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+)

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!

Eastside: Healthy Steps-Walk Indoors

Location visible to members

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!

Comstock Walking Club: Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

Comstock Community Center

Comstock Township Parks & Recreation Department invites you to join a free 6-week Comstock Walking Club. It meets weekly on Tuesday from May 7th – June 11th to walk various trail sections in the area. Walkers of all levels and abilities are welcome. Walking distances vary throughout the group. We welcome individuals, friends, and families. May 28th, 10 am – 11 am, Comstock Community Center located at 6330 King Hwy, Kalamazoo, MI 49048 - Kalamazoo River Valley Trail - Paved out-and-back walk. Minimum distance 2 miles with optional maximum of 6 miles. June 4th, 6 pm – 7 pm, Wenke Softball Complex inside River Oaks County Park located at 9202 E Michigan Ave, Galesburg, MI 49053- Kalamazoo River Valley Trail- Paved out-and-back walk. Minimum distance 2 miles with optional maximum of 6 miles. June 11th, 10 am – 11 am, Frederick McLinden Nature Trails located at 7405 E H Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49048 (1.7-mile unpaved loop). For more information, contact Rachel Hopkins, Program Coordinator, at[masked]

Northside: Boomers & Beyond: Birding Basics

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Join an expert birder to learn tips and tricks for observing birds! We'll hike the Habitat Haven Trail as we look and listen for different birds. Bring your own binoculars, or borrow a pair of ours! Geared toward adults 50 and up, but all adults are welcome! Please bring a lunch; we'll eat together to finish up the program. Admission: KNC members Free; Non-members: Adults $7/Seniors $6

Past events (2,630)

Northside: KNC Spring Night Hike

Kalamazoo Nature Center

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