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

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. Check out these upcoming events planned for February:

Feb. 5

  • Morning Munchkins is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 5 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Join this 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. The February book is “Mary Leakey, Fossil Huntress.” Programs may take place outdoors – under a tent or on a trail, so dress for the weather. Masks are required for programs conducted under the tent. Masks are available on site if participants do not have their own and staff will wear masks. Screening questions and touchless temperature checks are required upon arrival. Check in at the white tent near the nature center. In case of inclement weather, programs will be cancelled. Cost is $4/child. Preregistration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for details.

Feb. 19

  • Enjoy a free personal, naturalist-guided nature hike during Trail Hikes by Appointment Feb. 19 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Register for time slots at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Participants will learn about seasonal topics while getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors. Up to three family groups will be admitted per time slot to accommodate social distancing. Park entry fee applies. Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is free and suitable for all ages. Masks are encouraged and available on site if participants do not have their own. Staff will wear masks. Screening questions and touchless temperature checks are required upon arrival. Check-in at the white tent near the nature center. In case of inclement weather programs may be cancelled. Preregistration required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.

Feb. 20

  • Discover Michigan Fresh, a free virtual education series, will be Feb. 20. By 10 a.m., a video will be shared on the Oakland County Farmers Market’s Facebook page. 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.
  • Enjoy a free personal, naturalist-guided nature hike during Trail Hikes by Appointment Feb. 20 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Register for time slots at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Participants will learn about seasonal topics while getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors. Up to three family groups will be admitted per time slot to accommodate social distancing. Park entry fee applies. Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is free and suitable for all ages. Masks are encouraged and available on site if participants do not have their own. Staff will wear masks. Screening questions and touchless temperature checks are required upon arrival. Check-in at the white tent near the nature center. In case of inclement weather programs may be cancelled. Preregistration required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.

Feb. 24

  • Gleaners Community Food Bank is hosting a food distribution event at the Oakland County Farmers Market from 9-11 a.m. Feb. 24 while supplies last. Families and individuals in need of food are encouraged to attend the drive-up or walk-up distribution. Items like milk, fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein and other shelf-stable items will be distributed. Stay in your vehicle, and groceries will be placed in your trunk. Walk up guests without vehicles or those without a trunk are welcome to obtain groceries from a self-service table. If walking, please be prepared to carry the groceries or have a cart. You do not need to bring identification or proof of eligibility to receive food. If you wish to pick up for another household, you may do so without their presence in the car. Call 248-858-5495 or email OCmarket@oakgov.com for more information.

Feb. 26

  • Enjoy a personal, naturalist-guided nature hike during Trail Hikes by Appointment Feb. 26 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Register for time slots at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Participants will learn about seasonal topics while getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors. Up to three family groups will be admitted per time slot to accommodate social distancing. Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is free and suitable for all ages. Masks are encouraged and available on site if participants do not have their own. Staff will wear masks. Screening questions and touchless temperature checks are required upon arrival. Check-in at the white tent near the nature center. In case of inclement weather programs may be cancelled. Preregistration required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.

Feb. 27

  • Discover cooking secrets from local chefs who will use produce available from Oakland County Farmers Market vendors during a free virtual cooking demonstration held in cooperation with edibleWOW. The video, recipe and chef information will be posted on the Oakland County Farmers Market’s Facebook page by 10 a.m. Feb. 27. Additional copies of the recipe will be available at the farmers market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, so guests will have the ingredient list while shopping at the market. The chef presenter scheduled for Feb. 27 is Jared Bobkin from Feast. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Enjoy a personal, naturalist-guided nature hike during Trail Hikes by Appointment Feb. 27 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Register for time slots at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Participants will learn about seasonal topics while getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors. Up to three family groups will be admitted per time slot to accommodate social distancing. Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is free and suitable for all ages. Masks are encouraged and available on site if participants do not have their own. Staff will wear masks. Screening questions and touchless temperature checks are required upon arrival. Check-in at the white tent near the nature center. In case of inclement weather programs may be cancelled. Preregistration required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.
  • NatureFit: Snowshoe Try-it is 2-3 p.m. Feb. 27 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn about the history of snowshoes and then hit the trail for an afternoon of winter fun including a guided snowshoe hike and crackling campfire. Snowshoes provided. Participants must wear boots. This program is appropriate for ages 5 and older. A winter hike will be substituted if conditions do not permit snowshoeing. Cost is $6/person. Masks are required for programs conducted under the tent and are available on site if participants do not have their own. Staff will wear masks. Screening questions and touchless temperature checks are required upon arrival. In case of inclement weather programs will be cancelled. Preregistration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.

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