Did you know Calvin is one of only three higher education institutions in Michigan that have a full-scale nature preserve on their main campus? Take advantage of our distinctive resource by: visiting for a study break, attaining education certifications to use in your future career, or getting dirty while donating time to keep this ecosystem healthy and beautiful.

When you’re not enjoying your favorite study spot in the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens, take advantage of the many opportunities available to students.

Career development

Hold a student organization retreat or workshop

A note about using the facilities: content related to or inspired by the natural environment and respite retreats are ideal uses for the facilities. We do not reserve space for activities unrelated to our mission (of educating for creation care, restoring the land and renewing spirits), or for personal events.
  • Reserve time in the Ecosystem Preserve or space in the Bunker Interpretive Center
  • Reserve space in the Flat Iron Lake House

Get involved

Get actively involved with the Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens through the many volunteer opportunities open to students.


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