The Red Oaks Nature Center is part of Red Oaks County Park which also includes a golf course, waterpark, dog park and soccer complex. View our updated park map!
Nestled in a unique 38-acre oasis of rich natural habitat in the midst of a thriving urban area, the nature center’s 2,400 square-foot log cabin building features seasonal displays in a cozy atmosphere.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation began operation and management of the Red Oaks Nature Center on Oct. 1, 2012. Formerly the Madison Heights Nature Center, the facility is located in the George W. Suarez Friendship Woods on Hales Road in Madison Heights.
In keeping with Oakland County Parks and Recreation’s comprehensive nature education philosophy, the Red Oaks Nature Center hosts myriad public programs facilitated by trained naturalists and volunteers.
2014 Summer Nature Education Programs
The nature center also offers:
- Field Trips
Nature Interpretive Programs
Exhibits including live native animals
Auditorium/large classroom and meeting areas
Deck leading to a paved nature trail
A pond with low waterfall at the entrance provides a water source for local wildlife
Named after long-time Madison Heights mayor and Oakland County commissioner, the George W. Suarez Friendship Woods offers a 1.3-mile paved trail in a Michigan Natural Features Inventory Priority Three Conservation Area. Visitors will find:
- More than 45 tree and shrub species
- Scattered vernal ponds
- Open shrubby and grassy clearings
- Native wildlife including deer, cottontail rabbits, squirrels,
raccoons, shrews, bats and a wide variety of birds
To volunteer at the nature center, call 248-975-9717.
Vehicle permit required for parking; can be purchased at the Red Oaks Nature Center, Red Oaks Golf Course or Red Oaks Dog Park.