2022 Programs & Events Schedule

Join us for our next events!

green oak savanna landscape

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Field Trip: Oak savanna restoration at MacCready Nature Reserve

9 am – 12 pm
(carpool or meet on site)


Saturday, July 23, 2022

Field Trip: Lillian Anderson Arboretum

10 am – 12 pm
(meet at Oshtemo Township Park; details below)


Saturday, Sept 10, 2022

Workshop: Native Plant

9 am – 12 pm
Western Michigan University

limited space;
preregistration required


2022 Schedule

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

Sunday, January 9  Honoring Tom Small • hosted by Paul Olexia and Ilse Gebhard with invited speakers • 2:00 pm on Zoom (view Zoom recording)

Wednesday, January 26  Choosing Plants for Pollinators • Rebecca Tonietto, University of Michigan-Flint • 7:00 pm on Zoom (view Zoom recording)

Wednesday, February 23  The Once and Future Oak Ecosystems: Restoring the Culture • Tyler Bassett, Michigan Natural Features Inventory and Tom Small, KAWO • 7:00 pm on Zoom (view Zoom recording)

Wednesday, March 23  Invasive Jumping Worms: The Impact of a New Soil Invader • Brad Herrick, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum • 7:00 pm on Zoom (view Zoom recording)

Wednesday, April 27  Monarchs as a Flagship Species: Can Conservation Focused on One Species Benefit All? • Karen Oberhauser, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum • 7:00 pm, Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church (address details above).

Saturday, May 14  Spring ephemerals field trip • Paul Olexia, KAWO • Joint  activity with South Bend chapter • Love Creek Nature Center • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Wednesday, May 25  Birds and Berries: The Importance of Native Fruit-Bearing Shrubs for Migrating Landbirds • Jen Owen, Michigan State University • Joint meeting with Audubon Society of Kalamazoo • 7:00 pm, People’s Church, 1758 N 10th St Kalamazoo. (view Zoom recording of live presentation)

Sunday, June 5  29th Annual Spring Plant Exchange • Tom and Ruth Small’s Home • 1:00-5:00 pm.

Saturday, June 11  Field trip to Swan Creek • Paul Olexia, KAWO • Allegan State Game Area • 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Cancelled

Saturday, June 18  Wild Ones Community Native Plant Sale • People’s Food Co-op, 507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Saturday, June 25 Sept 10  Native Plant Propagation WorkshopCo-hosted by KAWO/Western Michigan University • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, WMU campus (rescheduled to Sept. 10)

Saturday, July 9  Field trip to oak savanna restoration • Tyler Bassett, Michigan Natural Features Inventory • MacCready Nature Reserve • 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. (Program description and directions here)

Saturday, July 23  Field trip to Lillian Anderson Arboretum • Ann Fraser, Kalamazoo College • Lillian Anderson Arboretum • 10:00 am – 12:00 noon. Program description and directions below. Meet at Oshtemo Township Park, not at the Arboretum.

The Lillian Anderson Arboretum is a 140-acre property located in Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County. It is owned by Kalamazoo College and is used by the college and the public for research, education and recreation. A system of walking trails takes visitors through marsh, meadow, pine plantation and second-growth deciduous forest habitats. In 2019 a pollinator habitat enhancement project was begun along the powerline right-of-way that traverses the property. The easement was seeded with native plants in December 2020 and is still in the process of establishing. Biology professor Ann Fraser and her undergraduate summer research students will highlight some projects underway at the arboretum as we explore the flora along the wetland boardwalk, powerline, and forested trails. In a survey conducted in summer 2019, some natives of note included white wild indigo, whorled loosestrife, hyssop hedge nettle, racemed milkwort and a variety of ferns. A follow-up survey is currently underway to see what new species are emerging from the habitat enhancement planting.

We will walk approximately 2.5 miles over relatively flat terrain. The trails are maintained but there are a few areas with uneven footing and small hills. Sturdy shoes are recommended and long pants to protect against mosquitoes and poison ivy.

Directions and parking

Because parking in the Arboretum lot is limited, we will meet up at the Disc Golf parking area at the Oshtemo Township Park, 7275 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI (Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/AY4ejZvAEdHYDY7M8). The Oshtemo Township Park is on the south side of West Main St. (M-43), 1.5 miles west of highway 131. From there we will walk to the Arboretum.

Saturday, Sept 10  Native Plant Propagation WorkshopCo-hosted by KAWO/Western Michigan University • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, WMU campus (this is a limited capacity event and pre-registration is required; details here)

Sunday, September 18  Annual Fall Plant Exchange, Jessie and Bill’s Home • 1:00-5:00 pm.  Everyone welcome!

Wednesday, September 28  What’s Bugging You?: Identifying insect pests by the “signs” they leave behind • Sara Tanis, Kalamazoo Valley Community College • 7:00 pm, Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church*

Wednesday, October 26  Panel Presentation: A Wealth of Experience within KAWO • Members of KAWO • 7:00 pm, Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church*

Wednesday, November 16  Restoration of a Small Urban Park in Kalamazoo • Friends of Glen Park South • 7:00 pm, Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church*

* Beginning in April, our featured speaker meetings will be in-person events.
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
Please note that masking will be required at indoor events.

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. 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.

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