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Blandford Nature Center

1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
616-375-6240 ext 14 http://blandfordnaturecenter.org/

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September 2018

Nature Buds

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Tuesday, repeating until Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Bring your little ones out to get some 'vitamin N'. These 'Nature Buds' programs will include guided and self-guided play for your little ones. Each week has a new Nature Based theme. Rain or shine, we will play outside so be prepared with your clothing. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR AGES 1-4!

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October 2018

Scary Tales

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$5 – $10

Join Story Spinners of Grand Rapids for an afternoon of (not so) scary stories. Put your devices down and listen to stories told by adult and child storytellers! This program is ideal for families with kids ages 4-10. A treat and apple juice is included. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL AGES!

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November 2018

Holiday Family & Pet Mini Sessions

Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$30 – $35

Join us for a {furry} family photo-shoot! We're partnering with A Pleasant Dog and Jennie King Photography to make sure you get the perfect shot for your holiday cards this year! Each participant/family will receive 5 mins in front of the camera and edited digital photos for your personal use. Space is limited so sign up fast to ensure your…

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Kombucha Workshop

Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$10 – $18

Kombucha is a fermented beverage dating back almost 3,000 years and has been used in many cultures as a beneficial drink for digestion, inflammation, immune function, and countless other uses including skin toner. Blandford welcomes Geoff Lamden of Sacred Springs who has brewed kombucha for over a decade and will teach you how to do it too, talk about proper…

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Autumn in the Wigwam

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us as we honor Native American Heritage Month. Experience what life may have been like for Anishinabek people living in this area hundreds of years ago. Our Master Naturalist and historical interpreters will take you through the Blandford woods and into our Wigwam, where we invite you to experience life that is solely dependent on the nature of our…

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Native American Culture

Saturday, November 3, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$5 – $8

Join us for a Native American Cultural performance in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Champion Powwow dancer Reg Pettibone will present a program that takes us into our nation’s cultural past in a whole new way. Along with his wife Marca, Reg draws on his traditional upbringing to provide a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance,…

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December 2018

Open Forge – Blacksmithing

Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us on the third Saturday of each month for Open Forge. An opportunity to learn the art and craft of Blacksmithing. Open Forge Saturdays will include demonstration, Q&A, and hands on smithing! Open to novice and experienced smiths. Bring your curiosity and/or your current projects. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ADULTS (AGES 12+ ALLOWED WITH SUPERVISION)!

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Winter Break Camp: Session I

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Get your kids outside enjoying the brisk winter air this Winter Break! Winter hikes, games, arts and crafts will have your kids wanting more nature this holiday season! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR GRADES K-6!

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Winter Break Camp: Session I

Thursday, December 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Get your kids outside enjoying the brisk winter air this Winter Break! Winter hikes, games, arts and crafts will have your kids wanting more nature this holiday season! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR GRADES K-6!

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Winter Break Camp: Session I

Friday, December 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Get your kids outside enjoying the brisk winter air this Winter Break! Winter hikes, games, arts and crafts will have your kids wanting more nature this holiday season! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR GRADES K-6!

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January 2019

Winter Break Camp: Session II

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$90 – $108

Get your kids outside enjoying the brisk winter air this Winter Break! Winter hikes, games, arts and crafts will have your kids wanting more nature this holiday season! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR GRADES K-6!

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Winter Break Camp: Session II

Thursday, January 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Get your kids outside enjoying the brisk winter air this Winter Break! Winter hikes, games, arts and crafts will have your kids wanting more nature this holiday season! REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR GRADES K-6!

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Owl Moon

Thursday, January 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Listen to a classic winter tale about the owling adventures of a boy and his grandfather while sipping hot chocolate. After the story, take a guided hike to talk with the wild owls that call Blandford home. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL AGES!

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Winter Break Camp: Session II

Friday, January 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Get your kids outside enjoying the brisk winter air this Winter Break! Winter hikes, games, arts and crafts will have your kids wanting more nature this holiday season! REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR GRADES K-6!

