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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?

Get the latest scoop through Blandford’s biyearly newsletter The Acorn. Be sure that you know the latest events, happenings and inside stories about your favorite nature center!

Hop to it and register your camper(s) for their 2015 Summer Camp! There are variety of camp themes for children ages of 4-12 years old. Click here to see all of our summer camps! Spots are quickly filling, register today!

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 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. The City of Walker and Grand Rapids have other bike-friendly parks you can explore.

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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  • Bands at Blandford Concert Series

    Bring the whole family out to Blandford for a nice late summer evening. Enjoy a short wildlife program, sit by a fire and make s’mores on what could be one of the last summer nights. September 10, 2015: The…
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  • Down on the Farm

    September 12, 2015: Harvest is in mid-swing and there is a lot happening on the farm. Come out and get a tour of the farm and meet some insect helpers of the farmers. Get the chance to play with…
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  • Hunter’s Safety

    September 15 – 17, 2015: Hunting is a Michigan tradition, providing challenging outdoor recreation and helping develop an appreciation for the wilderness, wildlife and the environment. Hunters should know that the lasting enjoyment of hunting comes only when it is conducted safely and ethically….
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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.