Frank A. Sharpe Jr. Wildlife Education Center
December Hours of Operation
Saturday-Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm
The Frank Sharpe Jr. Wildlife Education Center is located at Bur-Mil Park for the purpose of educating the public about wildlife and natural resources through programs and displays. Admission is free.
The Wildlife Education Center is housed in a renovated barn that has been on the property since the early 1900s. Julius W. Cone owned the original property, known as the Owl's Roost Farm and Poker Club. Later, the property became the home of wildlife and nature aficionado Frank Sharpe Jr., for whom the building is named. The Wildlife Education Center is a cooperative effort among the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Foundation, Guilford County, the City of Greensboro and private sponsors.
The Wildlife Center features 27 live animal exhibits, from snakes and rabbits to Iguanas and Bearded Dragons. A Children's Area provides a hands on learning area for toddlers and young children.
In the center's retail area, you can buy fishing passes for the ponds, trail map booklets, or fishing bait. You can also participate in the North Carolina Fishing Loan-a-Rod Program. For details about fishing laws in North Carolina, contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. The City's Trails and Greenways division headquarters is located inside the center's office area.
Environmental / Wildlife Classes
A variety of wildlife and environmental classes are taught to the public at the Wildlife Education Center. Bur-Mil Park participates in two series of free classes called Growing, the Green Way and Living, the Wildlife. This series was recently chosen to participate in the National League of Cities "City Showcase," a national conference which attracts city leaders from across the country to learn about new and innovative programming ideas.
Wild Birthday Parties
For a unique and fun birthday experience, come to the Wildlife Education Center. Our 'Wild' birthday parties are for children ages 5 and up. Get more information on planning your party.
The Frank Sharpe Jr. Wildlife Education Center classroom is available for rent during the center's normal operating hours and in the evening based on park closing times.
- Daily Rental Rates: $10 per hour
- Evening Rental Rates: $22 per hour
For more information on programs and classroom rentals, e-mail us or call 336-373-3819.
North Carolina Birding Trail
Bur-Mil Park is one of several stops along the NC Birding Trail. For information about which species of birds you may find at Bur-Mil Park and more information about the Birding Trail, visit the North Carolina Birding Trail's website.