Schools

At Blandford Nature Center, we strive to have every child experience nature and wildlife in a fun, hands-on way!

From field trips to specialized programs for public, private and home school students, Blandford Nature Center has something for every curious student. Below you’ll find details about each of our various programs tailored to each type of student.

Field Trips

New for 2020!
Now Booking for 2020-2021 Education Programs and Field Trips!

Program Delivery Options

Bring the wonder of Blandford Nature Center to your students by choosing from four different school trip delivery options to fit your needs for students in preschool through sixth grade. Option 1 consists of a traditional on-site field trip, joining us at our 264-acres of forest, wetland, and meadow. Or, for Option 2, we can bring the program to you by joining your students outside at your school! Options 3 and 4 are perfect for virtual classroom learning and offer live lessons with a Blandford Educator.

Option #1: In-person Field Trips

The cost of in-person field trips are $6 per student with a $96 minimum fee and maximum group size of 36 with 4 chaperones. In-person field trips are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only. We may be able to accommodate outside of these days but availability is limited. Each program is a minimum of 90 minutes long unless otherwise specified. For groups larger than 36 students, multiple dates are required. See below for program options:

Pre-K & Kindergarten Habitat Series

The changing seasons inspire sensory investigation and role-playing that will help students answer the big questions of WHERE do animals live, WHY do they live there and WHAT does it take for them to survive?

Fall Wonders
September – November   1.5 hrs
Explore the fall woods and fields to learn how plants and animals prepare for winter. The changing season inspires role-playing and sensory investigation of life cycles.

Winter Explorers
December – February   1.5 hrs
Discover the beauty of winter and the secrets of animal survival during this cold season. Find out first-hand why some animals have feathers or fur and others have shells, scales, or slimy skin.

Signs of Spring
April – June   1.5 hrs
Spring is an amazing time of growth and change, and the evidence is all around us. Investigate with your senses, practice counting and develop color recognition by spying blooming flowers, singing birds, and buzzing insects.

NGSS Standards: K-ESS2-2 Earth’s SystemsK-LS-1 From Molecules to OrganismsK-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity

Core Ideas:ESS2.E, LS1.C, LS4.D, ESS3.A, ESS3.C

Other Pre-K & Kindergarten Programs

Whooo Lives in the Forest?
September – June (except March)   1.5 hrs
Ask WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, and WHEN questions about Blandford’s owls as students explore their habitat and investigate owl pellets to learn more about the birds of prey that are hunters of the night!

NGSS Standards: K-LS-1 From Molecules to OrganismsK-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity

Core Ideas: LS1.C, ESS3.A

Focusing on the Farm Five
September – October & May – June 1.5 hrs
Investigate the Blandford Farm using your five senses! See plants growing, hear pollinators buzzing, smell nectar-rich flowers, taste vegetables, and get hands-on as you and your students experience a day in the life of a farmer.

NGSS Standards: K-ESS2-2 Earth’s SystemsK-LS-1 From Molecules to Organisms & K-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity

Core Ideas: ESS2.D, LS1.C, ESS2.2, ESS3.C

1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade Nature/Science Programs

First Grade

Birds of a Feather
April – June   1.5 hrs
Discover the amazing world of birds as they call for mates, build nests, and raise their young. Students will identify distinguishing characteristics and meet one of our resident Birds of Prey.

NGSS Standard: 1-LS1.2 Molecules to Organisms Core Ideas: LS1.B, LS3.A & LS3.B

Animal Adaptations
September – June (except March)   1.5 hrs 
How do organisms survive in their environment? Students will learn that animal adaptations, whether it’s an unique trait or survival strategy, play a critical role in an animal’s outcome in life.

NGSS Standard: 1-LS1 Molecules to Organisms Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS1.B, & LS1.D

Second Grade

Seeds and Plants
October – November & April – May 1.5 hrs 
A focus on seed movement has students exploring fields and woods and uncovering secrets of plant and animal interdependence.

NGSS Standard: 2-LS2 Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics Core Idea: LS2.A

Third Grade

Michigan Ecosystems
October – November   1.5 hrs 
Young biologists explore two different Michigan ecosystems, searching for evidence of biodiverse food chains within the unique habitats. Program will finish with an up close view of Blandford’s Wildlife Ambassadors.

