• 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.

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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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1/21/21: Covid-19 Update

Beginning Tuesday, January 26th, Blandford Nature Center will be offering snowshoe rentals on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am-3pm. Snowshoe rentals will be accessible through the auditorium entrance along the east side of the Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center. Snowshoes are available on a first come, first serve basis and must be returned to the auditorium no later than 3pm. Snowshoe rental is FREE for members, and $6 for non-member adults, $3 for non-member children. We have a variety of child and adult snowshoes available! Rentals will be offered weather permitting (minimum 4 inches of snow required). Contact info@blandfordnaturecenter.org with any questions.

Programs will also resume at the end of January. Check out our Community Calendar for more information and to register.

We are also excited to provide two group snowshoe hiking options perfect for birthday parties, work functions, family gatherings, or any special occasion! Click here for more information on our group snowshoe options.

**As the amount of snow decreases and temperatures increase, we would like to remind everyone to use caution while hiking on trails as they may be icy or uneven. We are unable to maintain the entire property throughout the winter and you are hiking at your own risk during these conditions.**

We would like to specifically thank our members, donors, and corporate partners for financially supporting Blandford through these times—it is only with your help that we’ve been able to continue maintaining our trails, removing snow and trash, and cleaning our restrooms through our closures. Your support helps us continue to deliver safe opportunities for our community to enjoy. Please consider making a financial donation today so that we can continue to ensure access to nature throughout this pandemic.

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

All Eyes Are On Us


Upcoming events

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30 January
Blandford Nature Center

Owl Moon

1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI

30 January
Blandford Nature Center

Owl Prowl

1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI

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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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