Welcome to Camp!

Here are a few of the often asked questions about registering for Camp. Our goal is to make sure your child has a great experience at Camp. Please contact us with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

Camps at a Glance

Contact Us

Tanequa Hampton
Camp Director
(269) 381-1574 ext 15

For Camp Questions
Guest Services (269) 381-1574 ext 0
Registrar (269) 381-1574 ext 24

Financial Assistance
We are grateful to a KNC donor community that believes all young people should have the chance to enjoy and learn from formative, summer experiences. Our donors make it possible for KNC to minimize financial barriers that would otherwise limit access to KNC Camp. If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please fill out the form during the Camp registration process. Contact the Registrar above with questions.

 

 

foxHow to Register – Your Way!

  • Register online >
    Online registration lets you register, pay, and receive confirmation and permission forms all at once!
  • Register in person at KNC’s Welcome Station or Guest Services desk
    Complete a form for each camper you are registering. Clearly print all information requested on the form. Don’t forget to sign the waiver on the second page.
  • Register by mail
    Complete a form for each camper you are registering. Mail registration form with
    payment (check or credit card only) to:
    Kalamazoo Nature Center
    7000 N. Westnedge Ave.
    Kalamazoo, MI 49009-6309

Questions? Call us at (269) 381-1574 ext. 0.

Participation in KNC programs is open to everyone. KNC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or political affiliation.

Forms

Most forms for Camp, including emergency contact information, pick up authorization, and financial assistance, are filled out during the registration process. The following form can be printed and brought to the first day of Camp, or a copy will be available to be filled out that morning.

Permission to Administer Medication

Questions? Call us at (269) 381-1574 ext. 0.

Participation in KNC programs is open to everyone. KNC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or political affiliation.

Registration Discounts

  • KNC Member Discount: Become a member and get the best value when signing up for camp. Your family membership includes discounted camp rates and free admission to the Kalamazoo Nature Center all year long! Just fill out the membership section on the camp registration form, and then apply the membership discount to all of your children’s camps.
  • Additional Program Discount: Sign your child up for two sessions or more and take $15 off each additional week-long program.
  • Early ONLINE Registration: Register for camp online before April 15 and receive $20 off each week-long program in addition to member discounts!

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel more than 30 days before their camp session start date will receive a full refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Registrants who cancel 14 to 29 days before their camp session start date will receive a 50% refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Registrants who cancel within two weeks of their session start date will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Cancellations due to camper illness, injury or other emergency, provided the camper is unable to attend an alternate session, will require a physician’s written verification before a refund, minus a $50 processing fee, will be issued. Cancellations due to personal reasons will not be refunded. Session fees will not be refunded if a camper is sent home due to behavioral or health issues. KNC Cancellations: If KNC cancels one or more camp sessions due to Covid-19 or other circumstances beyond our control, provided the camper is unable to attend an alternate session, all fees will be refunded (or prorated if a camp session was in process). In the event of inclement weather, KNC will provide prorated credits only if there are 2 or more camp days cancelled due to weather. Cancellations made after 12:30pm will not count towards the 2-day minimum. No credits will be otherwise provided due to weather cancellations. All refunds will be issued in the same manner as payment. If the payment was made in cash, a check will be issued.

We are so grateful for our camp families. Thank you for your trust and support!

Ride the Bus to Camp!

Save fuel by riding the KNC Camp Bus! Pick the stop that works best for you and register your child(ren) for the KNC Camp Bus along with their Camp session. The fee is $15 each way, per session. We offer convenient stops throughout Kalamazoo and Portage, both to and from camp, Monday through Friday, as referenced in the schedule below. 

  • Buses only run to and from KNC from the scheduled stops and at the scheduled times. Please arrive at least 5 minutes early at your stop. 
  • If you would like your child to walk home from camp or a bus stop, enter “W” in the appropriate space (bus code) on the registration form.
  • Buses will not leave campers unsupervised at bus stops, unless you have indicated on the registration form that they will walk home. If no one is at the stop to meet non-walkers, campers will be returned to the KNC Camp Barn, where an authorized person will need to pick them up. 

2022 Bus Schedule (Monday through Friday)  

Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to your stop. MORNING BUSES WILL LEAVE THE STOP AT THE TIMES BELOW. Afternoon buses arrive at the times below, will wait 5 minutes, then depart.  

Bus Stop  Leaves  Returns 
West Main Street: Maple Hill Mall (Parking lot east of Burlington) 7:40 am  4:20 pm 

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Rear parking lot, 1747 W Milham Ave, Portage)  

Note for Session 2 ONLY (June 20-24): The afternoon pick up at Prince of Peace will be in the FRONT parking lot.

7:55 am  4:05 pm 
Parkwood-Upjohn School (Park Street side, near parking lot)  8:10 am   3:50 pm 

Bronson Park (St. John’s Place, next to First Presbyterian Church steps on South Street) 

 

8:20 am  3:40 pm 
Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association (1301 E Main St)  8:30 am  3:30 pm 
Lincoln Elementary (912 N Burdick St)  8:40 am  3:20 pm 
Interfaith Homes (1037 Interfaith Blvd)     8:50 am  3:10 pm 

 

Need After Care?

Pick your camper up later with After Care, available from 3-4:30 pm each day for $15 per week. Please register your camper online. Families who pick their camper up after 3 pm will be charged the After Care price.

Safety Guidelines

Keeping your children as safe and healthy as possible is our number one priority in planning and executing these programs. That’s why we’ve reorganized pick up and drop off, adapted daily activities, greatly increased staff numbers, taken safety precautions into account, and created a new set of policies based on CDC and ACA guidance.

Children are in need of fun, in-person, educational experiences now more than ever! Our goal is to safely provide those experiences in a natural setting. Learn more in the Guardian Handbook here >