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Snowshoe Hike

Saturday, January 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Bring your whole family out to "test-drive" a pair of snowshoes! While practicing your snowshoe skills, hike along with one of our naturalists to discover the secret world hidden within the Winter Wonderland at Blandford Nature Center. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL AGES!

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Winter Fort Building

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Whether there is snow or not, come out with your family to see if you could build a fort or shelter that would be able to survive the chilly night. Will your family's fort make the cut? PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL AGES!

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Owl Prowl

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$5 – $8

Join Blandford Naturalists as we head out on the trails, equipped with recorded owl calls, in hopes a wild owl will return our message. This program includes a live owl presentation with an up-close look at Blandford's resident owls. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ADULTS ONLY!

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Adult Story Telling

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$5 – $8

Join Story Spinners of Grand Rapids and BNC for a night of entertaining stories. Turn off your devices for a couple hours and reconnect with the power of person-to-person storytelling. You’ll be glad you did! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ADULTS ONLY!

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Drop-In Program: Winter in the Cabin

Saturday, January 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Join Blandford Staff as we tour a 1800's log cabin and school house. We will take part in a craft that might have been done during the 1800's Be prepared to take a snowshoe hike through the woods if there is snow. No need to purchase tickets in advance, just drop-in and join us, first come first serve. *First 20…

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Owl Moon

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Listen to a classic winter tale about the owling adventures of a boy and his grandfather while sipping hot chocolate. After the story, take a guided hike to talk with the wild owls that call Blandford home. 

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL AGES!

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Kombucha Workshop

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$10 – $18

Kombucha is a fermented beverage dating back almost 3,000 years and has been used in many cultures as a beneficial drink for digestion, inflammation, immune function, and countless other uses including skin toner. Geoff Lamden is a naturopath and a foodie who has brewed kombucha for over a decade and will teach you how to do it too, talk about…

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Nature Buds: Winter Edition

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Bring your little ones out to get some 'Vitamin N'. These 'Nature Buds' programs will include guided and self-guided play for the little ones in your life, ages 1-4. Each week has a new Nature Based theme. Rain, snow, or shine, we will play outside so be prepared with your clothing. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR KIDS 1-4.

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February 2019

Drop-In Program: Historical Cabin

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Come visit our historical log cabin. Discuss what life would have been like over 100 years ago. Explore our artifacts and hear the stories of the family who once lived here. No need to register. Just drop in and join us! First come, first served. *First 20 people to check-in get spots. Check-in starts at 10am the day of the…

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Family Story Telling

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Bring your family and join Story Spinners of Grand Rapids for a fun afternoon of storytelling. Turn off your devices for an hour and reconnect with the power of Story. These amazing fables and tales, told by expert story tellers, will hold the attention of the whole family! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR…

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Nature Buds: Winter Edition

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Bring your little ones out to get some 'Vitamin N'. These 'Nature Buds' programs will include guided and self-guided play for the little ones in your life, ages 1-4. Each week has a new Nature Based theme. Rain, snow, or shine, we will play outside so be prepared with your clothing. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR KIDS 1-4.

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Drop-In Program: Snowshoeing

Saturday, February 9, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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While practicing your snowshoe skills, hike along with one our naturalists to discover the secret world hidden within the Winter Wonderland at Blandford Nature Center. No need to purchase tickets in advance, just drop-in and join us, first come first serve. *First 20 people to check-in get spots. Check-in starts at 10am the day of the program. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED,…

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Winter Animals

Saturday, February 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Not all Michigan animals are sleeping away the winter! Join us as we head out into the winter wonderland to discover the animals that are active at this time of year. You'll also get an up-close look at Blandford's resident wildlife. NOTE: In the event of no snow, we will still be going out looking for animals and their homes…

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Nature Buds: Winter Edition

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Bring your little ones out to get some 'Vitamin N'. These 'Nature Buds' programs will include guided and self-guided play for the little ones in your life, ages 1-4. Each week has a new Nature Based theme. Rain, snow, or shine, we will play outside so be prepared with your clothing. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR KIDS 1-4.

