Blacksmith 101 - Pioneer Holiday at the Forge

Blacksmith 101 - Pioneer Holiday at the Forge
Registration Begins
9/16/2022 12:00 PM
Last Day To Register
12/9/2022 12:00 PM
Age Requirement
Birthdate must be between 12/11/1923 and 12/10/2004
1715 Hillburn Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504, US
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Join our experienced blacksmith in the forge this holiday season to create an icicle or candy cane ornament! Participants will learn basic forge safety and metal smithing skills and be able to create from start to finish their own holiday ornament. No experience is required. This program is for ages 18+. Blandford Nature Center will provide safety equipment including gloves, ear and eye protection. 

Member: $100.00
Non-Member: $120.00

This program is for ages 18 and up only.

Registration closes on December 9, 2022 at 12pm. Please call Visitor Services at 616-735-6240 for more information if you are trying register after this time. 

Please Note: This program will be held indoors. It is recommended to dress for the weather - our forge is inside an unheated, drafty building. Long shirts and pants and heavy duty, closed-toe shoes are also recommended for your safety. We suggest non-synthetic clothing for protection from sparks. If you do not have non-synthetic clothing, we can provide a leather apron. Please also bring a water bottle with you.

COVID-19 Information: Starting March 14, 2022, Blandford Nature Center no longer requires masks indoors or outdoors for staff, general visitors, or program participants. We continue to monitor local COVID rates and may reinstate masking requirements for staff, general visitors, and program participants of all ages, regardless of vaccination status, when community health concerns rise. If you have any questions about our COVID policies and procedures for programs, please contact our Program Manager at 616-735-6240 or email

$100.00 per Member
$120.00 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. Due to processing fees, full refunds are not available. 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 contacted by Blandford Nature Center and notified of your refund options.

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