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Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

In continuing legacy of its founder and namesake Jo Burgess, the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center provides nature-related experiences and activities to help visitors of all ages develop and rekindle an awareness and appreciation for the natural world around them.

You can hold a special birthday party at Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center for your child. The party can include a chance to touch, hold, and be photographed with some live animals. It also includes our popular nature walk (weather permitting). Your reservation will include the use of our multi-use room for 4 hours. This rooms holds about 24 total adults and children. You bring decorations, food, table covers, cake, and party favors. Parties are available select days, (typically Saturday or Sunday afternoons), when other Nature Center events don't conflict. The fee is $120 for Shelby residents and $145 non-residents. The reservation is confirmed when payment is made. You can register in person at the center with cash or check. Call Shadbush at (586) 323-2478 for more details.

The Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center welcomes individual scouting groups, school groups, and organizations to schedule programs with us.  All ages are welcome, and we are excited to plan an event suited to your wishes.  We invite you to contact the Nature Center for a listing of topics that we offer or to tailor a program to badge, classroom, or other learning requirements.  At least one adult leader is required for every 6 youth attending the program.  Please contact the Nature Center for details and availability.

Interested in adopting an animal? This is a great way to introduce to your child what it means to care for an animal. Your donation will help fund animal care and unexpected expenses such as vet bills. As part of the adoption, the adopter’s name will go on a list of contributors and put on display around the Nature Center. Please contact a member of the Nature Center Staff for further details and to sign up for an adoption today.

While this list is not all-inclusive, there are many ways to help support the work and education of our Nature Center. Please contact the Nature Center Coordinator to discuss your donation further. 

Financial Support
Adopting an Animal, supporting Nature Center Programs and Events, and your financial contributions to our donation bin are all great ways to help us defray our costs. Donations of Amazon or local pet store gift cards-even with a partial balance also go a long way to assist in Nature Center upkeep.

Gifts In Kind 
Donate new or gently-used goods or services that would benefit the Nature Center’s cause. Animal Care items, mounted specimens, live specimens, and natural material exhibits are always a good fit, as are Taxidermy and Veterinary services.

Planned Giving
Leave a lasting impression by including the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center in your will, living trust, or by naming us as a beneficiary on your insurance policies.

Recycle at the Nature Center 
Help the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center raise funds for Animal Care & Programming!Use the Paper Retriever Dumpster located near the River Bends Shooting Range.

Parks, Recreation & Maintenance Director Joe Youngblood
Nature Center Coordinator Jim Gammicchia
Assistant Nature Interpreter Megan English

Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center
4101 River Bends Drive

Shelby Township, Michigan 48317
Phone: 586-323-2478  
Fax: 586-323-2479


Monday           Closed
Tuesday          Closed

Wednesday      10 AM - 6 PM 

Thursday          10 AM - 6 PM 

Friday               10 AM - 6 PM 

Saturday           10 AM - 6 PM 

Sunday             Noon - 5 PM

Jo Burgess