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BLANDFORD FARM
Local produce at the
Fulton St. Market on Fridays!

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HOP AROUND BLANDFORD
Discover Michigan summer
in a whole new way!

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SUMMER AT BLANDFORD
Discover Michigan summer
in a whole new way!

Education & Events

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Join us for fun and engaging outdoor activities.

Plan Your Visit

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Bring your friends and family to experience the amazing outdoors!

Become a Member

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Membership gets you FREE property admission to explore all year!

What’s the latest buzz at Blandford?

Summer! We are so excited for this time of year. Our bountiful produce from the organic farm is being enjoyed by our CSA members and customers at the Fulton Street Farmers Market, and our summer campers will be enjoying the “wild side” of the woods daily.  Stop by the farm soon, Wonder the goat had two babies, both girls, and the “kids” will be fun to watch grow up. Ahhhhh, summer!

Reminders

Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray has published her memoirs “Rock On, Lady…”. Although the book signing is over, copies of this amazing trail blazer’s story are available to purchase in our gift shop for $20. All proceeds go directly to Blandford.

We’re at the Fulton Street Farmers Market every Friday morning with organic produce from the farm.

Sugarbush Fundraiser ─ March 2015

 

The Longest Day 5K ─ June 21, 2014

 

Jeans & Jewels─ September 18, 2014

The mission of Blandford Nature Center is to educate, engage, and empower our community to become stewards of the natural world that sustains us.

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COMMON QUESTIONS

Why does Blandford charge admission? Don't my taxes support you?

Blandford Nature Center is an independent non-profit, which means that we do not receive any tax funding. All of our support comes from program fees, memberships, annual donations from our wonderful supporters, gifts from corporations, and awarded grants.

Your admission dollars help support the operations of the Nature Center and funds things like clean, well stocked restrooms, trail maintenance, building maintenance, and our land stewardship projects. We want to be a resource for the community long term, and this is another step in that direction!  This MLive article from May 2013 gives more details if you are interested in learning more.

Will you take my injured animal?

We no longer accept animals for rehabilitation. 

The two main rehabbers in the Grand Rapids area are:

  • Peg Markle of Wildlife Rehab Center LTD   {616-361-6109}
  • Sjana Gordon of Michigan Wildlife Center   {616-885-4223} (the only rehabber in Kent County that takes in raccoons)

List of other Licensed Michigan Wildlife Rehabbers.

It is illegal to rehab skunks, bats, and deer in Michigan, so there are no wildlife rehabilitators that can take them in.

What should I do if I find an abandoned baby animal?

Many of the baby animals found don’t need our help and bringing them to a wildlife rehabber without previous permission greatly decreases their chance of survival. Click here for more information on what to do if you find a baby animal.

Unless you are a licensed rehabber, please do not try to raise wild baby animals! It is illegal to possess a wild animal without the proper permits. Raising wildlife is bad for many reasons:

  • Wild animals carry diseases that can be passed onto humans.
  • Wild animals can be imprinted onto humans, losing their fear and decreasing their chances of survival in the wild, and increasing their chances of attacking people.
  • Specific diets and housing needs are necessary for animals that many people are not aware of, which can disfigure or kill these animals.
  • If you do want a pet rabbit, turtle, etc., please go to your local pet store or animal shelter only after researching how to properly care for these animals.

How do I register my child for Blandford's Summer Camp?

Inside our 2014 brochure you will find a variety of camp offerings, including half-day, single-day and full-week sessions with a variety of fun and engaging themes that let your child reconnect to their wild side. Once you have found your favorite camps, registration for Blandford’s Summer Camp can be completed in 2 different ways: 

  • You can complete an online registration form and submit your payment after receiving your confirmation email from our Program Registrar.
  • You can print off, fill out, and send in the registration forms found on the back of the brochure with your payment.

Can I walk my dog?

You certainly can! We do require that your dog is on a leash, stays on the trails, and that there is a doggy waste bag in hand to pick up unwanted extras. Dogs are allowed everywhere except on our Wildlife trail and inside our buildings.

Can I ride my bike on the trails?

No. Please park and lock your bikes at the provided bike racks, then enjoy your walk on the trails. Our trails are designed to be enjoyed by hikers, and riding your bike not only disturbs the trails but takes away from the safety of those walking. Blandford promotes recreational uses that are low-profile, low-impact and consistent with our land ethic values.

Do I need to let Blandford know if I'm bringing out a group for a self-guided exploration?

Groups of 10 or more are required to call ahead. Call 616-735-6240 to let us know you are coming. We ask for at least 24 hours notice. Please be courteous of and yield to our guided groups and summer campers. Areas being used in our programming may be off limits; please ask at Visitor Services during check in for areas off limits. Trail packs may be checked out at the Visitor Services desk to aid in your self-exploration, and we are happy to give your groups some suggestions of trails to check out. Regular admission rates apply.

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  • Hunter’s Safety Certification

    August 22 & 23, 2014: Hunting is a Michigan tradition, providing challenging outdoor recreation and helping develop an appreciation for the wilderness, wildlife and a clean environment. Hunters should know that the lasting enjoyment of hunting…
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  • Eco Stewardship Work Day

    August 23, 2014: We meet in the green learning lab across the parking lot from the main visitor center at 9:30am. We will start with a lesson on invasive non-native shrub and tree identification. Volunteers will…
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  • Hospice of Michigan: A Meal For Me

    August 23, 2014: Simple strategies when cooking for one. If you’ve spent time as a caregiver for someone who is suddenly alone or if you want to learn more about cooking for yourself, join us! Blandford…
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For information about submitting a photo, please visit our photography page. To vote for a photo, please visit our Facebook page.