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Showshoe with Your Sweetie

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$15 – $24

Take a romantic, candlelit hike through the snowy woods with your loved one. Listen to the crunch of snow, maybe the hoot of owls, and sweet whispers of wind in your ear while you experience the magic of winter in Michigan. This easy paced hike is for all experience levels. Feel free to bring your own snowshoes or rent a…

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Drop-In Program: Tracking

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Come out to get a close-up view of animals that you normally might never see in the wild. No need to purchase tickets in advance, just drop-in to find out more about our wildlife residents. *First 20 people to check in get spots. Check-in starts at 10am the day of the program.

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Open Forge – Blacksmithing

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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**PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT, REGISTER TO JOIN THE WAITLIST** Join us on the third Saturday of each month for Open Forge. An opportunity to learn the art and craft of Blacksmithing. Open Forge Saturdays will include demonstration, Q&A, and hands on smithing! Open to novice and experienced smiths. Bring your curiosity and/or your current projects. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR…

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Nature Buds: Winter Edition

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Bring your little ones out to get some 'Vitamin N'. These 'Nature Buds' programs will include guided and self-guided play for the little ones in your life, ages 1-4. Each week has a new Nature Based theme. Rain, snow, or shine, we will play outside so be prepared with your clothing. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR KIDS 1-4.

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Henna Workshop Series

Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$20 – $25

Join Master Henna artist Jen Helsel for a two part series on Henna –  a centuries old form of body art! In this workshop, participants will learn about the henna plant, dye making, the history, heritage, and significance of Henna design. Participants will mix their own Henna and get lots of practice drawing designs. Session II will take you deeper into…

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Backyard Sugaring

Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$5 – $8

Do you have a Maple tree in your yard? Tap into that maple syrup gold mine! Join Blandford Staff as we walk you through the process of collecting and cooking syrup from the trees in your yard. Learn the sugaring process and purchase all the key materials to tap the Maple trees in YOUR backyard!
*FREE for neighborhood sap collection volunteers…

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Nature Buds: Winter Edition

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Bring your little ones out to get some 'Vitamin N'. These 'Nature Buds' programs will include guided and self-guided play for the little ones in your life, ages 1-4. Each week has a new Nature Based theme. Rain, snow, or shine, we will play outside so be prepared with your clothing. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR KIDS 1-4.

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March 2019

Henna Workshop Series

Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join Master Henna artist Jen Helsel for a two part series on Henna - a centuries old form of body art! In this workshop, participants will learn about the henna plant, dye making, the history, heritage, and significance of Henna design. Participants will mix their own Henna and get lots of practice drawing designs. Session II will take you deeper…

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Maple Moon

Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Who was the first to discover that maple sap could be turned into something so special? Join us for a Native American tale of a young boy who helps his people survive a difficult winter. After the story, travel through time and see how people from long ago gathered, cooked, and enjoyed this delicious, seasonal treat. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS…

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Sugarbush Tour

Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

If you aren't able to take part in our Sugarbush Festival on March 23rd, join us for our community Sugarbush tour. Enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of the Sugarhouse, practice tapping a tree, and step back in time to discover how pioneers and Native Americans made maple syrup! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR AGES 7+!

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Pioneer Sugaring

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Eat an 1800's treat at this Historic-themed Sugarbush event! Blandford's Robinson-Khutic Log Cabin will be the backdrop as we imagine pioneer life and make our own maple treat then we will go into the Sugarhouse to see how BNC makes this sweet treat today. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL AGES!

