Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day 5K & Kids Raccoon Run

Saturday, April 23 – FREE Admission Day!

Celebrate Earth Day at KNC! Start off your day at the popular Earth Day 5K Run along some of KNC’s most beautiful trails. The untimed run/walk includes steep hills, forest views, and a variety of terrain. Younger participants can join the Kids’ Raccoon Run for ages 8 and under on a stroller-friendly, 1K romp around the Habitat Haven Trail.

Registration fees for both runs support KNC’s Early Childhood Education Fund.

Free programs include: Wildflower Guided Hike, Foraging for Edible Plants (Please note: No foraging is allowed on KNC property) Meet an Animal in its Habitat, and more.  See below for details and registration.

Work up an appetite? Visit Grampa’s Pastys for a bite to eat!

Kids Raccoon Run

Raccoon Run begins at 9 am

Fee: $20 – Registration fees support KNC’s Early Childhood Education Fund.

Earth Day 5K

Earth Day 5K begins at 10 am

Fee: $40 – Registration fees support KNC’s Early Childhood Education Fund.

Free Earth Day Activities

The following programs are free, but registration is required for some as space is limited.

10:00-11:00 am and 11:15 am – 12:15 pm Habitat Inquiry  REGISTER HERE >

This activity will give children a chance to meet a hawk, an opossum and a turtle where they live and explore the adaptations that help these animals survive in their habitats. Meet at the sundial.

12:00-4:00 pm Electric Vehicle Showcase Come explore electric vehicles with the Kalamazoo Electric Vehicle Association (KEVA). You’ll have a chance to sit in and ask questions about a range of models. This event will be held in the Visitor Center’s lower lot. 

12:30-1:30 pm Foraging for Edible Plants  REGISTER HERE >

On this guided hike you’ll learn about the edible plants that you can find in Southwest Michigan woodlands. Meet at the Delano greenhouse at 555 West E Ave. 

2:00-3:00 pm Wildflower Hike  REGISTER HERE >

Explore the blossoms of late April on this guided hike along the Beech-Maple trail.   

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Audio-Interactive Demonstrations at the Fungal Chapel with creator, Gabrielle Cerberville

Drop by on the Habitat Haven Trail to play with the sounding sculptures, contemplate the wonder of the forest, and in the process, make beautiful music with mushrooms. Come prepared to touch the art!   

Visit the KNC information tables
Join the Hiking Spree, symbolically adopt an animal, become a KNC Member, and learn about job opportunities at KNC.

Work up an appetite? Visit Grampa’s Pasty’s for a bite to eat!

Thanks to our 2022 Earth Day sponsors:

Frederick Construction
Walk Tall Foundation
Ballet Kalamazoo
Gun Lake Tribe
Metro Toyota
Ron's Beans

Earth Day Sponsorship Opportunity

KNC invites you to sponsor our Earth Day Celebration. Since Earth Day was first recognized in 1970, KNC has offered free admission to the community to help increase understanding and appreciation of the natural world. A sponsorship places your business in front of our 6,200+ membership base and the greater Kalamazoo community.

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