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Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

Plan a field trip
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.

Nature Center Teaching Gardens

Enjoy our award-winning Teaching Gardens when you visit the center. The Pollinator Garden is a great way see just how important pollinating animals and insects are to plant life. The Herb Garden identifies the delicious herbs usually found in our kitchen. The Deer-Resistant Garden is a fenced area to keep out deer and demonstrate the impact those animals have on the ecosystem.


These beautiful and educational gardens are maintained by a crew of volunteers coordinated by dedicated Shelby Township resident, Dianne Granthen. Break out your camera to capture the beauty or just take a stroll and let nature find you - these gardens are a must-see.

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Make Learning Second Nature

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The History of River Bends Park and Shadbush Tract

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Earn Your Merit at the Nature Center