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Women’s Hike Out

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us as we partner with Athleta Gaslight Village for Women’s Hike Out! This evening hike will take you through the woods and trails of Blandford. We will experience a spring evening outdoors and finish the hike inside BNC’s visitor center with refreshments and Athleta swag. This event is FREE but space is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR WOMEN…

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Sugarbush Festival

Saturday, March 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us at Blandford Nature Center for our 49th year of celebrating the sweet arrival of Spring! Learn the maple sugaring process through Sugarbush demonstrations & techniques including a taste test in our Sugarhouse. Activities include wildlife encounters, draft horses, maple cotton candy, games/crafts, and more. El Caribe Food Truck and Doughrunts will be on-site selling concessions. The Printmobile will…

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Drop-In Program: Sugarbush

Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of the Sugarhouse, practice tapping a tree, and step back in time to discover how pioneers and Native Americans made maple syrup. No need to register for this program. Just drop in and join us! *First 20 people to check-in get spots. Check-in starts at 10am the day of the program. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED,…

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April 2019

Spring Break Camp

Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Do you have Spring fever? Get your kids outside at Blandford Nature Center for a spring adventure! Take hikes, see animals, make nature art and see how many signs of spring you can find! Campers should come prepared with appropriate outerwear, snack, lunch, and water bottle. Daily camp themes are as follows: Monday - Wonderful Wetlands Tuesday - Time Machine…

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Spring Break Camp

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Do you have Spring fever? Get your kids outside at Blandford Nature Center for a spring adventure! Take hikes, see animals, make nature art and see how many signs of spring you can find! Campers should come prepared with appropriate outerwear, snack, lunch, and water bottle. Daily camp themes are as follows: Monday - Wonderful Wetlands Tuesday - Time Machine…

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Spring Break Camp

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Do you have Spring fever? Get your kids outside at Blandford Nature Center for a spring adventure! Take hikes, see animals, make nature art and see how many signs of spring you can find! Campers should come prepared with appropriate outerwear, snack, lunch, and water bottle. Daily camp themes are as follows: Monday - Wonderful Wetlands Tuesday - Time Machine…

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Spring Break Camp

Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Do you have Spring fever? Get your kids outside at Blandford Nature Center for a spring adventure! Take hikes, see animals, make nature art and see how many signs of spring you can find! Campers should come prepared with appropriate outerwear, snack, lunch, and water bottle. Daily camp themes are as follows: Monday - Wonderful Wetlands Tuesday - Time Machine…

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Nature Buds: Spring Edition

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Bring your little ones out to get some 'Vitamin N'. These 'Nature Buds' programs will include guided and self-guided play for the little ones in your life, ages 1-4. Each week has a new Nature Based theme. Rain, snow, or shine, we will play outside so be prepared with your clothing. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR KIDS 1-4. 4/9/2019 4/16/2019…

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FrogWatch Volunteer Training at Blandford Nature Center

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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You don’t have to be an expert to join FrogWatch and help contribute valuable information to scientists studying amphibians! Come learn all about awesome amphibians and how to identify the different frog calls heard in Michigan. Do your part and become a citizen scientist to help report frog calls in your backyard or neighborhood! Training will take place in the…

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Backyard Edibles

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$5 – $8

In this workshop we will learn how to use native plants to create a backyard oasis full of wildlife and wild edibles. We will also take a tour of our own food forests right here at Blandford Nature Center. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas for their own backyard. Program is geared toward participants ages 13 and up. Cost: $5/members, $8/non-members Tickets

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Eggtastic Exploration

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$5 – $8

Go on a hunt through the forest to find eggs that are hidden throughout the forest. We will learn about all of the different animals that are getting ready to lay their eggs for the season. Enjoy a craft at the end of the exploration. *Parents are allowed to drop off their children for this program. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS…

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Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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The Saturday before Earth Day, Blandford invites you to come and see all that we have to offer, FREE of charge! Hike the trails, see the historic buildings, visit the farm, and partake in activities. You can also roam through the woods during a special Blandford scavenger hunt. Our community partners include John Ball Zoo, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks,…

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Sensory-Friendly Evening

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us at for an after-hours, low-stimulus evening designed specifically for families with children on the autism spectrum or having sensory processing needs. This program will include time in our wildlife center, a guided (or self-guided) hike, our wildlife touchable table, an animal presentation at 7:15pm, and pizza! Limited space is available. This program is open-house style so please arrive…

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Open Forge – Blacksmithing

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us on the third Saturday of each month for Open Forge,a n opportunity to learn the art and craft of Blacksmithing. Open Forge Saturdays will include demonstration, Q&A, and hands-on smithing! Open to novice and experienced smiths. Bring your curiosity and/or your current projects. Limited space available so sign up early! REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ADULTS ONLY!

