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About Us

We are an independent, charitable 501 (c)(3) non-profit governed by a volunteer board.  Click here to learn more about our board and staff members.

We lease the 143 acres from the City of Grand Rapids and use the land and wildlife as the perfect backdrop to provide quality environmental education and community programs that: 

  • Educate our community to understand our environment, our heritage, and our connection to natural systems.
  • Engage people to actively use natural spaces and become stewards of the natural world.
  • Empower people to embrace nature, new perspectives, and sustainable practices.

Mission

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

Vision

Our vision is to invigorate relationships with nature that lead individuals to transform their community and create a healthy, sustainable world.

Blandford Nature Center believes children and adults learn best through personal experience. Our job, and our passion, is to invite our community to get their hands dirty in nature – whether that be standing knee-high in water to learn about stream ecology or planting squash seeds to start a garden.

The policy of the Blandford Nature Center is to ensure that diversity, inclusiveness, and respect are integral parts of our day-to-day management and work. Blandford staff, board and volunteers commit to ensure equal access to Blandford and all of its educational opportunities by all people.

In essence, diversity includes all the characteristics, experiences, and cultural influences that make each of us unique individuals. All individuals are welcome at Blandford Nature Center, and all individuals, regardless of race, color, age, national origin, sex (including transgender status, gender identity, and pregnancy), religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, status as a parent, will be treated with respect and dignity. By fostering an atmosphere of inclusion and respect, we can continue to value and appreciate the strengths afforded by differences in the styles, ideas, and organizational contributions of each person. We all share the responsibility to ensure diversity and inclusion throughout Blandford, and seek to recruit, engage, and retain a leadership composed of volunteers and staff that equitably and fairly represent our constituency.