Welcome to the Kalamazoo Nature Center!

There is always something new to do at KNC with featured programs every month for kids and adults. Over 14 miles of hiking trails wind through some of the most special habitats in Michigan. Our Hosts are here to help you make the most of your visit to KNC. Have questions?  Call us at (269) 381-1574 ext. 0 or send us a message to . We look forward to seeing you soon!

KNC Trails  |  Open 9 am – 7:30 pm daily
Visitor Center  |  9 am  – 5 pm Monday-Saturday, 1 pm – 5 pm Sunday

Nature's PlaygroundOpen for Summer Fun:
Nature’s Playground

Have fun exploring and enjoy the seasonal changes at Nature’s Playground, located in the Arboretum. Relax as you watch your kids play in the stream and water tower, build forts, and wander through the natural play areas. Better yet, join in the fun! Nature’s Playground is open during KNC grounds hours and is included in regular KNC admission. Water features and restrooms are available through September and are open during Visitor Center hours.

Trails & Map

Beech Maple Trail in early fall

About KNC

KNC Arboretum


DeLano Homestead

Exhibits & Art

Heron Sculpture


Music Mornings


Adam and Tukey

Admission Rates

Adults 18-54: $7.00
Adults 55+: $6.00
Ages 4-17: $4.00
3 & Under: Free

Evening Rates

Adults 18-54: $5.00
Adults 55+: $4.00
Ages 4-17: $3.00
3 & Under: Free

Financial Assistance is available: Free Membership with proof of financial assistance (i.e. SNAP, WIC, etc.) including verification of certificate information, and/or a valid driver’s license. Apply here >


Self-Guided Group Rates

Registration is required to qualify for the self-guided group rate. There must be a minimum of 10 people who are part of an organized group. The minimum fee is charged if fewer than 10 people come. Group rates are NOT available for festivals or special events.

Self-Guided Group Rates:

  • Youth Self-Guided Group Tour (daycare groups, etc): $3.50 per child (paid staff and members are free)
  • Adults Self-Guided Group Tour: $5.00 per person
  • Guided Group Tour (up to 25 people): $4.00 per person + $50 program fee

For more information and to schedule your self-guided group, please call (269) 381-1574 x 24 or email the registrar at


  • Wheelchairs available at Visitor Center
  • Lower level accessibility and power assist doors in both levels of Visitor Center
  • Sensory room and nursing room
  • Gender-neutral restroom in Visitor Center
  • Language translation available on website
  • Full accessibility adjustments available on website
  • Picnic tables in Arboretum
  • Restrooms at Nature’s Playground in the Arboretum (seasonal)

Please note:  The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a private nature preserve.
Dogs, camping, drones, and firearms are not permitted. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trails.

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