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Spring has sprung at Oakland County Parks and Recreation

The signs of spring are everywhere at Oakland County Parks and Recreation. Hike the trails to watch as birds happily prepare for warmer weather, learn tips for planning a vegetable garden and check out the spring produce making an appearance at the Oakland County Farmers Market.

 

Spring is also the time to start making your summer plans. Oakland County Parks and Recreation has a full slate of summer activities scheduled, including the popular Come Out and Play series, Sink or Sail Cardboard Regatta, Cosmic Connection Perseids Meteor Shower event, Feather Fest and Make a Splash series. New this year is Camp Oak Ventures, weekly adventure day camps for children ages 6-12 years old. Check out information about these events at OaklandCountyParks.com.

 

Events planned in April include:

 

April 3-4

  • Camp “Ology” is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 3-4 at Wit Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Study rocks and fossils with geology, look at animal droppings with scatology and maybe make up a new “ology.” Each day will be a new adventure with talks, activities, crafts and more. All supplies and snack are included. This is a kids-only event, suitable for ages 5 and older. A signed release form is required with registration. Cost is $12/child/day or $21/child if attending both days. Pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.

 

April 6

  • Morinng Munchkins is 10:30-11:15 a.m. April 6 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Join this new and exciting series just for preschoolers. Bring your munchkin to the nature center for a favorite story and a related hands-on, nature-based discovery activity. This series will be offered the first Friday of each month. April’s theme is “Stellaluna.” Cost is $1/person. Pre-registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.

 

  • A Baseball Bash Social will be held from 6-8 p.m. April 6 at the Royal Oak Senior Center, 3500 Marais in Royal Oak. Designed for individuals with disabilities ages 18 and older, activities include music and ballpark fare like hot dogs, nachos and popcorn. Cost is $10/participant; $5/caregiver and pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-424-7081. Register by March 28. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for a registration form or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.

April 7

  • The Vanishing Ponds of Spring is 2-4 p.m. April 7 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Vernal ponds create a unique home for many amazing creatures. Visit the classroom and woods to explore myriad macroinvertebrates and others that call this temporary water “home.” Dip nets and microscopes will be available for use in a guided pond-dipping experience. Learn about citizen scientist opportunities in Oakland County to better understand the vernal ponds right in local neighborhoods. Warm beverages will be served. This program is appropriate for school-aged children through adults. Dress for the weather. Muck boots or other waterproof footwear is recommended. Cost is $4/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.

 

April 8

  • Pottery Workshop – Mii Succulent Garden is 10-11:30 a.m. or 2-3:30 p.m. April 8 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Using oven-bake clay, create two mii pots with step-by-step instructions. Choose from the provided succulents and bake the pots at home, then create your own mini succulent garden. All materials, tools and plants provided. Beginners to advanced potters welcome. This program is suitable for school-aged children and adults. Cost is $15/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.

 

April 14

  • Discover what the Oakland Conservation District is all about from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 14 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. Learn about the organization’s Backyard Habitat Certification Program, which begins in April and runs through May. Details: 858-5495 or OaklandCountyParks.com.

 

  • Daisies: Clover is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. April 14 at Wit 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.

 

  • Junior Girl Scouts: Geocacher is set from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2-4:30 p.m. April 14 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.

 

April 21

  • A educational series at the Oakland County Farmers Market is 10-11 a.m. April 21. Held in collaboration with Farver Creek Food & Fiber Farm i Oakland Twp., this moth’s topic will be “Planting Produce: A Vegetable Epic.” Learn simple tips ad tricks to get started on your vegetable garden. Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.

 

  • A Pirate’s Life for Me! is 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 21 at Wit Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn about the piracy that took place o the Great Lakes, then head out onto the trail and put pirate skills to the test during a pirate scavenger hunt. Inside, enjoy a snack and make a craft. Come in pirate wear, if you would like. Cost is $7/perso and pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.

 

  • Nature Fit: “Hearty” River Hike is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 21 at Wit Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Bring the family out for a heart-healthy, naturalist-led hike rain or shine. Exercise your body and celebrate Earth Day weekend. Trail snacks and water will be provided. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Cost is $4/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.

 

  • Caring for Planet Earth is 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 21 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Continue the legacy of Earth Day by learning how you can help the environment in your backyard. Drop in for a compost demonstration and make “seed bombs” for pollinators. Take a hike to learn about stewardship activities at Friendship Woods. Dress for the weather. This free event is sponsored by Pure Oakland Water. Details: 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.

 

April 28

  • Tiger Cub Scouts: Backyard Jungle is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. April 28 at Wit 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.

 

April 29

  • Nature Fit – Sprig Photography Hike is 2-3:30 p.m. April 29 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Grab your smartphone or DSLR and explore elements of photography including perspective and composition. Capture the color, beauty and texture provided by nature during a hike. A Facebook group will be created to share your best shots. Trail snacks and water are provided. 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.

 

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