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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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April
  • 01
    01.April.Saturday

    10:00 AM-12:45 PM
    Apr-01-2017
    Blandford Nature Center
    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.

  • 08
    08.April.Saturday

    9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Apr-08-2017
    Blandford Nature Center
    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.

  • 08
    08.April.Saturday

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    Apr-08-2017
    Blandford Nature Center
    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    Do you have a unique skill? Do you like working with tools or creating things? If so, you may be interested in becoming part of the BNC Maintenance Crew!

    Blandford is hosting a 1 hour training for any volunteers interested in regularly coming out with some of the behind the scenes magic that helps with Blandford’s daily operations.

  • 08
    08.April.Saturday

    8:30 PM-9:00 PM
    Apr-08-2017
    Blandford Nature Center
    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). John Ball Zoo hosts an active chapter.

    You don’t have to be an expert to join in FrogWatch and help contribute valuable information to scientists studying amphibians! This citizen science program provides individuals, groups and families the opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads.

    Volunteers are asked to attend at least one training session; learn the importance of amphibians, identify frog species by their calls and, observe frogs in your area. We ask that volunteers commit to collecting data approximately once a week for about 10 mins during the season. Formal volunteer training sessions are offered in February and March with field trainings in the spring and early summer.

    John Ball Zoo Keeper and BNC Wildlife Volunteer, Keith, will be doing a group observations on the dates listed below. This is a great opportunity to see what FrogWatch is all about and put your listening skills to the test with the help of an expert.

  • 11
    11.April.Tuesday

    9:30 AM-11:30 AM
    Apr-11-2017
    Blandford Nature Center
    1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

    Would you like to work with children in the great outdoors?

    Then please join us for our Spring Trail Guide Training to dust-off your BNC curriculum knowledge or learn it for the first time. The day will be spent highlighting all things spring–coverage will include the following programs:

    • Signs of Spring
    • Animal Adaptations
    • Seeds & Plants
    • Birds of a Feather
    • And more!

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