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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 Spring 2015 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
Orion Oaks Dog Park; 7/11/2015 8:30:00 AMNature Education Programs
Hike two miles to learn about the nest box monitoring program at Orion Oaks County Park. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash and friendly enough to hike with other canines; limit two canines per hiker. Water and treats provided; bring binoculars. Cost is $2 per person; park entry fees apply. Meet at the dog park pavilion. Pre-registration is required at least one day in advance by calling 248.858.0916.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 7/11/2015 10:00:00 AMNature Education ProgramsBring your family and blanket and listen to a naturalist read a story or two in the Jean Rubach Sensory Garden. We will explore what’s blooming, enjoy a snack and head to the amphitheater to make a craft. $3/person. INDEPENDENCE OAKS COUNTY PARK 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48348 248.625.6473 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 7/11/2015 1:30:00 PMNature Education ProgramsJoin us for a butterfly–filled afternoon complete with games, seed ball crafting, T–shirt decorating and refreshments. Craft your own butterfly wings, experience live butterflies in a butterfly tent, and show off your new wings in a butterfly parade on our paved walking trails! Pre–registration guarantees a T–shirt. Sponsored by ITC.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 7/17/2015 8:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsAt sunset, nature’s “day shift” goes to bed, and the “night shift” wakes up. Some animals specialize at being active during these times, and they are termed “crepuscular”. Join us on a longer, slower hike as our senses adjust to the darkening sky, listening to nature’s “shift change”. Then enjoy a campfire and snack as we learn some unique nature sounds! $3/person. INDEPENDENCE OAKS COUNTY PARK 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48348 248.625.6473 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Park; 7/18/2015 9:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Investigate lake ecology with MSU professor, Dr. Lois Wolfson. Learn about keeping lakes healthy, aquatic invasive species that threaten lakes, seasonal changes and chemical properties of the water. Activities take place both indoors and outdoors. Register by July 10 at http://events.anr.msu.edu/LakeEcology/. Cost is $25 per person by July 10 and $35 per person after that date.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 7/18/2015 10:00:00 AMNature Education ProgramsFoster your child’s love of nature at this program designed for children 3–6 years old, accompanied by an adult. Indoor and outdoor hands–on nature discovery will include a hike, craft, story, snack and more. This session will focus on “Reptile Review.” Please make other arrangements for siblings. $4/person. RED OAKS COUNTY PARK 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071 248.585.0100 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 7/25/2015 12:00:00 AMNature Education Programs10–11:30 a.m., 12:30–2 p.m. or 3–4:30 p.m. Meet at the Independence Oaks Boathouse. Learn kayaking basics and enjoy a naturalist–guided tour to explore the highlights of beautiful Crooked Lake. Suitable for ages 11 through adult. Space is limited—register early! NOTE: Up to one hour will be spent on the water. $8/person. INDEPENDENCE OAKS COUNTY PARK 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48348 248.625.6473 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday. includes kayak rental, water and snack.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 7/25/2015 12:30:00 PMNature Education Programs10–11:30 a.m., 12:30–2 p.m. or 3–4:30 p.m. Meet at the Independence Oaks Boathouse. Learn kayaking basics and enjoy a naturalist–guided tour to explore the highlights of beautiful Crooked Lake. Suitable for ages 11 through adult. Space is limited—register early! NOTE: Up to one hour will be spent on the water. $8/person. INDEPENDENCE OAKS COUNTY PARK 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48348 248.625.6473 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday. includes kayak rental, water and snack.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 7/25/2015 3:00:00 PMNature Education Programs10–11:30 a.m., 12:30–2 p.m. or 3–4:30 p.m. Meet at the Independence Oaks Boathouse. Learn kayaking basics and enjoy a naturalist–guided tour to explore the highlights of beautiful Crooked Lake. Suitable for ages 11 through adult. Space is limited—register early! NOTE: Up to one hour will be spent on the water. $8/person. INDEPENDENCE OAKS COUNTY PARK 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48348 248.625.6473 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday. includes kayak rental, water and snack.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 8/7/2015 11:00:00 AMNature Education ProgramsBecome a Nature Detective of “Earth, Wind and Fire” and make summer memories with your Nana, PaPa, or special adult mentor. Nature crafts, games, and a hike will be fun for nature lovers of every age! Bring a sack lunch. Supplies, dessert and beverage provided. $6/person. INDEPENDENCE OAKS COUNTY PARK 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48348 248.625.6473 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 8/8/2015 9:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsSummer is one of the best times to look UP and discover the wonders of the night sky. Includes an indoor StarLab planetarium show, outdoor telescope viewing (clear–skies permitting) with members of the Oakland Astronomy club— plus an astronomy craft and snack. Suitable for school–aged children and adults. $4/person. INDEPENDENCE OAKS COUNTY PARK 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48348 248.625.6473 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 8/14/2015 7:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsOur second Parents Night Out program is an opportunity to drop off your children at the nature center for a 3–hour fun– filled evening focusing on Night Life including nature hike, games, live animal presentation, short movie, and snack! Children may come dressed in PJ’s or comfortable clothing. A release form is required with registration. Children 5 to 11 years old only. $15/child. RED OAKS COUNTY PARK 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071 248.585.0100 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