NGSS Standard: 3-LS2 Ecosystems & 3-LS4 Biological Evolution Core Idea: LS4.C & LS4.D

Predator-Prey Simulation
September – November & April – June  1.5 hrs 
What does it take for an animal to survive in the wild? Students will engage in an action-packed simulation to explore and understand the complex interactions between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores in an ecosystem. They will experience firsthand what it feels like to be part of a food chain, the value of camouflage, and other animal survival strategies.

NGSS Standards: 3-LS2 & 3-LS4 Biological Evolution Core Ideas: LS2.C, LS2.D, LS4.B, LS4.C & LS4.D

Snowy Survivors
December – February  1.5 hrs   Add snowshoes to your program for a special 2-hour experience!
Discover the secrets of animal survival during the winter and how animal characteristics and adaptations help them thrive during this cold and snowy season. Program is 1.5 hrs. without snowshoes; 2 hrs. with snowshoes (Snowshoe availability is dependent on amount of snowfall).

NGSS Standard: 3-LS1 Molecules to Organisms  Core Idea: LS1.A

4th & 5th Grade Nature/Science Programs

Fourth Grade

Farming Comes Naturally
April – June  1.5 hrs
Discover how a farm is like an ecosystem, the impact of farms have on our health, and the impact they have on the health of the biosphere. Visit the greenhouses, examine soil samples, learn about vermiculture, and greet the resident farm animals!

NGSS Standard: 4-LS1 Molecules to Organisms, 5-ESS2 Earth Systems, & 5-ESS3 Earth & Human Activity Core Ideas: 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 4-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS2-A & 5-ESS3-C

Fifth Grade

Ecosystem Energy
September – October & April – June 1.5 hrs 
Everybody has to eat something and something eats everything! Follow the sun’s energy by exploring plants, animals and fungi through the lens of a producer, consumer, or decomposer.

NGSS Standards: 5-LS2 Ecosystems5-ESS-2 Earth Systems & 5-PS3 Energy Core Ideas: LS2.A & LS2.B

Watershed Guardians
April – June 1.5 hrs 
Discover essential aspects of a watershed as well as investigate key indicators of healthy wetlands by evaluating biotic and abiotic factors. Students will explore ways that their actions can impact the watershed, as well as other natural resources, around them.

NGSS Standard: 5-ESS2-2 Earth Systems: Water & Fresh Water  & 5-ESS3 Earth & Human Activity Core Idea: ESS2.C, ESS.3C, ETS1-1 & ETS1-2

K-6th Grade Social Studies Programs

The programs listed below are focused on History (H), Geography (G), and Economics (E) from the Michigan Department of Education Social Studies Standards. Create the perfect learning experience by selecting which topics you would like to cover for your customized program.

Pioneer Life
September – June (except March) 1.5 hrs
Students will be immersed in the rural life a pioneer child by using machines and toys of pioneer times and visiting historic buildings. Simple machines emphasize the rural ways of pioneers as students explore an old-fashioned life in the different seasons. This program’s duration is 90 minutes which includes a 10 minute intro and four 20 minute stations (options below). Additional 20 minute stations can be added for a flat $50 fee. Stations can also be extended to 40 minutes.

  • Log Cabin (indoor-heated)
  • Blacksmith (sheltered)
  • Pioneer Barn (sheltered)
  • Schoolhouse (indoor-heated)
  • Recess with pioneer toys & games (indoor/outdoor)

Standards: H, G, E

Anishinabek Lifeways
September – June (except March) Minimum of 1.5 hrs 

The cultural heritage of the Grand River comes alive through hands‐on experiences with traditional tools. We will investigate how the seasons and resources of Michigan influenced the lives of Anishinabe people around 500 years ago. This program’s duration is 90 minutes which includes a 10 minute intro and four 20 minute stations (options below). Additional 20 minute stations can be added for a flat $50 fee. The most common/standard stations are listed below. The additional station options are listed right below the standard station options and can be substituted in or added on as requested.

