Kalamazoo Nature Center
Nature lovers won’t find a much better spot than the Kalamazoo Nature Center (7000 N. Westnedge Ave., 269/381-1574, www.naturecenter.org, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun., $6 adults, $5 seniors 55 and over, $4 children 4–13). At 1,100 acres, it ranks as one of the largest nature centers in the Midwest, with over 11 miles of trails, an arboretum, an herb garden, a restored 1858 homestead housing crafts and local artifacts, and a peaceful glen that was the favorite stomping ground of author James Fenimore Cooper.
Other exhibits include a free-flying butterfly zone, an indoor bird-watching area that looks out over the trees and grounds, and a re-created 1830s settlers’ farm.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel