"Protecting Soil & Water for Generations; not only today's generation but future generations."
"Protecting Soil & Water for Generations; not only today's generation but future generations."


Established in 1946, Kalamazoo Conservation District is an independent county level resource assisting residents, producers, and communities to help resolve natural resource concerns.  The District is self-funded, serving the public with revenue obtained through an annual tree and shrub fundraiser sale, grants, and sponsorshipts/donations..

Kalamazoo Conservation District works with a variety of other local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to accomplish greater results in conservation and protection of our local natural resources.

As a result of the Dust Bowl in the 1920s from severe erosion due to negatively impacting farm practices, Congress established the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which directed money toward programs that would help protect natural resources and empower landowners to become better stewards of the land.  But with no delivery approach for the federal programs, Congress realized that a local level organization was needed to help promote conservation programs available to agricultural landowners.  Thus, a Conservation District Law was established, allowing communities to elect their own county conservation district boards, which would partner with the federal agencies and serve as the storefront and information center for available conservation programs and assistance.



Conservorama 2019




On May 22, some of the Kalamazoo County's 5th graders spent the day outside at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary learning about Conservation. They built native bee houses, played a game to illustrate how invasive species compete with native species, identified household hazardous waste, learned how to plant a tree, found aquatic macroinvertebrates, observed bald eagles and discussed bioaccumulation, and watched a demonstration of stormwater runoff.


"Every station was very interactive and engaged the students!" - participating teacher



KCD would like to thank our partners Kellogg Bird Sanctuary,  MSU Extension Kalamazoo 4-H,  Kalamazoo County Drain Commission Office, BCK-CISMA, Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste, the Farm Bureau, and the KCD volunteers in providing support and educational activites for the students.

Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Kalmazoo Community Foundation.

Local Events

Rain barrel Sale

Interested in collecting and using rain water for your plants this summer? The cities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo are hosting rain barrel sales through June 18.  



Plants For Pollinators Workshop
Date(s) - 06.22.2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learn about what plants you could add into your landscape to create a haven for our native pollinators! This workshop will include a presentation and tour through the Sanctuary’s display gardens by Kellogg Biological Station experts. Educational materials will be provided.
Cost: $25 Members, $35 Non-members
Register online by June 19, 2019 to reserve your place at the workshop!
Contact: birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu or (269) 671-2510
Horticultural Lighting Workshop:
Are LED's right for you?
Join us for a free horticultural lighting workshop on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This workshop will help growers and horticultural enthusiasts of all skill levels determine the most appropriate lighting technology for their operation. Registration website: bit.ly/ZooLED2019. Contact: Jeremy Jubenville (jubenvi3@msu.edu) 269-492-2813.
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Boaters, skiers or swimmers can unintentionally spread invaders from one body of water to another when aquatic invasive species (AIS) hitch a ride on their recreational equipment. Clean Boats, Clean Waters is a volunteer education program designed to assist Michigan boaters keep their boats free of invasive species and to help protect their equipment and our waters from the havoc caused by invaders.
You Can Volunteer Today! Click to Learn How!


Would you like to sponsor a Kalamazoo Conservation District event? Click the SPONSORSHIP button below for more information and for an easy "PAY ONLINE" option.

Our Address:

5950 Portage Rd. Suite B

Portage, MI 49002


Our Phone Number:

Call us!  We would love to hear from you! NEW Direct line: 1-269-775-3368


Office number for all directory: 

(269) 382-5121


The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  If you need an accommodation to participate in an activity or event, please contact the Kalamazoo Conservation District.

KCD Hours

Mon-Thu :

09:00 am - 04:00 pm

Because we are a field office and Fridays are field days, please call BEFORE you visit.

Phone: 269.775.3368

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