Outdoor Explorations for Homeschoolers
Parents, encourage your homeschool students to explore the outdoors at KNC!

During the school year the Kalamazoo Nature Center will offer a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.
Program sessions are offered once a month on Thursday afternoons. Weather permitting, all programs have an outdoor portion at the Nature Center.

Check back for the 2015-16 series and to register.  Classes start in September!

For program questions, call (269) 381-1574 ext 24.

  A Tree is a Home
Ages 4-6

Niches and Habitats
Ages 7-9

 Exploring Communities
Ages 10-12

September 11
Monarch Butterflies
Grassland Bugs
Measuring Diversity in a Prairie
 October 9
Trees Grow from Seeds Soil Creatures
Monitoring Bird Migration
 November 13
Turkey in the Forest
Forest Food Trains
Digging into Soil
 December 11
The Pine Tree Family
Who Lives in a Tree?
Protecting Groundwater
 January 15
Owls in a Tree
Life under Snow and Ice
Defining Deer
February 12
The Squirrel Family
Tropical Treasures
Finding Prey
 March 12
Sweet Maple Trees
Signs of Spring
Managing a Forest
 April 2
Forest Babies
Life in a Pond
Planning a Backyard Habitat

2014-15 Schedule

• Programs begin PROMPTLY at 1 p.m. and last 1.5 – 2 hours, depending on child’s age.
• A portion of most programs will be held outdoors, so please dress appropriately.
• Handouts will be available as appropriate.
• Non-participating family members are welcome to remain at the Interpretive Center at no additional cost.
• You must pre-register — no walk-ins, please!

Call 269-381-1574 x24 with program questions. 

Winter Closings:
Homeschool Programs will be cancelled if Plainwell Public Schools are cancelled. If programs are cancelled due to weather, they will be rescheduled for the following week. School Closings at


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