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Red Oaks Nature Center

Red Oaks Nature Center is where imagination, creativity and education meet to create a unique outdoor experience year-round.

The Red Oaks Nature Center is part of Red Oaks County Park which also includes a golf course, waterpark, dog park and soccer complex. 

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.                                                                               
                                                                                             Trail map

The nature center also offers Field Trips, family nature programs, exhibits including live native animals and an auditorium/large classroom. 

Oakland County Parks and Recreation began operation and management of the Red Oaks Nature Center in 2012. Formerly the Madison Heights Nature Center, the facility is located in the George W. Suarez Friendship Woods on Hales Street in Madison Heights.

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 50 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
  • A pond with low waterfall at the entrance providing a water source for local wildlife
  • Deck leading to a paved nature trail

Scout Programs at Red Oaks and Wint Nature Centers 2016-17

Nature Education Programs at Red Oaks and Wint Nature Centers Summer 2016

Wild Birthday Parties


30300 Hales Street
Madison Heights, MI 48071

248-585-0100 (Nature Center)
248-858-0916 (Program Registration)

Building open for walk-ins -
Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Open until 8 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.

Registered groups and appointments -

Park/Trails -
Park trails open daily sunrise-sunset, year-round. 

Vehicle permit required for parking; can be purchased at the Red Oaks Nature Center, Red Oaks Golf Course or Red Oaks Dog Park.