Sponsor a Square Foot!

The Highlands

Sponsor a Square Foot!

The Highlands

Sponsor a Square Foot

How it Works

When you sponsor a symbolic square foot of The Highlands you help to ensure that all corners of the Highlands will be available for discovery for all visitors, forever.

Click on one of the squares below to sponsor that square. Each Square is symbolic and can represent one square foot or many, depending on the gift size ($25 = 1 square foot). After completing the form, your name will appear in your square along with the number of symbolic square feet you sponsored and your sponsorship will be added to the total.

Every square foot offers a world of discovery.

Note: We did it! With your help, we have successfully completed the Phase One campaign for The Highlands. If you would still like to sponsor a square foot, your donation will be used to help fund Phase Two.

Community Benefits

Bringing 121 acres of publicly accessible green space to Grand Rapids offers many benefits for our community.

  • Restoring Natural Habitat

    This property once provided an intersection of three distinct forest ecosystems and was home to prairie and wetlands. This history offers an enticing vision of how the land could be transformed if properly stewarded.

  • Inclusive Access

    With a main entrance right on the bus line, The Highlands will provide easy access to nature for a diverse urban population.

  • Increased Urban Tree Cover

    Tree cover improves air quality by filtering and cooling the surrounding air. This project lends significant support to the city of Grand Rapids' goal for 40 percent urban forest canopy cover.

  • Mental and Physical Health Benefits

    Studies have shown that interaction with nature improves mental and physical health. Increased exposure to nature offered by The Highlands will provide healthy outdoor activity to those who live, visit, work and play in Grand Rapids.

  • A Continuum of Education

    This property will greatly expand the types of programs Blandford can offer for elementary school students. Additionally, it will create service learning and field research opportunities for high school and college students, as well as volunteer and community programs for adults.

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