A beautiful sign welcoming everyone to the Nature Center. Many nature activities await in the building off to the right.
Sun dial right outside the center beside the parking lot. Shows the sun’s rise and fall averages throughout the year.
Stuffed spotted owl
Sleepy raccoon anyone?
Stuffed red fox
Stuffed great horned owl
This carp is just one of the many fish they have inside tanks along the halls of their facility.
Red wing black bird following after a few large fish tanks. There are some other stuffed birds lining the walls as well.
Shown here are Michigan’s Marvels, from the smallest cricket to the biggest moth.
A look at the “rain forest’s” only fish resident, and a sneak peek at the ceiling as well.
Red Breasted Hawk, a neighbor to the Great Horned Owl.
Another Great Horned Owl, only outside of the center down below the bridge leading to the building.
A little valley beside the Prairie Pathway trail
A tiny stream at an outlook area of Habitat Haven trail
Cooper’s Overlook on the curvy ‘s-shaped’ stream
The bridge from Beech Maple trail to Raptor Ridge trail
Raptor Ridge of an overlook of Kalamazoo Valley
Another look from Cooper’s Outlook on how windy the stream really is as it moves through the woods
Cooper’s Overlook down at the stream winding through the woods
Coming down the large hill on Raptor Ridge. Stairs are provided
Closer look at the stream on the bridge between Beech Maple trail and Raptor Ridge trail
Beech Maple trail right alongside a bending stream with the sun overhead
Beautiful lighted stream beside the Beech Maple trail
Same trail, Trout Run, with the sun
A tiny tumble of waterfalls heading towards the Kalamazoo River, still on the River Walk trail
Tunnel leading under the train tracks above that will lead on to the River Walk trail
Another look at the railroad tracks in the distance with the stream running alongside the River Walk trail
Stream along Trout Run trail
Stream beside River Walk trail running towards the Kalamazoo River
End of the River Walk which opened out beside the Kalamazoo River
Railroad tracks right before entering the tunnel on the River Walk
A spiraling walkway leads down from the main floor to this lovely pond, and also the lower floor as well.
Photo Credit / Dagnija Tomsons
The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is a non-profit organization where people can learn about nature by walking through trails, reading books and pamphlets and being inspired to do good. On Dec. 12, 2015, there was a free-admission day for a Local Art and Gift Fair, where people were allowed to come in and enjoy the different local artisans that came to sell their goods.
“I really appreciate the Nature Center. It offers a great setting for hiking and opportunities to learn about God’s creation. They have been hosting a Christmas Craft show for about seven years now, and I have been in all but the first one. I participate in several shows per year and the one at the Nature Center is always the best for me. I love woodworking and God’s critters… and this allows me to have a part in both,” said James Collison, a sponsor for the Nature Center and a Loy Norrix grad from 1974.
After your visit to the fair on Dec. 12th, a nice way to end the day is to go for a walk on the trails behind the Center. The trails are nice, relaxing and a good activity for friends and family.
“I think the KNC is a peaceful place to visit. I enjoy going with my cousins, watch them run down the trails and see the the different animals – deer, owls, hawks, turtles, etc. The thing I like most about the KNC is when they have the butterfly exhibit in the Bug House,” said junior Kierra Grado.
Other events happening this year at the Nature Center are:
March 5th-6th: From Sap to Syrup. Enjoy a hike through the woods to see how maple syrup is made.
March 12th-13th: 51st Annual Maple Sugar Festival. Eat pancakes with maple syrup made at the Center’s Sugar Shack, go on a walk to the trails, horse-drawn wagon rides and an inclusive look into life in the 1800s.
April 4th-8th: Spring Camp. Five day stay.
April 19th: Everyone Outside Walk. Get outside to walk with KNC, Community Inclusive Recreation and Residential Opportunities, Inc.
April 23rd: Earth Day Celebration. Earth Day 5k for anyone who loves to run/walk the trails and Raccoon Run for ages 8 and under. 25 dollar fee for the Earth Day 5k and 10 dollar fee for the Raccoon Run, both include a free shirt (i would so totally do this for a free shirt). Other activities include: craft tables, free trail hiking, Nature playground open, etc.