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Upcoming events

    • 19 Apr 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • BNC Heritage Buildings
    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 to get a real hands-on feeling of what the pioneers were going through this time of year. We will make sure to have fun playing old-fashioned games!

    This program costs $3 for members and $6 for non members. Registration is required so please call 616.735.6240 to hold you spot today.
    • 26 Apr 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Learning Lab and Trails
    Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Blandford volunteers will learn about why protecting wetland habitat is important and work to remove invasive non-native shrubs growing along wetland edges.

    We meet in the green learning lab across the parking lot from the main visitor center. We will start with a lesson on invasive non-native shrub and tree identification. Volunteers will learn to identify common invasive plants like buckthorn and then we'll head out into the forest to practice our identification skills. Finally, we'll cut and treat those unwanted invaders improving habitat for native species.

    Please come prepared to work off the trail with warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty. These opportunities are open to the public so walks-ins are welcome. Application not required for group work days. Bring a friend!

    Free and open to the public no application needed.
    • 26 Apr 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • BNC Visitor Center
    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 unique challenges of winter photography. Please bring your camera.

    This program costs $9 for members and $12 for non members. Registration is required, call 616.735.6240 to hold your spot today.
    • 27 Apr 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Learning Lab and Trails
    Take part in the Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Pull. The goal is to collectively pull 300,000 pounds of garlic mustard and report 50 Garlic Mustard Free sites nation wide. Come to Blandford to do your part!

    We meet in the green learning lab across the parking lot from the main visitor center. We will start with a lesson on invasive Garlic Mustard. Volunteers will learn to identify common invasive plants like dames rocket and then we'll head out into the forest to practice our identification skills. Finally, pull those unwanted invaders improving habitat for native species.

    Please come prepared to work off the trail with warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty. These opportunities are open to the public so walks-ins are welcome. Application not required for group work days. Bring a friend!

    Free and open to the public no application needed.
    • 03 May 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Learning Lab and Trails
    Take part in the Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Pull. The goal is to collectively pull 300,000 pounds of garlic mustard and report 50 Garlic Mustard Free sites nation wide. Come to Blandford to do your part!

    We meet in the green learning lab across the parking lot from the main visitor center. We will start with a lesson on invasive Garlic Mustard. Volunteers will learn to identify common invasive plants like garlc and then we'll head out into the forest to practice our identification skills. Finally, we'll cut and treat those unwanted invaders improving habitat for native species.

    Please come prepared to work off the trail with warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty. These opportunities are open to the public so walks-ins are welcome. Application not required for group work days. Bring a friend!

    Free and open to the public no application needed.
    • 04 May 2014
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Learning Lab and Trails
    Take part in the Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Pull. The goal is to collectively pull 300,000 pounds of garlic mustard and report 50 Garlic Mustard Free sites nation wide. Come to Blandford to do your part!

    We meet in the green learning lab across the parking lot from the main visitor center. We will start with a lesson on invasive Garlic Mustard. Volunteers will learn to identify common invasive plants like dames rocket and then we'll head out into the forest to practice our identification skills. Finally, hand pull those unwanted invaders improving habitat for native species.

    Please come prepared to work off the trail with warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty. These opportunities are open to the public so walks-ins are welcome. Application not required for group work days. Bring a friend!

    Free and open to the public no application needed.
    • 08 May 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • BNC Auditorium
    Join us for an informational talk given by Greg J. Schmidt, a Botanist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    Mr. Schmidt will discuss how native plants are each uniquely adapted to a set to limited resources. Plant diversity is not evenly distributed, and depends on the history of the environment relative to their adaptations. The habitats and species that we have now are not the same as we have had in the recent past, and neither are habitats and species of recent past the same as those of the more remote past. How do we reconcile the philosophy of preserving natural history with the fact that in natural history change is the norm? A more dynamic concept of "native" will be discussed.

    This program is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Please RSVP by calling 616.735.6240.
    • 10 May 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Visitor Center and Trails
    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 Michigan. Tea and cookies will be on hand for refreshment.

    $9 members / $12 non-members 
    Family program for ages 7+ 
    RSVP (616)735-6240 
    • 15 May 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Blandford Nature Center
    Plants are starting to emerge all over the forest of Blandford. Come join Blandford Naturalist as we discover those plants that have been used for human sustenance for centuries. Sample some of this seasons wild greens.

    This program costs $3 for members and $6 for non. Registration is required, please call 616.735.6240 to hold your spot.
    • 24 May 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Blacksmith's Shop- Check-in at Visitor's Center
    Have you ever wanted to play with fire, beat things up, and create art all at the same time? Come and learn from experienced blacksmiths and learn a few tricks of the trade in this introductory class. Topics that will be covered are building and maintaining a fire in the coal forge, drawing and taper skills, hammer skills, and much more. No experience is necessary. Participants of the 101 class will create a project to bring home and are eligible for apprentice level classes.

    $100 members/$120 non members
    Snacks are provided.

    Taught by Gary Snow and Frank Philips, a dynamic duo with decades of combined blacksmithing experience.

    This is an adults-only class.
    Limit to 4 participants.
    RSVP (616)735-6240


    • 19 Jun 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • ***DOWNTOWN GR- MEET IN THE LOBBY OF THE AMWAY GRAND PLAZA
    Program by Mary Jane Dockeray, the BNC founder!

    Walking tour of downtown Grand Rapids to learn the geologic history contained in the walls of familiar landmarks. Search for fossilized snails in the floor of the Amway Grand, find rocks from around the globe in one  place and discover where the "rapids" in the Grand River ended up. Pace will be slow to moderate, comfortable walking shoes recommended.

    Family program ages 7+
    $3 Members, $6 Non-members
    Limit 30 people.

    RSVP (616)735-6240 
    • 21 Jun 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Blandford Nature Center
    Welcome Michigan summer on the beautiful trails of Blandford Nature Center!  Where anyone from competitive runners to leisurely walkers can come together to celebrate the summer solstice. Our race celebration will also include local music and feature a unique Brewery Vivant beer made from Blandford's own maple syrup! Registration open soon!

 
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