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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?

Registration for 2015 Summer Day Camps is now open! There are variety of camp themes for children ages of 4-12 years old. Click here to see all of our summer camps!

Luna the Barn Owl and Lucy the Turkey Vulture are back out in their summer enclosures. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Lady Peckington is the winner of our Red-bellied Woodpecker naming contest! Lady Peckington is out on display in our Wildlife Education Center, be sure to stop by and visit.

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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  • Ask the Naturalist

    May 6, 2015: 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 world….
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  • Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk & Afternoon Tea with Dr. Dockeray

    May 9, 2015: Bring your mother out to explore the lovely spring woods for a blooming’ good walk with Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray. Get caught up in Dr. Dockeray’s enthusiasm for all things natural and…
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  • Butterfly Monitoring Training

    May 14, 2015: Become a citizen scientist by tracking and recording many of Michigan’s unique butterflies! Created by the Michigan Butterfly Network, this 2-part training will take place on May 14 from 6:00-8:00pm and May 23…
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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.