"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, sponsorships and 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.

 

 

We are looking for photos highlighting the natural resources in Kalamazoo County. Enter our Photo Contest today!

WHAT'S THAT IN MY FIELD?

Identifying & Treating Invasive Species 

 

Thank you to Fallon Januska and Vern Stephens for presentations!

Thank you to everyone who attended!

Thank you to our sponsors: Bright Insights LLC, Kalamazoo Farm Bureau, Naylor Landscape Management, and Wilbur Ellis!

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

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 msue.kalamazoo@county.msu.edu 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.

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.
You Can Volunteer Today! Click to Learn How!
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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