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Drop-In Program: Baby Animals

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Have you noticed baby animals in your neighborhood, parks, or yard? Join our Master Naturalist as we explore why this season is perfect for these little babies. No need to purchase tickets in advance, just drop-in to find out more about our wildlife residents. *First 20 people to check-in get spots. Check-in starts at 10:00am the day of the program.…

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Dream Catcher Workshop

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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In this workshop, participants will create traditional dream catchers with natural materials. You will learn about the different origin stories, styles, and take home your very own handcrafted Dream Catcher! Dream catchers are a fun and easy project, simply bring your creativity and any questions you may have. This program will be taught by members of the Little Traverse Bay…

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Open Forge – Blacksmithing

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us on the third Saturday of each month for Open Forge,a n opportunity to learn the art and craft of Blacksmithing. Open Forge Saturdays will include demonstration, Q&A, and hands-on smithing! Open to novice and experienced smiths. Bring your curiosity and/or your current projects. Limited space available so sign up early! REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ADULTS ONLY!

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May 2019

Mushroom Log Workshop

Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$30 – $36

During this hands-on workshop, you will learn to inoculate a log with gourmet mushrooms to grow in your own backyard. Participants will take home a log of their own! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ADULTS ONLY!

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Meet the Blandford Animals

Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$3 – $6

Have you personally met the Animals who live at Blandford? Well, this is your chance! Come out and join BNC staff as we introduce you to our amazing animal residents! Learn about their stories, their species, and what you can do to protect their wild relatives. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL AGES!

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Forest Meditation

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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The aim of forest meditation is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment, join us for a Forest Meditation experience! We will walk in nature, observing our natural environment with all of our senses while forming a stronger connection to ourselves and the outdoors. Our resident Mindfulness Instructor, Amber Kilpatrick, will be your guide. Dress for the…

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LGROW’s 16th Annual Grand River Spring Forum

Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Save the Date! The 16th Annual Grand River Spring Forum Forum will be followed by lunch* and a choice of two walking tours. *must register for lunch Sponsors: Interface H2O Blandford Nature Center Vriesman & Korhorn Civil Engineers Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Werkman Outfitters Image Masters Printing and Promotion Grand Valley State University AWRI CropMarks Bill & Paul's Sporthaus…

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BFFs (Butterfly Finding Friend)

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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$5 – $8

Join us for a morning in the meadow as we go in search of butterflies! Participants will learn butterfly identification, go on a butterfly scavenger hunt, and take part in a butterfly-themed photo shoot. Bring your wings if you've got them, and your BFF too! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL AGES!

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Marsh Dipping

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join our Master Naturalist as you explore the mysterious marsh. Participants will use nets to dip into the dark waters and learn about the plants and animals that call our marshes home. Program includes a hike and all supplies needed for marsh dipping. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ALL AGES!

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Nature Buds: Spring Edition

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Bring your little ones out to get some 'Vitamin N'. These 'Nature Buds' programs will include guided and self-guided play for the little ones in your life, ages 1-4. Each week has a new Nature Based theme. Rain, snow, or shine, we will play outside so be prepared with your clothing. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR KIDS 1-4!

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Blacksmith Apprentice

Saturday, May 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us for a day of hands-on blacksmithing! This is your opportunity to learn the art and craft of metal smithing. This full day apprentice program will teach you how to build and maintain a forge, and take you from start to finish on a metal smithing project. Open to novice and experienced smiths. Participation in one of our previous…

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Nature Buds: Spring Edition

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Bring your little ones out to get some 'Vitamin N'. These 'Nature Buds' programs will include guided and self-guided play for the little ones in your life, ages 1-4. Each week has a new Nature Based theme. Rain, snow, or shine, we will play outside so be prepared with your clothing. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR KIDS 1-4!

