The mission of Briar Bush is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and protect nature by encouraging curiosity and scientific inquiry.
Long before it was an official nature center, this property was loved and appreciated for its beauty and serenity by people of all ages. Today, we honor the legacy of the Griscoms by inviting people of all ages to experience and enjoy the natural world in their very own backyard nature center.
The Griscoms felt so connected to nature on their honeymoon in this cabin in 1905 that they decided to stay. They devoted the rest of their lives to their love of birds and community. Scouts, school groups, and bird watchers alike were invited into their home. Florence and Everett knew involving their community was the key to conserving the land and birds they loved. After their passing, those touched by the Griscoms rallied together to form Briar Bush Nature Center, and Florence and Everett’s message lives on today. Mr. and Mrs. Griscom observe a thrush on a feeder designed by Everett. A Girl Scout Troop observes birds from the Griscom cabin in 1952. Florence hangs horse hair from azaleas for birds to use in their nests (circa 1920).