"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."

WELCOME!

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.

 

 

WHAT'S THAT IN MY FIELD?

Identifying & Treating Invasive Species 

 

Please join us at:

Weinberg Farm, 7039 E QR Ave., Scotts, MI

Tuesday, July 30, 2019,  5 pm—9 pm

 

RSVP no later than Thursday, July 25th for dinner purposes.

The cost to attend this event is only $5 at the door. 

 

Space is limited so register now to reserve your spot!

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, Kalamazoo County 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

Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

Local Events

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is the place to BEE for this summer’s hands-on art programs! Every Wednesday in July from 1 to 4 p.m., visitors will be able to make ten different crafts related to bees. There will be many other free activities and the chance to explore a variety of artistic approaches to conservation all month! Check it out!

COMMON GROUNDS TOUR:

Hop on Board: Community Garden Bus & Bike Tour - Wednesday, July 17, 6-8 pm

 

Take a guided tour of several community gardens in the Kalamazoo area and learn how these gardens are improving neighborhoods, building community, and encouraging healthy lifestyles in Kalamazoo.

Common Grounds is offering two tour options, both start and end at Riverview Launch:


BUS TOUR: Enjoy the comfort of a chartered trolly, while our tour guide tells you about the Common Ground community garden network. The trolly will be stopping at a variety of gardens with very different goals and approaches to gardening. SPACE IS LIMITED - SIGN UP SOON!

BIKE TOUR: This guided bicycle tour is a leisurely family-style ride that includes stops at several gardens in Kalamazoo. Riders should be comfortable with urban/city riding.

The Tour is FREE, but you must REGISTER:  email: info@CommonGroundKalamazoo.com
phone: (269) 762-6191

Please provide your name(s) contact info, and indicate if  you are doing the bus tour or the bike tour.


www.CommonGroundKalamazoo.com

 

Build a Native Bee House Workshop
July 13 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Families are invited to join the 4-H Native Bee Challenge and learn about the importance of native bees and pollination for the food on our table! Create your own native bee house to take home for your backyard! Click here to learn more!
 
 
W.K. Kellogg Farm - Dairy Open House!
 
 
Come over to W.K.Kellogg Farm on
July 27 2019 10:00 am-2:00 pm
10461 N. 40th St
Hickory Corners MI 49060
and delight in MSU ice cream and cheese while watching the cows whose milk creates our dairy foods! We will have family and kid friendly activities and guests can enjoy a wagon ride, check out tractors and learn about Michigan’s agricultural landscapes. Wagon tours depart every half hour starting at 10:00 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. See you on the farm!
 
 
Michigan Garden Plant Tour
July 29 to August 9
Greenhouse growers, landscapers, garden center operators, and nursery workers are invited to visit 5 participating tour sites between July 29th - Aug 9. This is a terrific way to observe plant performance at different locations and grown under various landscape conditions, both in the ground and in containers.Expect to learn about a wide range of ornamental crops, including popular commercial brands of annuals and perennials! Click to learn more
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!

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/

fairtent
 
 
The Fair Is Coming!   Check it out !
 
 
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 the
Master Gardener Hotline: 888-678-3464 or email MGhelp@msu.edu

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.

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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