Tribute Opportunities

Tribute gifts provide a wonderful way to honor a person or organization, commemorate a special event, or create a lasting memorial to loved ones. Each tribute demonstrates support of the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s mission of connecting people and nature, now and for future generations. A personalized acknowledgment of your tribute gift will be sent to the recipient of your choice following receipt of your donation.

Make a Tribute Donation    Your tribute gift helps support the mission of the Kalamazoo Nature Center by providing funding for the many programs and services we offer throughout the year. From preschool and public programs and from research to conservation activities, your support helps KNC isnpire our community to experience nature in meaningful and memorable ways. Donate here >

Create a Tribute

There are a variety of options available at higher donation levels including a gift to the KNC’s endowment, the creation of an overlook, the development of a desired structure, etc. Our staff can help create a unique tribute that is in keeping with KNC’s needs and mission.

Contact us for more information: (269) 381-1574 ext. 0 or email at . 

Bricks & Benches

KNC will provide regular maintenance and care to your commemorative brick or bench, ensuring it remains in a public-facing location for its lifetime. If a tribute needs to be moved at any time, we will use the contact information on file to attempt notification. Should your contact information change, please call 269-381-1574 x0 or email .



KNC’s commemorative bricks are placed in the Hummingbird Butterfly garden located in the Arboretum. Bricks come in two sizes:

4″ x 8″ brick allows for up to 3 lines of customized text for $125* 

8″ x 8″ brick allows up to 6 lines of customized text for $250*
*tax deductible

We also offer the option to create a replica brick to keep as your own or give as a gift. Replica bricks cost $125 for a 4″ x 8″ brick and $250 for an 8″ x 8″ brick. Replica bricks are not tax deductible, and they must be picked up at KNC when they are ready. Allow a two full months for creation and delivery of bricks to KNC.

Commemorative bricks are placed twice annually. Brick requests received between September 1 and March 31 will be installed in May, and requests received between April 1 and August 31 will be installed in October.

Order a brick online below or call 269-381-1574 x0 and a Guest Services host will be happy to take your tribute order over the phone.

Purchase a Tribute Brick

Bench Options

Composite bench $1,000** 
Select the perfect place for your bench – either on the Visitor Center’s Glen Vista deck or in the Arboretum’s Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden. A plaque, inscribed with up to 3 lines of text, will be affixed to the bench.

Wood trail bench $1,000**

Select the perfect place for your bench along one of KNC’s many trails. A 3″ x 6″ plaque, inscribed with up to 6 lines of text, will be affixed to the bench. Wood trail benches are constructed to withstand year-round variations in Michigan weather. Wood Trail Bench placement is weather dependent.

**tax deductible

Bench orders are currently on hold. Please check back soon or call 269-381-1574 x0 for more information on how you can create a unique tribute.