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Nature Interpretive Programs

A wide variety of interpretive programs, field trip opportunities and stewardship events for all ages are offered at various Oakland County Parks and facilities. Scroll down the page for a full listing of all upcoming Interpretive Programs.

Find more info here:
Independence Oaks/Wint Nature Center, Red Oaks Nature Center


SCHOOL GROUPS AND SCOUT PROGRAMS
Group leaders and Scouters can choose from a variety of options. Group program info.

SEASONAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Nature Education Program Schedule Summer 2014 or scroll down for all interpretive program opportunities.

NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION
Special programs are offered throughout the year which provide opportunities for the community to participate in ongoing stewardship efforts.  Programs take place at the Oakland County Parks as well as other locations in Southeast Michigan. More information can be found at the Michigan Stewardship Network web site.


Title
Location
Event Date
Category
Description
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/6/2014 1:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
Parade starts at 3 p.m. Interactive Nature talk, Make and Take children's crafts, Retro games and more. Free event sponsored by ITC, Oakland Parks Foundation and Oakland County Parks and Recreation. Please see link below for Additional Information. To register, call: 248.858.0916.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/10/2014 6:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
One of the most amazing journeys on earth is the migration of the Monarch Butterfly. Monarchs in Michigan fly nearly 2,500 miles to Mexico to overwinter. Learn about these beautiful butterflies
and their incredible journey, as well as what can be done to help create a habitat for this butterfly. Free program sponsored by ITC. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours. A valid daily or annual Vehicle Permit is required for park entry.
Orion Oaks Park/Day Use; 9/13/2014 9:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Free wood chips pick-up days scheduled throughout the year at the Clarkston Road lot. Bring shovels or pitchforks, wheelbarrows, buckets, etc. 2014 dates: April 26; May 17; June 14; Sept. 13 and Oct. 11. No July or August dates. If bringing a trailer, please bring a tarp.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 9/13/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Due to seasonal climate changes, many animals move from place to place, or migrate. Join guest naturalist Tim Nowicki as he shares some of the extraordinary physical accomplishments of migrating
wildlife. After an indoor presentation “migrate” outdoors to search for wildlife while hike the trails. $3/person;Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday; 248.625.6473.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/13/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Join us for a family fun morning filled with retro games. An obstacle course, scooters and ultimate Frisbee will get you outdoors and active. Cool down with a healthy snack
at the Nature Center. This is the third program of our 2014 “NatureFit” series. $3/person; Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday; 248.585-0100. Visa/Discover/MasterCard are accepted. There are no refunds for advance payments unless program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Due to program limitations, walk-in guests may not be accommodated.
 
Lyon Oaks Dog Park; 9/13/2014 12:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Dog owners can see and learn more about Michigan snakes. Keep dogs safe by avoiding Michigan’s only venomous snake, the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Displays, live snakes and educational materials will be available during this event. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours. A valid daily or annual Vehicle Permit is required for park entry.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/20/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Due to seasonal climate changes, many animals move from place to place, or migrate. Join guest naturalist Tim Nowicki as he shares some of the extraordinary physical accomplishments of migrating
wildlife. After an indoor presentation “migrate” outdoors to search for wildlife while hiking the trails.$3/person; Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday; 248.585-0100.
Orion Oaks Park/Day Use; 10/11/2014 9:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Free wood chips pick-up days scheduled throughout the year at the Clarkston Road lot. Bring shovels or pitchforks, wheelbarrows, buckets, etc. 2014 dates: April 26; May 17; June 14; Sept. 13 and Oct. 11. No July or August dates. If bringing a trailer, please bring a tarp.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 10/25/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Saturday, 10 a.m.–Noon (general public)
1–3 p.m. (general public)
$6/person. Limited to the first 80 people per session. Pre-registration required. For more information and to register, please contact 248.858.0916.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 10/25/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday, 10 a.m.–Noon (general public)
1–3 p.m. (general public)
$6/person. Limited to the first 80 people per session. Pre-registration required.
Independence Oaks Park; Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/17/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014.
 
Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
 
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
 
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
 
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; Addison Oaks Campground; 11/18/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 18, 20, 25 & Dec. 9, 2014. 
 
Addison Oaks will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Addison Oaks-East will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
Addison Oaks Conference Center can be reached at 248-693-8305 for banquet information.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Independence Oaks Park; Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/19/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014.
 
Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; Addison Oaks Campground; 11/20/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 18, 20, 25 & Dec. 9, 2014.
 
Addison Oaks will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Addison Oaks-East will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
Addison Oaks Conference Center can be reached at 248-693-8305 for banquet information.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Independence Oaks Park; Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/24/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events

Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014. 
Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
 
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.

Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; Addison Oaks Campground; 11/25/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 18, 20, 25 & Dec. 9, 2014.
 
Addison Oaks will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Addison Oaks-East will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
Addison Oaks Conference Center can be reached at 248-693-8305 for banquet information.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Independence Oaks Park; Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/26/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014.

Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
 
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Independence Oaks Park; 12/8/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014.

Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
 
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; Addison Oaks Campground; 12/9/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 18, 20, 25 & Dec. 9, 2014.
 
Addison Oaks will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Addison Oaks-East will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
Addison Oaks Conference Center can be reached at 248-693-8305 for banquet information.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
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