Bunker Interpretive Center

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  • Phone: (616) 526-7600


42.93197 -85.58227
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The Bunker Interpretive Center (BIC) is located in the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The LEED certified building is our primary educational facility for the general public and the Calvin College community.

The Bunker Interpretive Center, at the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve, provides approximately 5,000 square feet of space which serves as a home base for programs, a study center for the college community, and an educational resource for the general public. Included in that space are a laboratory classroom, a multi-purpose room, and a display hall. The multi-purpose room, depending on its configuration, serves as a lecture hall or as an exploratory space for elementary classes. The display hallway houses permanent and temporary displays to help visitors better understand the flora and fauna of the Great Lakes region.

We encourage you to stop in and check out our seasonal educational displays, view some Michigan frogs and turtles up close, read a storybook or two, star in your own puppet show, and visit with our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Throughout the year, we also offer a variety of educational programs for all ages. Please visit the educational programs pages to see our current schedule of events and programs.

One purpose of the facility is to help visitors understand their role in the world as stewards of creation. Toward that end, it was decided early in the design of the new building that it should express responsible stewardship in both its construction and its operation. Says preserve director Randall Van Dragt: "When I first wrote criteria for the building, it included making it as environmentally sound as possible." As a target for environmentally sustainable design, the designers adopted the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards of the US Green Building Council, and created a building that received gold certification from the USGBC.

Quick Facts
  • 2005

    year the Bunker Interpretive Center secured LEED Gold Certification

  • 5,300

    square feet

  • 50

    -person capacity


Summer (mid-May through August):
Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Academic year (September through mid-May):
Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed weekends and holidays (Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas break, New Year's Eve and Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, and Independence Day)

Restrooms in the BIC vestibule are available everyday from 7 a.m. until dusk.


In front of the Bunker Interpretive Center (parking map)


Handicap accessible

Bunker Interpretive Center



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