Earth Day at KNCEarth Day Celebration Saturday, April 24

Celebrate Earth Day at KNC with free general admission on Saturday, April 24.  

Earth Day celebrations have been taking place at KNC and around the world for 50 years.  We will offer a menu of adapted programs and experiences to honor our natural world. Visitors of all ages and abilities are invited to get outdoors and celebrate our planet while maintaining the health and safety of guests and staff.  

Earth Day Activities  

Drop-in activities: 

Ask a Naturalist, 12:30-3:30 pm 
Drop in to KNC's Ask a Naturalist Booth to chat with an environmental educator. The main theme will be on Recycling, but we're happy to talk about plants, animals, trails, or anything nature-related! The booth will be set up at the Sundial.

Garlic Mustard Pull, 9 am – 5 pm 
Bring some gardening gloves and give back to the earth by pulling garlic mustard along the KNC trails! Kickoff for this important volunteer project is April 24 and will run through May. We'll have maps, signage on trails, supplies, and drop stations ready for you to help remove this invasive species. No registration or sign-up needed, just stop by the Welcome Station for details on how to get involved! 

Storybook Trail, 9 am -- 5 pm
Walk along the Beech Maple Trail and read about Carl the earthworm as he discovers the meaning of life.

Factory Coffee, 9 am - 1 pm and Teresa's Kitchen Food Truck, 11 am - 3 pm, will be on hand in the lower level parking lot with delicious coffee and authentic Mexican food.

Registration-based activities: 

Spring Wildflower Walk on Beech Maple
10:30 am 
Fee: $5/member, $7/non-member 

Explore the Beech Maple Trail to observe the beautiful wildflowers that are blooming. Learn some identification tips from a naturalist and enjoy a spring walk in the woods.  

Birds of Prey Hike on Raptor Ridge
Programs leave every 15 minutes, 12:30 & 12.45 pm
Fee: $12/member, $15/non-member 

Interested in Michigan Birds of Prey? Join KNC educators on the Habitat Haven trail for an Earth Day focus on our connection to Michigan Birds of Prey.  Take a 45 minute to 1 hour semi-guided hike, stopping along the way to meet some of our ambassador birds of prey as you stroll along the Raptor Ridge Trail. Each of our native Michigan raptor friends will be stationed at a stop with an Animal Handler to introduce them to you and answer questions.  

Under the Trees Story Circles in the Arboretum