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.

 

Celebrate Christmas and tradition at Pioneer Christmas

14005_276355199154925_7498213461081692748_nStep back in time and see how the ancestors of Shelby Township might have celebrated the holidays at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center this December. The Christmas festivities and merriment start at 11 a.m. on Dec. 5 and 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, located on 4101 River Bends Drive.

Come see the Pioneer Cabin, where you and your family can see how pioneers lived and decorated for the holidays in the 1800’s. The “Sisters of the Union” will give a tour of the cabin once inside. Test your knowledge of old-time traditions and artifacts in a sit-down program. You can also sample delicious homemade cookies and drink tasty hot coco.

You and your family can also create old-fashioned ornaments from natural and artificial materials. Please note that the ornament sessions have limited seating. Please sign up for a session as soon as you enter the Center in order to ensure that you have a chance to attend.  If the weather permits, you can also enjoy the natural beauty of the season with a fun wagon ride with your family.

The Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center will also be hosting a bake sale, used book sale, and a used item sale. All proceeds will go to the Friends of Shadbush, which will help with future program funding.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a walk in event, so pre-registration needed. Entrance fee is $2 per person, per day up to four people. Additional family members are $1 extra, this fee excludes large groups.

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“Egg-Citing” event at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

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Are you ready for an “EGG”-CITING weekend? This Sunday, March 29, the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center will be hosting “Egg”citing Easter!

Children will delight in all the activities. You can decorate eggs (bring 6 hard boiled eggs), go on an Easter egg hunt, decorate an Easter bag, and have you picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Cost is $4.00 per participating child, and pre-registration/pre-payment is recommended.