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Upcoming events at Blandford Nature Center

Upcoming events at Blandford Nature Center

July 19 (6PM to 7:30PM, $5/$6)
Creepy... Crawly... Slimy... Marsh Critters?!?
Join us as we head out to investigate those creepy, crawly wetland and terrestrial critters.  We will provide real scientific investigation tools, all you have to do is bring your curiosity.  Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

August 2 (6PM to 7:30PM, $5/$6)
Story Time Hike: Over in the Meadow
Join a Blandford Naturalist as we read this story about a beautiful meadow. After the story we will discover treasures in Blandford's meadow equipped with binoculars,magnifying boxes, and other discovery tools. Geared for children under 7.

August 9 (6PM to 7:30PM, $5/$6)
All About Birds
Join Blandford Day Camp Staff as we get outdoors and look for Michigan Birds. Binoculars are available on a first-come first-served basis. This is a great program for the whole family!

Blandford Nature Center - Mid-year Appeal

Blandford Nature Center - Mid-year Appeal

From: http://blandfordnaturecenter.org

We hope you have been visiting us regularly to see the ongoing "trail blazing" occurring at Blandford. We continue with the wet meadow restoration, improving the condition of our trails, and expanding our farm.

As promised in our Case Statement, we are working hard to improve three facets of Blandford: educational opportunities, experiential opportunities, and sustainable agriculture. You'll see details and updates on all these areas within this newsletter.

Blandford Nature Center - Letter from Board President

Blandford Nature Center - Letter from Board President

From: http://blandfordnaturecenter.org

I am pleased and feel privileged to be the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Blandford Nature Center. Blandford has an energetic and dedicated staff, a superb Executive Director and a rapidly increasing number of enthusiastic and capable volunteers. The changes at Blandford during the last three years since I became a member of the Blandford Board of Directors, are numerous, highly significant and impressive. These are changes, I must emphasize, for which I am not entitled any credit.

My wife Judy and I have lived in the Grand Rapids area for 38 years. We raised our three children here, all of whom have left the nest. Although we visited Blandford a number of times with our children before I joined the Blandford Board of Directors in February 2009, I had never met the incomparable Mary Jane Dockery.

A simple way to stay Cool in the hot weather

A simple way to stay Cool in the hot weather

Recently we have heard numerous people tell us how to avoid heat exhaustion with all the high temperatures we have been having. It’s true that these high temps have not been around since the late 1980’s.

One thing I thought of, as a hint for keeping cool for so many people, whether they are young or older, is to partially fill a bucket, basin, or anything that will hold  water. Fill the container part way, sit down and put your feet into the water. Everyone knows that when your feet are either too hot or too cold, your whole body also feels just that way.

This is a quick and inexpensive way to cool down. Give it a try!

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Nothing has a greater impact on new tree survival than adequate watering. In the past two years the City of Grand Rapids has planted over 1,600 trees which are in need of watering this summer. The City is working hard to keep up with its current watering practices and will continue to make improvements, but as the temperature continues to rise so does the need for more watering to help keep these trees healthy.

Summer Rain Barrel Workshops

Summer Rain Barrel Workshops

West Michigan Environmental Action Council will be presenting a series of rain barrel workshops coming up this summer. The dates for June and July are below. Please check back for other workshops that might be scheduled during June and July!

Saturday June 16, at 660 Market SW at 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday June 27, Treehuggers (947 Wealthy St. S.E.) at 7:00 P.M.

Saturday July 21, at 660 Market SW at 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday July 25, Treehuggers (947 Wealthy St. S.E.) at 7:00 P.M.

The cost of the workshop is $20 dollars per rain barrel. You are welcome to purchase multiple barrels.

Click here to register.

Opossum and the Peeper: Story Time Hike or Marsh Madness

Opossum and the Peeper: Story Time Hike or Marsh Madness

RSVP to join this fun family Story Time Hike on May 24 from 5pm to 6:30pm at Blandford Nature Center located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW. in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On this adventure, a Blandford Naturalist reads the story about Opossum & his friends investigating the sounds of spring. This family program is perfect for the little ones, birth to 7 years old but is limited to 30 people. Cost is $5 for Members & $6 for Non-members.

Make reservations to take part in March Madness to experience the Blandford Nature Center marsh on May 26 from 2pm to 3pm, which is habitat for many creatures that come alive as the sun goes down. There will be an opportunity to discover the small creatures in waters on this property and check out the birds-eye view on Timpson Tower. This is a family program for 7 years & older but limited to 30 people.