Orion Oaks Dog Park; 8/15/2015 11:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Learn about research efforts to track radio collared coyotes at Orion Oaks County Park and what to do when you see a coyote. Pets are welcome at this informal educational expo. Staff and local residents will be available to answer questions. Free program; park entry required. Call 248.858.0916 to pre-register.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 8/15/2015 1:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsExplore the world of insects! See butterflies, moths and other bugs up close, then head outside for an action– packed afternoon as we investigate life under logs, in the trees, hiding in leaves and in the water! Sunscreen and water bottles recommended. Suitable for children ages 3 and up. $3/person. RED OAKS COUNTY PARK 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071 248.585.0100 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 8/15/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsHas your child ever found a snake in your backyard, a toad in your driveway or a caterpillar in your garden and asked…“Can I keep it”? Discover what’s okay to keep (for short periods of time) and what should be left in nature. Also includes information about exotics as pets. This critter–filled program will include live guests and a nature hike, weather permitting. $3/person. INDEPENDENCE OAKS COUNTY PARK 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48348 248.625.6473 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 8/22/2015 1:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsBuilding a strong love of nature in early childhood can lead to a lifetime of healthy living. Celebrate nature with the 3–6 year old in your family by making “Tuning Your Tot” a seasonal habit. Make memories with your child as we sing, discover, hike, craft and snack our way through a summer afternoon. During this session we’ll learn about reptiles. Please make other arrangements for siblings. $4/person. INDEPENDENCE OAKS COUNTY PARK 9501 Sashabaw Road Clarkston, MI 48348 248.625.6473 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 8/22/2015 9:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsGreek Mythology and Native American legends come together to form epic tales, forever unfolding in the night sky. Experience summer constellations with StarLab, our indoor, inflatable planetarium. View Saturn and a quarter moon through telescopes (weather permitting), courtesy of Oakland Astronomy club. An astro–themed snack and craft will round out the evening. $4/person. RED OAKS COUNTY PARK 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071 248.585.0100 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
Lyon Oaks Dog Park; 8/29/2015 11:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Dog owners can see the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, Michigan’s only venomous snake—along with other snakes that may be mistaken for it during this informal educational event. Displays, live snakes and educational materials. Open to everyone. Park entry fees apply. Pre-register at least one day in advance by calling 248.858.0916.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/12/2015 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
One of the most amazing journeys on earth is the migration of
the Monarch Butterfly. At summer’s end, Monarchs head to
Mexico for the winter. Monarch Watch Educational Specialist
will discuss the monarch’s migration and how the scientific
community is monitoring its populations across North
America. See live monarchs emerging from their chrysalis and
being tagged to track their journey south. Cost: $3/person. Pre-register at least one day in advance by calling 248.858.0916.
Waterford Oaks Park/Day Use; 9/19/2015 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Meet at the administration building for a short program about the Clinton River Watershed and how what we all do on land impacts the water quality in the river. Then hit the trails to collect debris and look at the macro invertebrates in the Pontiac Creek. Gloves are provided or bring your own. Dress for working outdoors. Pre-register at least one day in advance by calling 248.858.0916.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/19/2015 1:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsOfficially dedicated in 1955, Madison Heights is a proud city with a rich history. Learn about the events that have shaped the landscape of Southeastern Michigan and forged countless cities in the shadow of Detroit. From mile–high glaciers to underground rivers, this hike is sure to appeal to the inquisitive naturalist and fireside historian in you all. $4/person. RED OAKS COUNTY PARK 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071 248.585.0100 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
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