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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
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.
Waterford Oaks Park/Day Use; 9/19/2015 10:00:00 AMNature Education ProgramsMeet at the park headquarters for a short program about the Clinton River Watershed. Discover how people impact water quality in the Clinton River by their actions on land. Then hit the trails at Waterford Oaks to clean up the Pontiac Creek. Dress for working outdoors. Gloves are provided or bring your own. This is part of the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Annual Clean up. NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION 248.858.0916. Pre–registration is required for all programs. Register at least one day in advance.
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.
Independence Oaks Park; 9/25/2015 6:30:00 PMNature Education ProgramsOakland County has more lakes than any other county in Michigan. Take a ride in a pontoon boat to discover some of the important ecologically features of Crooked Lake. Plus, look at the shoreline to see wildlife associated with this habitat on a short hike with Natural Resource Education staff. Meet at the boathouse parking lot. $4/person NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION 248.858.0916. Pre–registration is required for all programs. Register at least one day in advance.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 9/26/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsSpend a magical afternoon learning about fairy lore and legend. Meet Queen Bee in the nature center’s sensory garden where she will uncover the secrets of flowers and fairies alike. View beautiful fairy gardens on display courtesy of The Birdfeeder of Clarkston. There will be wee fairy snacks to nibble on along with fairy-inspired make-and-take crafts. A naturalist will take you on a hike to collect a few nature treasures to add to your own fairy garden. Feel free to dress in your fairy best! $7/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 10/3/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsSnakes, spiders and worms, oh my! Join us for an afternoon learning about creepy critters and why we shouldn’t fear them – but thank them! You will make a creepy craft, enjoy a snack and take a short hike (weather permitting) to look for a few of our native, misunderstood animals. Also, meet a few of the nature center’s LIVE creepy critters! $5/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 10/4/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsIncorporating appropriate native plants into your yard can attract birds. Fall is a great time to start bird-friendly improvements that may also reduce the amount of maintenance needed on your property, plus provide habitat for native birds. Learn about plants that you can use for birds and then see the plants while collecting seeds for natural resource projects at parks. $4/person NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION 248.858.0916. Pre–registration is required for all programs. Register at least one day in advance.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 10/17/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsBring the family out for some sweet, colorful autumn magic. Press apples into cider, enjoy a fall snack, craft a leaf-print T-shirt and enjoy a hayride through beautiful Independence Oaks. Bring a light-colored T-shirt for printing. $6/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 10/17/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsBring the family out to enjoy some sweet, colorful autumn fun. Press apples into cider, enjoy a fall snack and craft a leaf-print T-shirt. Experience the magic of nature in the fall with a naturalist-led walk and autumn activities. Bring a lightcolored T-shirt for printing. $5/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 10/22/2015 4:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsProject Flying Wild and Birdsleuth are nationally recognized curricula that help youth learn about birds. Studying birds is a great gateway to learning about the outdoors. Several hands-on activities from each educational resource will be demonstrated at this workshop. Each session will provide teachers and other youth leaders with activities and materials that can be used to help kids celebrate birds. Attend both sessions and receive a Flying Wild Leader’s Guide and a certificate. Flying Wild is sponsored by Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education. $18/person/session or $30/both sessions if paid at once. NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION 248.858.0916. Pre–registration is required for all programs. Register at least one day in advance.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 10/29/2015 4:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsProject Flying Wild and Birdsleuth are nationally recognized curricula that help youth learn about birds. Studying birds is a great gateway to learning about the outdoors. Several hands-on activities from each educational resource will be demonstrated at this workshop. Each session will provide teachers and other youth leaders with activities and materials that can be used to help kids celebrate birds. Attend both sessions and receive a Flying Wild Leader’s Guide and a certificate. Flying Wild is sponsored by Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education. $18/person/session or $30/both sessions if paid at once. NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION 248.858.0916. Pre–registration is required for all programs. Register at least one day in advance.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/8/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsConnect with people throughout the country who are feeding birds and contributing to science. The basics of establishing a feeding station will be covered along with feeder types and food preferences. Learn about common birds that visit area feeders, plus how to participate in Project FeederWatch though the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. $4/person NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION 248.858.0916. Pre–registration is required for all programs. Register at least one day in advance.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 11/14/2015 10:00:00 AMNature Education ProgramsShare quality time with the 3-6 year old in your family by participating in this early-childhood program. The autumn session will focus on Animals and Plants Getting Ready for Winter. Indoor and outdoor activities include a song, nature hike, craft and snack. Arrangements should be made for siblings. $4/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/14/2015 1:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsShare quality time with the 3–6 year old in your family by participating in this award-winning, early-childhood program. This autumn session will focus on Animals and Plants Preparing for Winter. Indoor and outdoor activities include songs, nature hike, craft and snack. Arrangements should be made for siblings. $4/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/14/2015 8:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsLook up and discover the autumn night sky during this star–studded evening. Orion the Hunter will lead the constellation parade. The Oakland Astronomy Club will join us with their telescopes for deep sky investigation (weather permitting). Enjoy a naturalist–guided StarLab planetarium show. A star–themed craft and snack will round out the evening. Suitable for school–aged children and adults. $4/person ATTENTION SCOUT LEADERS: This program fulfills some astronomy badge requirements. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 11/20/2015 8:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsDiscover the autumn night sky during this star-studded evening. Enjoy an indoor, naturalist-guided StarLab planetarium presentation, with Orion the Hunter as the star of the show! The Oakland Astronomy Club will join us with their telescopes for deep sky viewing (weather permitting). A star-themed craft and snack will round out the evening. Suitable for school-aged children and adults. $4/person ATTENTION SCOUT LEADERS: This program fulfills some astronomy badge requirements. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/22/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsBirding is a sport that requires learning to identify local birds and then finding them in a hide and seek quest. This describes the Christmas Bird Count. Thousands of people across the country are braving the elements in search of as many birds as they can find in one day. Anyone interested in participating in the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will learn about how to get involved. Oakland Audubon Society members will provide instruction on how to participate in this year’s CBC in Oakland County along with some tips on bird identification. Even armchair birders can participate as feeder watchers. Park entry fees apply. NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION 248.858.0916. Pre–registration is required for all programs. Register at least one day in advance. Sponsored by Oakland Audubon Society.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 12/4/2015 7:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsNeed some time before the holidays? Leave the kids with us! This is our third Parent’s Night Out program. Drop off your children at the nature center for a 3-hour fun-filled evening focusing on Preparing for the Winter including games, live animal presentation, short movie, snack and holiday craft! Children are invited to come dressed in their PJs or other comfortable clothing. A release form is required with registration. Children 5–11 years old only. $15/child Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 12/12/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsWarm up to the holiday season with nature crafts! We will use some of nature’s most beautiful creations to make holiday cards and ornaments. Help decorate the nature center tree and enjoy a holiday snack. $5/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 12/12/2015 2:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsWarm up to the holiday season with nature crafts! We will use some of nature’s most beautiful creations to make holiday cards and ornaments. Enjoy hot cider around a crackling campfire while we learn how some native Michigan animals prepare for winter (weather permitting). $5/person Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 12/19/2015 4:00:00 PMNature Education ProgramsOakland Audubon Society will host a Tally Rally after the Christmas Bird Count. CBC participants gather after a full day of birding to share their results. Be sure to attend the CBC Workshop on Nov. 15. Visit OaklandAudubon.com or contact Jeff Stacey at jds@altair.com for more details. NATURAL RESOURCES EDUCATION 248.858.0916. Pre–registration is required for all programs. Register at least one day in advance. Sponsored by Oakland Audubon Society.
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