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Volunteer Opportunities

Please keep in mind that the majority of the events below require you to be a registered volunteer at Blandford Nature Center.

To become a registered Volunteer at Blandford Nature Center, please click here!

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  • Sugarbush Tour
    2:00 PM-3:30 PM
    Mar-04-2017

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    We need some sweet trail guides to lead Sugarbush Programs/Tours for our community program attendees! Take participants through the Sugarbush Trail: Maple ID, Tapping, Historical Sugaring and finally the Sugarhouse.

    Program Description: “If you aren’t able to take part in our Sugarbush Festival on March 18th, join us for our community Sugarbush tours. Get a glimpse into Native American, Pioneer, and modern methods of maple syrup production. You can see inside our very own Sugarhouse too!”

    Must have participated in Sugarbush Trail Guide Training to Volunteer for this event. To sign-up for Sugarbush Trail Guide Training, click here!

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  • Eco-Stewardship Work Day
    9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Mar-11-2017

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    Eco-Stewardship work focuses on habitat restoration, trail maintenance, stream clean-up and removal of invasive species (like buckthorn, privet and honeysuckle) on several sections of our 143-acre site. Education is always a major focus of the day as volunteers learn to identify and manage plants that may be growing in their own backyards, their schools or city parks and how those plants and their volunteer efforts directly impact their surrounding environment.

    This volunteer option is for individuals or groups that would like to attend an open volunteer event, like Eco-Stewardship Work Days, without becoming a registered Blandford Nature Center volunteer. Please keep in mind that while a Volunteer Application does not need to be completed, you will still be required to sign a Liability Waiver at these volunteer events.

  • Maple Syrup Bottling Training
    10:00 AM-12:45 PM
    Mar-11-2017

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    To culminate the Sugarbush Season, we are hoping to have a few helping hands when it comes to the bottling and processing of the maple syrup produced this year.

    If you are interested in lending a hand and learning more about the bottling process, please sign-up!

    *Note: Date is tentative. The day and time may adjust depending on how the season progresses and facility availability.

  • Sugarbush Tour
    12:00 PM-1:30 PM
    Mar-11-2017

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    We need some sweet trail guides to lead Sugarbush Programs/Tours for our community program attendees! Take participants through the Sugarbush Trail: Maple ID, Tapping, Historical Sugaring and finally the Sugarhouse.

    Program Description: “If you aren’t able to take part in our Sugarbush Festival on March 18th, join us for our community Sugarbush tours. Get a glimpse into Native American, Pioneer, and modern methods of maple syrup production. You can see inside our very own Sugarhouse too!”

    Must have participated in Sugarbush Trail Guide Training to Volunteer for this event. To sign-up for Sugarbush Trail Guide Training, click here!

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  • 47th Annual Sugarbush Festival
    10:00 AM-4:00 PM
    Mar-18-2017

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    We need a ton of help from our volunteers to make this year’s Sugarbush Festival the best one yet! If you’d like to give your time and helping hands, we can’t think of a sweeter way to welcome spring!

    Event Description: Join us for our 47th Annual Sugarbush Festival! Celebrate the sweet arrival of spring with this year’s festival theme: “The Best of Sugarbush!” Learn the process of maple sugaring through Sugarbush demonstrations: identify what characteristics make up a maple tree, experience hands-on tree tapping, explore historic pioneer and Native American sugaring techniques and end it all with a taste test in Blandford’s Sugarhouse. Make it an all day event with wagon rides, maple cotton candy, games, wildlife encounters and lots more family fun!

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