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June 2019

Kombucha Workshop

Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Kombucha is a fermented beverage dating back almost 3,000 years and has been used in many cultures as a beneficial drink for digestion, inflammation, immune function, and countless other uses including skin toner. Geoff Lamden is a nature lover, foodie, and founder of Sacred Springs. Geoff has brewed kombucha for over a decade and will teach you how to do…

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Kombucha Workshop

Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Kombucha is a fermented beverage dating back almost 3,000 years and has been used in many cultures as a beneficial drink for digestion, inflammation, immune function, and countless other uses including skin toner. Geoff Lamden is a nature lover, foodie, and founder of Sacred Springs. Geoff has brewed kombucha for over a decade and will teach you how to do…

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Forest Meditation

Thursday, June 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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*RESCHEDULED FROM ORIGINAL 5/16 DATE* The aim of forest meditation is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment, join us for a Forest Meditation experience! We will walk in nature, observing our natural environment with all of our senses while forming a stronger connection to ourselves and the outdoors. Our resident Mindfulness Instructor, Amber Kilpatrick, will be…

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Summer Songwriting

Friday, June 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join singer/songwriter Josh Rose at Blandford this summer! In this program, Josh will take you through the journey of songwriting. From inspiration, to idea generation, to full fledged song! No experience is necessary, though feel free to bring any pieces you're working on. A jam session is most likely to ensue, bring instruments if you play. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS…

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Young Blacksmiths

Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us for a Young Blacksmiths program. Get a tour and learn the history of our historic Horseshoer/Blacksmith shop. From there, each participant will have an opportunity for hands on experience in the forge. Participants will each make a project they can take home! REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR AGES 8-13 WITH ADULT SUPERVISION! Tickets

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Tai Chi

Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join Rick Powell, co-founder of From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center,for Tai Chi at Blandford! Enjoy an early summer morning outdoors while you practice standing meditation, basic stance work, Tai Chi flow, and Chi Kung (breathwork). All skill levels welcome! REGISTRATION REQUIRED, PROGRAM IS FOR ADULTS ONLY! Tickets

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FARM | Drop In – Chicken & Egg

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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See, hear and touch the chickens that call Blandford Farm home. Then help gather farm fresh eggs straight from the nest. All pickers take home a share of the eggs collected. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members. Notes: No need to plan ahead; just drop-in to participate. Check-in starts at the Blandford Farm 30 minutes before the listed start time. Look for the…

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FARM | Barnyard Buds

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Need an excuse to get out of the house? Bring your tiny farmer to Blandford! Each program will be hosted by a Blandford Farmer and will feature a barnyard tour and an activity. New farm themes each week. Dress for the weather as parts of each program will be outdoors. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members Note: Program is for ages 1-4. Children…

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Longest Day 5K

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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The West Side Longest Day 5K TRAIL run will take place on June 21, 2019 at Blandford Nature Center. Runners will enjoy the natural beauty within Grand Rapids city limits. This family-friendly event includes food, beverages, a beer from DeHop's Brewing Company & Café, and live entertainment. Run for a cause and have an impact by helping to raise funds…

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FARM | Drop In – Farm Chores

Saturday, June 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Get a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to help out at the Blandford Farm! Assist with livestock chores - feeding and watering all the animals that call the farm home. If time allows, head into the children’s garden and lend a hand with weeding and harvesting. All helpers take home a share of the harvest. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members. Notes: No need to…

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Cyanotype

Saturday, June 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join Megan Williams, maker of Adventure Textiles, for a morning of printing floral cyanotypes. Explore the science and art of cyanotypes, a photographic printing process involving the use of chemicals and exposure to light to reveal stunning blue and white imagery. We’ll explore producing cyanotypes on paper and fabric with natural and artificial items and light. Students will leave with…

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FARM | Drop In – Chicken & Egg

Saturday, June 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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See, hear and touch the chickens that call Blandford Farm home. Then help gather farm fresh eggs straight from the nest. All pickers take home a share of the eggs collected. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members. Notes: No need to plan ahead; just drop-in to participate. Check-in starts at the Blandford Farm 30 minutes before the listed start time. Look for the…