Standard Options:

  • Wigwam (outdoor sheltered)
  • Hunting (indoor/outdoor)
  • Agriculture (indoor)
  • Lacrosse/Snow Snake (depending on weather) (outdoor)

Additional Options:

  • Fishing (indoor)
  • Forage & Tracking Hike (outdoor)
  • Cordage (indoor)
  • Bowl Dice (indoor)
  • Moccasin Game (indoor)
  • Pine Dancers (indoor)

Standards: H, G, E

Sugarbush Programs

March   1.5 hrs  THIS PROGRAM BOOKS QUICKLY! REGISTER EARLY TO ENSURE YOUR SPACE.
Experience the science of maple syrup production! Identify maple trees, collect data on forest health, and smell the sweet syrup cooking in the Sugarhouse. Practice modern methods of tapping, collection, and boiling using real tools, then taste the sweet results. A puppet show introduction is featured in K & 1st grade trips.

Standards: K-ESS2-2 Earth’s SystemsK-LS-1 From Molecules to OrganismsK-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity

Core Ideas: ESS2.E, LS1.C, LS4.D, ESS3.A & ESS3.C

Option #2: Off-Site Programming at Your School!

The cost of an in-person off-site program is $100 for a 1-hour presentation for up to 30 people. $50 for any additional, consecutive presentation. All programs are delivered outside year-round and require a quiet outdoor space. In-person off-site programs are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only. We may be able to accommodate outside of these days but availability is limited. Teachers will be responsible for completing a symptom checker for their classroom prior to the start of their program. Travel cost includes up to 20 miles round-trip. Mileage fee of the Federal Mileage Reimbursement rate applies to location outside of a 20-miles range. Trips longer than one hour will also be assessed a driving fee of $15/hr or a prorated portion thereof to compensate for staff time.

The following Off-Site programs are offered and feature science and history themes. To see additional Wildlife focused Blandford on the Road Program options, click here.

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Blandford Nature Center’s Education team has developed week-long lessons covering a variety of seasonal topics perfect to engage young learners. Topics available include:

NGSS Standards: K-ESS2-2 Earth’s SystemsK-LS-1 From Molecules to Organisms & K-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity
Core Ideas: ESS2.D, LS1.C, ESS2.2, ESS3.C

Whooo is an Owl?
Ask WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, and WHEN questions about Blandford’s owls as students explore their habitat and investigate owl pellets to learn about the birds of prey that are hunters of the night!
Dissection of owl pellets can be added for an additional $1 per pellet (subject to availability)

NGSS Standards: K-LS-1 From Molecules to OrganismsK-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity
Core Ideas: LS1.C, ESS3.A

1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade Nature/Science Programs

Animal Adaptations
How do organisms survive in their environment? Students will learn that animal adaptations, whether it’s an unique trait or survival strategy, play a critical role in an animal’s outcome in life.

NGSS Standard: 1-LS1 Molecules to Organisms 
Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS1.B, & LS1.D

Seeds and Plants
A focus on seed movement has students exploring fields and woods and uncovering secrets of plant and animal interdependence.

NGSS Standard: 2-LS2 Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics 
Core Idea: LS2.A

Snowy Survivors
December – February  only
Discover the secrets of animal survival during the winter and how animal characteristics and adaptations help them thrive during this cold and snowy season.

NGSS Standard: 3-LS1 Molecules to Organisms
Core Idea: LS1.A

K-6th Grade Social Studies Programs

The programs listed below are focused on History (H), Geography (G), and Economics (E) from the Michigan Department of Education Social Studies Standards.

Pioneer Life
Students will be immersed in the rural life a pioneer child by using machines and toys of pioneer times. Simple machines emphasize the rural ways of Pioneers as students explore an old-fashioned life in the different seasons.

Standards: H, G, E

Anishinabek Lifeways
The cultural heritage of the Grand River comes alive through hands‐on experiences with traditional tools. We will investigate how the seasons and resources of Michigan influenced the lives of Anishinabe people around 500 years ago.

Standards: H, G, E

Sugarbush
March Only
Experience the science of maple syrup production! Identify maple trees, collect data on forest health, and smell the sweet syrup cooking in the Sugarhouse. Practice modern methods of tapping, collection, and boiling using real tools, then taste the sweet results. A puppet show introduction is featured in K & 1st grade trips.

