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Hands on Learning: Field Trips for Schools

Blandford Nature Center helps you bring hands-on, natural learning experiences to your students through our many outdoor field trips. We guide environmental learning experiences for students in pre-school through sixth grade, all of which are seasonally based.

Every season brings more to learn and experience, and Blandford's Elementary Outdoor Education Program captures this in a series of interactive units. Click here for details and descriptions of each of our programs.

Starting Fall 2013, the cost for the program is $5.00 per student, with a $80.00 program minimum. Teachers and chaperones are included in the price on a 1:5 ratio.

Ready to Join the Outdoor Education Fun?

We look forward to helping your students discover our local natural environment and learn how they are connected to it. Registration is easy! To begin your registration, you can fill out this online form. Alternately, you can email our registrar or call (616) 735-6240 to register for a field trip.

Group size is limited to 60 students or less. We are able to work with you to schedule multiple days, or multiple trips in one day if needed for larger group sizes.

When emailing a request, please include: 

  • school/organization name
  • address, city, zip
  • 1st choice date and time
  • 2nd choice date and time
  • contact person
  • phone number
  • group size (60 max)
  • program requested
Failure to include this information may delay scheduling.
Inclement Weather/Cancellation Policy
  • Please note that tours proceed RAIN or SHINE, so please ensure that participants are dressed for the weather, with appropriate footwear.
  • In case the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning we will cancel the program; there is no fee for cancelling due to severe weather.
  • Please note that failure to cancel at least two weeks prior to your tour will result in a $50.00 fee.
  • Refunds necessary due to bringing fewer students than planned is $25 handling fee.

Financial Assistance

Are you interested in bringing your students to Blandford but finding it difficult to pay for the trip?  Thanks to our generous contributors The Wege Foundation, Wolverine Worldwide, and Amway, in 2014 we are able to offer limited financial assistance to groups in need.  Please contact Katie VanDoeselaar, Office Manager/Program Registrar, for more information at 616-735-6240 x11 or 

As we come across grants and opportunities that may benefit your school we will also list them here.  Please check back from time to time for updates:

Target Field Trip Grants

Wells Fargo Field Trip Grants

ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program

The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants

The National Environmental Education Foundation Planet Connect Student Grants

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