Registered Volunteers

How Do I Become a Blandford Volunteer?

Follow the steps below to become a registered Blandford Volunteer. Once this process is completed, you will be able to volunteer for any department or event within Blandford!

  • Fill out a Volunteer Application (volunteers under 18 years old must also have their parent/guardian sign the application)
  • Consent to background checks

Please send the forms above to our Volunteer Manager at:

Blandford Nature Center
Attn: Volunteer Manager
1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

OR

Volunteer Manager
Subject: Volunteer Application
volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org

Since we work with many different groups and have several community partnerships, it is a requirement that all of our weekly and monthly volunteers are registered officially with Blandford Nature Center.

Please note that it typically takes at least 2 weeks to process volunteer applications.

Once your Volunteer Application (and Parental Permission signature if applicable) are submitted to our Volunteer Manager, we use your provided information to conduct 3 unique background checks:

  • OTIS (Offender Tracking Information System)
  • PSOR (Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry)
  • ICHAT (Internet Criminal History Access Tool)

Once you have cleared those background checks, you will receive an email from our Volunteer Manager welcoming you as a Blandford Volunteer and will be added to our monthly Volunteer Newsletters: Volunteer in Nature!

Registered Volunteers can sign up for any of the opportunities included in the monthly Volunteer Newsletters. If you are interested in getting involved on a more regular basis, please let our Volunteer Manager know and if we have any current openings, you will be invited for a training session.

Volunteers are self-directed by their passion of nature and giving back to their community. After your follow-up email, it is up to you to determine when you’d like to volunteer and for which projects, departments, or events.

You can view upcoming volunteer opportunities on our Community Calendar. If you have questions or need more information, please contact our Volunteer Manager at volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org or 616-735-6240 ext. 104.

Below are a few different areas that a Registered Volunteer can help out around Blandford.

  • Feeding the wildlife
  • Cleaning of the Wildlife Education Center and Wildlife Trail
  • Providing enrichment to the wildlife

We currently have no openings for Wildlife Volunteers. Due to the training and resources for volunteers in this area, we require that all Wildlife Volunteers must commit a minimum of 8 months of volunteering and must be 18 years old or older.

  • Weeding
  • Washing produce
  • Cleaning farm facilities
  • Farm Work Days
  • Flower Power Crew Work Days

This is a seasonal opportunity, only available during the late spring to early fall.

  • Seasonal Camp Aide (ages 13-18)

Blandford provides Winter & Spring Break Camps, as well as Summer Camp.

To become a Camp Aide, you must fill out a Volunteer Application and participate in a Camp Aide Training.

This is a seasonal opportunity to help out in the Blandford Sugarhouse the month of March. Sugarhouse volunteers are required to go through a separate training to learn all about the maple syrup sugaring process.

If you are interested in volunteering in our Sugarhouse, please include that in your volunteer application.

  • Mulching trails
  • Removing invasive plants
  • Planting native plants
  • Harvesting seeds
  • Trimming branches along the trails
  • Eco-Stewardship Work Days
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Historic interpreter
  • Festival Station leader
  • Blacksmith
  • Catering/refreshment tending
  • Set-up/Clean-up and much more!

You do not need to be a Registered Volunteer to help at our Sugarbush Festival, Bands at Blandford Concert Series, or Harvest Festival!

  • Snowplowing
  • Mowing
  • Repairs
  • Facilities Upkeep

If you are a skilled trades-person and would like to voluntarily bring your skills and knowledge to help out around the Blandford property on a regular basis, becoming a Registered Volunteer is a great option!

  • Filing
  • Data entry
  • Sorting
  • Front desk support