Standards: K-ESS2-2 Earth’s SystemsK-LS-1 From Molecules to OrganismsK-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity
Core Ideas: ESS2.E, LS1.C, LS4.D, ESS3.A & ESS3.C

Option #3: Premium Virtual Education Package

The following discussion topics are available for the Premium Virtual Education Package at a cost of $120. Educators will come quipped with key “show and tell” items for students to explore virtually (via Zoom, Google Meet, etc.). The 45-minute live lesson will allow time for Q & A and any unanswered questions can be submitted alongside a teacher survey. In addition to the live lesson, supplemental learning documents will be provided to teachers and may include games, activity ideas, worksheets, and links to virtual storybooks and videos. Most materials will be able to be utilized by a teacher who may have children in class or given to students who may be working from home.

Virtual Lesson content and any supplemental activities shared with teachers are not to be copied, recorded, or distributed in any way outside of the classroom who as reserved that service.

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Blandford Nature Center’s Education team has developed week-long lessons covering a variety of seasonal topics perfect to engage young learners. Topics available include:

  • Fall Wonders
  • Whooo is an Owl
  • Farmyard Fun
  • Insect Inspiration
  • Nighttime Nature
  • Signs of Spring
  • “Bee” a Pollinator’
  • I can Help: Land Stewardship for Young learners

K-3rd Grade

Michigan Wildlife, Habitat, and Adaptations
This is a customizable virtual learning experience geared (and scalable) for grades K-3. In accordance with NGSS standards for 1st grade and 3rd grades, the program will focus on Michigan Wildlife, their habitats and life cycles, and the adaptations that make them particularly suited to life in Michigan. Blandford Nature Center’s Educators will serve as virtual guest speakers helping classroom teachers engage students with enriching environmental education learning. Blandford staff will collaborate with teachers individually to coordinate, plan, and facilitate an experience that suits the science objectives and interests for that class.

3rd-5th Grade

Anishinabek Lifeways
This is a customizable virtual learning experience for Grades 3-5. In accordance with Michigan Social Studies Standards, NGSS standards, and the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Guidelines for Excellence in K-12 Environmental Education, the program focuses on the lives of the Indigenous Peoples of Michigan 400-500 years ago. The primary focus is how the Anishinabek used natural resources for daily survival and how they interacted with, adapted to, and modified the environment around them. Blandford Educators will virtually present aspects of Anishinaabe life including the foods, plants, animals, and other natural resources that were commonly used.

Option 4: Virtual Call with an Educator

The following discussion topics are available for a 30-minute Virtual Call with an Educator option at a cost of $60. Students will engage with Blandford Nature Center’s Educators who will “show and tell” their favorite artifacts, specimens, and tools related to your topic. There will also be time for Q & A, and any unanswered questions can be submitted alongside a teacher survey. Don’t see a topic you’d like? Please let us know what topic your classroom is studying and we’d be happy to try and accommodate your topic selection!

  • Animal Adaptations
  • Farm Life
  • Birds of Prey
  • Fur, Feather, Skins, and Scales
  • Life Cycles
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Vertebrates
  • The Food Chain
  • Michigan Ecosystems
  • Anishinabek Lifeways
  • Pioneer Life
  • Sugarbush (March Only)
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Beaks, Feet, and Nests

Wildlife Calls with an Educator
For $75, your 30-minute Virtual Call with an Educator can include an animal demonstration featuring one or more of our Wildlife Ambassadors. Topics for Wildlife Calls include:

  • All About Owls
  • Slimy Skins and Scales
  • Birds of Prey
  • Storytime with the Animals
  • Meet Blandford’s Wildlife
  • Wildlife with a Backbone
  • Magnificent Mammals

Virtual Lesson content and any supplemental activities shared with teachers are not to be copied, recorded, or distributed in any way outside of the classroom who as reserved that service.


Blandford on the Road

For more information on available Wildlife programs that can be performed in your classroom, click here.


Schedule a Program

Please submit all program requests to our Registrar via email: Registrar@blandfordnaturecenter.org. Please be sure to include the following information in your request:

  • School/Organization Name
  • Contact Person
  • Address with City, Zip, and Phone Number
  • Group Size and Grade Level
  • Special Needs or ESL/ELL information
  • Requested Program Delivery Option (1, 2, 3, or 4)
  • Requested Program
  • First and Second Choice Date and Time of Program/Virtual Call
GRPS Partnership

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS.

