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Enjoy a winter wonderland this January at Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Bundle up and head outdoors to enjoy all the frosty weather that January has to offer by going cross-country skiing, ice skating, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, sledding and ice fishing. If you prefer, stay indoors and participate in activities and programs at Wint Nature Center and Red Oaks Nature Center. Check out these upcoming events:
 
Jan. 1
  • Christmas tree recycling runs until Jan. 30 at the following Oakland County Parks: Addison Oaks; Catalpa Oaks; Glen Oaks Golf Course; Groveland Oaks; Independence Oaks; Lyon Oaks; Oakland County Farmers Market; Orion Oaks; Red Oaks Golf Course; Springfield Oaks; and White Lake Oaks Golf Course. Drop off trees from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There is no charge to drop off trees, but plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. No commercial trees accepted. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.
 
Jan. 7
  • NatureFit: Snowshoe Try It! is 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 7 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn about the history of snowshoes and then head outdoors for a guided snowshoe hike, campfire and snack. This program is appropriate for those ages 5 and older and snowshoes are provided. Participants must wear boots. A winter hike will be substituted if conditions do not permit snowshoeing. Cost is $5/person and pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.
 
Jan. 14
  • Youth Abilities – Saturday Sports Special will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Boys & Girls Clubs, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters, basketball and more. Individuals must pre-register by calling 248-424-7077. This program is limited to 20 participants. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.
  • Discover cooking secrets from local chefs and sample dishes using produce available from Oakland County Farmers Market vendors during a free cooking demonstration held in cooperation with edibleWOW from 10-11 a.m. Jan. 14. Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Fireside Chat: Legends of Michigan’s Past is 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Stay warm this winter by cozying up at the fireplace and learning all about the Anishanabe, who lived in Michigan hundreds of years ago. Join a naturalist for an afternoon of interactive storytelling and legends as well as traditional Native American games. Make a historic native trade item to take home. Cocoa, coffee and a snack will be served. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.
  • If you have ever wanted to try ice fishing, attend Ice Fishing 101 from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 14 at Twin Chimneys Shelter in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn about ice fishing equipment and techniques, then try your hand at the sport if ice and weather conditions permit. If not, alternative fishing activities will be substituted. Participants ages 17 and older must have a valid Michigan fishing license. This program is appropriate for individuals ages 5 and older. Cost is $5/person and pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.
 
Jan. 21
  • Youth Abilities – Saturday Sports Special will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Boys & Girls Clubs, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters, basketball and more. Individuals must pre-register by calling 248-424-7077. This program is limited to 20 participants. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.
  • Wolves: Digging into the Past is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 21 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Daisies: Clover Petal – Use Resources Wisely is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 21 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
Jan. 28
  • Youth Abilities – Saturday Sports Special will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Boys & Girls Clubs, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters, basketball and more. Individuals must pre-register by calling 248-424-7077. This program is limited to 20 participants. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.
  • Discover cooking secrets from local chefs and sample dishes using produce available from Oakland County Farmers Market vendors during a free cooking demonstration held in cooperation with edibleWOW from 10-11 a.m. Jan. 28. Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Daisies: Rosie Petal – Make the World a Better Place is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Cross-Country Ski School is scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 28 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn to ski using your own gear or ski rental is included. Adaptive equipment is available; call ahead to reserve. Cost is $15/person. Daily pass or annual vehicle permit is required for park entry. Registration form is available at OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call John Haney at 248-858-1486 or email HaneyJ@oakgov.com.
  • Nature Sprouts is 10-11:45 a.m. Jan. 28 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. The winter session of this nature program for 3-6 year olds accompanied by an adult will focus on “Shapes in Nature.” Indoor and outdoor hands-on nature discovery activities include a story, hike, craft and snack. Cost is $4/person. Pre-registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.
 
For information on other events, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @OCParksAndRec.
 
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