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

Exploring Nature

Nature is amazing, beautiful, exciting and sometimes unpredictable!  Here's some helpful resources about what to bring, what to wear, and what to keep in mind to keep you safe and having fun in the out-of-doors:

What to Bring to Camp

Note: Please label all of your camper’s items with full name!

Camp fun can be dirty and wet. Please send your child with clothes/shoes/bags that can get dirty/wet.
Small day pack to carry supplies (bags with wheels do not work on our trails) 
1 quart water bottle
Please dress your child appropriately for the weather, as we will be enjoying the summer outdoors!
Properly fitting closed-toe shoes or boots
Rain gear
Spare clothes: socks, pants, undergarments
Swimsuit or clothes that they may get wet, and towel (for Afternoon Water Play)
A non-aerosol bug repellant
Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher), apply before camp
Medications marked with the camper’s name. Fill out a Permission to Administer Medication Form.
Packed lunch and snacks: (Full-Day Camps Only) - In reusable containers (help us teach sound environmental practices) - No refrigeration required - We will notify you if anyone in your camper’s group has severe food allergies

KNC Camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Lost & Found items will be held for one week. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Additional Items for Programs with an overnight campout

For overnight campouts, dinner, lunch and breakfast the following day are provided. 

In addition to the items you'll bring to a day camp, please bring:
Hair brush/comb, toothbrush and toothpaste
Sleeping bag
Camping ground pad
Appropriate amount of clothing changes for time spent on-site
Long pants or sweat pants
Long-sleeved top

What NOT to bring to Camp


Cell phones (or secret backup cell phones!)
Digital cameras
Hand-held computer games
Trading cards
iPods or music players
Any other items that either distract from our nature activities or could be destroyed, lost, or stolen
Any of the above items discovered will be taken to our office and returned to the parent at the end of the day

About poison ivy, poison oak, & sumac

Poison Ivy Publication from the MSU Extension

Poison Ivy and its Kin from the US Forest Service

Mosquitos, ticks, & other insects

Read the articles below for opinions on how to choose the right bug spray for your kids.

Preventing Tick Bites

   Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots or sturdy shoes and a head covering. (Ticks are easier to detect on light-colored clothing.) Tuck trouser cuffs in socks. Tape the area where pants and socks meet so ticks cannot crawl under clothing. 
   Apply insect repellent containing 10 percent to 30 percent DEET primarily to clothes. Apply sparingly to exposed skin. Do not spray directly to the face; spray the repellent onto hands and then apply to face. Avoid sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth and nasal membranes. Be sure to wash treated skin after coming indoors. Use repellents containing permethrin to treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) but not skin.  Always follow label directions; do not misuse or overuse repellents. Always supervise children in the use of repellents.
   Walk in the center of trails so weeds do not brush against you. In camping areas, individuals who sit on the ground or disturb leaf litter on the forest floor may encounter ticks. 
    Check yourself, children and other family members every two to three hours for ticks. Most ticks seldom attach quickly and rarely transmit disease organisms until they have been attached four or more hours. If your pets spend time outdoors, check them for ticks, too.

-from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Michigan Department of Community Health

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