• All Eyes are On Us

    Challenging times like these define non-profits like us. Our members, our community, supporters, and yes, even our wildlife, are watching what we do next.

    Learn More

  • Wildlife Ambassadors

    Blandford’s Wildlife Ambassadors permanently live at the Center due to severe injuries; they help educate students and give families a close-up view not often seen in outdoor exploration.

    About our Wildlife

  • Volunteering at Blandford

    Blandford has many opportunities and we would love to help you find something that matches your interests, skills, and availability!

    Learn about Volunteering


    Blandford Nature Center and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan collaborated on the purchase of the 121-acre former Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids.

    Learn about the project

  • Injured wild animals

    We no longer accept injured wild animals for rehabilitation. Please refer to our resources and affiliations for assistance with rescue and rehab of wild animals.

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  • Experience Nature

    Our programs strive to help people get their hands dirty and discover their relationship to the natural world.

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Covid-19 Update and Closure

Beginning Thursday, November 19, Blandford Nature Center will be closing our facilities to the general public. We have also made the decision to cancel our programs until further notice. This decision was made out of a sense of responsibility to our visitors and staff. OUR TRAILS AND GROUNDS WILL REMAIN OPEN.
We still encourage you to utilize the trails at Blandford and The Highlands. We are proud to be able to provide our community with the opportunity to safely enjoy the outdoors while physically-distancing. We encourage everyone to wear a mask while on the trails, especially when passing other trail users.

We would like to specifically thank our members, donors, and corporate partners for financially supporting the center through these times. Trail maintenance, trash removal, snow removal, and restroom cleaning will still be required and without outside financial support, it becomes that much more difficult to provide safe opportunities for you to enjoy our outdoor amenities. Please consider making a financial donation today so that we can ALL have access to nature in the coming months.

Thank you for your understanding and if you have any questions, please email them to us at info@blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Welcome Back!

New Visitor Center Hours: Monday-Saturday from 10am-3pm

We are so excited to welcome back our visitors and members to our Visitor and Wildlife Education Center! As the health and safety of our community is our top priority, we have implemented several guidelines including mask requirements and social distancing. Please click here for more information regarding out Covid-19 Policies and Procedures.

All Eyes Are On Us


Upcoming events

Community Calendar

Wildlife Ambassadors

Blandford’s Wildlife Education Center is home to many animals with injuries. Several animals participate in educational programming and reach thousands of students and families in West Michigan!

Learn about our wildlife

Land Conservancy of West Michigan and The Highlands

Blandford Nature Center and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan collaborated on the purchase of the 121-acre former Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids in the winter of 2017 with a vision to transform the property into a natural area for community recreation, nature preservation, and land conservation.

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