Here's a map showing some places to enjoy nature near Kalamazoo. I made the map using ArcGIS Online as an assignment for a Coursera MOOC. Clicking the icons gives a little more information about the location and sometimes a photo and link to a relevant blogpost.
I teach economics at Kalamazoo College. My wife is also an economist. We were on sabbatical in Europe for the 2014-15 academic year. (Salamanca, Spain, followed by Oxford, UK.) We were in Uruguay for the 2006-7 academic year.