Thanks to the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, we are able to provide outdoor science-based education programs to all GRPS first and third grade students.

Program Options:

1st Grade Programs

Science Discipline: Life Sciences

Animal Adaptations 1.5 hrs

How do organisms survive in their environment? Students will learn that animal adaptations, whether it’s an unique trait or survival strategy, play a critical role in an animal’s outcome in life.

NGSS Standard: 1-LS1 Molecules to Organisms Core Ideas: LS1.A, LS1.B, & LS1.D

September – 18, 20, 25, 27
October – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November –7, 14, 20, 21
December – 5, 12, 19
April – 1, 14, 21, 28
May – 7, 14

Birds of a Feather 1.5 hrs

Discover the amazing world of birds as they call for mates, build nests and raise their young. Students will identify distinguishing characteristics and meet one of our resident Birds of Prey

NGSS Standard: 1-LS1.2 Molecules to Organisms Core Ideas: LS1.B, LS3.A & LS3.B

April – 1, 14, 21, 28
May –7, 14

Seeds and Plants 1.5 hrs

A focus on seed movement has students exploring fields and woods and uncovering secrets of plant and animal interdependence.

NGSS Standard: 2-LS2 Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics Core Idea: LS2.A

September – 18, 2, 25, 27
October – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November – 7, 14, 20, 21
April – 1, 14, 21, 28
May – 7, 14

Science Discipline: Earth Science

Focusing on the Farm Five 1.5 hrs 

Investigate the Blandford Farm using your five senses! See plants growing, hear pollinators buzzing, smell nectar-rich flowers, taste vegetables, and get hands-on experience as you and your students experience the day in the life of a farmer.

NGSS Standards: K-ESS2-2 Earth’s SystemsK-LS-1 From Molecules to OrganismsK-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity    Core Ideas: ESS2.E, LS1.C, LS1.D, ESS3.A & ESS3.C

September – 18, 20, 25, 27
October – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May – 7, 14

Sugarbush 1.5 hrs 

A lively puppet show begins our exciting exploration of maple syrup production. Investigate the entire sugaring process through stories, activities, and a short hike to the Sugarhouse to understand how human interaction and the use of natural resources affect the environment.

NGSS Standards: K-ESS2-2 Earth’s SystemsK-LS-1 From Molecules to OrganismsK-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity    Core Ideas: ESS2.E, LS1.C, LS4.D, ESS3.A & ESS3.C

March – 5, 13, 20, 27

3rd Grade Programs

Social Studies: Michigan Studies

Anishinabek Lifeways 2 hrs. Offered in the AM only.

Travel back 400-500 years ago to the time of early Native Americans and reflect on how the seasons and resources of Michigan influenced the lives of the Anishinabe people using hands-on experiences with traditional tools.

Standard: History of Michigan
Statement: Use historical thinking to understand the past.
Expectations: H3.0.4, H3.0.5, & H3.0.7

October – 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November – 1, 8, 15, 22
December – 6, 13, 20
January – 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
February – 4, 5, 11, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26

Science Discipline: Life Science

Michigan Ecosystems 1.5 hrs

Young biologists explore two different Michigan ecosystems, searching for evidence of biodiverse food chains within the unique habitats. Program will finish with an up close view of Blandford’s Wildlife Ambassadors.

NGSS Standard: 3-LS2 Ecosystems & 3-LS4 Biological Evolution Core Ideas: LS4.C & LS4.D

October –3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November – 1, 8, 15, 22

Wildlife with a Backbone 1.5 hrs 

Learn about vertebrate groups, their unique qualities and habits. Live animals and hands-on props highlight adaptations the different vertebrates use for protections, warmth and food gathering.

NGSS Standard: 4-LS1 Molecules to Organisms Core Ideas: LS1.A & LS2.D

October – 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November – 1, 8, 15, 22
December – 6, 13, 20
January – 
7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
February – 4, 5, 11, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26

Snowy Survivors 1.5 hrs. Add snowshoes for a special 2 hr. AM only experience!

Discover the secrets of animal survival during the winter and how animal characteristics and adaptations help them survive during this cold and snowy season. Program is 1.5 hrs. without snowshoes; 2 hours with snowshoes. Snowshoe availability is dependent on amount of snowfall.

