You’ll Love What Oakland County Parks and Recreation Has Planned for February

Bundle up and head outdoors to enjoy all the frosty weather that February has to offer by going cross-country skiing, fat tire biking, snowshoeing and sledding at Oakland County Parks and Recreation. If your heart desires, stay indoors and participate in activities and programs at Wint Nature Center, Red Oaks Nature Center and Oakland County Farmers Market. Whatever your choice, you are sure to have a sweet time at these upcoming events planned for February:

Feb. 14

  • The Dating Game is 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 14 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Count the ways animals show their affection during this Valentine’s Day-themed event. Go on a mini owl prowl to look for love birds, create a nature gift for your own loved one and learn a few dance moves that only nature can teach. Bring your significant ‘otter’ for a date to remember. This program is suitable for ages 16 and older. Cost is $10/person and preregistration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.

Feb. 15

  • Youth Abilities — Saturday Sports Special will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Jack & Patti Salter Club, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, basketball and more. Individuals must preregister by calling 248-424-7081. This program is limited to 20 participants. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.
  • Scout Badge Day — Brownies: Space Science Adventurer is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15 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. Preregistration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Discover Michigan Fresh, a free series for children and adults, will be held Feb. 15 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. There will be two presentations at each session. The first, from 9-10 a.m., will be geared toward children, while the second, from 11 a.m.-noon, is for adults. Since the topics build on information previously discussed, participants are encouraged to attend all six sessions. Experts from Michigan State University Extension — Health & Nutrition will provide growing, handling and preserving tips as well as healthy recipes to help you take advantage of the delicious Michigan-grown bounty from your backyard or the Oakland County Farmers Market. Call 248-858-5495 or email OCmarket@oakgov.com for more information.
  • An Ice Fishing program is set from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 15 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Enjoy Michigan’s free winter fishing weekend. Begin by learning how to operate ice fishing equipment, then practice some fishing knots, observe an auger demonstration and try to reel in some fish. Because this program takes place on a free fishing weekend, no fishing license is necessary to participate. This program is suitable for school-aged children and adults. Cost is $10/person and preregistration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.

Feb. 18

  • Tiny Twigs is set from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 18 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Bring your preschooler to the nature center for a favorite story and a related hands-on, story-based craft and activity. Each session in February focuses on a different theme. Cost is $4/child per session. Preregistration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.

Feb. 20

  • Superhero Social will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Novi Community Center, 45175 W. 10 Mile Road in Novi. Designed for individuals with developmental disabilities ages 18 and older, activities include music, dancing and pizza. Cost is $10/participant; $5/caregiver and preregistration with payment is required by calling 248-424-7081. Register by Feb. 13. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for a registration form or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.

Feb. 22

  • Youth Abilities — Saturday Sports Special will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Jack & Patti Salter Club, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, basketball and more. Individuals must preregister by calling 248-424-7081. 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. Feb. 22. Presentation is scheduled to be given by Chef Max Hardy from The COOP in Detroit. The Oakland County Farmers Market is located at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Scout Badge Day — Brownies: Potter is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Feb. 22 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. Preregistration is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or registration forms are available at OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Polish Your Own Petoskey Stone is 2-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Michigan’s state stone is the Petoskey stone, a fossil colonial coral. Using different sandpaper grits and some “elbow grease,” participants will choose and polish a stone to take home while learning about other local fossils and minerals. All materials are provided. Cost is $8/person. Preregistration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.

Feb. 25

  • Tiny Twigs is set from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 25 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Bring your preschooler to the nature center for a favorite story and a related hands-on, story-based craft and activity. Each session in February focuses on a different theme. Cost is $4/child per session. Preregistration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-625-6473 Saturdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.

Feb. 29

  • Youth Abilities — Saturday Sports Special will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 29 at the Jack & Patti Salter Club, 1545 East Lincoln Road in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, basketball and more. Individuals must preregister by calling 248-424-7081. This program is limited to 20 participants. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or email Adaptive@oakgov.com for details.
  • Discover Michigan Fresh, a free series for children and adults, will be held Feb. 29 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. There will be two presentations at each session. The first, from 9-10 a.m., will be geared toward children while the second, from 11 a.m.-noon, is for adults. Since the topics build on information previously discussed, participants are encouraged to attend all six sessions. Experts from Michigan State University Extension — Health & Nutrition will provide growing, handling and preserving tips as well as healthy recipes to help you take advantage of the delicious Michigan-grown bounty from your backyard or the Oakland County Farmers Market. Call 248-858-5495 or email OCmarket@oakgov.com for more information.
  • Leap Day is 2-4 p.m. Feb. 29 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Get up close and personal with the resident nature center amphibians and have fun making an amphibian-themed craft. This program is suitable for ages 6 and older. Cost is $5/person. Preregistration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.

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