Who We Are!
Burroughs Nature Club was founded in 1916 and named after John Burroughs (1837-1921), the famous Hudson River Valley author whose popular books inspired many a turn-of-the-century naturalist. The Burroughs Nature Club of Willoughby was founded by outstanding Cleveland area men (scientists, scholars, naturalists and photographers) who shared a common love of hiking, wildlife watching and other investigations of the natural world. They also enjoyed the camaraderie of a good hike together in the “wilds’ of Lake County. The Burroughs Nature Club remains one of the oldest such nature clubs in the nation.
Burroughs Club also participates in the annual Christmas Bird Count for the Willoughby region.
In May, the traditional “Pallister May Hike” climaxes our year.
The Annual Dues for Burroughs Nature Club ($10.00 per person, $15. per family) covers only a portion of our annual expenses. We are most grateful to the many members who subscribe as Sustaining Members by donating $25 or more annually. Membership information is available elsewhere on this web site.
The fledgling Great Horned Owl on our program cover has achieved “mascot status” for our organization. The photo was taken by C. M. Shipman, an early member and longtime President of Burroughs Nature Club. This wide eyed little owl is perhaps a symbol for the ongoing curiosity of our members and our fondness for the intrigues of the natural world.
This year’s program titles and speakers are listed on this website, with details appearing on the monthly meeting notice which will be posted as they become available. We hope that this selection of stimulating speakers and topics will entertain and inform you that you will be inspired to return each month and invite your friends to attend as well.
We celebrated our 100th year in 2016! Our Burroughs Nature Club continues to extend the invitation to membership to all who share a common interest in the study and enjoyment of nature and conservation of natural resources.
Wonderfully Rustic Bench Donation!
In case you haven't already seen it, the John Burroughs Association Facebook page has a 15-minute video clip that includes snippets of comments made by Joan Burroughs, Ken Posner, Dr. Jeff Wheeler, Pat Biliter and Dick Kennelly. Look for May 21, 2017 - 'Slabsides Day Open-house'.
This wonderfully rustic bench was donated to the John Burroughs Association by the Burroughs Nature Club of Willoughby. The unveiling took place May 20, 2017 as part of the John Burroughs Association's Spring Slabsides Day Annual Celebration. The bench is installed on the site of John Burroughs's Slabsides Cabin located on the premises of the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary, 216 Floyd Ackert Road, West Park, NY 12493.
Go see it!
Meetings are held monthly on Friday evenings September through April in the lower level reception hall of Willoughby United Methodist Church in Downtown Willoughby. Each program, is preceded by an informal family-style dinner “catered by Sophie” and offered at $9.00 adult/$4.50 children. Firm reservations are required for the popular dinner before the meetings, but anyone is welcome to attend the program without advance reservation. The program itself begins after dinner.
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Dinner @ 6:30 PM
Program @ 7:30 PM
Nature Sightings (a 100 year tradition)
Special Guest Speaker