Soak Up the Sunshine at Oakland County Parks and Recreation in August

The hustle and bustle of a busy summer give way to long, sunshine-filled days in August. Savor every last moment of summer by enjoying a relaxing day at the campground, splashing around at the waterpark, hitting the links and taking the family to these upcoming activities offered through Oakland County Parks and Recreation:

Aug. 5

  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $8/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 15. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.

Aug. 6

  • The TrailBlazer Walking Series will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 West Romeo Road, north of Rochester. Meet at the Lake Shore Pavilion to learn about lakeshore ecology. 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 bug spray and a refillable water bottle. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • After Hours Adult Swim for ages 50+ is from 7:30-9 p.m. Aug. 6 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Float on the River Ride, swim in the wave pool and zip down the waterslides. Cost is $10/person pre-registered or $15/person at the door. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.

Aug. 7

  • Come Out and Play, a free event, is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Green Acres Park, 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd., Hazel Park. Come out and try the zip line (closed-toe shoes required) and have fun playing with water inflatables (bring a swimsuit or change of clothes), the climbing tower, non-water bouncer inflatables (socks required) and retro games. There will also be a popcorn treat (one per person, while supplies last). To ride on the zip line, children must be at least 45 pounds and 42 inches tall. A waiver form must be signed by parent or guardian. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Free document shredding will be available from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Confidential and personal documents will be shredded on site by Rapid Shred’s state-of-the-art, high-volume shredding truck. The truck will be in the Oakland County Farmers Market parking lot; there is no need for residents to leave their cars. Arrive early as there is typically a line of cars, but the line moves quickly. Residents are reminded to limit documents to three or four boxes of paper only. This service is available to residents; no commercial or business use. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $8/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 15. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.

Aug. 8

  • Join Studio 8 Fitness of Waterford for a free yoga lesson from noon-12:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 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 for more information.
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $8/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 15. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.

Aug. 9

  • 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 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. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • It’s Campground Carnival weekend Aug. 9-11 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway near Holly. Enjoy carnival games, climbing tower, inflatable zone, clown, face painters, henna tattoos, candy bar bingo, dunk tank, big screen movie, hayrides, team games, DJ dances and a variety band. Events vary each day. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • Enjoy a Corn Roast, corn-on-the-cob eating contest, inflatables, face painters, DJ/karaoke, pie-eating contest, corn husk figures, wagon rides and a band Aug. 9-10 at Addison Oaks Campground at 1480 W. Romeo Road north of Rochester. Events vary each day. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.

Aug. 10

  • A Hot Topic: Fires in Nature is set from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 10 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn why Oakland County Parks and Recreation uses prescribed burns, how they work and the tools used to manage them. Then learn about the good and the bad of forest fires and how they can affect wildlife. Enjoy a sweet treat while discussing campfire safety. All ages welcome. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center at 248-625-6473 on Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • The 9th Annual BBQ Battle is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Oak Park Community Center, 14300 Oak Park Blvd. in Oak Park. There is free admission for spectators and plenty of fun for the entire family with kids’ activities, nature programs, music, food court and more. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.
  • The Oakland Conservation District will host a Monarch Butterfly program from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Discover the beauty of the Monarch butterfly while learning about its life cycle and how you can help the declining population. 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 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. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com.

Aug. 12

  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $8/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 15. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Join Oakland County Parks and Recreation for Cosmic Commotion Perseid Meteor Shower from 9 p.m.-midnight Monday, Aug. 12, at Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 W. Romeo Road, north of Rochester. The event will include watching the meteor shower, crafts, games and s’mores. Bring a blanket or chair for viewing. Activities are free with daily park entry fee or 2019 Oakland County Parks and Recreation Annual Vehicle Permit. Follow signage from the Buhl Estate to be directed to parking at Lake George Field. For more information, call 248-858-5267.

Aug. 13

  • Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host the TrailBlazer Walking Series, a free program that explores a different park each week, from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27705 Greenfield Road, Southfield. Explore the park’s early history. Meet at the picnic pavilion and bring bug spray and a refillable water bottle. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.

Aug. 14

  • Come out for Make a Splash: Wookie Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford Oaks County Park, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. Come dressed as a galactic character and enjoy the following activities: Water gun tie-dye towels, pool noodle lightsabers craft (while supplies last), nature activity and Nerf gun target practice. This event is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union and Goldfish Swim School-Clarkston. Activities are free with paid admission to the waterpark. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $8/visit. The River Walk is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 15. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.

