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SPRING AT BLANDFORD
Discover Michigan spring
in a whole new way!

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SPRING AT BLANDFORD
Discover Michigan spring
in a whole new way!

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SPRING AT BLANDFORD
Discover Michigan spring
in a whole new way!

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THE BLANDFORD FARM
cultivating a local source
of sustainable agriculture.

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GET OUT OF YOUR SHELL
Discover Michigan spring
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?

Spring has been late to arrive, and that provides even more surprise this year! Everyday we spot new things, from wood ducks to wood frogs, and from wild green onions to greenhouse green onions. Come visit, check out our latest sightings list in the lobby, and go explore to see what you might find. Using the Wildlflower booklet from our gift shop is great way to guide your exploration.

Reminders

Summer Camp Registration is now open for non-members! Don’t forget to sign your child up for Blandford’s fun and engaging variety of camps that let your child reconnect with their wild side.

Sugarbush Fundraiser ─ March 2015

 

The Longest Day 5K ─ June 21, 2014

 

Jeans & Jewels ─ September 15, 2014

 

Harvest Festival ─ October 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.

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  • Pioneer Spring Fever

    April 19, 2014: The snow is melting and the days are getting warmer. Get out and take advantage of the warmer days just like a pioneer. Get a tour of our pioneer cabin, barn/garden, and school…
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  • Snapshot of Spring

    April 26, 2014: Discover how to capture the beautiful sights spring has to offer in a photograph. Join professional photographer and teacher Jim Keatings who will guide you through some techniques to help you master the…
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  • Wildflower Walk with Dr. Dockeray

    May 10, 2014: Come out to the lovely spring woods for a blooming good walk with Mary Jane Dockeray. Get caught up in Dr. Dockeray’s enthusiasm for all things natural and discover the beautiful wildflowers of…
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Our Photo Contest

For information about submitting a photo, please visit our photography page. To vote for a photo, please visit our Facebook page.