Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10:30 am – 3 pm
FREE admission, open to the public

Join us for the return of this exciting event celebrating the incredible migratory instincts of Michigan birds! Enjoy FREE admission, guest speakers, programs, local artists booths, and more.

Interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor?
Artists will have booths throughout the Arboretum.  Learn more and apply online >

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Free admission!  Events will include: 

Grand Opening of Up in the Air: Birds Navigating the Anthropocene 
Free guided tours at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm.

Visit KNC’s first original exhibit all about birds!  This exhibit explores the challenges birds face in an environment altered by human activity and how KNC’s biological research contributes to our understanding of how they are responding to those challenges. 

Meet the Artist 10:30am-3pm
This exhibit features beautiful original bird illustrations by local artist, Olivia Mendoza. Prints and cards will be available for purchase and Olivia will be signing prints, answering questions, and sharing her stunning work at the KNC gift shop located on the upper level of the Visitors’ Center.  

Bird Banding and Bird Friendly Coffee
8-10:30 am Free prepared coffee, bags of beans for sale

Participate in bird banding with members of KNC’s Biological Research team.  Enjoy the taste of shade grown coffee from Ron’s Beans and learn about the positive impact responsibly sourced coffee has on migratory bird populations.   

Children’s Winged Parade and Dance 
Wing-building and face painting at the Camp Barn starts at 8:30 am
Parade from Camp to the Arboretum 10:30am (program lasts 15 minutes)

Dance Workshop with Wellspring Dance 10:45 (program lasts 30 minutes)

Join Nature’s Way Preschool teachers for wing-crafting and face painting.  Children can strut their stuff in the Migratory Parade around KNC’s arboretum. The parade will end with a dance workshop inspired by flight hosted by Wellspring Dance Academy.  

Artist booths  10:30am-3pm

Shop local for bird inspired arts and crafts with artists located around the Arboretum lawn.  

Connecting Chords Music Festival presents: Migratory Music 
1-3pm.  Located multiple locations around Arboretum.  

Experience live music from local artists! As part of its annual Connecting Chords Music Festival, the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is bringing back some Festival favorites, and they will be stationed around the Arboretum. 

A nonprofit arts organization supported by individual donations and numerous grants, the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music is committed to broadening the understanding of diverse cultures and our own community through sacred music. 

The Connecting Chords Music Festival events center around the common convictions and threads that draw our community together – the importance of cultural traditions, human dignity, and the increased understanding of various faith traditions. 

Food Trucks 10:30am-3pm
Camzie’s Pizza, PWJ Creole Kitchen, Incredible Kettle 

Lecture Series

Learn from local experts and activists who are working to understand and protect the birds around us. Meet: Coopers Glen Auditorium in the Visitor Center

Dr. Sharon Gill on Soundscapes and Changing Environments 
11:00am -noon. Free event. Registration required here >

Gail Walter on Kalamazoo’s Bird Friendly Treaty 
12:30-1:30pm. Free event. Registration required here >

Meg Heft, KNC’s Animal Care Manager on KNC’s Animal Ambassador program  
2-3pm. Free Event. Registration required here >

Bird of Prey Demonstrations
11:15 am – 12:30 pm 

Enjoy appearances from KNC’s Animal Ambassador birds of prey. KNC staff will share their stories and interesting information about their species. Meet: Arboretum Amphitheater

Flying Things Workshop
12-1pm. Materials fee: Member $12 Non-member $15 (15 participants total. Ages 7 and older) Registration required here >

Build kites, paper airplanes, and other flying toys. Meet: Camp Barn 

Fairy Houses
12-1pm. Free. Materials fee: Member $12 Non-member $15 (15 participants total. Ages 5 and older) Registration required here >

Create a fairy house inspired by bird nests and other examples of nature’s architecture. Meet: Camp Barn 

Bird Hike 1-2pm.

Learn how to spot and identify a range of birds out on the trails with a KNC birder. 

Prairie Hike 2-2:45pm.

Join this guided hike to explore the role of the prairie in supporting migratory species including birds and monarchs. 


Peregrine falcon
Zugunruhe Vendors
Meeting the owl