• 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.

    Watch Now

  • 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.

    Learn more

  • Experience Nature

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

    View our Calendar

  • COVID-19 Updates: Opening Monday, June 15!

    Learn More

Welcome Back!

Visitor & Wildlife Center New Hours: Mon-Sat, 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 are following guidelines and implementing recommended precautions as we reopen. Following is a guide of what to expect when you come inside the Visitor Center:

  • If our current inside visitor count is LESS than 10, we will be able to help you immediately upon arrival.
  • If our inside count is AT 10, you will be asked to wait outside at a marked 6 ft physical distance from other visitors. We will let you know when it is your turn to enter.
  • For your safety and ours, Blandford Nature Center requires all staff and visitors to wear masks while inside the Visitor and Wildlife Centers. Masks are optional outdoors.
  • Please postpone your visit if you are feeling ill, all staff is required to do a health screening prior to coming to work at Blandford Nature Center
  • Please be mindful of capacity limitations being imposed when visiting our center as a family/group/etc. Wait time may be longer for larger groups.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding, we look forward to seeing you soon!


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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