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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.


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Location
Event Date
Category
Description
Independence Oaks Nature Center; Red Oaks Nature Center; 4/4/2015 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Foster 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 Spring session will focus on “The A, B, C’s of Nature.” Please make other arrangements for siblings. $4/person.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 4/11/2015 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.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.

ATTENTION SCOUT LEADERS: This program fulfills some astronomy merit requirements. Call 248.625.6473 to speak with a naturalist if you have any questions.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 4/17/2015 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, make a
craft, 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.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 4/17/2015 8:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Venture into the cosmos with us as we tour the night sky
inside StarLab, our indoor, inflatable planetarium. In addition,
a naturalist will lead you on a night hike around Friendship
Woods to see what animals are stirring after dark. We will
even be serving a “star-studded” snack! Suitable for schoolaged children and adults. $4/person.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 4/25/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Nature-based technology is redefining our outdoor
experiences, allowing individuals and families to look up
information like bird songs, known animal locations, or even
hiking maps in a matter of minutes. Whether your interest lies with the basics of app-based outdoor exploration with your family or you are a devoted citizen scientist, this program will teach you the capabilities of nature-based technology and how you can utilize them. Smartphones are not required but are allowed. Suitable for school-aged children and adults. $3/person.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 5/2/2015 10:00:00 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 schoolaged
children and adults. $3/person.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 5/9/2015 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Help the 3-6 year olds in your family combat “Nature Deficit
Disorder” by participating in this award-winning early
childhood nature program. This spring session will focus on
the “A,B, C’s of Nature.” Indoor and outdoor fun includes
songs, nature hike, craft, snack and more. Please make
other arrangements for siblings. $4/person.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 5/9/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Did you know that Great Horned Owls are one of the
earliest birds to nest in Michigan? They begin looking for
a nesting site as early as January and are often incubating
eggs by February! As the baby animal season approaches,
we hope to help nature lovers better understand and
prepare for the bunny nest in their backyard or the baby
bird on their porch. Come learn about different baby
animals, when you should or shouldn’t interfere, and meet
a few live animal babies! Enjoy a baby animal-themed craft
and snack, plus a guided nature walk, weather permitting.
$4/person.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 6/13/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Nature-based technology is redefining our outdoor
experiences, allowing individuals and families to look up
information like bird songs, known animal locations, or hiking
maps in a matter of minutes. Whether your interest is in the
basics of app-based outdoor exploration with your family or
you are a devoted citizen scientist, this program will teach you the capabilities of nature-based technology and how you can utilize them. Smartphones are not required but are allowed. Suitable for school-aged children and adults. $3/person.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 6/20/2015 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 fibs and ad libs”. Space is limited. Suitable
for school-aged children and adults with previous canoe
experience. Life vests are mandatory. $7/person (includes
canoe rental). NOTE: Approximately one hour will be spent
canoeing. Meet at the boathouse.

Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
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