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FARM | Drop In – Chicken & Egg

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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See, hear and touch the chickens that call Blandford Farm home. Then help gather farm fresh eggs straight from the nest. All pickers take home a share of the eggs collected. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members. Notes: No need to plan ahead; just drop-in to participate. Check-in starts at the Blandford Farm 30 minutes before the listed start time. Look for the…

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FARM | Barnyard Buds

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Need an excuse to get out of the house? Bring your tiny farmer to Blandford! Each program will be hosted by a Blandford Farmer and will feature a barnyard tour and an activity. New farm themes each week. Dress for the weather as parts of each program will be outdoors. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members Note: Program is for ages 1-4. Children…

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Riverside Raconteurs Storytelling Bonfires – 2019 Season

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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On the fourth Fridays of June, July and August 2019, join us for an outdoor evening of authentic, free entertainment by a fire, under summer skies. This event is co-sponsored by Storyspinners of Grand Rapids and Blandford Nature Center. Come with a memorized story, poem or song to share, or to listen

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FARM | Drop In – Chicken & Egg

Saturday, June 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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See, hear and touch the chickens that call Blandford Farm home. Then help gather farm fresh eggs straight from the nest. All pickers take home a share of the eggs collected. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members. Notes: No need to plan ahead; just drop-in to participate. Check-in starts at the Blandford Farm 30 minutes before the listed start time. Look for the…

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FARM | Composting 1012

Saturday, June 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Does your trash get filled with unwanted fruits, vegetables and other food waste? Come learn how to get rid of this waste in a sustainable way. All participants will explore basic composting concepts, check out the farm compost areas, and receive information on applicable city regulations. Want Blandford to help you get started? Sign up for the “With Compost Container”…

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July 2019

Free First Friday!

Friday, July 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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All visitors will receive FREE general admission on the first Friday of each month throughout the summer to explore all of the opportunities Blandford has to offer. Come see our wildlife, hike the trails, visit the farm and more! NOTE: This is an opportunity for families and individuals to experience what BNC has to offer. This is not an opportunity…

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Runga! at Blandford

Saturday, July 13, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Combine a trail run with yoga (RUNGA!) and you will experience exercise bliss. We meet at the Visitor Center of Blandford Nature Center, then hit the trails after a brief lesson on the history of BNC and its buildings, beasts (friendly), and bark. Our 45 minute run will take us to the adjacent Highlands for 45 minutes of refreshing outdoor…

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Yoga in the Highlands

Saturday, July 13, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us for Yoga in the Highlands this summer! Start your summer weekends with an opportunity to connect to your body, breath, and nature. Classes are held outdoors and are accessible to all levels of experience. Please bring your own mat. Classes are held at the Highlands (2715 Leonard St NW). Park in the upper lot, nearest the clubhouse. In…

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FARM | Barnyard Buds

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Need an excuse to get out of the house? Bring your tiny farmer to Blandford! Each program will be hosted by a Blandford Farmer and will feature a barnyard tour and an activity. New farm themes each week. Dress for the weather as parts of each program will be outdoors. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members Note: Program is for ages 1-4. Children…

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Yoga in the Highlands

Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us for Yoga in the Highlands this summer! Start your summer weekends with an opportunity to connect to your body, breath, and nature. Classes are held outdoors and are accessible to all levels of experience. Please bring your own mat. Classes are held at the Highlands (2715 Leonard St NW). Park in the upper lot, nearest the clubhouse. In…

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Yoga at Blandford

Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us for Yoga at Blandford this Summer! Start your summer weekends with an opportunity to connect to your body, breath, and nature. Classes are held outdoors and are accessible to all levels of experience. Please bring your own mat. Classes are held in our main campus schoolyard. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Though cash is accepted the day of. In…

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FARM | Drop In – Farm Chores

Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Get a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to help out at the Blandford Farm! Assist with livestock chores - feeding and watering all the animals that call the farm home. If time allows, head into the children’s garden and lend a hand with weeding and harvesting. All helpers take home a share of the harvest. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members. Notes: No need to…

