By: Kayla Kiley
Digital & Communications Manager, Discover Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo, Mich. — No, it’s not just another nature center.
In fact, the Kalamazoo Nature Center was voted the No. 1 nature center in the nation by other nature centers!
Just step into the Interpretive Center, and you’ll see what we mean. The three-story tropical rainforest room will have you feeling lost in the Amazon. It also features the award-winning “Nature Up Close” hall, state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, Bug House and seasonal butterfly and hummingbird garden. There are guided nature hikes, food-growing lessons, cooking demos, monarch-tagging, animals from behind the glass, and more.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center encompasses 1,100 acres — with an 11-acre arboretum, the DeLano Pioneer homestead, and 14 nature trails covering more than 10 miles of varied habitats from ponds to prairies, fens and forest, and all things in between.
With both indoor and outdoor activities, this is a place for people of all ages to come relax, exercise, learn, see animals up-close, and more. Golf cart tours are available for people with limited mobility.
Each month, people may enjoy featured programs for kids and adults; a family program happens every Sunday at 2 p.m., and special events are held throughout the year.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center is open year-round Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. There is a general admission fee, which varies based on age.
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