Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Frolic through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-year family membership good for two adults, children younger than 17, and two free guest passes to Kalamazoo Nature Center (a $50 value).
Kalamazoo Nature Center's 14-mile expanse of trails weaves around 1,100 acres of ponds, prairies, and forests, giving nature lovers of all ages an ample arena to hike, learn, and explore one of the first nature centers in the country. Membership allows unlimited free admission to the preserve so that visitors can soak up a diverse array of wild flowers, birds, and majestic park benches in natural habitat. Kalamazoo hosts a slew of family and children activities on select Saturdays, such as "Story Corner at the Barn," during which a storyteller corrals tykes aged 8 and younger for visits with sheep, goats, and barnyard residents before and after reading them pastoral tales. Additionally, Kalamazoo Nature Center members receive a 10% discount at Expedition Gift Shop, a bimonthly newsletter subscription, and discounts on youth camps for ages 3–17.
Check the calendar for available seasonal programs and free admission to events such as the Maple Sugar Festival, Creatures of the Night, and Holidays at the Homestead.
7000 N Westnedge Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009