• BNC Moments

    We wanted to capture some of Blandford Nature Center’s favorite moments with our Wildlife Ambassadors, educators, and activities, and share them on Facebook Live videos with all our friends, so they too can connect with nature and stay engaged with community while we practice social distancing and stay at home.

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  • 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 Updates: Closed until further notice

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Closed until further notice

In an effort to protect the public, visitors, and staff and prevent the spreading of COVID-19 throughout our community, Blandford Nature Center is following recommended guidelines from the Kent County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of now, Blandford Nature Center’s facilities – including the Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center, the surrounding buildings, and the Farm – are closed until further notice. All trails remain open.

We are continuing to watch and evaluate the COVID-19 situation and its impact on Blandford Nature Center. We will keep you informed on further changes through email, as well as on our website and social media channels. Learn more on how this closure impacts your cancelled educational, community or camp program by clicking the Learn More button below.


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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