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Red Oaks Nature Center

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.

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.

The nature center also offers:

  • 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 Red Oaks Golf Course or Red Oaks Dog Park.


News

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.

Contact/Hours

Building open for walk-in visitation:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and
Saturday - Noon - 4 p.m.

Wednesday - Noon - 8 p.m.

Closed on - Sundays and Mondays

Address:
30300 Hales Street
Madison Heights, MI 48071

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

Park Hours of Operation:
Park trails open daily 7 a.m. - Sunset, year-round. Closed Christmas Day.

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