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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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  • Bands at Blandford
    5:30 PM-9:30 PM
    Sep-01-2017

    3145 Milo St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

    3145 Milo St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

    This annual outdoor music series features local, talented bands that are ready to give your friends and family a fun and relaxing night at the farm. Bands at Blandford Series events happen every Friday evening starting August 25th unitil September 15th.

    • Friday August 25th 7-9pm: Valentiger
    • Friday September 1st 7-9pm: Bootstrap Boys
    • Friday September 8th 7-9pm: TBA
    • Friday September 15th 7-9pm: Plain Jane Glory

    Make it a complete evening by bringing a picnic dinner, a blanket, and a friend (or two!). Additionally, we will be selling beer and pop on site. Get cozy in time for fall by roasting marshmallows while enjoying the sounds of local Grand Rapids talent!

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  • Bands at Blandford
    5:30 PM-9:30 PM
    Sep-08-2017

    3145 Milo St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

    3145 Milo St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

    This annual outdoor music series features local, talented bands that are ready to give your friends and family a fun and relaxing night at the farm. Bands at Blandford Series events happen every Friday evening starting August 25th unitil September 15th.

    • Friday August 25th 7-9pm: Valentiger
    • Friday September 1st 7-9pm: Bootstrap Boys
    • Friday September 8th 7-9pm: TBA
    • Friday September 15th 7-9pm: Plain Jane Glory

    Make it a complete evening by bringing a picnic dinner, a blanket, and a friend (or two!). Additionally, we will be selling beer and pop on site. Get cozy in time for fall by roasting marshmallows while enjoying the sounds of local Grand Rapids talent!

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  • Eco-Stewardship Work Day
    9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Sep-09-2017

    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.

  • Highlands Stewardship Work Day
    9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Sep-09-2017

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

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

    Itching for the chance to help out with some land stewardship tasks over at the new Highlands Property?

    Come on out on any of the below dates to assist the West Michigan Land Conservancy Stewardship Crew with some land management tasks. These tasks could be anything from removing invasive plants ([EX]: garlic mustard) to helping create or maintain trails to making the Highlands Property Community Feedback into reality.

    Please come dressed prepared for outdoor work and to get dirty! This means wearing layers and appropriate outdoor wear for the season (long pants–to avoid ticks and thorns, closed-toed shoes, etc.), bringing a re-usable water bottle, and sunblock/bug repellent.

    You will meet other stewardship volunteers and the Land Conservancy staff at the base of the former Highlands Golf Course Clubhouse at 9:00am prior to starting your task(s) throughout the Highlands property.

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  • Farm Work Day
    4:00 PM-8:00 PM
    Sep-12-2017

    3145 Milo St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534, USA

    3145 Milo St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534, USA

    NEW THIS YEAR! We are offering work days on the Blandford Farm for those volunteers that are wanting to get their veggies on and hands dirty. Currently, we will offer these days once a month however there is the potential to add more days as the season becomes busier.  Education is always a major focus of the day as volunteers learn to identify, harvest, and manage produce, herbs, and sometimes, farm livestock. Volunteers will gain knowledge on how those plants, livestock, and their volunteer efforts directly impact their surrounding environment.

    Registered BNC Volunteers Only

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  • Bands at Blandford
    5:30 PM-9:30 PM
    Sep-15-2017

    3145 Milo St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

    3145 Milo St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

    This annual outdoor music series features local, talented bands that are ready to give your friends and family a fun and relaxing night at the farm. Bands at Blandford Series events happen every Friday evening starting August 25th unitil September 15th.

    • Friday August 25th 7-9pm: Valentiger
    • Friday September 1st 7-9pm: Bootstrap Boys
    • Friday September 8th 7-9pm: TBA
    • Friday September 15th 7-9pm: Plain Jane Glory

    Make it a complete evening by bringing a picnic dinner, a blanket, and a friend (or two!). Additionally, we will be selling beer and pop on site. Get cozy in time for fall by roasting marshmallows while enjoying the sounds of local Grand Rapids talent!

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  • Fall Trail Guide Training
    9:30 AM-12:30 PM
    Sep-18-2017

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

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

    Have you ever wanted to share your knowledge for all things outdoors? Love working with kids?

    Then please join us for our Fall Trail Guide Training to dust-off your BNC curriculum knowledge or learn it for the first time. The day will be spent highlighting 3 of our most popular fall field trips programs as well as stopping mid-day for a potluck lunch to catch-up with other trail guide volunteers and BNC staff.

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  • 2017 Jeans & Jewels Gala
    6:45 PM-9:00 PM
    Sep-21-2017

    3145 Milo St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

    3145 Milo St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI

    Please join Blandford Nature Center and over 300 West Michigan business and community leaders on Thursday, September 21st at 6:00 pm for a uniquely casual event with wildlife exhibitions, local craft beer, and experiential auction items. 

    Wear your jeans with your bling!  Blandford Nature Center’s 6th annual Jeans and Jewels Gala will be an event to remember.  Held outdoors on a beautiful Fall evening, guests can get up close and personal with our resident owls, bid on unique live and silent auction packages, imbibe local craft beer, and savor a Blandford Farm-fresh meal with friends.

    The Blandford Nature Center Jeans and Jewels Gala provides an opportunity to show your support for environmental education and engagement while enjoying an evening outdoors.

    All funds raised will help Blandford to further their mission of educating, engaging and empowering the community to become stewards of the natural world that sustains us.

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  • Eco-Stewardship Work Day
    9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Sep-23-2017

    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.

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