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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 Summer 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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Location
Event Date
Category
Description
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 8/2/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
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 “nature’s color palette”. Please make other arrangements for siblings. $4/person;Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday; 248.625.6473. 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.
 
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 8/9/2014 8:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Enjoy the “Park after Dark” under the light of a full moon. Discover nature’s night shift and enjoy a guided night hike, glow–in–the–dark nature craft, campfire stories and s’mores – plus – a live nocturnal animal exhibit provided by the Organization for Bat Conservation. $6/person;Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday; 248.625.6473. 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.
 
Red Oaks Nature Center; 8/16/2014 1:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Foster your child’s love of nature at this program focused on “Nature’s Color Palette” and designed for children 3–6 years old accompanied by an adult. Indoor and outdoor hands-on nature discovery includes a hike, craft, story, snack and more. Please make other arrangements for siblings. $4/person; Pre–registration with payment required.Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or
Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday; 248.585-0100.
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.
 
Addison Oaks Park/Day Use; 8/20/2014 4:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Buhl Lake at Addison Oaks Boat Launch. Help collect debris along Buhl Lake. Some kayaks and all safety equipment will be available or bring your own kayak. The following Clean Up Days are co-sponsored by the Clinton River Watershed Council. Register with
the CRWC at amanda@crwc.org or call 248.858.0916. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours. A valid daily or annual Vehicle Permit is required for park entry.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 8/23/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.–Noon or 2–4 p.m.
If you want to try kayaking, this beginner’s program is for you! Learn kayaking basics and take a tour of beautiful Crooked Lake. In addition, enjoy a guided nature hike. Water and snack provided. Suitable for ages 11 through adult. Space is limited—register early! This is the third program of our 2014 “NatureFit” series at Independence Oaks. $5/person;Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on
Saturday; 248.625.6473. 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.
 
Orion Oaks Dog Park; 8/23/2014 12:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Dog owners can see and learn more about Michigan snakes. Keep dogs safe by avoiding Michigan’s only venomous snake, the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Displays, live snakes and educational materials will be available during this event. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours. A valid daily or annual Vehicle Permit is required for park entry.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 8/23/2014 2:00:00 PMNature Education Programs

Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.–Noon or 2–4 p.m.
If you want to try kayaking, this beginner’s program is for you! Learn kayaking basics and take a tour of beautiful Crooked Lake. In addition, enjoy a guided nature hike. Water and snack provided. Suitable for ages 11 through adult. Space is limited—register early! This is the third program of our 2014 “NatureFit” series at Independence Oaks. $5/person;Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on
Saturday; 248.625.6473. 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.

 

Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/10/2014 6:30:00 PMNature Education Programs
One of the most amazing journeys on earth is the migration of the Monarch Butterfly. Monarchs in Michigan fly nearly 2,500 miles to Mexico to overwinter. Learn about these beautiful butterflies
and their incredible journey, as well as what can be done to help create a habitat for this butterfly. Free program sponsored by ITC. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours. A valid daily or annual Vehicle Permit is required for park entry.
Orion Oaks Park/Day Use; 9/13/2014 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.
Independence Oaks Nature Center; 9/13/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Due to seasonal climate changes, many animals move from place to place, or migrate. Join guest naturalist Tim Nowicki as he shares some of the extraordinary physical accomplishments of migrating
wildlife. After an indoor presentation “migrate” outdoors to search for wildlife while hike the trails. $3/person;Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center on Saturday; 248.625.6473.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/13/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Join us for a family fun morning filled with retro games. An obstacle course, scooters and ultimate Frisbee will get you outdoors and active. Cool down with a healthy snack
at the Nature Center. This is the third program of our 2014 “NatureFit” series. $3/person; Pre–registration with payment required. Call 248.858.0916 weekdays or Red Oaks Nature Center on Saturday; 248.585-0100. 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.
 
Lyon Oaks Dog Park; 9/13/2014 12:00:00 PMNature Education Programs
Dog owners can see and learn more about Michigan snakes. Keep dogs safe by avoiding Michigan’s only venomous snake, the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. Displays, live snakes and educational materials will be available during this event. Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916 during regular weekday business hours. A valid daily or annual Vehicle Permit is required for park entry.
Red Oaks Nature Center; 9/20/2014 10:00:00 AMNature Education Programs
Due to seasonal climate changes, many animals move from place to place, or migrate. Join guest naturalist Tim Nowicki as he shares some of the extraordinary physical accomplishments of migrating
wildlife. After an indoor presentation “migrate” outdoors to search for wildlife while hiking the trails.$3/person; 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; 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.
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