Enjoy everything winter has to offer at Oakland County Parks this January

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. 31 at the following Oakland County Parks: Addison Oaks; Catalpa Oaks; Glen Oaks Golf Course; Groveland Oaks; Independence Oaks; Lyon Oaks; Oakland County Market; Orion Oaks; Red Oaks Golf Course; Springfield Oaks/Activity Center; Springfield Oaks/Ellis Barn; 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. The parks system will process the trees and make free wood chips available at a later date. Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

Jan. 9

  • Daisies: Clover Petal – Use Resources Wisely is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 9 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. Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.
  • All About Owls is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 9 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Explore unique owl adaptations and deconstruct an owl pellet. Plan to take a short hike, weather permitting, into Friendship Woods. This program is appropriate for school-aged children and adults. Cost is $4/person. Pre-registration required by calling 248-858-0916. Visit DestinationOakland.com for details.

Jan. 15

  • Winter Astro Evening is scheduled from 8-10 p.m. Jan. 15 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Learn to locate winter constellations inside StarLab, a portable planetarium. Oakland Astronomy Club will provide telescope viewing (weather permitting) and the evening will also include a craft and snack. This event is suitable for school-aged children and adults. Cost is $4/person. Pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916. Visit DestinationOakland.com for details. 

Jan. 16

  • NatureFit: Snowshoe Try It! is 2-4 p.m. Jan. 16 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. Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

Jan. 22

  • Owls Among Us – An Exploration of Nature’s Night Life is scheduled from 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 22 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn about some of the mysterious animals that come out at night. Take a nature walk and look for owls (weather permitting). Quiet nature lovers are a necessity at this event so it is open to participants ages 6 and older. Cost is $5/person and pre-registration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays. Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

Jan. 23

  • Daisies: Rose Petal – Make the World a Better Place is set from 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 23 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. Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

Jan. 30

  • A “Frozen” Encounter will be held 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 30 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Join a naturalist for an afternoon of “Frozen” fun that includes how wildlife fare in Elsa’s winter world. Make an Olaf craft, enjoy a campfire like Anna and a snack. Participants must wear boots. Cost is $4/person and pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916.
  • NatureFit: Winter Survival will be held 2-4 p.m. Jan. 30 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Learn about how plants and animals cope with the cold, then head outdoors to practice winter survival skills like reading animal tracks, building a fire and constructing a shelter. This program is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Participants must wear boots. Cost is $4/person and pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays.

 
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