The Bert Miller Nature Club is a charitable organization formed in January of 1995 by a group of people interested in sharing their enthusiasm for nature. Earl Plato, a local naturalist and history buff was the founding president. The Club is named after a well-known naturalist and resident of Fort Erie, Bert Miller, whose passion inspired all those who participated in his many rambles throughout the Niagara Peninsula. Since its inception, the Bert Miller Nature Club has been committed to preserving, protecting, restoring and improving the natural environment of the Niagara Peninsula. Through monthly meetings, field outings and advocacy activities, the Club strives to foster an understanding and awareness of our natural heritage and its value in enhancing the quality of life. It also promotes cooperation with other organizations having similar interests.
In conjunction with the Town of Fort Erie, the BMNC maintains stewardship of the Shagbark Nature Park, a rehabilitated natural area that features a woodland with marked trails and interpretive signage, a meadow containing native plantings and a chimney swift tower. The Park is located on Burleigh Rd between Nigh and Dominion Roads in Ridgeway.
Indoor meetings are held the third Monday of the month, September through June and are open to the general public. Field outings are scheduled periodically. Please visit our website, www.bertmillernatureclub.org for more information on our club and a complete list of activities.