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.