Our enthusiastic camp instructors are waiting to share an amazing world of wonder with your child. Here, nature is the guide—and it leads us to tadpoles in the pond, pioneers in the garden and feet in the mud! We look forward to helping your family discover the wonders of the seasons.
2020 Summer Day Camp is CANCELLED!
Unfortunately, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue into the summer months at Blandford Nature Center. In consultation with several local leaders, with guidance and feedback from the American Camp Association, and most importantly, with a strong desire to keep our camp participants, parents, and staff safe, we have made the decision to cancel our 2020 Summer Camp program.
There is no greater joy than watching 500 kids laugh, play, learn and develop a lifelong love of nature and being outside and, although we will miss our campers this summer, we look forward to welcoming them back in 2021! The safety of our campers, staff, and community is our priority right now. While we wait to reopen we are continuously looking for new ways to safely stay engaged in nature together and will continue to provide the solace and wonder of nature to our campers and community through our open trails, habitats, and green spaces. So please continue to get outside.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why can’t you just delay the start of the 2020 Summer Camp Season?
As the Blandford Team worked through numerous scenarios, two things became clear to us. The first is that we believe in science, and the science is telling us that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon. With the high number of campers, parents, staff, and daily visitors on our property during Summer Camp, we believe that the risk of transmission of this virus will remain high. We cannot in good conscience put all of you at risk.
Additionally, the amount of time that it takes to hire and prepare our staff for an amazing summer with your children is not insignificant. Because we don’t have a firm “return to normal” date, it is logistically impossible to prepare for an unknown future start date, particularly due to the rigorous staff training that must be accomplished to maintain our camp license and ensure a safe and wonderful experience for your child. Factors well beyond our control, both known and yet to be determined, weighed heavily in our decision-making process.
Will I get a refund?
Yes, you will receive a full refund. Because our administrative staff is working remotely, this will take longer than normal. We aim to process refunds during the first week of May. If you are in a position to donate all or part of your registration fees to Blandford Nature Center, we would greatly appreciate the support as we care for our Wildlife Ambassadors, farm animals, and keep our basic operations moving forward. Your charitable donation would mean a lot to us. If you would like to make a donation of your registration fees, please contact our Development Manager, Stephanie Szymas, at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1.
My child was awarded a camp scholarship. Can we hold onto that until next year?
We are returning all awarded scholarships to our scholarship fund. We will ask everyone to apply again next year.
Can I save my spot now for the 2021 Summer Camp season?
No, as our systems are not set up to do so at this time. However, we will contact you to offer you priority booking before we open registrations to the general public next year.
Please contact our camp staff regarding Summer Day Camp at email@example.com or call 616-735-6240.