Celebrate Your Wedding or Special Event at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Kalamazoo Nature Center provides a beautiful natural setting for your special event; whether you wish for an indoor wedding, garden wedding, a memorial, graduation party or business retreat, KNC has a variety of scenic indoor and outdoor venues. 

The Kalamazoo Nature Center's Visitor Center was designed by eminent 20th Century architect Alden B. Dow and features interactive exhibits and green technology.  The Nature Center is located on 1,100 acres of rolling hills with a variety of habitats including mature beech-maple forests, wetlands and prairies, within a short walk from the meeting rooms. 

View our available spaces below:

Indoor Venues at KNC

Timber Framed Barn Package

Barn Photo Gallery

Limited dates available between September 1 - October 31
160 • Seated reception
$3,500 package price includes:

•  Ceremony space in Camp Amphitheater
•  Reception space in Barn Upper Level
•  Rental time Saturday 10 am - 10 pm
•  Rehearsal time Friday afternoon
•  After-hours fee included

Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Timber Framed Barn is an excellent example of an English Bank Barn style building, built in the mid 1990’s by volunteers to house our Farmyard animals and provide programming space. The post and beam construction features mortise and tenon joinery.  In 2012 Kalamazoo Nature Center did an extensive renovation to our Timber-Framed Barn to provide a central point for our Children's Day Camp program. The Barn was remodeled to include heated, year-round classrooms on the Lower Level, running water bathrooms on both levels, a catering kitchen, a portico and covered porch. A new Amphitheater was build next to the building. Additionally, better lighting and electrical supply was added to the Upper Level and an improved drive and parking installed near the building. The exposed wooden timbers remain as the highlight of the building.  The new rental pricing structure reflects these improvements and provides time for wedding and reception, plus setup/cleanup. The space is only available to rent after the end of Camp season from Labor Day weekend until the end of October each year. These fall dates are ideal for small ceremony and reception combinations. Due to the limited dates available for rent, the Barn is reserved solely for ceremony/reception packages.

Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.

Cooper's Glen Auditorium

Cooper's Glen Auditorium Photo Gallery

Cooper's Glen Auditorium Seats:  150 guests - Theater style  •  85 guests - Sit down reception
A multi-functional room with a view facing the Beech-Maple forest, the Cooper's Glen Auditorium can be set up audience style (seating up to 150), or classroom or banquet style (up to 85).  For business meetings, the room features acoustic enhancements and an integrated media system.  Exterior doors in the auditorium lead out to the beautiful Vista Deck.  

Rental Rates:
$500/ for up to 4 hours • $900/ for up to 8 hours
after hours add $125/ hour*

*After hours fee is a per hour fee, in addition to the rental charge, for every hour past 5:00 p.m. The Visitor Center closes at 5:00 p.m. daily.  The gates to the grounds close at 6:00 p.m. daily.  Facilities are available for evening events until 10:00 p.m. All rentals require membership to KNC, a non-refundable 20% down payment and a refundable $500 damage deposit to hold your reservation.  Set-up of tables (6 ft. rectangle) and chairs is available inside Visitor Center only

Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.

Glen Vista Gallery

Glen Vista Gallery Photo Gallery
 
The Glen Vista Gallery Seats: 
150 guests - Theater style  •  85 guests - Sit down reception
A serene room suitable for a variety of purposes, the Glen Vista Gallery features large windows overlooking the Beech-Maple forest of Cooper’s Glen.  Changing exhibits of original nature-themed art by local artists grace the walls.  The Gallery makes an ideal setting for luncheons, meetings, and receptions. The Gallery is located next to the Vista Deck for a close-to-nature experience.

Rates:
$450/ for up to 4 hours
$810/ for up to 8 hours
 After hours add $125/hour*
*After hours fee is a per hour fee, in addition to the rental charge, for every hour past 5:00 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center closes at 5:00 p.m. daily.  The gates to the grounds close at 6:00 p.m. daily.  Facilities are available for evening events until 10:00 p.m. All rentals require membership to KNC, a non-refundable 20% down payment and a refundable $500 damage deposit to hold your reservation.

Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.

Member's Room

Member's Room Photo Gallery

The Members' Room Seats:  25 guests - Conference Style
A cozy retreat for meetings of up to 25 people, the Member’s Room is ideal for smaller groups.  Comfortable chairs surround the conference style table setting.  A view of Cooper’s Glen and wildlife feeding stations is seen through floor to ceiling windows. 

Rates:
$225/ for up to 4 hours
$405/ for up to 8 hours

After hours add $125/hour*

*After hours fee is a per hour fee, in addition to the rental charge, for every hour past 5:00 p.m. The Visitor Center closes at 5:00 p.m. daily.  The gates to the grounds close at 6:00 p.m. daily.  Facilities are available for evening events until 10:00 p.m. All rentals require membership to KNC, a non-refundable 20% down payment and a refundable $500 damage deposit to hold your reservation.  Set-up of tables (6 ft. rectangle) and chairs is available inside Visitor Center only.

Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.


Tree Top

Tree Top Photo Gallery

Tree Top seats 30 guests

The Tree Top provides a great spot for a small, informal gathering of up to 30 people. 

Rates:
$120/ for up to 4 hours

$215/ for up to 8 hours
After hours add $125/hour*
*After hours fee is a per hour fee, in addition to the rental charge, for every hour past 5:00 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center closes at 5:00 p.m. daily.  The gates to the grounds close at 6:00 p.m. daily.  Facilities are available for evening events until 10:00 p.m. All rentals require membership to KNC, a non-refundable 20% down payment and a refundable $500 damage deposit to hold your reservation.


Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.

Outdoor Venues at KNC

Timber Framed Barn Event Package

Barn Photo Gallery

The Barn Event Package has limited dates available between September 1 - October 31
Capacity:  160 • Seated reception
$3,500 package price includes:

•  Ceremony space in Camp Amphitheater
•  Reception space in Barn Upper Level
•  Rental time Saturday 10 am - 10 pm
•  Rehearsal time Friday afternoon
•  After-hours fee included

Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Timber Framed Barn is an excellent example of an English Bank Barn style building, built in the mid 1990’s by volunteers to house our Farmyard animals and provide programming space. The post and beam construction features mortise and tenon joinery.  In 2012 Kalamazoo Nature Center did an extensive renovation to our Timber-Framed Barn to provide a central point for our Children's Day Camp program. The Barn was remodeled to include heated, year-round classrooms on the Lower Level, running water bathrooms on both levels, a catering kitchen, a portico and covered porch. A new Amphitheater was build next to the building. Additionally, better lighting and electrical supply was added to the Upper Level and an improved drive and parking installed near the building. The exposed wooden timbers remain as the highlight of the building.  The new rental pricing structure reflects these improvements and provides time for wedding and reception, plus setup/cleanup. The space is only available to rent after the end of Camp season from Labor Day weekend until the end of October each year. These fall dates are ideal for small ceremony and reception combinations. Due to the limited dates available for rent, the Barn is reserved solely for ceremony/reception packages.

Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.

See more photos of the Timber Frame Barn and other KNC venues on Pinterest! 

Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden

The Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden
 
Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden Photo Gallery


The Hummingbird Butterfly Garden Seats:  250 guests, theater style

Located within the Monica A. Evens Arboretum, the Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden provides an enchanting location for celebrations.  Designed to nurture and support butterflies and hummingbirds, the garden is filled with plantings and flowers that feed and provide shelter for these delicate creatures. The Garden steps down into the hillside via a brick pathway and is surrounded by hedges and shrubs, creating an intimate enclosure. The beauty of the garden changes every week during the summer and into the fall, so no two events will ever be alike. The garden pathway is paved with memorial and honorarium bricks highlighting special moments in the recipient’s lives.  

Rates:
$500/ for up to 4 hours
$900/ for up to 8 hours
 After hours add $125/hour**After hours fee is a per hour fee, in addition to the rental charge, for every hour past 5:00 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center closes at 5:00 p.m. daily.  The gates to the grounds close at 6:00 p.m. daily.  Facilities are available for evening events until 10:00 p.m. All rentals require membership to KNC, a non-refundable 20% down payment and a refundable $500 damage deposit to hold your reservation.

Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.

Vista Deck

Vista Deck Photo Gallery

The Vista Deck Seats: 150 guests - Theater style  •  85 guests
- Seated reception
Situated between the Cooper’s Glen Auditorium and Glen Vista Gallery, the Vista Deck is cantilevered into the treetops of the Cooper’s Glen Beech-Maple forest.With over 3,000 square feet of space, the area is perfect for receptions and gatherings. 

Rental Rate:
$500/ for up to 4 hours
$900/ for up to 8 hours (after hours add $125/hour)* 

*After hours fee is a per hour fee, in addition to the rental charge, for every hour past 5:00 p.m.The Interpretive Center closes at 5:00 p.m. daily. The gates to the grounds close at 6:00 p.m. daily. Facilities are available for evening events until 10:00 p.m. All rentals require membership to KNC, a non-refundable 20% down payment and a refundable $500 damage deposit to hold your reservation. 

Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.

Picnic Area

Picnic Area Photo Gallery

The Picnic Area, located at the edge of the Arboretum, is a quiet get-away spot surrounded by the green of nature.  Picnic tables and easy access make this area an ideal location for picnics, family gatherings, and other social events.

Rates:
$150/ for up to 4 hours
$270/ for up to 8 hours
 After hours add $125/hour**After hours fee is a per hour fee, in addition to the rental charge, for every hour past 5:00 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center closes at 5:00 p.m. daily.  The gates to the grounds close at 6:00 p.m. daily.  Facilities are available for evening events until 10:00 p.m. All rentals require membership to KNC, a non-refundable 20% down payment and a refundable $500 damage deposit to hold your reservation.

Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.

Amphitheater

Amphitheater Photo Gallery

Amphitheater seats: 250 guests - Theater Style
 Imagine a stage set into a green hillside with a backdrop of green trees and shrubs. Benches are built into the hill providing everyone a convenient seat with a clear view. Designed with outdoor acoustics in mind, the Amphitheater provides an ideal setting for an outdoor wedding or stage production. Located in the Monica A. Evans Arboretum, the Amphitheater is close to parking and other services at the Nature Center. 

Rental Rates:
$425/ for up to 4 hours
$765/ for up to 8 hours
after hours add $125/hour*
 *After hours fee is a per hour fee, in addition to the rental charge, for every hour past 5:00 p.m. The InterpretiveCenter closes at 5:00 p.m. daily.  The gates to the grounds close at 6:00 p.m. daily.  Facilities are available for evening events until 10:00 p.m. All rentals require membership to KNC, a non-refundable 20% down payment and a refundable $500 damage deposit to hold your reservation.

Contact Rental Coordinator Rose Norwood via Email or at (269) 381-1574 ext. 37 for more information or to arrange a tour.

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Rental Coordinator
Rose Norwood  
Email
(269) 381-1574 ext. 37
for more information or to arrange a tour

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