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
April 14 May 19 June 2
Weather the Weather
Weather is a combination 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.

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August 18

 Lots of Lakes  Lost Lake's Bouquet  The Ecosystem of Slime
Wild Kids of Lost Lake Summer Camp
M-F, August 5-9, 10am - 3pm

Ages 5 - 8
Residents $140; 
Non-residents $170.
Register with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.
For the true park experience, you need to join us for our Wild Kids of Lost Lake summer camp. This week-long day camp features five themed days inundated with fun. Whether it's casting a line out into the lake, wading through the swampland in search of frogs and snakes, concocting wacky experiments inside or simply learning how to climb a tree, we have something for everyone in this adventure of a week. This camp will feature a large variety of scientific and educational activities. We will picnic outside whenever the weather permits, so send a bagged lunch to keep your little scientist fueled so they can continue inspecting insects beneath stereoscopes, dodging water balloons and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Lost Lake.
The Great Lost Lake Overnight Adventure
Fri-Sat, August 9-10, 5pm-10am

Family - All Ages
Residents $25;
Non-residents $30.
Register with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.
  Join us for a spectacularly unique adventure as we take over Lost Lake Nature Park for an overnight camping extravaganza! Dinosaur Hill naturalists will lead us through an evening of nature-based escapades throughout the entirety of the park - including time fishing off the dock, meadow glow-stick tag, scavenger hunt, flint-and-steel fire-starting demonstrations, and nature-based crafts - all before the sun begins to set! Once it get dark we will gather around the campfire to cook a delicious dinner before heading inside to watch a movie with snacks. Afterwards, we will take a flashlight led hike in the woods on an owl-prowl and learn a little bit about the many moths of the woods (while also learning what you can do at home to attract them)!  The nature center will be open for crafts and activities until we're ready to retire for the night. In the morning we will gather around the fire one final time to cook breakfast before packing our belongings and bidding adieu to a wonderful night! Participants are asked to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights.  The nature center has bathrooms, running water, and electricity. If you do not wish to spend the night, you may leave at any point, but still participate in all activities!