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Bird Species at the Sanctuary

General Admission Rates

Adults $5
Senior Citizens (62+)/ College Students $4
Children (Ages 2-17) $3
Under 2 Free

Sanctuary memberships are also available. Membership covers one year admission to the Sanctuary, 10% off items from the Sanctuary's Resource Center, reduced rates for Sanctuary programs and events, and a subscription to our electronic newsletter.

Hours of Operation

Grounds are open year round!

November through April: 9am - 5pm

May-October: 9am - 7pm

Resource Center Hours:

March to Thanksgiving: Weekdays 9am - 5pm

Weekends: March, April, October, and November 11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday; May-October 9am-5pm Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday

Feel free to phone first (269-671-2510) to check whether the Resource Center is open during your visit. The shop hours may depend on volunteer availability.

The Resource Center will be closed Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

If you are interested in volunteering in our Resource Center, please visit the volunteering page!

Group Tours (Guided or Self-guided)

Guided group tours should be scheduled at least four weeks ahead of arrival. Self-guided tours can be scheduled any time but at least one business day in advance, please. Group tour rates available for 10 or more people. Guided tours are led by trained, knowledgeable volunteers.  Guided tours are typically 1.5 hours and self-guided experiences are at your own pace.

***NEW!*** Add-On Tour Programs:

To enhance your overall tour experience, consider an ‘Add-On Tour Program’!  Led by Kellogg Bird Sanctuary staff, these 30 minute programs will help you make the most out of your visit to the Sanctuary!  These additional programs must be scheduled in combination with self-guided or guided tours and are subject to availability.

Birds of Prey LIVE!

  • Join Sanctuary staff for an exciting meet-and-greet with a live bird of prey and learn why raptors are unique hunting and flying machines.
  • Recommended for all ages.
  • Program can accommodate up to 60 people.
Birding Basics
  • Practice using binoculars and the basics of bird identification.  Learn how to look for key identifying features to help you correctly identify the birds around you.  Then, use the binoculars as you tour the Sanctuary and see even more wildlife!
  • Recommended for 3rd grade and up.
  • Program can accommodate up to 30 people.
Youth Guided Tours Audience Group Size Details
Bird Adaptations Preschool-5th grade up to 60 This tour will touch on the history of the Sanctuary and highlight bird adaptations of three groups of birds: birds of prey, waterfowl and upland game birds. Seasonal highlights include spring nesting behavior, summer care of young, fall migration and winter survival.
Agriculture & Ecology Student Activity Trail K-5th grade up to 30 This tour highlights the research of the KBS Long-term Ecological Research Site through hands-on activities and an interactive booklet. Students visit stations along the 1-mile Bluebird Trail. Tours available April - October.
Youth Self-guided Tour Audience Group Size
Bird Adaptations - Scavenger Hunt K-5th grade N/A
Click here to view Scavenger Hunt information.
Adult Guided Tours Audience
Bird Adaptations General up to 60 This tour will touch on the history of the Sanctuary and highlight bird adaptations of three groups of birds: birds of prey, waterfowl and upland game birds. Seasonal highlights include spring nesting behavior, summer care of young, fall migration and winter survival.
Adult Self-guided Tours Audience Group Size
Waterfowl, Upland Game Birds, Birds of Prey General N/A
Along a 3/4-mile paved path, visitors can see captive birds of prey and upland game birds up close, as well as wild and captive waterfowl on Wintergreen Lake. A museum and outdoor educational signage inform visitors about the birds, landscape and history of the Sanctuary.
Historical Walking Tour
General N/A
This tour is located along a 3/4-mile paved path. A brochure highlights six marked locations and includes historical photos and information about the research, education and land management of the Bird Sanctuary since 1927.
Bluebird Trail General N/A
This tour is located along the 1-mile Bluebird Trail and can be completed with the Bluebird Trail Guide, a 12-page booklet with information on nest boxes, bluebird habitat, the importance of native plants and how to monitor a nest box.

Booking a Tour - When booking a tour, please specify the requested date and time, the number of people in group, and note any special needs, if applicable. We request that you book 4 weeks in advance for guided tours and add-on tour programs. Self-guided tours with no add-on program can be scheduled anytime. Tour and add-on tour program reservations are not complete until you receive your confirmation details from the Bird Sanctuary.

Teachers and group leaders receive complimentary admission with a booked tour.

By phone: (269) 671-2510
By email:

Online: KBS Tour Contact Form (Please note that no reservations are considered final until you receive confirmation from the KBS location(s) you wish to visit.)

Tour Cancellation Policy

For guided tours cancellations must be made 24 hours prior of your tour to receive a full refund.

