Conservation Stewardship

The Conservation Stewardship Department works with the community to enhance their property for wildlife habitat. We encourage environmental awareness and stewardship and provide the education, resources, and assistance necessary to improve ecological systems in Southwest Michigan. Our biologists consult with a wide range of business, homeowners, and government agencies.  Click on the links for details on the many programs and services the Conservation Stewardship department provides.

Introduction to Entomology at Heronwood Field Station -  REGISTER HERE
Tuesdays, May 31-June 26, 6-8:30 pm, Field Day Saturday, June 25, 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
Fee: $150 Members, $175 Non-Members   
Part of KNC’s new Adult Education Courses at Heronwood Field Station (6378 Hart Drive), this class is designed as a general introduction to Entomology – the study of insects.  The course assumes no prior knowledge in the subject; however, a general grasp of basic biology will enrich the learning experience. Classes will include a lecture or demonstration and hands-on exercises. The hands-on portion will focus on insect observation, curating, and identification.  Students will be introduced to the diversity of insects with a focus on those commonly observed orders and families in southwest Michigan. Register by May 13. 


Native Plant Fundraiser

Plant pick up: Thursday, June 9 from 4- 6 pm at the Western Michigan University Community Gardens (corner of Howard Street and Stadium Drive). Prepay by Thursday, May 5.
Would you like to consider native plants and pollinators for your garden this year? Students at KNC’s Heronwood Field Station are growing native Michigan flowering plants to provide for native bees and butterflies.
Preorder plants here by Thursday, May 5 for this fundraiser to help support science and research activities in the Conservation Biology Education for Employment course. Available plants will include common, butterfly, whorled, and blunt-leaved milkweeds, and assorted native flowering plants.

Rain Barrel Sale
The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council is offering rain barrels that come fully assembled and ready for installation at your home. Barrels can be picked up at the same time as the native plant fundraiser.  Learn more and order a barrel at the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council's website.

Citizen Science
The Kalamazoo Nature Center prides itself for being able to conduct valuable scientific research in an array of projects. This would not be possible without our many loyal citizen science volunteers. There are several different projects to become involved with, with many different levels of commitment available. All levels of experience and all ages have a place on our team!  Visit Citizen Science Here

Have a Question?
We receive calls and emails with a wide variety of questions. The questions range from, help with identifying sightings, projects we are currently involved with, to just general inquiries about the natural world. Please feel free to call us at (269) 381-1574 and we will connect you with an expert that can help. If you have an identification question, emailing us a picture is always very helpful!  Email us with your questions here...

Want to find out more?

Check out these resources.

The Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas is your source for information on the birds of Michigan. The book includes accounts of all species that breed within the state, as well as limited information about selected others observed in the state. The book can be Viewed Here or purchased at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

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Kalamazoo Nature Center  •  7000 North Westnedge Avenue  •  Kalamazoo, MI 49009
PHONE (269) 381-1574  •  FAX (269) 381-2557 

Contact Conservation Stewardship

Contact Us!

Sarah Reding
VP of Conservation Stewardship
(269) 381-1574 ext. 17

Ashley Wick
Biological Research Director
(269) 381-1574 ext.