Visit Us

Blandford believes families learn best through personal experience!

Plan Your Visit

Our location

1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Admission fee

Non-members: $5 per person
Members: FREE

Our hours

Visitor Center: Open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm
Trails: Open daily from dawn to dusk


Accessibility Information

Virtual Map

Explore Blandford Nature Center using our Virtual Map! There are no downloads or signups required and using this digital version will help us reduce waste from printing paper maps. The “blue dot” GPS capability that can be turned on when using the map on your mobile phone, so you can roam all 264 acres knowing exactly where you are. We also have videos, photos, and more information highlighting some of our favorite points of interest including our Wildlife Trail, Children’s Garden, and The Highlands so you can learn about these popular spots. If you would like to share your feedback about our virtual map, please fill out this brief survey. Thank you!

Upcoming events

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Blandford Farm

Blandford Farm

The Blandford Farm is a short walk west of the Visitor Center. We raise healthy farm animals and grow local, sustainable produce. With 2.5 acres of land, our farm has been growing over 200 different varieties of vegetables and educating families on local agriculture through farm-related programming since 2010.

Lady Bug

Land Conservancy of West Michigan and The Highlands

Blandford Nature Center and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan collaborated on the purchase of the 121-acre former Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids in the winter of 2017 with a vision to transform the property into a natural area for community recreation, nature preservation, and land conservation.

Learning Lab

Learning Lab

In 1986, the former General Store is modeled after old-fashioned general stores of the 19th & 20th centuries and was built with the help of staff and volunteers. In 2012, it was renamed the Learning Lab after being converted to classroom space to accommodate the growing need for educational programming.

Trail Maps

Blandford is a place where people of all ages can discover nature. See all that Blandford has to offer with this digital map of our trails, buildings and more.

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