Online Registration and Payment Support: 866 433-4548

For camp questions: Registrar (269) 381-1574 ext 24 or by email

Camp Director: Lauren Lott
(269) 381-1574 ext 24 or by email

Please review our Refund and Cancellation Policy

 What KNC Camp is All About

Nature Up Close Camp is a day camp for kids that is committed to providing fun and meaningful experiences in nature. Everyone is welcome!  We believe that all kids can participate in our program, no matter what their ability. We encourage community, understanding, teamwork, stewardship, fun, respect, emotional and physical health in a safe and nurturing environment. Camp is a place where children will make connections with the natural world using all their senses to explore and observe the beauty of Michigan. It is a hands-on setting where campers and staff have the types of real life experiences that many only get to watch on TV or read about in books.


We have the opportunity to work with children ages 3- to 17-years, representing diverse cultures, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Campers generally come from the Greater Kalamazoo Area, but also attend from other states and countries. Children do not have to be members of the Kalamazoo Nature Center to attend, but we encourage family membership in order to enjoy our site and programming year round. We put the safety and well-being of our campers first, providing as many opportunities as possible for them to have fun. We want each of them to make a connection with nature and with the other campers in their group. 

Camp Sessions

Summer Camp sessions are Monday – Friday programs; 9 am – 5 pm for 1st grade and up, and 9 am - 12 pm for pre-K and Kindergarteners.

Each of our camp sessions are designed with themed programs planned and delivered by the Summer Education Staff, supplemented by guest visitors, overnight camping events and field trips. One Senior Educator and one Junior Educator lead the camp group on exploratory hikes throughout the property, incorporating art, stories, games, skits and songs to supplement the weekly and daily themes. Camp groups are organized by grade, with plenty of chances for everyone to come together as a whole during all-camp activities such as group games, Rally Roundup flagpole ceremonies and Friday Family Fest.

We also offer one-day Winter and Spring Break camps for 4 and 5 year olds and 1st - 8th graders. School Break camps follow the same format of Summer Camp, with daily themes. Check out the Programs Page to see current offerings.

Participation in Nature Center programs is open to everyone. KNC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, height, weight, sexual orientation or identity, marital status, or political affiliation.

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Daily Camp Schedule
8 am Busses begin scheduled routes
8:45-9 am Campers arrive at KNC
9 am All Camps begin their day
9-9:30 am Opening Ceremonies
9:30 am - Noon Program activities
Noon My First Nature Camps & Junior Naturalist Camps end
Noon - 1 pm Lunch and "I Wonder ..."
 1-2:30 pm  Program Activities
 2:30-3:15 pm  Program Activities
 3:15-4:30 pm  Afternoon Blend activities
 4:30-5 pm  Junk Report, Closing Ceremony
 5 pm  Campers leave KNC
 6 pm  Busses finish scheduled routes

KNC Camp Staff
Meet the Staff
Staff Expectations

“I Wonder…”
“I Wonder…” is an opportunity for campers to take a closer look at daily topics. We use this time each day to independently observe, discuss, write, and draw in journals.

Afternoon Blend: Choose Your Own Adventure
Each afternoon, campers get the chance to pick how they want to explore the week’s topic. Staff will offer different classes daily so don't miss it! 

Junk Report
In the Junk Report, we explore ways to reduce the packaging waste of our brown bag lunches, composting, and recycling. We learn that small changesin our daily routines can have a big impact on the environment and our personal health.

Friday Family Fest · Every Friday 3:30–5:00 pm
Here is a chance for a camper’s family and friends to join in the fun and excitement of a camp day. Meet the staff, play games, enjoy performances, and learn about the week’s highlights.

Kalamazoo Nature Center • 7000 North Westnedge Avenue  •  Kalamazoo, MI  49009-6309
Phone: 269-381-1574  •  Fax: 269-381-2557