School’s in Session, But the Fun Continues at Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Make every last moment of warm weather count

A Food Truck Rally is set for Sept. 19 at the Oakland County Farmers Market. Photo by Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Back-to-school time may usher in the unofficial start of autumn, but there is still plenty to see and do at Oakland County Parks and Recreation. Head out for a terrific day at the golf course, savor the late-summer harvest at the Oakland County Farmers Market and take time for a few more trips to the campground. Make every last moment of summer count at these upcoming activities offered through Oakland County Parks and Recreation:

Sept. 6

  • Morning Munchkins is 10:30-11:15 a.m. Sept. 6 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Bring your preschooler 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. This month’s topic is “What Pet Should I Get?” Cost is $1/person. Preregistration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.
  • The Archery Range at Independence Oaks County Park offers open shooting from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 6. Trained staff are onsite to assist. Participants may bring their own equipment (no crossbows) or may rent equipment. There is a $5 range fee and equipment can be rented for $5. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Independence Oaks County Park is located at 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.

Sept. 7

  • Join Studio 8 Fitness of Waterford for a free yoga lesson from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. The lesson will take place on the grassy area to the west of the market building, weather permitting. Free yoga mats are available for the first 10 participants. This program is held in collaboration with Healthy Oakland Partnership. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.
  • Join Michigan State University Extension Health & Nutrition professionals for a presentation on sweet corn from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Learn about purchasing, storing, cooking and preserving corn. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.
  • A Corn Roast will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Enjoy a complimentary ear of freshly grilled corn courtesy of market vendors — one per person while the corn lasts. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Corn will be provided by Prielipp Farms of Britton and Vanhoutte Farms of Armada; cooked by Red Wood Grill; and served by Oakland County Parks and Recreation volunteers and Genisys Credit Union employees. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.
  • The Archery Range at Independence Oaks County Park offers open shooting from 1-7 p.m. Sept. 7. Trained staff are onsite to assist. Participants may bring their own (no crossbows) or rent equipment. There is a $5 range fee and equipment can be rented for $5. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Independence Oaks County Park is located at 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Canoe & Campfire is set from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Meet at the boathouse. Enjoy an evening canoe adventure led by a Wint Nature Center naturalist on beautiful Crooked Lake. On-shore activities will include a campfire, snack and nature trivia. Space is limited. This program is suitable for school-age children and adults with previous canoe experience. Bring your own canoe or rent one from the park. Life vests are mandatory. NOTE: Approximately one hour will be spent canoeing. Cost is $7/person, which includes canoe rental. Preregistration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center at 248-625-6473 on Saturdays. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.

Sept. 11

  • A Beginner Archery class will be held at the Archery Range at Independence Oaks County Park from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Cost is $75 for the six-week course, which is offered to individuals age 8 and older. Dates are subject to change due to weather; wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors. Independence Oaks County Park is located at 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.

Sept. 12

  • Join Studio 8 Fitness of Waterford for a free yoga lesson from noon-12:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. The lesson will take place on the grassy area to the west of the market building, weather permitting. Yoga mats will be available for use. This program is held in collaboration with Healthy Oakland Partnership. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.
  • Learn all about how fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy lifestyle during Healthy Oakland Partnership’s Senior Market Day from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Eligible participants will receive a $5 coupon for the purchase of locally grown produce. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.
Haunted Hallows events are coming up this month at Groveland Oaks Campground in Holly. Photo by Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Sept. 13

  • The Archery Range at Independence Oaks County Park offers open shooting from 4-7 p.m. Fridays and 1-7 p.m. Saturdays. Trained staff are onsite to assist. Participants may bring their own (no crossbows) or may rent equipment. There is a $5 range fee and equipment can be rented for $5. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Haunted Hallows I is Sept. 13-14 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Enjoy eerie fun with a Halloween-themed DJ dance, dodge ball, mini-pumpkin painting, inflatable obstacle courses and mazes (socks required), hayrides, Halloween face painting, campsite decorating contest, campground trick or treating, a haunted island and a not-so-scary Haunted Hallows Island for youngsters. Watch a professional pumpkin carver, too. This program is presented by General RV Center-Clarkston. For the campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.

Sept. 14

  • The Oakland Conservation District will host a free Well Water Testing program from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Stop by the farmers market with a water sample to have it tested for nitrates. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
  • The Archery Range at Independence Oaks County Park offers open shooting from 4-7 p.m. Fridays and 1-7 p.m. Saturdays. Trained staff are on site to assist. Participants may bring their own (no crossbows) or rent equipment. There is a $5 range fee and equipment can be rented for $5. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Magnificent Monarch is 2-4 p.m. Sept. 14 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Learn about monarchs and their journey. Make a paper butterfly that will fly (via U.S. Mail) to Mexico City and spend the winter months there. A live monarch will also be tagged so participants can keep track of its journey south. Make a craft and have a treat, too. Cost is $5/person. Preregistration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.

