Oakland Township Parks and Recreation

Family at Free Fishing Draper Twin Lake Park dock
Registration required; deadlines one week prior to class.
Call (248) 651-7810, ext. 405, for information. Fees as listed. Nature programs led by Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve naturalists. Full program descriptions can be found in our newsletter.
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Register at least a week prior to class.
Refund Policy

New Partnership brings exciting new programs to Lost Lake Nature Center!
Nature Programs
$5 Resident/DHNP members;
$7 Non-resident
Freezing Mad Science (3-5 yrs)
Friday, January 18, 2019
Lost Lake Nature Park
With winter breathing its frigid air across the ponds and streams we've noticed them turning solid! We're not one to ignore nature's cues so we will be playing with ice today! From the warmth of the nature center we will perform experiments with wacky hand-shaped ice cubes and salt, see if we are able to paint cubes of ice before they melt, and even make ice fizz up like soda pop! Afterwards we will be taking a trip into the woods (with snow shoes if nature is kind enough to give us snow) to explore Lost Lake for signs of natural ice! We will even be putting together ICE CANDLES to take home!
Stylish Fur Coats (5-8 yrs)  CANCELLED
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lost Lake Nature Park
Whether they're sophisticated stripes like on the pelt of a skunk or glamorous spots like on the back of a giraffe, we are always impressed with the showmanship of the animal community. Join us as we take a look at and wear several different animal furs to experience their warmth and differentiate between textures to figure out why certain pelts feel (and look) the way they do. We will even perform experiments with the furs to prove how great of a job they do to block out the cold. We will also look at animal skulls, beaks, claws and bones to notice the many varieties of animal adaptations AND playing an animal matching game. Afterward we will venture into the woods to see if we can find any live animals to observe (with snowshoes if the weather cooperates) and we will put together our own "touch books" with samples of fur from real animals!
Guided Evening Nocturnal Hikes CANCELLED
- Winter's Snow Moon (Adult)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Cranberry Lake Farm Main House
Join a park naturalist as we venture out into the winter wonderland of February guided by the light of the snow moon (February's full moon). We will start by putting together a track book to take on the trails to use as a reference for any marks in the snow we see. We shall don our warm gear and head out to see if we can find some signs of forest forensics as animals leave behind clues to their appearances in the snow, on the branches and in piles upon the ground. We will even learn a little about shrubbery that can bring color to your home garden in the winter. Participants are asked to bring their own headlamp or flashlight for the hike.
Monster Maples (Family)
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Session 1, 1-2:15pm
Session 2, 2:30-3:45pm
Cranberry Lake Park
Michigan is one of the few places in the world where the conditions are just right for the collection of sap from maple trees. In this program we explore this history and techniques of tapping maple trees to collect sap which is turned into maple syrup. Indoors we will learn important tips such as how to identify a maple tree and how many taps can be placed in one tree. Outdoors we will actually practice tapping trees and even take a taste of sap as it flows (depending on weather conditions). Inside we will taste maple syrup and an authentic Native American recipe. Each family will even receive a spile to take home to practice what we learned at Cranberry Lake!
Michigan Birds of Prey (5yrs-Adult)
Friday, April 5, 2019
Lost Lake Nature Park
Come join us in learning about Michigan's birds of prey, where you will meet raptors such as a hawk, an owl, a falcon, and even an eagle! These engaging birds will model and demonstrate their incredible survival adaptations and behaviors. You will have the chance to observe skulls, feel feathers, and handle other bird parts such as feet and bones. This hands-on experience is fascinating! Presented by Francie Krawcke and Michigan Avian Experience.
Building Birdfeeders
(Grandparents & grandchildren 5-12)
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Lost Lake Nature Park
With the sights, sounds and smells of spring in the air we can only assume that we're about to witness the population boom that comes from creatures surviving the winter. There are about to be a lot of brand new hungry mouths out in the woods and we would like to give them a warm welcome to planet Earth by providing them with a great meal. Join us for a special grandparent and grandchild program as we put together our own recycled bird feeders to take home and learn about the feathered friends that would be most likely to stop by for a snack!
 Michigan's Free Fishing Weekend - Family

Fishing is a part of Michigan's heritage. Fishing is also a relaxing pastime and a great way to spend time with your family. There is no room for cell phones, texting or TV on the dock. This program is your chance to try out fishing. Learn about the types of baits and lures to use, the types of fish you may encounter in Township parks and some tips about nearby "fishing holes".  Saturday at Lost Lake will be a great first experience for young angles and families as we learn how to drop cast, while Sunday's event at Draper will be reserved for the more experienced group as we learn to cast into the lake. We provide everything so no need to remember your poles or bait! All fishing license fees are waived. Register early as we fill up quickly!
Saturday, June 8, 2019
9-10:15 am or 10:30-11:15am
Lost Lake Nature Park
Sunday, June 9, 2019
9-9:25 am or 9:30-9:55am or
10-10:25am or 10:30-11am
Draper Twin Lake Park