Bunker Interpretive Center

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You can reserve time in the Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens or space in the Bunker Interpretive Center below.

The Bunker Interpretive Center (BIC) is located in the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The LEED certified building is our primary educational facility for the general public and the Calvin University community.

The BIC provides approximately 5,000 square feet of space which serves as a home base for programs, a study center for the university 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.

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of events and educational programs for all ages in the BIC. Please visit the programs & events page to see our current schedule.

Quick Facts
  • 2005

    year the Bunker Interpretive Center secured LEED Gold Certification

  • 5,300

    square feet

  • 100

    -person capacity


Academic year (September through mid-May): Monday–Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer (mid-May through August): Monday–Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Features and amenities

  • Fireplace in the multi-purpose room
  • Projector
  • Smart technology
  • White board

Make a reservation

The Bunker Interpretive Center (BIC) is available for rental to organizations whose events are consistent with our mission of educating for creation care, restoring the land, and renewing spirits. If the event you desire to hold at the BIC is related to/inspired by the natural environment, environmental education, creation care, and/or green building construction/technology, please submit a request for reservation.

Calvin faculty and staff interested in using the preserve or BIC for a mission-related class, lab, meeting, or event, must first submit a request for reservation.

NOTE: The BIC is not available for private events such as weddings, parties, etc.

The Bunker Interpretive Center is closed August 29 - September 6. Requests submitted during this time will be responded to the week of September 9.

Request a Reservation


Cars may park in the cul-de-sac parking lot at the main entrance to the preserve as well as the designated Ecosystem Preserve spaces immediately north of our parking lot. (parking map)


Handicap accessible

Bunker Interpretive Center



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