Learn How to Make Maple Syrup at the Nature Center

The Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center is hosting their annual Maple Syrup Program in 4 separate sessions on Saturday, April 9 at 11:00am, Noon, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.

This hands-on educational program will teach you and your family about the natural maple-making process. You will learn how the sugar “gets into” the tree, how to recognize a maple tree, and about the tapping process; there will also be an maplesyrup02opportunity to use an old fashioned brace and bit, but, out of respect to the local nature, the exercise will not be done using a real tree.

At the end of the program, participants will gather around a fire to experience the “boiling down” process which makes the syrup. Then, visitors will be served a bowl of ice cream with a warm maple syrup topping.

Pre-registration is required for this event and must be done in person. The cost is $3 per person age 4 and up.  Due to the popularity of this event, early registration and payment is recommended!

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Easter Fun in Shelby

mascot-easter-bunny-costumeThe Easter Bunny is on his way to Shelby Township! Come meet the floppy-eared hare at any one of our “egg-citing” events planned for the weekend before Easter.

Easter Bunny Lunch at the Shelby Community Center: Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 am. Join the Easter Bunny and a surprise entertainer for a pizza/salad lunch. Remember to bring your cameras and register for this event! Fee, per person, for ages 2 & up: $7 for residents and $12 for non-residents.

Easter Egg Scramble at River Bends Park: Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 pm for ages 3-5 and 2:00 pm for ages 6-10. A truly festive afternoon will start with an egg hunt, kids will “scramble” to find all the goodie-filled eggs, as well as special “Golden Eggs” that will have a token for a special gift courtesy of Genisys Credit Union. Bring your own basket for egg collection! This is an outdoor, rain or shine, event with no registration and no payment required.

“Egg”citing Easter at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center: Sunday, March 20 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. This event will feature an egg hunt, Easter bag and egg decorating activities, and a chance to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Remember to register for this event and bring 6 hard-boiled eggs for decorating! Fee is $4 per participating child.

“Backpacking 101” at the Nature Center

hikingExperienced hiker Ken Cazabon will give a basic introduction to backpacking on Saturday, February 27 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center.

This free, walk-in only program will cover the best practices for hiking and backpacking, including: clothing, footwear, food types and preparation, various styles of packs in terms of weight capacity and proper loading, and much more.

Ken Cazabon is an experienced hiker who has done extensive backpacking in areas such as Hocking Hills, Manistee National Forest, Porcupine Mountains/Lake of the Clouds, as well as multiple trips to Isle Royale National Park.

A Question and Answer session will follow the presentation.

Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center
4101 River Bends Drive
Shelby Twp, MI 48317

Meet Exotic Animals, Big and Small, at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

snaaaakesOn Sunday, March 6 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center will be hosting an Exotic Animal Day, featuring small lizards, snakes, and tarantulas at 11:30 am. A “petting zoo” will also be available during this time, including rabbits, chickens, and other fluffy and feathered friends for those who are wary of the crawly and slithery.

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At 1:00 pm, Naturalist, Dan Farmer will present a live animal program focusing on spiders, both exotic and native to Michigan. At 2:00 pm, you will have a chance to meet larger creatures, including snapping turtles, an American Alligator, snakes, and lizards. You will also be introduced to some exotic pets and get information on which ones are suitable for your lifestyle, and which ones are not. Also covered is basic information about exotic animal care. Many of these pets will be available to touch or hold.

Naturalist and Educator Randy Baker will be the guest presenter for this program. He will be bringing some of his own animals, ones that are not normally seen at the nature center.

As always, cameras are welcome.

Preregistration is available for the first 60 patrons (via WebTrac), guaranteeing you a seat. Walk-ins are limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.

Fees: $3 per person ages 4 and up

Winter Fest and Cookout at the Nature Center

Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors this winter season?

Head down to the River Bends Park at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center for a variety of winter festivities designed for families with children ages 4 and up this Saturday, January 30 (11:00am-4:00pm). A plethora of activities will be offered for your enjoyment: a winter wildwinterfestlife walk, wildlife programs, crafts, and games. Programs will showcase mammals in winter, as well as skulls, skins, scat, and live animals.

For the lunchtime cookout (11:00am-12:30pm), please bring hot dogs, drinks, chips, and other snacks to enjoy. The cookout will be followed by a marshmallow roast over a roaring bonfire.

Some games and activities will be snow dependent, and it certainly will be cold, so dress accordingly!

Cross country skis are welcome, but be cautioned that the trails are not groomed.

No registration is required, this is a walk-in only event. However, if you are part of a large group, or plan to bring a large group (such as scouts or other youth organizations), we do ask that you call in advance.

BURGESS-SHADBUSH NATURE CENTER
4101 River Bends Drive
Shelby Township, Michigan, 48317
In RIVER BENDS PARK
At Ryan Rd. & Hamlin Rd. Entrance

For more information, please contact the Nature Center at (586)-323-2478.

 

Haunted Nature Center promises fun frights for kids

13241_267318786725233_7859375211051312218_n Ghosts and ghouls are lurking at Shadbush Nature Center, ready to show any visitors a night of fun and frights. Parents and kids are invited to join in some Halloween-themed fun starting 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24 at the Burgress-Shadbush Nature Center located on 4101 River Bends Drive.

The Nature Center will be completely decorated to match the spooky theme of the event. This creepy-crawly event will have fun costumed characters handing out candy to any trick-or-treaters that stop by, so bring a trick or treat bag. Kids are encouraged and welcomed to dress in their best costumes for this event. Various animals from the Shadbush Nature Center will be shown to the kids to add a more haunting allure to the various attractions.

“It is family oriented and spooky, but not scary,” Director Joe Youngblood said. “We encourage parents to walk through if their kids are really nervous.”

The entire Burgress-Shadbush Nature Center will be decorated to evoke the more playful and fun side of Halloween. However, if there are concerns about the event being too frightening for your child, it is recommended that one parent enter the attraction before their child does, and see if it would be frightening or not. Images of last year’s event, along with a video of a previous Haunted Nature Center will also be provided below as a guide for parents.

Children must be accompanied by a paid adult; the event is two dollars per person above the age of three. Pre-registration is not available, only walk-ins. Last admission is at 7:30 pm.

Haunted Nature Center 2011

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