Homeschool Series Program

Outdoor, hands-on learning abounds at Blandford Nature Center with 264 acres of varied natural communities nestled in Northwest Grand Rapids!

Homeschool classes at Blandford will immerse students in nature and are designed to help integrate Next Generation Science Standards while engaging students’ natural sense of inquiry.

Programs are offered from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, taught by our highly experienced education staff and geared for children 5 to 10 years of age.

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Please check back this Winter for information regarding 2019 sessions.


Registration for Blandford’s Homeschool Spring Session is a flat fee of only $25! Each session has 3 monthly programs. There is a minimum requirement of 40 total participants per session so be sure to tell other homeschool families about this great educational experience!

We may open a second session if the first session fills by the deadline and if there’s interest.


Session 1:

Monday, March 19th, 2018 – Science of Sugaring

Experience the science of maple syrup production! Identify maple trees, collect data on forest health and smell the sweet syrup cooking in the Sugarhouse. Practice modern methods of tapping, collection and boiling using real tools, then taste the sweet results.


Monday, April 16th, 2018 – Wonderful Wetlands (rescheduled to Monday, April 30th)

Investigate key indicators of healthy wet habitats by measuring water quality and comparing biotic and abiotic factors that make each are unique!


Monday, May 21st, 2018 – Michigan Ecosystems

Young Biologists explore two different Michigan Ecosystems, searching for evidence of biodiverse food chains within unique habitats. The program will finish with an up close view of Blandford’s Wildlife.


If you need help registering, have any questions or require more information, please contact the Registrar at or call 616-735-6240 ext. 102.

Cancellation Policy

Due to the nature of planning for our educators, there will be no refunds issued unless severe weather occurs and program cancellation is decided by Blandford Nature Center staff.