Volunteer Opportunities at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

We need hundreds of volunteers and several interns every year to continue providing high quality opportunities for our members and visitors. Volunteer positions and internships at KNC are intended to be mutually beneficial: we further our mission of connecting people with nature and enjoy the benefits of your hard work and positive energy, and you receive education and experiences in a professional, natural setting, working closely with our world-class staff.

Due to COVID-19, volunteer opportunities are more limited than in the past. This will impact special event and indoor opportunities. We are working hard to get as many volunteers involved as possible while following KNC’s COVID Safety Plan. We appreciate your understanding and are looking forward to working with you!

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Garlic Mustard Games
Conservation Efforts
Garlic Mustard Games Sunday, June 5
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River Guardians

Community Science

Spring River Sampling Saturday, June 4
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Butterfly Monito Virtual Training Friday, May 13
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Adam and Tukey

Animal Care Volunteers

Exhibit Animal Care
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Raptor Care
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There are a number of different ways to start volunteering at KNC. We would like to work with you to find something that matches your interests, skills and availability.

Maple Sugar Festival Volunteer

Special Events

KNC hosts several special events throughout the year and we need volunteer help to make them happen. Volunteering at these events is a fun way to serve with friends or make new ones.   You are not required to become a Registered Volunteer to help at special events. This is perfect for students who need to meet service hours. Under 18 years of age? See our Youth Volunteering policy below.

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Volunteer in the Hummingbird Butterfly Garden

Register as a Volunteer

Want to be more involved as a volunteer and become part of the KNC team? Registering as a volunteer will help us match your interest with volunteer jobs, and you’ll receive monthly communications about upcoming opportunities as well as an invitation to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party and a 15% discount at Trailhead Gifts & Books. Applicants under 18, see our Youth Volunteering policy below.

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Sugarbush restoration

Bring a Group

We would love to host your organization, corporation or community group for a service project. We can work with you to find the perfect project that help us meet our mission and also creates an educational and fun day for your team. Group service projects can be any length of time that meets your needs. We welcome you to bring a picnic and stick around to enjoy the beautiful KNC grounds.

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River Guardians

Community Science

Community science is a collaboration between professional scientists and any member of the general public who is interested in protecting our environment. Through volunteering as a Community Scientist, people of all ages, experience levels, and interests work to help gather different kinds of data about nature.

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Youth Volunteering

We love to have the young members of our community and families as volunteers! While not all jobs are appropriate for youth volunteers, we work to provide opportunities and experiences for them. Here are our policies for volunteers under age 18:

Children 13 years and younger must have parent/guardian:

  • Volunteer side by side together on an activity.
  • Parental supervision must be provided at all times.

Teens 14-16 years must have parent/guardian:

  • Commit to ensuring transportation for the volunteer.
  • Commit to training with the teen volunteer.
  • Continue to provide parental supervision to help ensure volunteer commitment is fulfilled.

Teens 16-18 years must have parent/guardian:

  • Sign all applicable paperwork.
  • Commit to ensuring transportation