Canceling less than 24 hours in advance or failing to attend your scheduled guided tour will result in a charge of $20.

Guided Tour Rates

Adult Chaperones
Adult Participants
Senior (62+)/College Student Chaperones $3
Senior (62+)/College Student Participants $5
Children (2-17) $4
Under 2 Free
Teachers/Group Leaders Free

Self-guided Tour Rates

Senior (62+)/College Student
Children (2-17) $2
Under 2 Free
Teachers/Group Leaders Free

Add-On Tour Program Rates

** Note: These programs must be booked in addition to your guided or self-guided tour.**

Bird Basics 101



Birds of Prey LIVE!

up to 30 people - $50
31-35 people - $60
36-40 people - $70
41-45 people - $80
46-50 people - $90
51-60 people - $100

See the KBS Tours webpage for information on visiting other locations. Tours at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House and the Kellogg Forest (during maple sugaring, first two weeks of March) can be combined with a Sanctuary tour for a whole day adventure!

Teacher Resources - Kellogg Biological Station is an outdoor classroom and learning laboratory for many different audiences - including preK-12 teachers and students! Several units across KBS have created lesson plans, teacher's guides and student activity books.

Staying for lunch? Picnic tables (seating for 30) and recycling are available near the Sanctuary's parking lot.  The W.K. Kellogg Manor House and Conference Center offers a variety of meal options, from boxed lunches to a cafeteria-style meal to a plated meal in the Manor House!

Directions to Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is located about 14 miles north of Kalamazoo and about 10 miles west of Battle Creek. We are located right off of highways M-89 and M-43. Nearby highways include I-94 and M-96. Our address is:

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
12685 East C Ave.
, MI 49012

Bird Sanctuary Trail Guide

pdf of Trail Map

4_signature_art_smallerPaved Path (0.75 miles): This stroller- and handicapped-accessible trail showcases what the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is famous for: Wintergreen Lake with Trumpeter Swans and other resident waterfowl on the shore. Also, get a close look at Michigan birds of prey such as the Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl and Bald Eagle on the path around the Pocket Prairie display. Upland Game birds are displayed in the Leslie E. Tassell exhibit. Make sure to listen for the Northern Bobwhites calling! Don’t miss the Overlook Museum to read about the Sanctuary’s history. Get a different vantage from the Esker Trail, a ridge formed of stratified sand and gravel from glacial activity that overlooks the birds of prey. Memorial benches are located along the path to enjoy a rest. Some grades are steeper and wheelchair users may need assistance. There is a standard wheelchair available for use in the Sanctuary's Resource Center.

HistoricalTourMarkerHistorical Walking Tour (0.75 miles along Paved Path): Since 1927, the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary has been a home for wildlife and a place for research, education and outreach. On the Historical Walking Tour, we welcome you to experience how the Sanctuary has changed over time. The tour is located along a paved path and a brochure maps six marked locations along the way that highlight aspects of our rich history. Borrow a copy of the Historical Walking Tour brochure or purchase a souvenir copy for $1 from the Sanctuary’s Resource Center.

Lake LoopLake Loop (1.4 miles): The Lake Loop is a natural trail that begins near the Barn Owl display on the paved path, wrapping around Wintergreen Lake and ending at the Sanctuary’s Resource Center. This trail is an excellent place to view the Great Blue Heron rookery, migratory waterfowl in the fall and spring, and native plants such as the Cardinal Flower, which blooms in the late summer. Take a break to enjoy the beautiful scenery and sweet serenade of birdsong from the memorial benches located along the trail.

Bluebird_Trail_LogoBluebird Trail (1 mile): The Bluebird Trail re-opened in the spring of 2013! This natural trail starts in the Pollinator Garden, takes a loop along the North Country Trail, goes through the Prairie Restoration Project, and returns to the Sanctuary’s Resource Center via the parking lot.

Along the trail you can see:

  • Nest boxes used primarily by Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows in the spring
  • Prairie flowers blooming in the summer
  • Changing leaves and migratory songbirds in the fall
  • Animal tracks and birds eating off fruit-bearing plants in the winter

Along the way, five marked locations coordinate with an informational guide. Borrow a copy of the Bluebird Trail Guide or purchase a souvenir copy for $2 from the Sanctuary’s Resource Center.

Features of the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary:

  • Sanctuary of 180 acres
  • 3/4-mile, paved trail showcasing waterfowl, birds of prey and upland game birds in various habitats
  • 40-acre Wintergreen Lake surrounded by Sanctuary property
  • 2.5 miles of additional hiking trails (Lake Loop 1.5 miles, Bluebird Trail 1 mile)
  • Large picnic area
  • Sanctuary's Resource Center gift shop featuring nature- and bird-related gift items and books