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Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

Appreciating nature is at the core of everything we do at the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center. It is paramount that we make sure we safeguard our environment so future generations can enjoy it as well. This is why we have many programs that promote conservation, recycling and other steps you can take here and at home to promote an environmentally- friendly lifestyle. Follow the links below for more information of some of our programs, educational resources and facilities to help us ensure our township’s and planet’s continued well-being.

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.

Rethink Food Waste with the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center

In the United States alone, 31 percent of the food produced across the country is wasted at the retail or consumer level. That means that, annually, we discard 133 billion pounds of food that is perfectly good to eat. Changes that you and your friends can make in your homes and communities will go a long way toward limiting food waste.

Raising recycling awareness through education

Though a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and working with Recycle, Michigan, the Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center developed a series of informative educational resources to highlight the environmental impact of modern life. Whether it is water use, composting or reducing energy consumption, these resources show how small, everyday changes in our lives can have lasting impacts on the planet. Download the educational posters below to share with your class, friends or families.


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Upcycling: Re-purposing with a Purpose

Do you know where water comes from?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Why conserve energy?

Who made all this dirt?

Compost - A Pile of Fun

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Disposable Water Bottles  

Where are your plastic bags going?