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+)

Northside: Wildflowers and Wine Walk

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Fridays, April 12, 19 & 26 at 5:30 pm sample a different Michigan wine each week, then take a guided hike to see which blossoms have popped up through the forest floor! Learn how to identify wildflowers as we enjoy a leisurely walk in the woods. The program is open to all ages, but wine is for ages 21 and up. MUST PREREGISTER at www.naturecenter.org or call[masked] x 0 Evening admission applies: KNC members free. Nonmembers: Adult $5/Senior $4.

Northside: KNC Earth Day Celebration, Free Admission

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Start off your Earth Day with a 5K and bring your friends. $30 registration fee. Enjoy free admission all day. There are over 13 miles of trail to explore. Trail map: https://naturecenter.org/Visit/Trails. 11 a.m. David Karowe - Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region 12 - 4 p.m. People & the Pen: A calligraphy tool. Free informal drop-in workshop with the Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild. 12:30 p.m. Jordan Hamilton, live cello performance

Eastside: SWMLC Earth Day Workday

Bow in the Clouds Preserve

Bow in the Clouds Preserve Saturday, April 20, 1 – 4 pm Give back to the planet that’s given everything to us, then celebrate our hard work at Old Dog Tavern with a complimentary pint on Great Lakes Brewing Company! Bow in the Clouds is truely “nature in the city” at its finest, and the potential to connect people with the natural world here is fantastic. So on Earth Day this year, come get connected with this vibrant land and help others to do the same! Supported by the generosity of Great Lakes Brewing Company, SWMLC volunteers will have an opportunity to work on a variety of tasks including tackling invasive shrubs that block the view, pulling garlic mustard, sprucing up for the Unveil the Trail event planned for May 11, repairing wetland boardwalks, and picking up trash. Following the workday, there will be an optional post-workday celebration at Old Dog Tavern sponsored by our Earth Day partners, Great Lakes Brewing Company! Staff from the company will provide interested participants with a voucher at the workday, which will be good for a Great Lakes beer at Old Dog.

Monday morning walk on the Portage Bicentennial Trail

Portage Creek Bicentennial Park

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!

Past events (2,587)

Northside: Silent Spring Night Hike

Kalamazoo Nature Center

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