Sept. 18

  • Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host the Springfield Sock Hop, a program for individuals 18 and older with developmental disabilities from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18 at Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg. The ’50s Sock Hop includes dinner, music and dancing. Register by Sept. 11. Cost is $10 participant/$5 caregiver. Preregistration only; no walk-ins. Payment must accompany registration form, which can be found at OaklandCountyParks.com. Call 248-424-7081 or email Adaptive@oakgov.com.

Sept. 19

  • A Food Truck Rally is scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. Enjoy sweet and savory offerings from local food trucks and shop with market vendors for fresh produce, homemade products, baked goods, fresh flowers and artisan crafts. This event is presented by Genisys Credit Union. Call 248-858-5495.
  • The Oakland County Health Division will be at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, for a free health education program from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 19. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.

Sept. 20

  • The Archery Range at Independence Oaks County Park offers open shooting from 4-7 p.m. Fridays and 1-7 p.m. Saturdays. Trained staff are onsite to assist. Participants may bring their own (no crossbows) or rent equipment. There is a $5 range fee and equipment can be rented for $5. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • The TrailBlazer Walking Series will be held from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Highway, Holly. Meet at the accessible trail entrance, past the contact station to explore vernal ponds. The TrailBlazer Walking Series is a free, drop-in program featuring informational hikes. An annual or daily vehicle permit is required for park entry. Bring bugspray and a refillable water bottle. Details: 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Haunted Hallows II is Sept. 20-21 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Enjoy eerie fun with a Halloween-themed DJ dance, dodge ball, mini-pumpkin painting, inflatable obstacle courses and mazes (socks required), hayrides, Halloween face painting, campsite decorating contest, campground trick or treating, a haunted island and a not-so-scary Haunted Hallows Island for youngsters. Watch a professional pumpkin carver, too. This program is presented by General RV Center-Clarkston. For the campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.

Sept. 21

  • Join Michigan State University Extension Health & Nutrition professionals for a presentation on kohlrabi from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Learn how to purchase, store and preserve kohlrabi and take home kohlrabi recipes. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
  • The TrailBlazer Walking Series will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Holly Oaks ORV Park, 13805 Dixie Highway, Holly. Meet at the corner of Shields Road and Dixie Highway to hike through an abandoned sand and gravel mine during this extreme hike. The TrailBlazer Walking Series is a free, drop-in program featuring informational hikes. Bring bugspray and a refillable water bottle. Sturdy hiking shoes are a must and garden gloves should be considered. Details: 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Michigan State University Extension Master Gardeners will host a program on daisy dyeing from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. By placing daisies in colored water, children will discover how plants take up food through their roots and stems to produce flowers, fruit and leaves. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.
  • The Archery Range at Independence Oaks County Park offers open shooting from 4-7 p.m. Fridays and 1-7 p.m. Saturdays. Trained staff are onsite to assist. Participants may bring their own (no crossbows) or rent equipment. There is a $5 range fee and equipment can be rented for $5. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.

Sept. 22

  • Shop ‘til you drop at the Oakland County Farmers Market on Sept. 22 during the Community Garage Sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • The Fall Color Car Classic is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and goodie bags. Concession food will be available. Trophies will be given to the top 10 cars, best engine, best paint and best interior. Register classic cars at OaklandCountyParks.com. Cost is $12 by Sept. 15 and $15 after. Proceeds benefit Alhambra Charities. Details: 248-673-2826.

Sept. 27

  • The Archery Range at Independence Oaks County Park offers open shooting from 4-7 p.m. Fridays and 1-7 p.m. Saturdays. Trained staff are onsite to assist. Participants may bring their own (no crossbows) or rent equipment. There is a $5 range fee and equipment can be rented for $5. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.

Sept. 28

  • The TrailBlazer Walking Series will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Meet at the boathouse to learn about woodpeckers during this extreme hike. The TrailBlazer Walking Series is a free, drop-in program featuring informational hikes. An annual or daily vehicle permit is required for park entry. Bring bugspray and a refillable water bottle. Sturdy hiking shoes are a must and garden gloves should be considered. Call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • The Oakland County Health Division will be at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, for free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 28. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.
  • The Archery Range at Independence Oaks County Park offers open shooting from 4-7 p.m. Fridays and 1-7 p.m. Saturdays. Trained staff are onsite to assist. Participants may bring their own (no crossbows) or rent equipment. There is a $5 range fee and equipment can be rented for $5. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • It’s Dog Days weekend Sept. 28 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway near Holly. Enjoy pooch portraits, dog psychic, dog demos, doggy crafts and hound hayrides. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.

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