Kalamazoo Nature Center
Kalamazoo Nature Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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MelissaWP
Shorewood, IL493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We decided to stop here on a cool fall Saturday afternoon on our way home after visiting family in MI the previous evening. There were only a few other cars in the parking lot and a few other people we encountered during our 90-minute visit. We used to reside in Ottawa, IL where there are two state parks nearby in Utica, IL that we visited often and this beautiful place reminded us of them. We leisurely walked a few trails that were covered in newly fallen leaves while we basked in the cool fall air filled with leaves falling from the sky all around us and heard the glorious sounds of nature such as the running water and singing birds. There were various times we just stopped to look and listen and take it all in. We could only describe our experience here as truly tranquil. We will be back.
Written October 23, 2021
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bobx77
Florida2,356 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I read in an ad brochure about this place.
So I checked it out on their website. Nothing about an entrance fee, but about a fern valley trail. I decided to go there = because I love fern.

So I drove 13 miles to get there.
Arrived I realized, that there is an admission fee: $ 7 for nature? Come on…
But I was keen to see some fern = so I just payed.

Long story short:
It was very hard to find the beginning of the trails. Maybe they should have more signs = especially at the parking lot, where everyone starts!

And to my disappointment I only saw fern on one place at this fern valley trail.
(Even on that trail I missed some signs = indicating I’m on the right trail.

I was very disappointed and drove off frustrated.
Written August 12, 2022
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Paradise8196
Kalamazoo, MI2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Nature Center has so much to see and do. There is the Delano Homestead, which is a re-creation of a 19th century working farm. In the main Nature Center building there is a greenhouse, a rainforest room, gift shop, classrooms, animal rehab, and other natural exhibits. Outside there are hiking trails, a butterfly house, native plant gardens, and a formal garden.

In the spring there is maple syrup making; in the fall a native plant sale. Anytime of year you'll see animals rehabilitating in pens. I saw an opossum and petted it. It was kinda cute, had a little pink nose. I never thought they were cute before as I caught them in my car headlight beam right before they were annihilated. But up close it was nice.
Written September 9, 2004
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kzlady68
Ann Arbor, MI2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff was so rude, from the lady in the gift shop to the lady at the information desk. The day my family went, the gift shop was closed for inventory. There was a tiny, little sign on the door which was not noticiable saying it was closed. Because we didnt see it, my family walked in looking to buy something to drink. The lady started yelling at us very rudely saying "didnt you see the sign, it's closed"!!! If the gift shop was closed, she should have had the door shut. I then went to the information desk to ask where something was located and the lady behind the desk acted like she was doing me a favor. I guess she was too busy doing her bead work. Must be nice to go to a job everday and get paid for doing your hobby. She was too busy NOT working to take time to help me. The trails at the nature center are boring, you can see the same thing by taking a walk in your own yard. We went down to the barn and there was a horse, a goat and a chicken, that was it, three animals. The butterfly house had maybe six butterflies total. Went into then hut where they tag birds for migration, and no one was there, although all the equipment was turned on, lights were on, etc.. The main building had about the best display; the indoor rainforest. Everything else was boring. I thought my family would be there all day. We were there about 2 hours and it was 2 hours too long. It has to be the most boring nature center I've ever been to, and the rudest staff (that's 0if you can find them).
Written September 14, 2010
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gardendweller42
Strongsville OH2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I live in Ohio and love to hike and travel. We have been to literally dozens of nature centers, parks, gardens all over the east part of the country, from Pennsylvania to Florida. We were excited to go see what Kalamazoo Nature Center had to offer, especially as it was billed as "voted best nature center in America by its peers." We were amazingly disappointed! The several "acres of arboretum" turned out to be one picnic area with a wilted, weed filled garden that looked sadly neglected. The "butterfly house" had not one butterfly, nor any information why this was so. The trails were poorly marked and several unmarked paths crossed them that could not be found on the map. Trails split off so you could not tell which direction you were heading in. Out buildings were found that were on the trail, but not on the map, nor labeled. Trails were unkempt and overgrown, even the steps, and area around the nature center itself were not cared for. The center itself was out-dated, but the rainforest and displays were very nice, The gift shop was small, and for the most part, not well presented and unimaginative. We did see campers and camp counselors who seemed to be having a great time. The whole ambience was of a once great nature center that has fallen into disrepair and now functions as a summer camp. The worst part? We paid six bucks each to get in!!!!! We have been to MANY, many nicer, better kept up, more lovely parks and nature centers that are FREE! Rocky River in Ohio comes to mind, all the parks in Lansing, the Raptor center in North Carolina (which does charge), pretty much all that we have been to. If the staff is unable to take care of the center the way it needs to be cared for, they need to change the way they advertise it, stop charging admission, and admit that it is nothing more than a local camp.
Written July 7, 2009
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Citizentreker
Michigan2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've visited many nature centers in this region and I went to the Kalamazoo center in mid-October. Even as the native flowers had dried up and arboretum leaves were falling, I found this center extremely informative and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The setting for the center is incredible in some type of special land formation filled with large trees, a prairie and even a barnyard in the summer. One mother that I saw with two small children couldn't wait to scamper down their favorite trail and I heard them talk about seeing the birds later. I got to see bird banding going on in an easily accessible area. They had a very helpful outdoor grid in the arboretum that allowed me to identify the many trees that have been donated and planted throughout the years. The interpretive center displayed a living rain forest with a walkway so I could spiral down into it. The native fish tanks and other displays were interesting and I saw a school group enjoying the various stations. They had a very unique art gallery of extremely high qulaity photographic art for sale very reasonably priced that I have never seen elsewhere. They said they change the artists and media frequently. I peeked into the classrooms that were filled with all sorts of hands-on materials for students to use and I wished I'd been to a place like this when I was a kid. To me, the Kalamzoo center and the staff I talked to seemed to demonstrate exactly the way that science should be taught.
Written October 30, 2009
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Deanna M
Kalamazoo, Michigan33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a great place to spend a few hours or an entire day. Lots of great trails. Although all are unique, our favorite trail (kids love it!) is the Beech/Maple trail - there is a stream, boardwalk, viaduct under a railroad bed, woods, a river... The Nature Center has also embraced a more active interaction with nature and encourages off-trail exploring - also great for kids! There are extensive indoor areas and additional in-season offerings include a barn area, butterfly house, and maple syrup activities. There are also various scheduled hands-on activities for all ages, just check their calendar.
Written July 19, 2007
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SmilinBobby
Kalamazoo, MI154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
They have great little animal display including several Live snakes and other critters. Be sure to check out the walking path. It's beautiful all year round. They also have several predator birds for observation.
In addition there is a working farm. Whereyou can sign up for share of the crop each summer
Written June 3, 2015
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ShellyM6
Columbus, OH64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
14+ miles of hiking trails for all skill levels. Fair admission ($7 per adult). We spent a couple of hours wandering the easier trails along the creek and river. The visitor center is a bit dated but has some nice information about local wildlife. Tons of parking and easy access from downtown.
Written July 8, 2018
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Christy N
Kalamazoo, MI3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
Such a great place! Great place to take your kids or just the two of you. It's a little bit of a drive but it is well worth it. We make sure we go once or twice every year and it's always so nice
Written June 22, 2015
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