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Seasonal Camps

Start a wild adventure at one of Blandford Nature Center’s Camps! 

Our enthusiastic camp instructors are waiting to share an amazing world of wonder with your child. Here, nature is the guide — and it leads us to tadpoles in the pond, pioneers in the garden and feet in the mud! We look forward to helping your family discover the wonders of the seasons.

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2017 Summer Camp registration is now open to Members and Non-Members!

Please remember that in order to qualify for a member rate, your membership must be current when your camper(s) selected camps begin in order to receive member benefits associated with Summer Camp (priority registration and pricing).

You can add a membership to your cart as you register for camps or you can click here to renew or purchase a membership right away!

Already registered for camp?

Check out our 2017 Summer Camp Information Guides for more information on check-in/check-out, what to bring, and expectations.

Click here for the standard information guide!

The standard guide applies to all camps except the ones specified below.

Click here for the farm camp information guide!

The farm camp guide only applies to the following camps:

Cycles of the Farm Camp (June 19-23)

Farm Eco-Entrepenuers (July 17-21)

Goats, Pigs, Chickens – Oh My (July 24-28)

Farm Eco-Engineers (August 7-11)

VanGoats (August 14-18)

Follow the steps below for smooth camp registration:

2017 CAMPERSHIP INFORMATION AVAILABLE NOW!

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and corporate sponsors, we are able to offer Camperships to families that might not otherwise have the means to afford a camp experience. A limited number of camperships are available each summer. Once you apply by clicking the image below, please wait for a confirmation before registering. We will provide you with a discount code to use at registration.

MAY 2017 UPDATE

A few camperships are still available for the 2017 Camp Season!

For all campers ages 6 and over, please limit your request to Single Day Camps the week of July 3rd-7th and August 21st-25th. All other camps are currently full. Thank you!

We are ready to help your kiddo discover the outdoors this summer! View our 2017 Camp Brochure below to learn more about Blandford Nature Center camps and to pick out sessions that align with your child’s age group, schedule and interests.

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We have new age brackets for 2017! 

Please read the below carefully and remember that your membership must be current when your camper(s) selected camps begin in order to receive member benefits associated with Summer Camp including priority registration and pricing. Click on the applicable age group name below when you’re ready to register.

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Ages 4-5 years old.

Nature Bud campers are ready for their first camp experience! Camps run half a day including an AM Session (9am-12pm) and a PM Session (1pm-4pm).

Children must be able to use the toilet independently
as our facility is not licensed for diaper changing.

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Ages 6-7 years old.

Wild Sprouts are prepared for a full day of camp adventures. Specialty topics and amazing experiences await! Camps run from 9am-4pm.

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Ages 8-9 years old.

Trail Blazers are seasoned summer campers who are excited to dive back into summer at Blandford. Specialty topics and field trips await! Camps run from 9am-4pm.

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Ages 10-12 years old.

Outdoor Explorers are ready to explore further and to share their experiences with others. Specialty topics and field trips await! Camps run from 9am-4pm.

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Camp Cool Down offers your camper the ability to unwind from a full day of action-packed activities in a relaxed, quiet atmosphere; reading stories and playing games while you enjoy the added benefit of an extra hour of time. Available to full-day campers.

Your child will be enrolled once we have received your completed online registration and payment. Immediately after registering online, you should receive an email receipt that confirms your purchase. Retain that receipt for your files. Please call the Registrar at 616-735-6240 if you have any questions regarding the processing of your registration.

One week prior to each session you’re registered for, you’ll also receive a confirmation email. The packet will contain session information, camp preparation tips, and a map to Blandford Nature Center.

Winter is no reason to stay inside…get your kids outside at Blandford Nature Center for a winter adventure! Take hikes, see animals, make shelters in the woods and play plenty of snow games!

However we look forward to seeing you for Spring Break Camp in April 2017.

Winter Break Camp

Do you have Spring fever?!…get your kids outside at Blandford Nature Center for a spring adventure! Take hikes, see animals, make nature art and see how many signs of spring you can find!

Camp details:

  • Spring Break Camps are offered to children in grades K-5th.
  • Each day of camp starts at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm.
  • This year’s Spring Break Camps are sold as a full-week package: $125 for members and $155 for non-members.
  • Campers should come prepared with spring outerwear, snack and lunch.

Daily camp themes are as follows:

  • Monday April 3, 2017: Cool Critters

The animals around the nature center are starting to wake up and become more active after the long winter. Campers will discover many Michigan animals and all the powers that they have. Get an up close look at Blandford’s resident animals

  • Tuesday April 4, 2017: Time Machine Tuesday

Travel back in time hundreds of years ago during this magical camp! Campers will discover what it was like to live like a Native American and a Pioneer a long time ago. We will play traditional games and make a yummy treat.

  • Wednesday April 5, 2017: The Great Migration

Its warming up here in Michigan and animals are starting to make their way back to this great state. We will be seeking out all the animals (not just birds) that are making a long journey around this time.

  • Thursday April 6, 2017: Fort Building

Today campers will get in touch with their imaginations as we go into the woods to build some creative forts. Campers will learn techniques of building survival shelters along with having fun being wild in the woods.

  • Friday April 7, 2017: Down on the Farm

Enjoy the last day of spring break acting like a farmer! Campers will be able help out with chicken and goat chores along with get to know these animals better! We will also be spending some time starting some vegetables in a garden.

Spring Break Campers are NOT given a camp t-shirt. This is an error in our registration form. Sorry for the confusion.

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Summer Camp Aides:

Each summer, Blandford provides an opportunity for teens ages 13-18 to volunteer for 1-2 weeks as a Summer Camp Aide. While we are no longer accepting new applications for the 2017 Summer Camp Season, you can find out more general information about this opportunity by clicking here. If you’ve already applied to be a camp aide, the page also provides helpful links to additional paperwork, FAQs, etc.

Questions:

Please contact Laura regarding Summer Camps, at 616.735.6240 x102 or email laura@blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Please contact Renee regarding Spring Break Camps, at 616.735.6240 x111 or email renee@blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Our 2017 Camp Sponsors