On this week’s episode we hear from Annoesjka Steinman, Executive Director of the Blandford Nature Center, as she discusses what makes Blandford unique and talks about the various education programs offered this summer.
The Blandford Nature Center is one of Grand Rapids hidden treasures. Located on the West Side of Grand Rapids, Blandford is a 143-acre natural area where visitors come to engage in any number of outdoor activities. There are hiking trails, a wetlands area, and even a community garden.
This summer, Blandford will host a variety of events and programs aimed at exposing children and families to the wonders of the natural world around them, including a marsh exploration, a story-time hike and a bird watching tour. For more independent-minded guests, Blandford also provides themed backpacks filled with books, tools and resources that families can use to explore the nature center on their own, free of charge.
Check out their website for a full list of programs.
“It’s pretty unheard of to have such a large park, essentially, that’s not just a park. It’s a place to go for learning as well as recreation,” said Steinman, “What we do is so critical in the long-term because we are trying to engage kids who generally have no exposure to nature and allow them to have the opportunity where they have such a great experience not only outdoors, but connecting with nature, that they become the next generation of stewards.”
Listen to the full episode here.
“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.