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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 2014 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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Red Oaks Nature Center; 4/16/2014 6:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
Join us the third Wednesday of every month to share animal facts, and see and feel fur, feathers and scales. A nature film will be shown in the auditorium. $2/person. 6:30–7:30 p.m.
•  April 16 – Sounds of Spring     •  June 18 – Fish Frenzy
• May 21 – Animal Babies.
 
Red Oaks Nature Center is located at 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071.
 
Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center 248.585.0100 on Saturday. Visa, Discover and MasterCard are accepted. There are no refunds for advance payments unless program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Due to program limitations, walk-in guests may not be accommodated.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 4/19/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Enjoy an egg–cellent story about the wide variety of animals that lay eggs. Meet some live egg–layers and hike through their habitats. Learn to make natural dyes, and dy some eggs! Bring six hard–boiled eggs/person. $5/person.
 
Pre–registration with payment required. To register, call 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visa/Discover/MasterCard are accepted. There are no refunds for advance payments unless program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Due to program limitations, walk-in guests may not be accommodated.
 
Wint Nature Center is located at 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348.
 
Red Oaks Nature Center; 4/25/2014 7:30:00 PMNature Education Programs

Male frogs put forth a nightly chorus to attract a mate. 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. School– aged children and adults. $3/person.

Red Oaks Nature Center is located at 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071.

Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or 248.585.0100 at Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. Visa, Discover and MasterCard are accepted. There are no refunds for advance payments unless program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Due to program limitations, walk-in guests may not be accommodated.

Independence Oaks Nature Center; 4/26/2014 8:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Identify Leo the Lion, the “star” of the spring night sky, and more in Starlab (indoor, inflatable planetarium). Telescopes provided by the Oakland Astronomy Club (weather permitting). Make a magnetic space toy and enjoy a snack. Suitable for school–aged children/adults. $4/person.
 
*Pre-registration with payment is required.
To register by phone, call 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visa/Discover/MasterCard are accepted. There are no refunds for advance payments unless program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Due to program limitations, walk-in guests may not be accommodated.
 
Wint Nature Center is located in Independence Oaks County Park at 9501 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston.
 
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 5/3/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Help your 3–6–year–old combat “Nature Deficit Disorder”. We’ll focus on “NATURE NOISE–What do You
Hear?” Fun includes songs, nature hike, craft, snack and more. Please make other arrangements for siblings. $4/person. 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348.
Pre–registration with payment required. No refunds. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday; 248.625.6473.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 5/8/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Thursday. Foster your child’s love of nature while we focus on NATURE NOISE–What do YOU Hear?” Hands–on nature discovery will include a hike, craft, story, snack and more. Ages 3–6, accompanied by an adult. $4/person. RED OAKS COUNTY PARK, 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071 Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday; 248.585.0100
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Red Oaks Nature Center; 5/10/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Learn how wildlife mothers raise their young. We’ll make a special gift for mom just in time for Mother’s Day, enjoy
an interpretive stroll through Suarez Friendship Woods and round out the afternoon with a refreshing snack. $4/person. 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday; 248.585.0100.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 5/21/2014 6:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
Join us the third Wednesday of every month to share animal facts, and see and feel fur, feathers and scales. A nature film will be shown in the auditorium. $2/person. 6:30–7:30 p.m.
•  April 16 – Sounds of Spring   • May 21 – Animal Babies
 •  June 18 – Fish Frenzy. 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday; 248.585.0100.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 5/28/2014 7:00:00 PMStewardship Events
Wednesday. Monarch Butterflies have declined recently in
their wintering grounds in Mexico. Conservation groups are urging the public to help protect these beautiful creatures. Learn how to create a Monarch Waystation in your yard with Monarch Watch Educator Debbie Jackson and Marna Nemon from North Oakland Wild Ones. $3/person. Sponsored by ITC. Unless otherwise noted, pre–registration is required. Call 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours. A valid daily or Annual Vehicle Permit is required for park entry.
Waterford Oaks Lookout Lodge; 5/30/2014 7:30:00 PMStewardship Events
Friday, May 30, 7:30–9 p.m. Lookout Lodge, Waterford Oak See a “Live Animal” presentation by local nonprofit agency Organization for Bat Conservation and walk the trail in search of bats and other nocturnal animals. Sponsored by the Oaklan Parks Foundation and Critter Catchers, a Michigan–based
company providing wildlife control services and specializing in humane bat removal. Visit www.crittercatchersinc.com or call 248.432.2712. Registration is limited so register early.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 5/31/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Saturday. First, we’ll focus on getting our heart rates up. Then we’ll slow down to experience the sights and sounds of spring in the majestic Suarez Friendship Woods. We’ll finish with a snack at the nature center. $4/person. 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday; 248.585.0100.
Orion Oaks Park/Day Use; 6/7/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Saturday. Take a guided walk into 90-acre grasslands - a
pastoral setting that is the home of rare birds like Meadowlarks, Bobwhites and Grasshopper Sparrows. The Oakland Audubon Society sponsors this free event and will be on hand to help with bird identification. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Water and
coffee provided. Meet at the Clarkston Road parking lot. This is National Trails Day and River Day in the Clinton River Watershed. Park entry fee is required. Unless otherwise noted, pre–registration is required. Call 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours. A valid daily or Annual Vehicle Permit is required for park entry.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 6/7/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Join a naturalist to celebrate National Trails Day by hiking up to four miles on some of the most beautiful trails in Oakland County Parks! Suitable for physically fit individuals of all ages. Water and snack provided. $3/person. 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday; 248.625.6473.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 6/14/2014 6:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Naturalist–led canoe adventure on Crooked Lake plus a campfire, snack and nocturnal animal trivia. For school– aged children and adults with canoe experience. Rent a canoe ($4 payable the day of program) or bring your own. Life vests mandatory. Meet at the boathouse. $3/person (must be paid in advance). 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, MI 48348.
Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday; 248.625.6473.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 6/18/2014 6:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
Join us the third Wednesday of every month to share animal facts, and see and feel fur, feathers and scales. A nature film will be shown in the auditorium. $2/person. 6:30–7:30 p.m.
•  April 16 – Sounds of Spring    • May 21 – Animal Babies
•  June 18 – Fish Frenzy
. 30300 Hales Street Madison Heights, MI 48071. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday; 248.585.0100.
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