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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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Location
Event Date
Category
Description
Red Oaks Nature Center; 5/6/2016 7:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Need a date night? Looking for some time to get those household projects done?  Leave the kids with us! This Parents Night Out program gives you the opportunity to drop your children off at the nature center for a 3-hour fun-filled evening focusing on “April Showers,” plus games, nature presentation, and snack! Your children will enjoy learning about Spring Peepers, American Toads, baby Owls and Fawns at this evening program about all things Spring! We invite children to come dressed in their PJ’s or other comfortable clothing. A release form is required with registration. Children 5 to 11 years old only, please.
$15/child.
Wint Nature Center; 5/6/2016 7:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Spring is the time for frogs, toads and salamanders to amble down to the ponds for breeding and egg-laying. Male frogs put forth a nightly chorus to attract a mate.  During this family program, join a naturalist indoors to learn how to identify different types of frogs based on their calls, and enjoy a game.  Next we’ll head outdoors at dusk to hike and listen for frogs and other sounds of spring.  Suitable for school-aged children and adults. 
$4/person.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 5/7/2016 8:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
“Zee zee zee…bee buzz bee buzz…witchety, witchety, witchety.” Friendship Woods is known to locals as a birding hotspot, especially in the spring when the warblers arrive! Join us for this naturalist-led hike that is sure to be full of color and song. We will help you learn the differences between the warblers and try to find other spring migrants throughout the park. Suitable for school-aged children and adults.
$4/person.
Wint Nature Center; 5/14/2016 9:30:00 AMNature Education Programs
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Act by learning about bird conservation on International Migratory Bird Day. Before this law, birds were needlessly taken and many species were on the brink of extinction. Explore bird migration with games, a hike and more. This program is appropriate for school aged children and adults. Pledge to fledge to become a birder. $4/person. 
 
Register by calling 248-858-0916. Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register in advance to reserve your spot. Park entry fees apply (waived for paid nature  programs).
Red Oaks Nature Center; 5/14/2016 3:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Do you have a burning curiosity about wildfires? Come gather around the campfire for a heated afternoon of interactive storytelling about forest fires past and present. Share a snizzlin’ snack with Smokey the Bear, make a craft, and learn about how fire can help and harm wildlife.
$5/person.
Wint Nature Center; 5/14/2016 9:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Come meet Leo the Lion, the “star” of the spring night sky.  Learn to identify this constellation and more in Starlab (our indoor, inflatable planetarium).  Gaze at deep sky wonders through telescopes provided by the Oakland Astronomy Club (weather permitting). Make an astronomy craft and enjoy a snack! Suitable for school-aged children and adults.
$4/person.
ATTENTION SCOUT LEADERS:  This program fulfills some astronomy merit requirements.  Call 248-625-6473 to speak with a naturalist if you have any questions.
 
Wint Nature Center; 5/25/2016 6:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
One of the most fascinating butterflies on earth is the Monarch Butterfly. This butterfly grows from a tiny egg into a splendid caterpillar in just 15 days. The caterpillar then transforms into a gorgeous chrysalis. Interact with live caterpillars and butterflies during this program. Monarch Watch Education Specialist, Debbie Jackson will share tips and secrets on raising monarchs from eggs/caterpillars to beautiful butterflies. This family program is designed for ages 6 and older. The program is indoors, but dress for a short hike if time permits. $4/person.
 
Register by calling 248-858-0916. Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register in advance to reserve your spot. Park entry fees apply (waived for paid nature  programs).
Orion Oaks Park/Day Use; 6/4/2016 8:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Take a hike on Bluebird Loop Trail at Orion Oaks to celebrate National Trails Day. Extensive open fields at Orion Oaks offer habitat for several grassland birds like Meadowlarks, Bobwhites, Field and Grasshopper Sparrows. Birding experts from Oakland Audubon Society will lead the hike and help with bird identification. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather; bring a field guide and binoculars. Meet at the Clarkston Road Parking Area. Purchase your park vehicle permit prior to the program.
 
Register by calling 248-858-0916. Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register in advance to reserve your spot. Park entry fees apply (waived for paid nature  programs).
Wint Nature Center; 6/11/2016 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Lakes in the area are wonderful resources that provide countless opportunities for recreation.  Lake health is threatened today by several factors, one of which is aquatic invasive species. Learn about healthy lakes and some common aquatic invasive species during a presentation and tour of the Lake. Meet at the Nature Center for the program and then travel to the shores of Crooked Lake for a firsthand look. $9/ person (includes canoe rental). Participants will be required to sign a waiver. This event is part of the Clinton River Day and the MNDR Free Fishing Day.
 
Register by calling 248-858-0916. Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register in advance to reserve your spot. Park entry fees apply (waived for paid nature  programs).
Wint Nature Center; 6/11/2016 6:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
Enjoy an evening, naturalist-led canoe adventure on beautiful Crooked Lake.  On shore activities will include a campfire, snack and nature trivia.  Space is limited.  Suitable for school-aged children and adults with previous canoe experience.  Bring your own canoe or rent one from the park. Life vests are mandatory. 
NOTE:  Approximately 1 hour will be spent canoeing.
Meet at the boathouse. 
$7/person (includes canoe rental).
Independence Oaks Park; 6/15/2016 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
The Clinton River Watershed Council and volunteers are helping to keep park lakes clean by collecting debris in Crooked Lake. Kayaks and all safety equipment will be available, or you may bring your own kayak. Volunteers will be required to sign a waiver. Register with CRWC by emailing abby@crwc.org or by calling 248-858-0916. Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register in advance to reserve your spot. Park entry fees apply (waived for paid nature  programs).
Wint Nature Center; 6/18/2016 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Are the slimy and scaly not your style? Fear not, we have afternoon planned just for you! Come join us as we learn about all of the soft and fluffy animals that call northern Oakland County their home. Enjoy making a track cast and a guided walk in the park. You will also get to meet a LIVE furry friend! $4/ person.
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