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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

Group leaders and Scouters can choose from a variety of options. Group program info.

Nature Education Program Schedule Spring 2015 or scroll down for all interpretive program opportunities.

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.

Event Date
Orion Oaks Park/Day Use; 6/6/2015 8:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Take a hike on the trails at Orion Oaks County Park, home to
several rare birds like Meadowlarks, Bobwhites and Grasshopper Sparrows. Birding experts from Oakland Audubon Society will lead the hike and help with bird identification. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; bring a field guide and binoculars. Water and coffee will be provided. Meet at the Clarkston Road Parking Area. This is a National Trails Day Event. Free event; park entry fee required.
Pre-registration is required at least one day in advance. Call 248.858.0916.
Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; Groveland Oaks Park/Day Use; Independence Oaks Park; 6/13/2015 9:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Stop by park boathouses at Addison Oaks, Groveland Oaks
and Independence Oaks for information about Aquatic
Invasive Species and how boaters can stop them. In addition,
register for a drawing to win a copy of “A Michigan Boater’s
Guide to Selected Invasive Aquatic Plants,” a Michigan State
University Extension Publication. Celebrate River Day
through the Clinton River Watershed and Free Fishing Day
by protecting our precious water resources.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 6/13/2015 11:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Discover how to incorporate Milkweed plants into your yard
to help create habitat for Monarch Butterflies along with a
host of other wildlife. Monarch Watch Education Specialist,
Debbie Jackson, will share information about these beautiful
butterflies that are now declining. Learn about efforts across
the country to help monarch butterflies and how to create a
waystation for Monarchs. $3/person.
Pre-registration is required at least one day in advance. Call 248.858.0916.
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.