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To See the Masked Bandit...Go to John Ball Zoo!!


Quiz question...What is North America's most endangered animal species? The answer...the north american black-footed-ferret?

To help in the efforts to return these creatures to the wild, John Ball Zoo will be presenting the movie..RETURN OF THE PRAIRIE BANDIT.

Also, there will be a question and answer session with Travis Livieri of Prairie Wildlife Research. The event takes place in the Ballroom on

the top level of the administration building Tuesday November 29th, 2011 at 6:30 pm. Best of all the event is totally free!


Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves  the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Co

November events at the Blandford Nature Center

November events at the Blandford Nature Center

Wood Fire Cooking (and tasting) - November 5, 12:30 - 2:00

Join us as we cook a three course dinner- pioneer style. We will be using our wood stove and the open fire for this cooking demonstration. Sampling is encouraged!  $5 per person, best for ages 7 and older.


Day Hiking 101 - November 10, 5:00 to 6:30

Day-long hikes are great adventure but require planning and packing to ensure safety.  Join us as we talk about what to pack to make the most out of your day trekking adventures. We'll hit the trails with a Blandford naturalist for a brief hike and share more safety tips.  $3 per person, all ages welcome.


Kids Story Time and hike - November 19, 12:30 - 2:00

For young kids.  We'll share a story all about hibernation, play games and take a short hike in the woods looking for signs of animal hibernation.  $3 per person.

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

What’s in your medicine cabinet?  Do you have bottles of old medication?  Flushing the pills down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.  There is another way to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs in Kent County.

On October 28, 2011, from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 701 Ball Ave NE.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

This effort is part of the Nationwide Prescription Drug "Take-Back” Day.

Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

The leaves are nearing their peak color in West Michigan.  You don’t have to go far to catch the fall colors.  One beautiful tour starts in Grand Rapids and takes you through Rockford, Cedars Springs and Coopersville.

Color Tour Directions Starting from Grand Rapids

North on East Beltline (M-44), turns into Northland Dr through Rockford to Cedar Springs. West on M-46, south on CR-B35 (Ravenna Rd) through Ravenna to Coopersville. Left on Randall Rd, right on 48th Ave. I-96 east back to Grand Rapids.

There are 25 other color tour routes detailed at the West Michigan Tourism Association web site:


Falling Leaves at Blandford Nature Center

Falling Leaves at Blandford Nature Center

Saturday, October 8, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Take a hike through the glorious autumn woods to learn about tree identification. Leaf shapes, bark texture and branching patterns will help us discover the species of the forest. Along the way, we will collect some colorful leaves to make a natural mosaic inspired by the autumn beauty.

$3 per person.

In order to reserve your spot, please call 735.6240, or email katie@blandfordnaturecenter.org. Due to the nature of Facebook RSVPs, we cannot reserve your space unless you call or email us.

Visit http://blandfordnaturecenter.org/ for additional information.