Heronwood Field Station is a 5000 square foot ecological field station on over 60 acres in Alamo. Heronwood is home to several projects and programs, including high school Conservation Biology courses, a Mitchell’s satyr butterfly rearing and research program, and more. With fully equipped laboratories, a GIS station, and plenty of room for projects, Heronwood is an ideal place to work on a wide variety of research and education projects.

Please note:  Heronwood Field Station is a private school and not open to the public.  For education questions, please call (269) 459-8500.

Heronwood is available to business and non-profit organizations for rentals. Learn more here >

Visit Us at the KRESA High School Classes Open House

Tuesday February 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (5:30-6:30 pm: Students with last names A-M, 6:30-7:30 pm: Students with last names N-Z)
Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002

Kalamazoo County middle and high school students and their families are invited to discover many free educational opportunities at the KRESA High School Classes Open House. Explore the county’s Career Technical Education classes, including KNC’s Heronwood Field Station Conservation Biology course. Conservation Biology is a field and lab-based class where students will gain hands-on conservation skills and technology and interact with professionals in the field while using the 90 acres of forest at Heronwood Field Station as an extension of the classroom.
COVID-19 Guidelines |  Due to COVID-19, we are requiring everyone to wear a face covering and keep 6 feet apart during the event. In addition to required face covering, please use the following time frames for your attendance: 5:30-6:30- Students with last names A-M, 6:30-7:30- Students with last names N-Z.

Our Commitment to Health and Safety

Heronwood Field Station is committed to protecting the health of our students, families, staff, and community. The following policies were designed in response to guidance from the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap, Michigan Departments of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Health and Human Services, in accordance with best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with everyone’s well being in mind.

To limit the potential spread of COVID-19, we will be making some temporary changes to our programming that include robust cleaning and disinfecting procedures and minimising opportunities for person-to-person exposure (e.g., an infected person spreading respiratory droplets through actions such as coughing, sneezing, or talking). The following plan outlines the recommended practices and strategies we will use to protect the health of our students, staff, and families while at the same time ensuring that students are experiencing developmentally appropriate and responsive interactions and environments.

Please read the Heronwood Field Station COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan here.

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Programs at Heronwood

Conservation Biology

Heronwood Students in Canoe

KNC’s Conservation Biology class, offered in partnership with the Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency’s Education for Employment (EFE) program, introduces students to the exciting careers in Natural Resource Conservation and Wildlife Biology.  This is a laboratory/field-based course which involves hands-on learning of ecological science, animal and plant studies (i.e. behavior, identification), job shadowing and field trips. This course has special emphasis on skills and technology used in this profession. Students have direct contact with natural resource conservationists and wildlife biologists in this field of study. They will receive either their 2nd or 3rd high school science credit through this program, as well as, attain the skills necessary to obtain employment in various careers in Natural Resource Conservation and Wildlife Biology.

To learn more about this program and enrollment requirements, please visit KRESA’s website or call 269-250-9300

Ardea Youth Climate Leaders

We are looking for youth that are interested in building their knowledge and skills for leadership in climate change advocacy. We are excited to support youth who want to increase their ability to teach and speak to their peers about environmental issues that are impacting their community and their world. These might be young people who have not previously had background knowledge of climate change but have an eagerness to learn about changing the way our societal structures address the human connection to our environment. We are looking to engage young folks from all walks of life looking to influence their peers in positive ways to make changes for our collective futures surrounding climate change.

Youth Climate Leaders (YCL) Peer Education is a comprehensive 40-hour training program for young people ages 13 to 17. The program gives teens the tools to advocate for a resilient future and share accurate information with peers and community.

Open registration for the 2022 program begins in April.

For questions, please contact Amber Hejl at