Programs for Kids & Families

Get up close and learn about the natural world with these fun and informative programs!

Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Visit each Wednesday morning at 10 am to learn about a different Michigan animal friend!  Hear a story, color a picture, and meet a live animal.  Animals will be handled by trained animal care staff.  Geared for children 5 and under with an adult.  $2 program fee per child (in addition to regular admission).  

See the Calendar for each week's featured animal.

 

Visitor Center


Visitor Center

Open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 1-5pm
KNC's Visitor Center is fun for everyone!  Featuring interactive exhibits and live animals, a tropical Sun-Rain Room, wildlife viewing areas, an Expedition Station with rotating seasonal themes (and a cool loft for the kids!), Glen Vista Gallery, and the Expedition Gift Shop, the award-winning Visitor Center is a must-see on your visit to the Kalamazoo Nature Center.



Creature Features

Creature Features

Drop by between 11 am and noon on Saturdays (dates vary, visit the Calendar for dates and featured animals) to see some of KNC's animals up close and out of their normal enclosures!  Animals will be handled by trained KNC staff and volunteers who are happy to answer your questions.








Nature's Playground


Nature's Playground

Have a great time exploring, splashing, and climbing at Nature's Playground, located in the Arboretum!  Spend some quality outdoor time with the little ones and play in the stream, build forts, and wander through the natural play areas. Enjoy the benefits of unstructured play outside.  Bring a picnic lunch (and a towel) for an amazing afternoon adventure.  

Nature's Playground is open from April 1 - August
Monday-Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday, 1-5 pm






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

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