Our programs strive to help people get their hands dirty and discover their relationship to the natural world. Our job, and our passion, is to invite our community to connect with nature – whether that be standing knee-high in water to learn about stream ecology or planting squash seeds to start a garden. We want to share this one-of-a-kind education with the community and make every visit to Blandford a new one.

Blandford Nature Center Programs are available for all ages and levels of experience.



community programs

Engaging programs, such as seeding your own mushroom log, made available for all ages of our community.

signature events

Blandford offers 4 Signature Events: Harvest Festival, Jeans & Jewels, Sugarbush and Longest Day 5K. Click here to learn more about these special events!


Start a wild adventure at Blandford Nature Center! Find out more about the fun and engaging themes that let your child reconnect to their wild side.

GRPS ribbon

Through the generosity of Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, GRPS students can experience nature and history in a fun, hands-on field trip.

field trips

Blandford makes learning come alive for schools and groups.

homeschool ribbon

Homeschool field trips to Blandford Nature Center will immerse students in nature and embrace students’ natural sense of inquiry.


Bring Blandford’s programs to your school, senior center, company gathering or family event.


Customized programs geared towards training teachers on how to utilize nature and the outdoors at their site.

photo contest

Submit your photos to our monthly photo contest and possibly win a free Blandford Membership!