NGSS Standard: 3-LS1 Molecules to Organisms  Core Idea: LS1.A

October – 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November – 1, 8, 15, 22
December – 6, 13, 20

Science Discipline: Life Science & Earth Science

Sugarbush 1.5 hrs 

Experience the science of maple syrup production. Identify maples, collect data on forest health and smell the sweet syrup cooking in the Sugarhouse. Practice modern methods of tapping, collection and boiling using real tools, then taste the sweet results.

NGSS Standards: K-ESS2-2 Earth’s SystemsK-LS-1 From Molecules to OrganismsK-ESS3-1 Earth-Human Activity   Core Ideas: ESS2.E, LS1.C, LS4.D, ESS3.A & ESS3.C

March – 5, 13, 20, 27

Request a Program:

To start the process:

  • Determine the program (within the appropriate grade level) you would like to attend from the list above
  • Decide on a date and time (from the dates/times listed underneath each program choice above) that works best for your schedule
  • Have an alternate date and time ready

Once you have these 3 choices made, click on the correct button below to complete your request.

Once your request has been submitted, it will be processed within 2 weeks.

You will receive an email confirmation with date, time, and program details.

Boy in Creek
HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Outdoor, hands-on learning with 264 acres!

Homeschool field trips to Blandford immerse students in nature and are designed to integrate Next Generation Science Standards while engaging students’ natural curiosity.

Each 90 minute program is offered from 1:30pm to 3:00pm and is taught by our highly experienced and educated staff and is geared towards children 5 to 12 years of age.

Students will be split into groups based on age so that program content is appropriate.

Parents are required to attend and register with their children. For parents with multiple children who may be separated into different age groups and are attending the same program date, the parent is expected to accompany the younger student.

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2020 IS NOW OPEN!

Fall 2020 Homeschool Series

Each 90- minute program is offered from 1:30-3:00 pm and is taught by our highly experienced and educated staff and is geared towards children ages 5-12 years of age. Students will be split into groups based on age (Acorns = ages 5-8, Oaks = ages 9-12) so that program content is appropriate. Parents are required to attend and register with their children. For parents with multiple children who may be separated into different age groups and are attending the same program date, the parent is expected to accompany the younger student.

To accommodate smaller class sizes and social distancing, each program will be offered three times a month during September, October, and November. The content throughout the month will be the same on each date. You may choose to register for 1 month, 2 months, or all three. Parents who sign up for a September Homeschool program receive 15% off registration for an October Homeschool program!

Pricing: Each program is priced individually per program. Parents who sign up for a Homeschool program in September will receive 15% off the registration fee for any October Homeschool program when booked together!

Adults: $5
Student Members: $12
Student Non-Members: $15

Available Program Dates:
September: Wildlife with a Backbone
1st, 8th, 15th

October: Anishinabek Lifeways
6th, 13th, 20th

November: Whooo is an Owl?
3rd, 10th, 17th

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to limits set by Government orders, we have made significant changes to our registration process and participation regulations. Registration is required for all people joining the program. Only registered participants will be allowed in the program space.

Q & A:

Q: Can I bring my other children who are under 5?

A: No. Unfortunately, due to Government orders and limited class sizes, only registered participants may attend the program. This includes toddlers and infants.

Q: I’m a parent, do I have to register for myself to attend the program?

A: Yes! We ask that parents pay a small $5 along with their children’s registration. Parents are encouraged to interact and facilitate during the program with their child.

Q: Where will classes take place?

A: We will in every circumstance try to teach our Homeschool program out of doors. If weather does not permit this, we will teach class in the upper and lower levels of our Environmental Education Center.

Q: Are masks required?

A: Masks are required inside any Blandford Nature Center building and are required out of doors during programs as social distancing is not always possible. All participants must come equipped with a mask.

Q: Can I bring my dog/pet?

A: No. Dogs and pets (with the exception of licensed service animals) are not allowed inside buildings or at programs.

Q: Can I bring a snack for myself and my child?

A: No. As some children may have allergies or other sensitivities, snacks are not permitted unless they are medically necessary. Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle.

Trail Maps

To view trail maps, visit our Resources page.

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more, please visit our FAQ page or contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.