Oakland Township Parks and Recreation

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting new programs at Lost Lake Nature Park!  Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore everything this partnership has to offer at one of these FREE open houses.  Open to all ages! All Open Houses are Sundays 12-4PM

FREE!  Sunday Open Houses at Lost Lake Nature Park 12Noon-4pm
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by mother nature!
A Michigan Thanksgiving
With the approaching celebration of our favorite pudgy bird, we figure it only fitting to celebrate our graceful friend with a day all about the turkey...but then we thought, why not pepper in some discussion of Native Americans while we're at it? So join us for the best of both worlds as we honor the true tradition of Thanksgiving by learning about the indigenous people of Michigan while simultaneously putting together our own turkey crafts to take home. Outside we will perfect our turkey call on tours of the woods and we will play some Ojibwa games.

The Happy Holidays Hullabaloo
With the holidays right around the corner it's time to ring in the new year and celebrate our families by taking everyone out to Lost Lake Nature Park for an afternoon of ornament making, carols, popcorn-stringing, refreshments, and more! We will be taking hikes out into the woods to collect natural materials to turn into hanging ornaments inside, playing some festive holiday games, and even going on a scavenger hunt outside for missing prizes!
Pop Up Open House
With the sledding hill in full swing we will be opening up our nature center, in addition to the warming shelter, for a very special way to regain feeling of your toes. We will be putting together winter crafts and serving out cups of hot chocolate to keep sled warriors fueled for their day of recreation a the park. We'll also be donning snowshoes periodically throughout the day to practice moving atop the snow as well for a unique way to experience Lost Lake's trial system!
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Once in a Blue Moon
January is going to be an amazing month for astronomers. With a super moon, a meteor shower, a bulls-eye moon, and even an eclipse of a blue moon, we're going to be spending a lot of time glancing upward in the clear winter skies. Join us inside this chilly January day as we map out when and where to position your eyes this month for a stellar show! We will even be putting together light-up constellation boxes to take home and see the stars from your bedside! We will even have snow shoes available for winter hikes if the weather cooperates.
Winter Habitats
Not all animals are as hardy as the rest.  When it comes to winter there are three pathways animals can choose to follow. They can either travel to warmer climates (migrate), remain but nullify their activity (hibernate), or adjust their active behaviour for the circumstances (resist). Join us as we look at those determined critters that resist the cold and seek out warmth and sustenance and how they do it. Our smallest visitors will even be putting together snowy owl crafts while adults can learn about how animals survive partially frozen beneath the lake!
Vernal Equinox
The vernal (or spring) equinox is the time in March when the sun moves across the celestial equator, but more importantly it means that spring has finally sprung. Join us as we celebrate the coming of wildflowers, animal activity, and rain by taking a look at how the park transitions from winter to spring. We will get really involved with seed germination by looking at seeds beneath a microscope and then planting a seed of our own to take home!
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Weather the Weather
Weather is a combinaion of cloud cover, temperature, precipitation, and wind, and each aspect has different tools to help measure it. Join us as we get up close and personal with the tools of meteorology by taking our own readings of the state of nature at Lost Lake. We will even set up a weather station for a more in-depth look at how the atmosphere is faring this day. Miniature meteorologists will be given the chance to put together their own weather tools to take home inside!
All the Water on Earth
April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers need? Water! With approximately 32 quintillion gallons of water moving across our planet there is a lot to talk about! We will be taking samples of Lost Lake beneath the microscope to look at the tiniest life we can see, we will be sampling the water to determine quality of both the lake and the surrounding marshes, and even play some water games and experiments inside!

Bug Out Bag
Many of our smaller, stranger, stingier friends are often referred to as pests but we don't see them that way here at Lost Lake. Every insect has its part to play in the overall health of the ecosystem and every player to us is as important as the honeybee (even the pesky mosquito). Join us as we look at some of the most common and strange creepy crawlies that call Oakland Township home while also determining which are the most beneficial for our at-home gardens. We will be using the stereoscope to observe some segmented body parts, learning how naturalists pin and preserve insects and even putting together bug boxes with our younger crowd inside! There will be frequent hikes outside to flip over logs and do some investigating.