2023 Programs and Events Schedule

Join us on Zoom for our January and February meetings
In-person meetings resume in March


2023 Schedule

Wednesday, January 25  Planting Native Species Using Real Ecosystems as a Guide • Kim Chapman, Principal Ecologist, Resource Environmental Solutions (Wisconsin) • 7:00 pm on Zoom (Zoom registration link)

Wednesday, February 22  Designing Native Plant Gardens: Minimizing the Error in Trial and Error • Mike Weis, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, WMU • 7:00 pm on Zoom (Zoom registration link)

Wednesday, March 22  Get On the Map: Be Part of the Homegrown National Park • Noel Ocen, KAWO member • 7:00 pm, Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, April 2Growing Wildflowers from Seed • Tom Noland, Research Scientist, retired, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario • 7:00 pm, Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church.

Saturday, May 13  Field trip to Little Grand Canyon • Ellen Holste, Program Manager Pierce Cedar Creek Institute • Little Grand Canyon (directions TBA) • 8:30 am – 11:00 am.

Saturday, May 20  Wild Ones Community Native Plant Sale • People’s Food Co-op, 507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Wednesday, May 24  Eating Wild for the Future • Brenna Pixley, Community Herbalist and Wild Food Advocate • 7:00 pm, Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church.

Sunday, June 4  30th Annual Spring Plant Exchange and Celebration • Tom and Ruth Small’s Residence • 1:00-5:00 pm.

Saturday, June 17  Field trip for Eating Wild for the Future • Brenna Pixley, Community Herbalist and Wild Food Advocate • Location TBD • 10:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Saturday, July 29  Tour of Kalamazoo native plant gardens • Locations TBA • 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Saturday, September 9  Annual Fall Plant Exchange, Jessie and Bill’s Residence • 1:00-5:00 pm.  Everyone welcome!

Saturday, September 16  Field trip to Sarett Nature Center • Nate Fuller, Executive Director and Naturalist • Location Sarett Nature Center, 2300 N Benton Center Rd, Benton Harbor, MI • 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (not including travel time to the site). A carpooling option from Kalamazoo will be announced closer to the date.

Wednesday, September 27  Healthy Soils Lead to Healthier Food and Environment • Mike Klug, Professor Emeritus, MSU • 7:00 pm, First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, October 25  What is “Natural Landscape”? Why and How Does the Meaning Keep Changing? • Tom Small, Professor Emeritus, WMU • 7:00 pm, Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, November 22  On the Brink of Local Extinction: Interventions for the Weakest Links to Plant Species Survival • Todd Barkman, Professor of Biological Sciences, WMU • 7:00 pm, Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church


Meetings are held at Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., downtown Kalamazoo, near Bronson Park – Parking lot entry is off Academy Street.  View Map

Recordings from previous online presentations can be viewed on our KAWO YouTube channel.

Event cancellation policy: If Kalamazoo Public Schools or the meeting venue are closed, our Indoor Program will be canceled. Field Trips and Plant Exchanges proceed rain or shine unless alternate date noted in advance. If the weather is questionably severe, please watch WWMT Channel 3 or our website and Facebook page for confirmation. Time permitting, there may also be an email cancellation notice.