Nathan Smallwood: President & CEO

KALAMAZOO, MI – Conservation leader Nathan Smallwood has been appointed President & CEO of the Kalamazoo Nature Center, one of the top nature centers in the country. An avid birder and amateur naturalist, he brings more than 15 years of executive and nonprofit management experience.

Most recently, Smallwood was Executive Director of Cope Environmental Center in East-Central Indiana, where he led the Living Building Challenge certification for designation as one of the most environmentally sustainable facilities in the U.S. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, one of the largest nature centers in the nation. He has also served in development, marketing and communications roles in the arts and cultural sector.

Smallwood has an MBA and an MEM from Yale University and a BA from Dartmouth College.
He assumed his responsibilities as President & CEO at Kalamazoo Nature Center on May 7, 2018.

The Kalamazoo Nature Center includes 1,100 acres of wooded, rolling countryside five miles north of Kalamazoo, Michigan; the Heronwood Field Station; Nature’s Way Preschool; DeLano Homestead and Farms; the Urban Nature Park in downtown Kalamazoo; and the Stryker Nature Preserve. Its mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.