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“Natural Appeal”

Kalamazoo Nature Center
Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

When in the Kalamazoo area, this is a place to go that is not far from the city, yet allows you to get immersed in the great outdoors. The fourteen trails found here of varying lengths give hikers walking at their own pace a chance to experience the sights and sounds of nature among a variety of land forms. Some trails pass by streams or ponds or a large river. One trail passes through a tunnel under a railroad track while another passes through a tunnel under a road. Each season offers a different experience here as with the spring wildflowers, the summer prairies, the fall leaf colors, and the winter tree silhouettes, along with the changing bird, animal, and butterfly behaviors, for examples. Staff-guided walks are often scheduled, and there is a lot of information given within the hour or so. While I am partial to the outdoor sights and sounds, inside the Interpretive Center there is a large variety of things to see and do, also. The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail comes by the Nature Center entrance for those that wish to bike here. The daily entrance fee is reasonable, but an annual membership is worthwhile if one anticipates coming here more than four times per year, allowing no-charge admissions and discounts on other programs, as well as the bi-monthly newsletter/calendar of events. This is not a recreation park nor a zoo, but a large area protected from the ever-growing urban sprawl where one can experience and learn about nature without distractions.

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

I've taken the family here a few times . The trails are beautiful and the scenery is very nice . The gift shop is also nice and clean . I have never encountered a rude employee , everyone is knowledgeable and friendly . Take your camera I'm sure you'll leave with some great pics .

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Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

Great trails for a family walk in nature, the misty atmosphere and the touch of relax sence is a great mind cleaning from the stress of the city! If you look for adventure go somewhere else, if you look for a pleasant place to peace yourself this is it!

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I have gone to the nature center at various times, by myself and with family. Really enjoyed it. The grandkids enjoyed the bullfrogs in the pond. It's an indoor and outdoor adventure. In spring you can see how they make maple syrup. I no longer live in Kalamazoo (Portage) but I'm now involved in another nature center. But I highly recommend the center to anyone, there is something there for everyone.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

There isn't that much to do. It is kind of boring. There are some fun fall events. Like the maple syrup one and the leaves changing color.

Thank Grace J
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