Private Programs

Learn from Nature!

Summer Nature Discovery!

Looking for an exciting adventure for your group this summer? Enjoy the nature of summer in this fun, exploratory program in Blandford’s forests and meadow. We will meet some of Blandford’s resident wildlife, take a hike to see what kinds of plants and animals inhabit Blandford, and play in the great outdoors. Depending on the size of your group and ages of participants, we may go bug netting in the meadow, marsh dipping, bird watching, or fort building. Come explore this beautiful, lively time of the year! This program is intended for students between the ages of 4-10. A minimum of 1 adult chaperone is required to attend for every 9 children.

The following protocols have been put in place to ensure the safety of program participants during their time at Blandford:

  • Increased cleaning inside the Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center and Wildlife Education Center
  • Limited group sizes
  • Masks required for the duration of programs inside and outside
  • Staff training on current cleaning and hygiene standards
  • Limited time spent indoors

How to Schedule a Program

Summer Nature Discoveries are offered on a first come, first serve basis and subject to limited availability. Programs must be booked 4 weeks in advance. To inquire or book a program, send the following information to

  • School/Organization Name (if applicable)
  • Contact Person
  • Address with City and Zip
  • Phone Number
  • Group Size and Age
  • 1st choice Date and Time
  • 2nd choice Date and Time
  • Special Needs or ESL/ELL Information (if applicable)

Please note that this is not a “drop off” program and adult chaperones will be required to attend the entire program – one adult for every 9 students.

Pricing Information

Summer Nature Discovery programs are 90 minutes and have a flat fee of $75 for a group of up to ten participants. One adult chaperone is required to attend per 9 children and is included in the program fee. For groups of more than 10, each additional student will cost $6 and extra chaperones $3. Payment for programs is required two weeks prior to the program date.

Additional Information

Due to limited availability and limits on group sizes, we may be able to accommodate a larger group by having you visit over multiple dates, or you can spend more time at Blandford by having half your group start out at the program while the other explores Blandford on their own, self-guided.

Cancellation & Refund Policies:
Weather Cancellation: If the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning we will cancel the program; there is no fee for cancelling due to severe weather. We will attempt to reschedule based on availability.

Covid-19 Policies and Procedures: Blandford Nature Center takes the health and safety of its guests, employees, and animals very seriously. Due to concerns regarding Covid-19, Blandford Nature Center may cancel, postpone, or reschedule any programs under the guidance of state-mandated orders. As much notice as possible will be given in the event of a program cancellation or change. Programs that are affected by a Covid-19 related change will be rescheduled based on availability.

All Other Cancellations: For all non-weather cancellations, notice must be sent to the Registrar at and received at least 14 business days before the scheduled program to avoid a $50.00 cancellation fee. This policy does not apply to cases of inclement weather, programs that are rescheduled, or programs that are canceled due to Covid-19. 

Blandford Nature Center Covid-19 Policies and Procedures
For all program options, students, teachers, chaperones, and Blandford staff are expected to follow Blandford Nature Center’s Covid-19 Policies and Procedures. In accordance with current CDC guidelines and State of Michigan COVID regulations, Blandford Nature Center requires all staff, visitors, and program participants ages 2 and up to wear masks while inside all buildings and for the duration of all programs both inside and outside. If you or someone you are registering for a program cannot medically tolerate a mask, you must contact our Program Manager prior to booking a program. To contact our Program Manager, please call 616-735-6240, or email By attending your program you are confirming you have read, understand, and agree to follow all policies set by Blandford Nature Center.

Wildlife Programs

For a full list of our wildlife program options, click here.

Other Program Requests

Please submit inquiries for other program requests to