Join us for Winter Camp, January 2-6, 2017!

Each day campers will explore the Nature Center with theme-related and age-appropriate stories, art, games, activities, journaling/observation time, and hikes. Campers will be divided by age and grade into smaller groups when appropriate. 

Check out the different themes each day below – come for one or all 5 days!  Register for multiple camps and receive $5 off of each additional camp.

Ages 4 & 5

Ages 4-5: Half-Day Camps
Meet: Visitor Center, Lower Level Classroom, 9 am – noon
Fee: Members $20/day, Non-members $25/day 
Materials: Bring a water bottle and wear weather-appropriate clothing. We will provide a snack. No electronics or distracting toys, please.

Ages 4 & 5: Monday, January 2 - Frozen Forest

Frozen Forest
Though the woods seem quiet in the winter, you can actually find all the activity if you know where to look. And learn how animals fight the winter chill by meeting a rabbit!

Ages 4 & 5: Tuesday, January 3 - Polar Pond

Polar Pond
Where do the all the fish go in the winter? We will learn how ice makes a great blanket and how the pond can help animals survive the winter. Meet an aquatic turtle up close!

Ages 4 & 5: Wednesday, January 4 - Glacial Garden

Glacial Garden
As the plants go to sleep in the garden over the winter, some animals snuggle in the flowerbeds as well! Explore some of KNC's own gardens to find out who might be sticking around.

Ages 4 & 5: Thursday, January 5 - Snowy Sky

Snowy Sky
Not just snow flies in the sky during the winter! Find out which birds move away and which birds stay in Michigan. Meet a real bird to see how they can stay in the winter.

Ages 4 & 5: Friday, January 6 - Below Zero, Below Ground

Below Zero, Below Ground
The snow may lay peaceful on the top but plenty of things are underground. Learn who is calling soil its home in the winter and how snow can you keep you warm.

Grades 1-5

Grades 1-5: Full-Day Camps
Meet: Camp, Lower Level, 9 am – 5 pm
Fee: Members $40/day, Non-members $45/day
Materials: Bring a sack lunch (with snacks if desired) and a water bottle. Wear weather-appropriate clothing. No electronics or distracting toys, please.

Grades 1-5: Monday, January 2 - Frozen Beasts and Where to Find Them

Frozen Beasts and Where to Find Them
Inspired by the recent movie and book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", come discover some "beasts" that survive the frozen winter of Michigan. Create a field guide, track these animals, and learn ways to best protect our own non-magical creatures!

Grades 1-5: Tuesday, January 3 - Snow Craft

Snow Craft
Come craft in real life with all that nature has to offer. The day switches between "Creative Mode" and "Survival Mode" with creating castles, preparing resources and mine for information on Michigan's natural resources. 

Grades 1-5: Wednesday, January 4 - The Natural Winter Detective

The Natural Winter Detective
Calling all junior detectives and mystery aficinados! Our dearest camp mascot Fernando the eagle is missing! Interview suspects, follow the clues and study the evidence to return our Fernando to his home. -- You can even learn how people do this for species all over the world. 

Grades 1-5: Thursday, January 5 - The Art-bomindable Snowman

The Art-bomindable Snowman
Science and art are two separate things right? Come discover the delicate balance between the two through experiments and art projects. You'll learn firsthand how they work together. 

Grades 1-5: Friday, January 6 - A Survival Sense

A Survival Sense
How do you survive an avalanche? What is the best way to build a winter shelter? If these are questions in your head, we want to answer them--through experience. Make a shelter, try your hand at creating fire and learn how to use a compass--we'll have to work together to survive in the deep woods.

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


Online Registration and Payment Support: 866 433-4548

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

Camp Director: Jenny Metz Brenneman
(269) 381-1574 ext 24 or by email

Please review our Refund and Cancellation Policy