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Register for Programs & Events

Check out the programs below for all ages! Please check the Plan Your Visit page for details on facility and grounds hours and visiting KNC safely, including capacity limits, social distancing and mask requirements. Please also check back for time changes as daylight shortens. Check out the Calendar page for a month-by-month view of all KNC programs.

Program Registration: 
To register for programs, please email register@naturecenter.org no later than two days prior to the program. When minimum participation numbers have been reached, a registration link will be sent. Please plan to follow this link to complete the registration process, including acknowledgement of KNC's Participant Expectations.

Program Fees:
Admission is included in each program fee. Financial assistance is available. Email Jen Rice at jrice@naturecenter.org.

Program participant minimums & maximums:
Invite your friends! Participant minimums must be reached to run each KNC program. In addition, program registration will be limited to:
• 10 participants for children only programs 8th grade and younger,
• 15 participants for high school programs,
• 25 participants for adult and family programs.

Preschool Explorers

Tuesdays at 10 am 

Fee: Non-member $6/child,  $7/adult,  Members $4/child, adults free. 
Register at Register@NatureCenter.org

Explore and play with nature as our teacher while developing critical early childhood skills. Geared toward children ages 3-5 years old. Due to COVID precautions, we can only have one adult with each child. Come dressed to explore outdoors! Meet: Arboretum entrance.

Black Throated Blue and White Warblers

Saturdays, October 10, 17, & 23, 9 am

Fee: $5/Member, $7/Non-Member
Register at Register@NatureCenter.org

This fall marks the 47th consecutive year KNC’s Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory (KVBO) will capture and band migrating songbirds. The KVBO has banded over 500,000 birds in this long-running research program. We invite you to get an up close tour of this incredible project! Wherever you find yourself this fall, look up and give yourself the pleasure of seeing some of our wonderful fall migrants. Meet: KNC Banding Barn near the Camp Barn  This program is weather dependent.  

Elementary Explorers

Thursdays at 6 pm 

Child Fee: $10/member, $15/non-member 
Register at Register@NatureCenter.org

Time spent in nature is vital for kids at any age. Parents are invited to drop their children off and pick them up at the end of this outdoor program. Groups will be kept small to promote a safe experience for all participants. Geared toward children between the ages of 5-10 years old.
Meet: Arboretum entrance.

Behind the Scenes of Animal Care

Wednesdays, times vary
: $50/Member, $75/Non-Member
Register at Register@NatureCenter.org

Register your child for a fun-filled exploration of wildlife care! Assist with the daily tasks of an Animal Caretaker. Must be 8 years old and up to participate. Masks are required and COVID safety precautions are observed.
This  two-hour experience includes:  Behind the scenes tour of Animal Care  |  Feeding, cleaning, and watering animals  |  Photo with an animal ambassador

Kids' Night Out

Fridays, 6 - 8:30 pm

Fee: $20/member child, $25/non-member child, $10/each additional child per family. 
Register at Register@NatureCenter.org

Drop your kids off at KNC and enjoy some time to yourself! KNC will provide outdoor, educational activities, a campfire and s’mores. Groups will be split by age, and will be kept small to promote a safe experience. Geared toward children 5-13 years old. Meet: KNC Camp Barn with curbside check-in.

Critter Calls


Are you looking to add some fun to your next virtual company meeting?  Add one of our Wild Animal Ambassadors to your next virtual work meeting, family get together or even a party! We are ready to customize a fun, virtual experience everyone will enjoy and remember.  Select animals are accompanied by an educator that can answer questions and share fun facts about your cameo guest.  Just choose your animal and we will make this customizable online experience a meeting to remember!