Know Your Nature Series

See below for dates, specific program themes, and to register.

Talk with local experts about our local ecology, landscapes, environmental issues, flora and fauna, and our human interactions with the world that we are part of.

Fee: $7/Member, $10/Non-member, includes KNC admission. Members receive 30% off programs!
Registration Deadline: Please register so we can plan for materials; day-of participants are welcome if the program is not at capacity.
Audience: Adults

Habitat Haven Trail September
Beaver

Beaver Walk
Thursday, June 20, 4:30-6 pm

Beaver populations are rebounding in Southwest Michigan and across the country. In this program, we’ll invite you into the strange and fascinating world of beaver ecology and the ways in which beavers have shaped the history of the United States. In a hike through the habitat of our very active beaver population, we’ll explore how these toothy denizens are shaping the ecosystem around them and how the Kalamazoo Nature Center is finding ways to live with this keystone species while also protecting surrounding ecosystems. This program will begin at the DeLano Homestead. Please dress for the weather as this program will take place mostly outdoors.

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River Walk Trail

Get to Know the Kalamazoo River
Thursday, July 25, 4:30-6 pm

Dr. Douglas McLaughlin, Kalamazoo Watershed Council Executive Director, will share updates on the latest challenges and solutions surrounding the protection and restoration of the Kalamazoo River. This program will include a lecture in KNCs Auditorium followed by a ~1 mile hike down to the river deck to continue the conversation on the banks of the river itself. There will be time to learn, ask questions, make connections, and begin to imagine your own role in caring for the Kalamazoo River Watershed.

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Dr. McLaughlin will paddle the river with KNC and the Kalamazoo Watershed Council at the upcoming Paddle & Ride Adventure on Saturday, July 27 – learn more on this event here >

Foraging

Exploring the Edible Wilderness
Thursday, August 14, 4:30-6 pm

Foraging is a culinary adventure that connects us with nature, offering unique, edible treasures. Join KNC staff to learn some foraging basics all while searching for some tasty treats along KNC’s trails. Foraging on local land introduces us to a world of wild flavors. Approach it responsibly, respecting nature’s balance. Grab your basket, explore the wilderness, and let these wild ingredients inspire your culinary creations! Dress for the weather as this program will be entirely outdoors.

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