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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 Fall 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.


Title
Location
Event Date
Category
Description
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 9/27/2014 10:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Saturday, Sept. 27. Hike a trail with an Oakland Conservation District technician and parks education staff to learn about the different forest communities and trees at Independence Oaks. On the 2-mile hike, learn tree species and the ecosystem service they provide. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the outdoors. $2/person. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/27/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Get your ninja on as we learn about turtles in Michigan and beyond. Meet live turtles, investigate their living space and the battles they may face. Make a fun turtle craft and enjoy a slice of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles favorite snack—pizza! $3/person. Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or
Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. Red Oaks Nature Center now booking field trips and outreach programs.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 9/28/2014 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Sunday. Cycle around the scenic and serene River Loop! This twomile paved trail winds through hardwood forest, prairie and the Clinton River floodplain. We’ll bike the “loop” twice, once for nature observation and once for exercise. Bring your own bike and helmet. Water and snack provided. Suitable for physically fit individuals of all ages who are capable of cycling for five miles. $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 10/4/2014 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Bring the family for some sweet, colorful autumn magic. Press apples into cider, enjoy a fall snack and craft a leafprint T-shirt. Experience the magic of nature in the fall with a naturalist-led walk, song and activities in beautiful Independence Oaks County Park. Bring a light colored T-shirt for printing. $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Orion Oaks Park/Day Use; 10/11/2014 9:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Free wood chips pick-up days scheduled throughout the year at the Clarkston Road lot. Bring shovels or pitchforks, wheelbarrows, buckets, etc. 2014 dates: April 26; May 17; June 14; Sept. 13 and Oct. 11. No July or August dates. If bringing a trailer, please bring a tarp.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 10/14/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Tuesday. 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 session will focus on “Terrific Trees!” Please make other arrangements for siblings. $4/personCall 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. Red Oaks Nature Center now booking field trips and outreach programs.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 10/16/2014 7:00:00 PMStewardship Events
Thursday. Red Oaks County Park is situated over an extensive underground public works project, the George W. Kuhn Control Facility, that serves as a drainage system handling rain water, sewers and other discharge from Southeast Oakland County. In the past, a natural waterway, called the Red Run, drained the runoff. Gone now, the Red Run has left telltale signs of this former pathway to Lake St. Clair. Guest speaker, Bob Muller from the Royal Oak Nature Society, will present his research on this “ghost river” that once flowed through the region. $2/person. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 10/18/2014 1:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. The science of geology will come alive during this program. Climb a rock wall—closed-toe shoes a must! In addition, hands-on activities and demos will help bring out the rockhound in you. This is the fourth program of the 2014 “NatureFit” series at the Red Oaks Nature Center. $4/person. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. Red Oaks Nature Center now booking field trips and outreach programs.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 10/24/2014 7:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Friday. If you could have any super power, which would it be? There are all kinds of extraordinary abilities in the woods from invisibility, flight, “supertools” and more. Discover the many ways that animals and plants survive and thrive in their environments. We’ll play games, go for an exploratory nature walk and have a supersnack! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and join us for an exciting evening! All ages welcome for this family fun event. $3/person. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. Red Oaks Nature Center now booking field trips and outreach programs.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 10/25/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Oct. 25, 10 a.m.–noon OR 1-3 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween early with this day of family fun. Enjoy a hayride through the park, cider and donuts by a crackling fire, crafts, and learn the truth about some of Michigan’s creepy critters through LIVE animal exhibits. Get in the “spirit” by wearing a costume! $6/person. Sponsored by the Oakland County Credit Union. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 10/25/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday, 10 a.m.–Noon (general public)
1–3 p.m. (general public)
$6/person. Limited to the first 80 people per session. Pre-registration required.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/1/2014 10:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Saturday. Learn the basics of setting up a bird feeding station, as well as common birds that visit area feeders and how to participate in Project Feeder Watch. $2/person. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/8/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Share quality time with your 3-6 year old at this awardwinning, early childhood program. This autumn session will focus on “My Five Senses.” Indoor and outdoor activities include 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.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/9/2014 1:30:00 PMStewardship Events
Sunday, Nov. 9, 1:30–3 p.m. at Wint Nature Center OR Wednesday Nov. 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Red Oaks Nature Center. Sponsored in partnership with the Oakland Audubon Society. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). CBC is conservation activity that involves searching for birds. Learn 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. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours.
Independence Oaks Park; Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/17/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014.
 
Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
 
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
 
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
 
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; Addison Oaks Campground; 11/18/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 18, 20, 25 & Dec. 9, 2014. 
 
Addison Oaks will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Addison Oaks-East will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
Addison Oaks Conference Center can be reached at 248-693-8305 for banquet information.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Independence Oaks Park; Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/19/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014.
 
Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 11/19/2014 6:30:00 PMStewardship Events
This workshop is for anyone interested in learning about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC). CBC is conservation activity that involves searching for birds. Learn 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. Sponsored in partnership with the Oakland Audubon Society. Park entry fees apply. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours.
Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; Addison Oaks Campground; 11/20/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 18, 20, 25 & Dec. 9, 2014.
 
Addison Oaks will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Addison Oaks-East will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
Addison Oaks Conference Center can be reached at 248-693-8305 for banquet information.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/22/2014 8:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Look up and discover the autumn night sky during this starstudded evening. Oakland Astronomy Club astronomers will bring 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. 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 the naturalist at
248.625.6473 if you have any questions.
Independence Oaks Park; Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/24/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events

Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014. 
Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
 
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.

Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; Addison Oaks Campground; 11/25/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 18, 20, 25 & Dec. 9, 2014.
 
Addison Oaks will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Addison Oaks-East will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
Addison Oaks Conference Center can be reached at 248-693-8305 for banquet information.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Independence Oaks Park; Independence Oaks Nature Center; 11/26/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014.

Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
 
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 12/5/2014 7:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Friday. Enjoy an evening of winter magic as we take a trip on The Polar Express—no passport needed! Craft some decorative holiday bells and watch the family-friendly movie! A snack will be provided. $3/person. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. Red Oaks Nature Center now booking field trips and outreach programs.
Independence Oaks Park; 12/8/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 8, 2014.

Independence Oaks and Wint Nature Center will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Independence Oaks-North will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
The Wint Nature Center can be reached at 248-625-6473 to schedule (based on availability) outreach services, but no field trips or in-park services will be available on hunt dates.
 
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; Addison Oaks Campground; 12/9/2014 8:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Park closed these dates: Nov. 18, 20, 25 & Dec. 9, 2014.
 
Addison Oaks will be closed to the public for managed deer hunts.
Addison Oaks-East will remain open to the general public during these dates; 8 a.m. - one-half hour after sunset.
Addison Oaks Conference Center can be reached at 248-693-8305 for banquet information.
The hunt is part of Oakland County Parks and Recreation's wildlife management program to reduce and maintain the Whitetail Deer (antlerless only) population at the park. Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Brittany Bird at 248-858-1726.
See Application below.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 12/13/2014 10:00:00 AMStewardship Events
Saturday. Young birders ages 8–15 along with adult friends are invited to learn about Oakland Owlets, a young birder’s club through the Oakland Audubon Society. Club members and the club coordinator will share some of the exciting events and opportunities to become better birders, like participating in a century-old tradition—the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Discover the importance of counting birds and why birds matter. Sponsored in partnership with
the Oakland Audubon Society.
Park entry fees apply. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 12/13/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Saturday. Help decorate the nature center’s tree and make a nature ornament for your own home. Learn what our forest friends are doing for the holidays and enjoy warm snacks around a toasty campfire. All ages welcome! $3/person. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. Red Oaks Nature Center now booking field trips and outreach programs.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 12/20/2014 4:00:00 PMStewardship Events
Saturday. Oakland Audubon Society will host a Tally Rally after the Christmas Bird Count. Visit oaklandaudubon.org
for informationor contact Ed Lewandowski at ocbirdguy@gmail.com. Park entry fees apply. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours.
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