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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.

Event Date
Red Oaks Nature Center; 7/29/2016 9:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Become a star at locating summer constellations inside StarLab, our portable planetarium. Gaze at deep sky wonders through telescopes provided by the Oakland Astronomy Club (weather permitting). A star-studded craft and snack are included. Suitable for school-aged children and adults. $4/person. Register: 248-858-0916
ATTENTION SCOUT LEADERS: This program fulfills some astronomy merit requirements.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 7/30/2016 11:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Become 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 for nature lovers of every age. Bring a sack lunch. Supplies, dessert and beverage provided. $6/person. Register: 248-858-0916
Wint Nature Center; 7/30/2016 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Building 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 Summer session we’ll learn about “Incredible Insects.” Please make other arrangements for siblings. $4/person. Register: 248-858-0916
Red Oaks Nature Center; 8/6/2016 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon as we celebrate “National Friendship Day”! Discover why insects, birds, and mammals are so important to humans, and how to attract them to your neighborhood. Have fun hiking, making crafts from recycled items and eating a nature-inspired snack. $4/person. Register: 248-858-0916
Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; 8/10/2016 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Addison Oaks – Meet at Buhl Lake Boat Launch
The Clinton River Watershed Council and park volunteers help keep park lakes clean by collecting debris along Buhl Lake. Volunteers are required to sign a waiver. Kayaks and all safety equipment will be available, or bring your own kayak. Register with CRWC:  abby@crwc.org or 248-858-0916.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 8/13/2016 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Kids ages 6-11 can be a naturalist for a day! Use binoculars to find feathered friends, sweep for insects, and find other signs of wildlife on the trails. Enjoy nature walks, games, a snack, craft and live animals. A signed release form is required with registration. $10/child. Register: 248-858-0916
Red Oaks Nature Center; 8/19/2016 7:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Bring the kids to the nature center for Parents Night Out, a 3-hour fun-filled evening focusing on “Animal Olympics,” while parents enjoy some time to themselves As nations across the globe compete in the Olympics, animals and plants are competing to survive and thrive in their environments every day. Kids will learn about high-flying, fast-swimming and all-around amazing animals, and see how they measure up with games in the field. Crafts, snack, and an exploratory walk to find superstar plants are also planned. A release form is required with registration. Children 5 to 11 years old only, please. $15/child. Register: 248-858-0916
Wint Nature Center; 8/20/2016 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Bring a blanket for a morning in the Rubach Sensory Garden. Watch for butterflies and other insects among the flowers while listening to stories about bugs and blossoms. After story time, kids will make a craft to take home. Suitable for ages 3 and older, accompanied by an adult. $4/person. Register: 248-858-0916
Orion Oaks Dog Park; 8/20/2016 11:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Orion Oaks Dog Park
Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dog owners and other interested individuals can learn about Michigan’s only venomous snake and other native snakes at this informal expo. Displays, live snakes and educational materials will be available, plus experts can answer your snake questions. Information will also be provided to about how to report snake sightings. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is a Species of Special Concern in Michigan and a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Wint Nature Center; 8/27/2016 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Wint Nature Center
Bees are important pollinators that are disappearing across the landscape. Many native Michigan bees are not aggressive and rarely sting people.  People are often fearful of all bees and do not realize the vital ecological roles played by these insects. Learn about the importance of pollinators, what you can to do to preserve them and attract them to your yard. Also, sample some sweet treats. This family-friendly event is suitable for school age children and adults. $4/person. 
Wint Nature Center; 8/27/2016 9:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Summer is one of the best times to look up and discover the wonders of the night sky. This starry evening will include an indoor StarLab planetarium show, outdoor telescope viewing (clear-skies permitting) with members of the Oakland Astronomy club, and an astronomy craft and 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. Register: 248-858-0916
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/10/2016 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Red Oaks Nature Center
One of the most amazing journeys on earth is the migration of the Monarch Butterfly. As summer fades, Monarchs head to Mexico to for the winter. Monarch Watch Educational Specialist will discuss the monarch’s migration and the how the scientific community is monitoring its populations across North America. See how live monarchs are tagged to track their journey south. This family-friendly event is suitable for school age children and adults. $4/person.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/17/2016 1:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
Red Oak Nature Center
On Aug. 25, the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday. Explore Michigan’s National Parks and learn about Oakland County Parks’ special anniversary – serving residents for 50 years. Then hit the trail for a special trivia hike. Prizes will be awarded to participants able to answer all questions about Oakland County Parks history. This family-friendly event is suitable for school age children and adults. $4/person. 
Wint Nature Center; 9/17/2016 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Nations across the globe competed in the Olympic games this summer. Animals and plants are competing to survive and thrive in their environments every day. Play field games, go on an exploratory nature walk, and have a snack – all as we learn about Nature’s Olympic Champs! $5/person. Register: 248-858-0916