Nature Center

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Nature Center Programs

Satisfy your curiosity about the natural world at the Sterling Heights Nature Center. Live reptiles and amphibians are displayed along with mounted birds and mammals found in Sterling Heights. Touch tables give children a hands-on chance to investigate nature. The center offers nature films, naturalist lectures, guided nature walks, children's nature classes and special family events to interest both young and old.
Nature Center Class
Nature Center Kids Class

Birthday Parties at the Nature Center

The Nature Center hosts parties on Saturdays for up to twenty children. Included in the cost are a live amphibian/reptile presentation and an indoor scavenger hunt. A deposit of $20 is required to secure your date. For more information, please call the Nature Center at (586) 446-2710.


  • $122 for residents
  • $159 for non-residents
Kid blowing out birthday candles

Report Interesting Sightings

If you see a fox, beaver, coyote or any other interesting animals or birds in Sterling Heights, please call the Nature Center.

Adopt An Animal

Nature Center Frog
Nature Center Snake
Nature Center Turtles
The Adopt-An-Animal program benefits the animals directly with proceeds going toward the care of the native Michigan animals at the Sterling Heights Nature Center. You can help by supporting an animal for one year through the Adopt-an-Animal program. The animal you choose will remain at the Nature Center, receiving proper care and enjoying the many visitors!

Joys of Parenthood

By adopting an animal at the Sterling Heights Nature Center, you can enjoy animal parenthood without all the work. Our naturalist will provide the special diet, environment, and care that your animal requires. You’ll have the enjoyment of knowing that you are helping to support your selected animal at the Sterling Heights Nature Center.

$50 Sponsorship
  • A fact sheet about your animal
  • A thank you letter
$100 Sponsorship
  • Same as above
  • You’ll receive a personalized certificate of adoption
  • A 5”x7” photograph of your animal
$150 Sponsorship
  • Same as above
  • Naming of the animal for 1 year
  • Recognition on our City of Sterling Heights website

Who Can Be a Parent?

Any individual, organization, business, school, or club can adopt an animal. Call the Nature Center at (586) 446-2710 to adopt a critter today!

Canoe/Kayaking Information

SHNC Canoe Kayaking Programs Summer 2019

Archery Information

SHNC Archery Programs Summer 2019