Arthur E. and Mildred H. Woollam Nature Preserve

The Arthur E. and Mildred H. Woollam Nature Preserve is Kalamazoo County’s newest County Park, joining Cold Brook, Markin Glen, Prairie View, River Oaks, Scotts Mill and the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. The Woollam Nature Preserve is located in Texas Township at the site of the former Rota-Kiwan boy scout camp.

Woollam Nature Preserve is currently in the development phase but will soon open to the public. Check back for updates and information on an opening date. Kalamazoo County partnered with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy to establish a conservation easement, protecting the unique natural features of this beautiful property in perpetuity.

The Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Commission developed a Master Plan for the Woollam Preserve to provide a timeline and plans for opening, park amenities, and future improvements. Visit the Kalamazoo County Parks website at for more information. To donate to the development of this property, click donate above and follow the links for Woollam Nature Preserve.


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The Parks Foundation will host a basket raffle at the Kalamazoo County Youth Fair, benefiting the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. We will have 10 themed baskets to raffle off beginning Friday August 9, with winners drawn Saturday August 10 at the conclusion of the week...

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Spring Has Sprung!

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Spring has sprung in Kalamazoo County! This photo was taken Tuesday evening at Markin Glen County Park. Scroll to the bottom of our home page to submit your springtime county park photos. You can also submit a story. Tell us what you love about your favorite county...

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Woollam Nature Preserve

Woollam Nature Preserve

The Arthur E. and Mildred H. Woollam Nature Preserve grand opening is right around the corner. We anticipate this brand new Kalamazoo County Park will open to the public this summer. The preserve will feature beautiful Bass Lake, hiking trails, new and restored...

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Share your Story!

We love hearing stories from our community members! Please share stories and pictures with us.

Below we feature some of the users and supporters of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.

The trail takes you places you cannot see from the road. It takes you into these private spaces of nature where you’re able to experience connection—connection to nature and connection to others. It’s a romantic place for my husband and me—it’s a date for us to load up the bikes and have a picnic lunch packed, and find a really special, out-of-the-way spot. It gives us time to talk and be together. It’s ours, even though we’re sharing it with lots of people.


Former Board Member of Parks Foundation

For our family, the trail is quality family time. We are always thankful for active, engaging family time where we can experience life’s simple pleasures together. No money spent, no screens, no outside stimulus other than the beauty of whatever nature has planned for the day. It provides us with a structured way to take in a natural setting with no concern about getting lost!

Clarence and Family

avid trail users and supporters

For the last 30 years I have had a bike store in Battle Creek, Mi. Trails like the KRVT have a very positive impact on my business, as well as on my personal health and happiness.


avid biker and local business owner

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