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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
here.

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Staff

 

Activity at KNC CampWhere is the Kalamazoo Nature Center?
We are located 5 miles north of downtown Kalamazoo on North Westnedge Avenue. Please visit the
Kalamazoo Nature Center's home page to to get directions to Camp.

Where is the Camp area?  
 Camp is the first driveway on the left hand side once you pass through the main gate. This is where we begin and end our days. The camp area is surrounded by a fence, but campers and staff explore the entire KNC property.
 
Where do I park?  
During the summer, parent and bus drop-off is at Camp. Staff are asked to park at the main KNC parking area, adjacent to camp. We will show you where this is during Orientation.

In the off-season, the camp office is located at the Interpretive Center. When visiting, please park in the parking area at the end of the main drive. 
 
Who will I be working with?  
KNC Camp Staff consists of the Camp Director, Assistant Director, various Camp Educators and the other permanent members of the KNC Staff. Please see the “Employment” page to view specific job descriptions.

Typical ages of Camp Educators are 16-17 for Junior Educators, 18+ for Senior Educators and 21+ for Assistant Directors. Staff come from various locations throughout Michigan and the country, but they all come to learn more about nature, working with children and to develop their skills.
 
Is there staff training?  
All staff will participate in a comprehensive pre-camp orientation that will cover safety procedures, rules and policies, environmental education, program techniques, child development, behavior management, waterfront safety and much more.
 
When is camp and when do I work?  
Summer Camp begins the first Monday after Kalamazoo Public Schools end and lasts 8 weeks (excluding the week of 4th of July). Each staff member is required to attend Pre-Camp Orientation, which takes place the week before camp starts. See the current Job Descriptions for this summer's dates.

Campers are on site from 9 am to 5 pm. You are required to be here between 8:30 am and 5:15 pm. If your camp session involves an overnight camp out, you and your co-counselor will be staying overnight with the campers as well. Campouts are typically on Thursday nights.
 
Is every day the same?  
NO! Every day is different. In addition to the differences in programming throughout the week, like Wednesday swimming or the many day trips and special guests, camp provides new experiences and challenges every day. Working with children in the out-of-doors is never the “same old thing!”
 
When and how much will I get paid?  
Camp Staff are paid every two weeks. You will receive a schedule at orientation. Pay scales by position are posted in the job descriptions on the “How to Apply” page. Staff who lead the travel camp sessions will receive extra compensation for remaining on property for multiple nights.
 
Is there somewhere for me to stay if I am from out of town?  
There is limited housing available on-site for out of town staff. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Camp Director for more details if you need housing.
Email the Camp Director
 
Do I need to bring a lunch?   
Yes, campers and staff eat a picnic-style brown-bag (or even better, a reusable lunchbox!) lunch.
 
What is the work environment like?   
The Kalamazoo Nature Center is committed to providing a supportive and positive work environment. You will have the opportunity to work with many different types of people over the summer and expand your knowledge and skills. Team leaders are dedicated to providing support for the staff throughout the summer. We value the role that Camp Staff play in providing a safe and supportive environment for each camper.

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