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Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant

Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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FREE TICKETED EVENT | 616.454.9451 x4 The Grand Rapids Symphony heads to Blandford Nature Center on Saturday, July 20 for Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant! Based on the book Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, enjoy this magical afternoon of accessible melodies and zany poetry perfect for the whole family. Included with this kid-friendly concert are FREE activities including crafts, a nature walk,…

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Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant

Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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FREE TICKETED EVENT | 616.454.9451 x4 The Grand Rapids Symphony heads to Blandford Nature Center on Saturday, July 20 for Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant! Based on the book Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, enjoy this magical afternoon of accessible melodies and zany poetry perfect for the whole family. Included with this kid-friendly concert are FREE activities including crafts, a nature walk,…

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Build It: A Vermicompost Bin

Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Turn your organic kitchen waste into nutrient-rich soil with wriggly worms! Join us for a unique DIY class at the Farm. Learn about vermicompost and construct your own worm bin to take home with you. We’ll even provide you with you with some red wrigglers to get you started. Note: Program is for adults and children ages 13+ with adult…

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SOLD OUT – Wine in the Woods

Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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**SOLD OUT** FREE TICKETED EVENT | 616.454.9451 x4 The Grand Rapids Symphony heads to Blandford Nature Center on Saturday, July 20 for an evening of nature and music. The concert begins at 7 pm at Blandford Nature Center. A cash bar will be available to enjoy wine or beer while you listen to Mozart's Serenade for Winds. Once you make…

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FARM | Know Your Veggies 101: Cherry Tomatoes

Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Want to learn more about the “weird” varieties of vegetables that keep showing up in your CSA, at the farmers market, or even at your local grocery? Here’s your chance! Come out to the Blandford Farm for a veggie-extravaganza. This week’s veggie – cherry tomatoes! Farmers will provide a field and greenhouse tour, a tasting demo, recipe ideas, and a…

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FARM | Barnyard Buds

Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Need an excuse to get out of the house? Bring your tiny farmer to Blandford! Each program will be hosted by a Blandford Farmer and will feature a barnyard tour and an activity. New farm themes each week. Dress for the weather as parts of each program will be outdoors. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members Note: Program is for ages 1-4. Children…

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Riverside Raconteurs Storytelling Bonfires – 2019 Season

Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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On the fourth Fridays of June, July and August 2019, join us for an outdoor evening of authentic, free entertainment by a fire, under summer skies. This event is co-sponsored by Storyspinners of Grand Rapids and Blandford Nature Center. Come with a memorized story, poem or song to share, or to listen

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Yoga in the Highlands

Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us for Yoga in the Highlands this summer! Start your summer weekends with an opportunity to connect to your body, breath, and nature. Classes are held outdoors and are accessible to all levels of experience. Please bring your own mat. Classes are held at the Highlands (2715 Leonard St NW). Park in the upper lot, nearest the clubhouse. In…

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Yoga at Blandford

Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us for Yoga at Blandford this Summer! Start your summer weekends with an opportunity to connect to your body, breath, and nature. Classes are held outdoors and are accessible to all levels of experience. Please bring your own mat. Classes are held in our main campus schoolyard. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Though cash is accepted the day of. In…

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FARM | Drop In – Farm Chores

Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Get a unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to help out at the Blandford Farm! Assist with livestock chores - feeding and watering all the animals that call the farm home. If time allows, head into the children’s garden and lend a hand with weeding and harvesting. All helpers take home a share of the harvest. Cost: $3/members, $6/non-members. Notes: No need to…

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August 2019

Yoga in the Highlands

Saturday, August 3, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids , MI 49504 United States
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Join us for Yoga in the Highlands this summer! Start your summer weekends with an opportunity to connect to your body, breath, and nature. Classes are held outdoors and are accessible to all levels of experience. Please bring your own mat. Classes are held at the Highlands (2715 Leonard St NW). Park in the upper lot, nearest the clubhouse. In…

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