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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 Oakland County Parks and facilities. 

School Groups and Scout Programs
Group leaders and Scouters can choose from a variety of options.

Natural Resources Education
Special programs are offered throughout the year which provide opportunities for the community to participate in ongoing stewardship efforts. More information can be found at the Michigan Stewardship Network website.


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Independence Oaks Nature Center; 2/20/2016 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Don’t hibernate indoors all winter – bring the family for an afternoon of winter nature fun! Indoors we’ll learn about the basics of snowshoeing, how to identify animal tracks, and decorate a T-shirt. Outdoors, don snowshoes for a wintry walk to discover “secrets in the snow” left by active winter animals. Snowshoes provided. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. Participants must wear boots. A winter hike will be substituted if conditions do not permit snowshoeing. Each person must bring a plain white pre-washed t-shirt for crafting.  $5/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 2/20/2016 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Trees provide some of the most useful and beautiful products from nature. During Michigan winters, deciduous trees may all seem to look alike, but with a little practice anyone can tell a hickory from a beech. Local nature guy, Don Drife, will demonstrate how to use buds, bark and form to identify several trees. After an indoor talk, take a hike to see some of the forest giants in Friendship Woods. Appropriate for school-aged children and adults. $4/person Call 248-858-0916 weekdays.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 2/27/2016 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Maple syrup is an icon of our region. Learn to identify maple trees, and take a hike to tap a tree and taste the sap. We will teach you the tools, tips and methods needed to make your own batch of maple syrup at home. Taste some sweet maple treats, and take home maple-based recipes. $5/person. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 3/5/2016 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Oakland County Parks and Recreation manages nest boxes at seven parks for the Eastern Bluebird and other native birds. Nest boxes are monitored by trained volunteers through the Oakland County Parks and Recreation citizen science program. This training will provide information about the birds, monitoring techniques and other volunteer requirements. Volunteers are asked to check nest boxes weekly from April – Aug. Nests are tracked in NestWatch through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This training is a refresher for past volunteers as well. The program is free and open to the public.  Call 248-858-0916 weekdays.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 3/5/2016 3:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Stay warm this winter by cozying up at the fireplace! Join a naturalist for an afternoon of interactive storytelling and historical games. Make a craft featuring favorite characters from timeless American legends. Cocoa, coffee and a snack will be served. $4/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 3/5/2016 8:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Crisp, clear skies of winter can be great for star gazing. Learn to locate winter constellations including Orion the Hunter and Taurus the Bull, inside the Nature Center’s StarLab planetarium. Gaze at deep sky wonders through telescopes provided by the Oakland Astronomy Club (weather permitting). Star-studded craft and snack included. Suitable for school-aged children and adults. $4/person
ATTENTION SCOUT LEADERS: This program fulfills some astronomy merit requirements. Contact a naturalist at 248-625-6473 with any questions. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 3/12/2016 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Maple Syrup is an icon of our region, recognized around the world. Learn to identify maple trees, take a hike to tap a tree and taste the sap. We will teach you the tools, tips and methods needed to make your own batch of maple syrup at home. Taste some sweet maple treats and take home maple-based recipes. $5/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 3/18/2016 6:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
Oakland County Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to conduct frog survey work at two parks. Trained volunteers assist staff conducting night surveys during April, May and June. Survey methods are designed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Frog Survey Program. Learn the calls of singing frogs at this training session; this is a refresher for past volunteers, but anyone interested in participating in the MDNR frog survey is welcome to attend. This free program is open to the public. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays. 
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