Lost Lake Nature Park Partnership
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 12-PM
|April 15||May 6||June 3|
With the maple trees being tapped and the winter snows thawing we're always reminded of the People of the Three Fires and it's about time we had a program dedicated to Native Americans. Join us as we put together our own dreamcatchers, play a few genuine native American games and learn about surviving in the woods in this, the most difficult part of the year to live in.
|Leaf It To Trees
One thing we really like doing is breathing, and the trees make that much more enjoyable for us. Join us for an exciting class all about trees and the things they provide us (of course we will have reading from "The Giving Tree" every hour). We will take a look at leaves beneath a stereoscope to see all the veins and details that we can't make out with our eyes, collect green leaves from the woods - rich in that awesome green chlorophyll- and stamp our own leaf-print canvas tote to take home! We will even have displays available for you to see how a tree develops and grows over time!
| Babbles About Mammals
They’re definitely one of our favorite classes of vertebrate animals (and not just because we’re one of them). Join us as we spend some time investigating the mammals that call Lost Lake home. We will take guided trips out into the woods to search for footprints, get hands-on with furs from animals both local and exotic in the nature center, and even take an up-close look at a couple animal skulls! We will even be putting together squirrel feeders to take home to continue your observations at home!
|July 15||July 29||August 5|
|Words About Birds
Take out your birding check-lists because there are approximately 450 species of birds that call Michigan home. Inside we will be putting together our own recycled bird feeders and bird houses, while outside we will be taking trips into the woods with binoculars to try and spot a few of the avian friends that are calling Lost Lake home. We will even let you know what seeds to place in your feeders to attract specific birds!
|What About Wetlands?
The wetland ecosystem is one of the most diverse in the world but you wouldn’t know it just by using your eyes. Join us for a special day of wetland observation and skimming as we take samples of water from very own wetland and put them beneath a powerful microscope to see just how many different specimens can be found! We will also be putting together our own. Inside we will have a very special frog craft available for the younger naturalists!
|Wild About Reptiles
Michigan is home to some of the coolest (and frankly some of the shyest) reptiles on the planet. From introverted box turtles to snakes that like to remain in the shadows we have a whole world of reptiles we constantly overlook. Join us as we go out on the trails to find signs of garter snakes (as well as their lunches), take a look at several turtles inside the nature center for a critter meet-and-greet and even put together a turtle maraca to take home!
Barking up the Wrong Tree