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, sponsorships and
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.
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WHAT'S THAT IN MY FIELD?
Identifying & Treating Invasive Species
Thank you to Fallon Januska and Vern Stephens for
Thank you to everyone who attended!
Thank you to our sponsors: Bright Insights LLC, Kalamazoo Farm Bureau, Naylor
Landscape Management, and Wilbur Ellis!
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, Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau, and the KCD volunteers in providing support and educational activites for the
Support for this program was provided by a grant from the
Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
Wild Edibles Hike at KBS
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Please join Dr. Danielle Zoellner and Sanctuary staff as we walk the Sanctuary trails and look for tasty wild edible plants! Participants will receive informational
materials and enjoy a wild edible picnic! $25 for Members, $35 for Non-members.Limit of 20 participants.
For more information and to register please Click Here
MSU Extension Program: Extend Your Growing Season with Low Tunnels for Farm and
Sept 28th 10 AM - Noon
Stretch your harvest further into the winter and start harvesting earlier in the spring by using low tunnels. Using our hoop bender, you'll make a set of 4' by 4' low
tunnels for your farm or garden, and learn what and when to plant for successful winter and early spring harvests. Low tunnels can be used directly in the ground, inserted into raised beds, or used
inside a hoop-house to provide additional protection. Go HERE for more
information and to register !
Kalamazoo County 4-H is gearing up for another year of exciting hands-on learning and building
up life skills in youth aged 5-19. The new 4-H programming year starts this month and now is the perfect time to become part of the largest youth development
organization in the state, 4-H. The Kalamazoo County program has lots of exciting projects for youth to get involved in from livestock to robotics and beyond. Don’t have farm animals? No worries! We
have 4-H clubs focused on arts, science, tabletop role playing games, and even dogs!
For more information on everything 4-H can offer and to find a club near you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (269) 383-8830. Build up
your Head, Heart, Hands and Health with Kalamazoo County 4-H in 2019-20! And check out a local club reciting the 4-H Pledge here
Build and Manage a Bee Hotel
Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
KVCC Food Innovation Center
224 E Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo
Unlike honey bees, tunnel nesting bees do not live in colonies or move in swarms so they are also often called solitary bees. Tunnel nesting bees are important
pollinators for fruits and vegetables. Participants in this class will learn how to Build a bee hotel to take
home and Manage a Bee Hotel to support their local tunnel nesting bees.
Local Farmers Markets are open! Fresh from the farm, support local!
Douglas Farmers Market, Tues., 3:00-6:00pm https://douglassfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/vendors/
Kalamazoo Farmers Market, http://pfcmarkets.com/
Portage Farmers Market, Sundays 10am – 2pm www.FarmersMarket.portagemi.gov
Richland Farmers Market, https://richlandwafarmersmarket.com/
Schoolcraft Farmers Markets, Wednesdays 3:00-6:00pm http://schoolcraftumc.com/index.html
Texas Township Farmers’ Market http://www.texastownship.org/community/farmers-market/
Vicksburg Farmers Market, Fridays 2:00-6:00pm http://www.vicksburgfarmersmarket.com/
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.
The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP), is a collaboration of state agencies, academia, nonprofit organizations and private
industry. It was formed in 2008 with the belief that a change was necessary in shoreline development practices in Michigan from high impacting methods that change
the natural riparian condition to healthier and
sustainable erosion control practices.
Do you have gardening questions?
Or maybe you have valuable knowledge to share
The Master Gardener Volunteer Program
may be the perfect place for you!
Last year , 3,507 MSU Extension Master Gardeners
volunteers provided over 157,430 volunteer hours and reported an additional 616,306 contacts with Michigan citizens! Through their volunteer outreach, MG's
shared science-based, environmentally-sound gardening knowledge and engaged citizens and empowered communities.
Give us a call with your growing questions at
THANK YOU CURRENT SPONSORS!
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.
5950 Portage Rd. Suite B
Portage, MI 49002
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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.