The Rapidian

blandford nature center

Holiday Volunteer Events!

by (Heart of West M...)

Submitted 12-02-2011 under NONPROFITS

There's nothing quite like volunteering to get you into the holiday spirit. And there's nothing like the holidays to bring you lots of fun ways to volunteer! Click here to read about all of them! There's something for everyone: For the...

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Rock-Hounds Downtown

by (mdiamond)

Submitted 08-15-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

As dozens of fresh faces and old gathered in the Amway Grand Hotel Lobby last Thursday evening, Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray giggled with excitement. “I can’t believe the turnout!” A geologist with Blandford Nature Center, Dr. Dockeray...

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Grand Rapids area grade schoolers help prove how Native Americans made maple sugar

by (mgryczan)

Submitted 06-23-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Students of Blandford School and Goodwillie Environmental School helped a research team to figure out the historically accurate way that Native Americans may have made maple sugar from tree sap, and the findings may change the way that hundreds of...

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Wild, weedy & edible: the infamous garlic mustard

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 04-28-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

What is the adage, "A weed is a plant that is growing where you don't want it?" Abundant in areas of disturbed soil - at the forest's edge, along roadsides, and on river floodplains, the garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is...

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The Local Beet: Local maple syrup *Sugarbush* events cooking up sweet deliciousness

by (LisaRoseGR)

Submitted 03-04-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

It's that time of year. While the land around us continues to be covered with a deep blanket of snow, there's a shift in the trees. With warmer days and cold, clear nights, the trees stretch their hibernating limbs and the sap starts to flow. ...

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