challenging run/walk features some of KNC's most beautiful trails, including steep hills, forest views, and a variety of terrain.  See the run map here.  Registration is $30, and available beginning at 7:30 am April 20; shirts are available on a first-come basis.

Cancellation policy: There are no refunds for the Earth Day 5K or Kids' Raccoon Run registrations. Proceeds benefit KNC's early childhood education programs.

Schedule of Activities

Free Admission Day Activities 9 am - 4 pm:

Trail hiking, Creature Features, Children’s crafts & activities, Ask the Naturalist, Nature’s Playground, DIY Seed Bombs

Special Programs:

10:30 am: Live Animal Program featuring Birds of Prey

11:00 am: David Karowe - “Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region”

12 pm - 4 pm Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild People and the Pen: A Calligraphy Tool “Petting Zoo”
FREE informal drop-in workshop. Learn about the art of calligraphy through demonstrations by members of Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild. Try some of the tools and media yourself and receive a bookmark with your name written by a calligrapher. (Donations accepted.)

12:30 pm: Jordan Hamilton - Live Cello performance

1:00 pm & 3:00 pm: Nature’s Family Fitness

1:30 pm: Kalamazoo Bee Club: “Bees’ Knees and Beyond”

2:30 pm: Watercolor in the Woods (geared for ages 3 & up)

3:30 pm: Live Animal Program, featuring Birds of Prey

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Thanks to our 2019 Earth Day Sponsors!

Corporate Sponsor:


Consumer's Energy


Fabri Kal




Metro Toyota


Affordable Dentures

Drake Road Orthodontics



Molina Healthcare


Ameriprise | Jason Reed

Arbor Chiropractic 

Bernatche School of Dance

IBEW Local 131

Jaqua Realtors | Sue Rome-Newell

Mindset PT

Worgess Insurance