SOLD OUT! Mini Maple Event

SOLD OUT! Mini Maple Event | Session 1
Registration Begins
2/18/2021 4:00 PM
Last Day To Register
3/26/2021 12:00 PM
Age Requirement
Birthdate cannot be after 2/27/2021
1715 Hillburn Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504, US
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It’s maple syrup season! Join us for a fun event highlighted by a guided tour of our Sugarbush Trail. You’ll learn to identify the unique characteristics of a maple tree and how to tap a tree. We’ll explore historic pioneer and Native American sugaring techniques and end the tour with a demonstration peering into Blandford's Sugarhouse!

This fun-filled morning will also include a wildlife presentation, blacksmith demonstrations, a take home craft and time for treats!

This is a pre-sale event with specific tour and wildlife show times for participants. You will be required to attend the Sugarbush Tour and Wildlife Presentation times you purchase.

Please see your session times and details below:

Session 1

10am – 11am | Sugarbush Tour with an Environmental Educator

This tour will take place outdoors. Participants will be required to hike along an uneven, mulched trail. All tour times will include no more than 10 participants 1 Educator. The tour will begin on time, so please plan to arrive a little early.

11am – 12pm | Free Time to do crafts in the Schoolhouse or Learning Lab, watch a live blacksmith demonstration in the forge, enjoy a hot coffee or hot cocoa and donut, visit our Wildlife Ambassadors in the Wildlife Education Center, and check out our Gift Shop in the Mary Jane Dockeray Visitor Center where we’ll be selling Blandford Maple Syrup, maple candies and more!

Only 10 participants 1-2 Volunteers will be allowed in the various Historical Buildings and Visitor Center at a time to allow for social distancing between families. The same crafts will be taking place in both the Learning Lab and the Schoolhouse. If one building is at capacity, there should be room available in the other buildings at that time.

12pm – 12:30pm | Wildlife Presentation in the Auditorium.

All Wildlife Presentations will include 20 participants 2 Wildlife Educators inside the Auditorium. Participants will be seated at family tables socially distanced from surrounding tables. The show will begin on time, so please plan to arrive a little early.

**Please keep in mind you may only attend your ticketed Sugarbush Tour and Wildlife Presentation times. If for any reason you are unable to make it to your ticketed time slots, you will not be able to join other times slots.

  • Members: $12
  • Non-Members: $16
  • 2 and Under: Free (registration still required)

This program is intended for all ages including families and children.


  • Please Note: This program will have an indoor portion for the safety and comfort of our animals, along with indoor craft time and a guided outdoor hike on our Sugarbush Trail. In the event of severe weather, the entire program will be cancelled and participants will be notified of their refund options. All participants will be required to wear masks, and groups will be socially distanced by family units.


  • Covid-19 Information: All staff and participants are required to wear approved face masks for the duration of the program, both indoors and outdoors. Groups will be socially distanced based on registration information, as necessary. Blandford Staff will explain other COVID-19 policies on site as needed. Blandford Nature Center is not able to supply participants with face masks at this time. More information on our COVID-19 policies and procedures can be found online at
$12.00 per Member
$16.00 per Non-Member
Cancellation Policy
Notice must be received at least 7 business days before the scheduled program to receive a 75% refund. There will be no refunds issued after that time. All Community Programs will be held unless there is severe weather. Please come prepared for the elements. All Community Programs will have a registrant minimum. If the minimum is not met, you will be notified by Blandford Nature Center and notified of your refund options.

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