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WINTER AT BLANDFORD
Discover Michigan winter
in a whole new way!

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Education & Events

Join us for fun and engaging outdoor activities.

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Bring your friends and family to experience the amazing outdoors!

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Membership gets you FREE property admission to explore all year!

What’s the latest buzz at Blandford?

It’s rolling around to that time of the year again so here is a list of Blandford Nature Center Holiday Hours:

  • Christmas: Closed December 24 and 25, 2014
  • New Years: Closed January 1, 2015

Registration for winter break camp is now open! Register your camper(s) today!

With the winter season upon us, please feel free to use your own snowshoes or cross-country skies on our trails. Keep in mind that our trails are not specifically groom for winter recreation. Don’t have snowshoes of your own? Come to Blandford’s Visitor’s Center to rent a pair ($5 members, $6 non-members)! There needs to be a minimum of 6 inches of snow in order to rent our snow shoes.

Sugarbush Fundraiser ─ March 2015

 

The Longest Day 5K ─ June 2015

 

Jeans & Jewels─ September 2015

 

Harvest Festival─ October 2015

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.

Can I use my snowshoes or cross-country skis on Blandford's trails?

Yes. Please feel free to use your own snowshoes or cross-country skies on our trails. Please keep in mind that our trails are not specifically groom for winter recreation. Don’t have snowshoes of your own? Come to Blandford’s Visitor’s Center to rent a pair ($5 members, $6 non-members)! There needs to be a minimum of 6 inches of snow in order to rent our snow shoes.

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.

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.

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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  • Blandford Nature Center Closed

    December 24 & 25, 2014: Blandford’s Visitor’s Center will be CLOSED for the Christmas holiday! We hope that you take this time to cherish the ones that you love while making wonderful memories. Your family is welcome to stroll through Blandford’s…
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  • Ask the Naturalist

    December 31, 2014: Blandford’s founder, Mary Jane Dockeray, will be able to answer your questions, help you interpret something you saw or found on a hike at Blandford, or just teach you more about the natural…
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  • Blandford Nature Center Closed

    January 1, 2015: Blandford’s Visitor’s Center will be CLOSED for New Year’s Day! We hope that you take this time to cherish the ones that you love while ringing in the New Year. Your family is welcome to…
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