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Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange postponing reciprocal free admission month

In cooperation with Governor Whitmer’s executive order, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the members of the Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange—SMCME—have postponed the reciprocal membership month originally scheduled for May 2020.

Organizations of the SMCME include The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary and Manor House.

“As we continue to navigate the uncertainties as a result of COVID-19 and to best support our members, our organizations have decided it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone our May cultural exchange,” says Sarah Carroll, KBS community relations coordinator.

During the reciprocal membership month of May, guests typically can present their valid membership card and photo ID from any of these organizations to enjoy free admission at any of the other six destinations.

“This is one of our favorite collaborative efforts, and we know our members will miss this popular opportunity in May, but we will evaluate the situation as it evolves to hopefully announce a rescheduled date as soon as possible,” Carroll adds.

“We are looking forward to seeing you as soon as we can open, and we thank you for your support.”

Please visit swmimemberexchange.com for updates and rescheduling information.

About the Manor House

Built beginning in 1925 and completed in 1927 on the highest point overlooking beautiful Gull Lake, the Manor House was once the summer home of W.K. Kellogg. The Manor House’s mission is to share with the public Kellogg’s legacy of philanthropy as well as information about the research undertaken at the Kellogg Biological Station.

 

About the Sanctuary

The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to conserve native habitat for migratory and resident birds and to promote environmental awareness through research, education and outreach. Since 1928, the Sanctuary has served as a practical training school for animal care and land management, and remains an innovator in wildlife conservation efforts.

 

About Kellogg Biological Station

As Michigan State University’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit kbs.msu.edu.