What we're about

We are a network of walkers in Greater Kalamazoo and Portage. We are fitness walkers and hikers.

Kzoo Walkers and Hikers Meetup will alert you to walks, hikes, and charity walks/races on your side of town: Portage or on Kalamazoo's northside, eastside, southside, westside, and beyond.

Meetup.com helps us:

1. To connect people, create walking groups in neighborhoods, plan walking/hiking events, and encourage special interest walkers such as backpackers, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, race walkers and Nordic pole walkers to connect.

2. We want to populate this Meetup calendar with WALKS OR HIKES LEAD BY YOU and other organizations in our community. The events posted will include walks at races, charity walks and special interest foot-driven events and occasional social events for these groups.

Most events posted are organized and hosted by a local organization such as:

Chief Nooday Chapter of the North Country Trail,

Kalamazoo Nature Center, (admission fee for non-members)

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, (admission fee for non-members and RSVP for guided events)

Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

Gazelle Sports, and

Kalamazoo County Parks for the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT).

Note: A few of these organizations charge an admission fee and require an RSVP on their website or by phone.

Other events are lead by volunteers who are walkers and hikers and want to share their favorite trail with you.

LEAD YOUR OWN WALK/HIKE: You may use this meetup to post an ongoing event or a one-time event on a day, time and place in our area that may attract others to join you. Notice the "Create A Hike" option on the home page and contact Bobbi Jo for assistance.

REDUCE THE NUMBER OF EMAILS YOUR RECEIVE FROM MEETUP.COM: Go to MY PROFILE (upper right corner in the toolbar) and click on "Emails and Notifications." At "Meetup Reminders" select "one per day" or "never." When selecting "never" you are opting to visit meetup.org at your convenience. Go to the Kzoo Walkers and Hikers meetup CALENDAR on the left sidebar to view all the events for a month at a time. Click on a specific event in the calendar to see the event details.

Upcoming events (5+)

NCTA May 2-5, 2019 May Hike Celebration: Local Planning Meeting

It is time to plan your Spring hiking adventures. Every year we encourage our local hikers to enjoy a 4 day hiking weekend on the North Country Trail, the longest National Scenic Trail in the USA. This event engages hundreds of hikers from numerous states across the nation. It is hosted by local North Country Trail chapters. Let’s meet up for coffee to learn more. This is also a great way to find possible travel and lodging partners, which makes the get-away more fun and it reduces your expenses. Please send me an email if you plan to attend. [masked] • Date: Wed., Feb 20 • Time: 6:30 p.m. • Location: Feed the World Café, 7000 Stadium Dr, Oshtemo. Note: I tried to think of places with space for a group that is not too noisy. BRING A COPY OF ALL THE INFO SHEETS FROM THE WEBSITE AT http://nctacelebration.org. Copy all the sheets at the SCHEDULE tab and also the REGISTRATION FORM at the REGISTRATION tab. Book your lodging. NOW ! ROOMS ARE GOING FAST. Shanty Creek, $89 NCTA rate while available. • Arrive May 1 to enjoy hiking on Thursday morning. • Thursday, May 2 – Sunday, May 5 (attend for a day or for the weekend) • Location: Shanty Creek Resort, Belaire MI (north of Traverse City) • Offering over 25 different guided hikes from 3 miles to 13 miles long • Lodging options include camping and hotels • Affordable registration fee: $65 for full weekend (includes t-shirt) • Registration online beginning now thru April 15. Early registration deadline is March 31. • Sack lunch and meal options available for purchase or bring your own food • Other activities include daytime workshops and evening events Visit NCTACelebration.org for details and registration Getting to Celebration is simple: 1. Review the schedule of hikes and choose your activities. 2. Register! 3. Book your lodging. NOW ! ROOMS ARE GOING FAST. Shanty Creek, $89 NCTA rate while available. 4. Check out the FAQ to fill in any blanks. 5. Invite your friends! CLICK ON LINK: http://nctacelebration.org/ Bobbi Jo Gamache

Eastside: Healthy Steps-Walk Indoors

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Walk in indoor comfort at Borgess Health and Fitness Center We're on a mission to help you improve your health - one step at a time. Join our Healthy Steps walking group and receive: an initial walking assessment, assistance with goal setting, instructor led warm up and cool down, group walking time , instructional information and a club t-shirt. All for just $20 per year! We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m. Call[masked] for complete details!

Northside: Invasive Bugs: "Bugging Our Trees" Hike

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Bugging Our Trees? Sun, February 24, 2pm – 3pm Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, We have many invasive insects that affect trees in Michigan. Join our VP of Conservation Stewardship, Jessica Simons, to learn about some of these insects, where they came from, and how they affect trees. The program will wrap up with a hike along the Fern Valley Trail to look for insect damage. Admission: Free to KNC members Non-members: $7 adults/$6 seniors

Monday morning walk at Asylum Lake

Asylum Lake Preserve West Parking Lot

Join us for a weekly Monday morning walk and start off your week well........we meet at 10:00 am and walk for an hour to an hour and a half, rotating between five places. The five places are 1. West Lake Nature Preserve, Eliason Nature Preserve or Bishops Bog, Westnedge Road, Portage (depending on conditions underfoot) 2. Asylum Lake, Drake Road, Kalamazoo 3. Texas Drive Park, Texas Drive, Kalamazoo 4. Vicksburg Trail, N Richardson, Vicksburg 5. Portage Bicentennial Trail, East Milham Dr., Portage The relevant address and map will be shown each week. Always check here for possible cancellations in case of severe weather! Please note we leave promptly at 10:00 unless you let us know you will be running late! Please change your RSVP if you find at the last minute you are unable to walk. Thanks!

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