Ways to Give at KNC

Your online gift helps support the mission of the Kalamazoo Nature Center by providing funding for the many programs and services offered every month. From summer camp to preschool, public programs, research, and conservation, our goal is to inspire everyone to experience nature everyday. You can help.

KNC is a non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) formed in 1960. We are supported by membership and admission fees, monetary and in-kind donations, program and service fees, foundation grants, and endowment earnings.

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Support a Program

Annual Fund

Your online gift helps support the mission of the Kalamazoo Nature Center by providing funding for the many programs and services offered every month. Unrestricted gifts to KNC support the organization’s greatest needs at any given point in time. Donate to the Annual Fund here >

Beech Maple Trail in early fall
Oppossum at KNC

Adopt an Animal

Symbolically adopting an Animal Ambassador is an exciting way to support KNC’s Animal Ambassador Program and learn more about these amazing animals. Animal adoptions make a great gift!

Adopt an Ambassador Animal >

Broad-winged hawk

New Mews

Help move KNC’s Birds of Prey into their new safe, comfortable quarters! The first of our new enclosures are near completion and can be seen along the Arboretum trail, and you can help to get them set for the birds to move in.

Donate to New Mews >

Warblers at KVBO

Avian Research

From spring bird banding to winter feeder surveys, KNC’s avian research programs provide important data and community science opportunities year-round.

Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory/Annual Birdathon >

Winter Feeder Survey>

Sugarbush restoration

Become a Friend of the Forest

KNC’s sugarbush is an area of beech-maple forest along the rolling glacial topography of our Fern Valley Trail, and is a great candidate for climate-forward restoration. By planting diverse trees and shrubs, we can restore biodiversity, improve habitat, sequester carbon, & protect this place for the next generation.

Become a Friend of the Forest here >

Monarch with tag

Michigan Butterfly Network

The Michigan Butterfly Network seeks to assess the changing population status of our state’s butterfly species, evaluate the quality of Michigan ecosystems, and engage the Michigan public in significant citizen science research. Your tax-deductible donation provides critical support for us to continue our mission.

Donate to the Michigan Butterfly Network >

Adopt a Butterfly >

Common Loon

Conservation Stewardship

The Conservation Stewardship Department leads KNC’s scientific and land management activities. Specialties include bird banding, community science, conservation work for endangered species, and managing wildlife habitat. Your donation will broadly support the incredible work of our dynamic conservation team.

Conservation Stewardship Donation>

Headwaters Trail

Ecological Services

The Ecological Services team is a division of the Kalamazoo Nature Center designed to work with private and public landowners. With your help, we can continue to survey, plant, treat, or monitor more sustainable solutions for land management needs.

Donate to Ecological Services >


“In spring, at the end of the day,” said novelist Margaret Atwood, “you should smell like dirt.” At the Kalamazoo Nature Center, we think that also applies to summer. Especially for children. That’s why we believe in the joyful, life-changing connection to nature that kids make at KNC summer camp. Give to KNC’s Campership Fund >

Hiking shoes

Membership Fund

Without regard to one’s financial situation, we think that everyone should have access to the outdoors, educational opportunities, and sources of inspiration that nature has to offer.

Donate to the Membership Fund here >

Kid looking under bridge

Financial Assistance Fund

Financial need is one of the many barriers that prevent a child’s participation in KNC programs and youth-focused activities. You can help to provide programming to individuals and groups demonstrating financial need.

Give to KNC’s Financial Assistance Fund >

White tailed fawn

Early Childhood Education Fund

You can support learning in the natural world! Early childhood education programs at KNC, including Nature’s Way Preschool (NWP), provide critical building blocks for young learners.

ECE Fund >

Fair Food Matters

Fair Food Matters

While food equity and sustainability remain our primary focus, the challenges of COVID-19 have allowed FFM and KNC to extend our reach and impact in the local community.  You can help!

Fair Food Matters Fund >

Farm Early Autumn

DeLano Farms

With your help, we’ll raise something just as important as farm-fresh vegetables; awareness and engagement among KNC visitors of all ages. You can support farm operations, including farm interns, farm-based programs, seeds, tools, and more.

Donate to DeLano Farm >

Legacy Giving: Cooper’s Glen Legacy

We invite you to support KNC’s future through a planned gift that honors your connection to this place and the many experiences that, again and again, nurture our connection to the natural world. Learn more about becoming a Cooper’s Glen Legacy Member >

Heronwood Field Station

Tribute Gifts

Tribute gifts provide a wonderful way to honor a person or organization, commemorate a special event, or create a lasting memorial to loved ones.

Learn more about Tribute gifts >

Become a Friend of the Forest >

Adopt a Trail >

KNC Arboretum


A sponsorship places your business in front of our 6,200+ membership base and the greater Kalamazoo community. See the opportunities below, or contact Lisa Panich at  for details on how your business can partner with KNC.

Sponsor an event here >


KNC Arboretum

Monica Ann Evans

To make a donation in honor/memory of Monica Ann Evans, please CLICK HERE


In Memory of Monica A. Evans

To make a donation in memory of Monica, please click here >

Give By Mail:
Kalamazoo Nature Center
7000 N. Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Heron Sculpture

Become a Member

Membership at KNC gives you access to KNC with free admission for one year. In addition, your membership supports the award-winning education, research, and conservation programs.

Membership >

Land Management

Get Involved

Butterfly monitoring, guest services, biological research, educational opportunities – KNC has a wide array of opportunities for volunteers, internships, and career employment throughout the year!

Volunteer >

Community Science >

Employment >

Gift of Nature

Give the Gift of Nature

Support KNC and give a gift that lasts all year. Whether shopping at Trailhead Gifts & Books in the KNC Visitor Center or giving a gift membership, there is a wide range of ideas for all ages and interests.

Gifts of Nature >

Kids Raccoon Run

Sponsor an Event

A sponsorship places your business in front of our 6,200+ membership base and the greater Kalamazoo community.

Sponsorship Opportunities >