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82 Blandford Nature CenterSouthern Lower Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

  forest        creek through woods  
Photos: © Phil Seng

This site contains a diverse mixture of rolling hardwood forest, streams, ponds, wetlands, and old farm fields just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Hiking trails wind throughout all of the habitats found on this 143-acre preserve. Portions of the trail are barrier free.

Wildlife Viewing

American toads are mostly nocturnal (active at night), burying themselves in soil or vegetation during the day and hunting worms and insects at night.
Photo: MI DNR

A great place to see birds, mammals, and amphibians of Michigan from groomed trails and boardwalks traversing a hardwood forest and former farmland. An observation deck overlooks a woodland stream in a ravine, and a tall observation tower gives a bird's eye view of a pond and wetlands. Blandford staff often offer guided walks to see owls, bats, frogs, toads, turtles, snakes, and animal tracks. The evening "Owl Prowls" are very popular in the fall. Forested portions of the preserve offer magnificent wildflower viewing, including trilliums, while a chorus of frogs and spring peepers add charming background music. Blandford also has an active wildlife rehabilitation clinic, with many permanent wild residents on public display in outside enclosures, including owls, turkey vultures, a fox, and more.


From US-131 in Grand Rapids, take the Leonard Street exit and travel west for about 3-1/2 miles to Hillburn. Turn right (north) on Hillburn to reach the nature center at the end of the street.

Phone: 616-735-6240

FAX: 616-735-6255

Size: 143 acres

Closest Town: Grand Rapids

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