Aug. 15

  • A Food Truck Rally is scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 15 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 for more information.
  • 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 Aug. 15. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.
  • River Walk is from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $8/visit. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.

Aug. 16

  • It’s Mess Fest weekend Aug. 16-18 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway near Holly. Enjoy messy fun with paint playoffs, gluey crafts, mud volleyball, sticky slip ‘n slide, dunk tank, team games, big screen movie, hayrides, DJ dances and an outdoor concert. Events vary each day. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • Go Back in Time Aug. 16-17 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road north of Rochester. Enjoy tie dying, hip headbands, yo-yo performance and demo, candy bar bingo, face painting, neon glow crafts, team games, wagon rides, black light bash, DJ dance and an oldies band. Events vary each day. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • 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 equipment (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.

Aug. 17

  • Join Michigan State University Extension Health & Nutrition professionals for a presentation on cucumbers and pickles from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Kids can make a pickle, take it home and finish it off in their refrigerator to enjoy later. Adults can learn about cucumbers, pickling and food preservation. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
  • Michigan State University Extension Master Gardeners will host a program on herb gardening from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. An herb garden allows children to observe how food grows while they tend the plants. They learn how plants are used in food preparation and that plants continue to grow for future use. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
  • Grands Camp at Red Oaks is 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Spend time in nature with your nana, papa or special adult mentor as we explore dinosaurs and other prehistoric life through fossils, dino facts, a game, craft, snack and a paleontological dig. Cost is $6/person. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • 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 equipment (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.

Aug. 20

  • Ahoy, Matey! Adventure Camp is set from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 20-21 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Young pirates will find adventure-filled activities, games and projects at this two-day camp. Activities include following a map to dig up buried treasure, playing games like Walk the Plank and making a treasure chest filled with loot as a keepsake. Bring a water bottle, lunch, sunscreen (and bug spray, if desired). Signed waiver required. This program is for ages 7-10. Cost is $40 for one day or $75 for both days. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center at 248-625-6473 on Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • The TrailBlazer Walking Series will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg. Meet at the Ellis Barn to learn about bats. 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 bug spray and a refillable water bottle. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or visit OaklandCountyParks.com.

Aug. 21

  • National Senior Day is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 21 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Celebrate National Senior Day by participating in a fun day of fishing, archery, nature education, pedal boating, lawn games and pontoon boat rides. A hot dog, chips and lemonade lunch will be provided. This adults-only program is free, but requires an Oakland County Parks and Recreation annual vehicle permit or daily park pass for entry. The daily fee for seniors is $4/Oakland County residents or $12/regular rate. Pre-register by Aug. 16. For more information, call 248-424-7081.

Aug. 22

  • Enjoy a drive-in movie at the Waterford Oaks BMX Track for free from 5-10:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse starts at 8:30 p.m. There will be snacks available for purchase, face painting and inflatables (socks required). For more information, email haneyj@oakgov.com or call 248-858-1486.

Aug. 23

  • It’s Back in Time weekend Aug. 23-25 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway near Holly. Enjoy far-out fun with tie-dying, hula hoop demo and lessons, face/body painting, black light bash, big screen movie, dunk tank, relays, retro camper open house, family hayrides, DJ dances and an oldies band. Events vary each day. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • Enjoy campground recreation activities, a DJ dance and band Aug. 23-24 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road north of Rochester. Events vary each day. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • 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 equipment (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.

Aug. 24

  • I Am the Night – Michigan Bats is set from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 24 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the iconic superhero Batman. Celebrate by learning about our own heroes of the night: bats. Uncover the mysteries that surround these elusive creatures. Learn about their foe, the villain White Nose Syndrome and what can be done to help save the day. Build your own bat boxes to take home. All ages welcome. Cost is $5/person and $25/bat box. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center at 248-625-6473 on Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • The Oakland County Health Division will be at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, for blood pressure checks from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 24. 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 on site to assist. Participants may bring their own equipment (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.
  • Campfire Evening is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Spend an evening outdoors with friends and family around a campfire. Roast hot dogs and s’mores and enjoy activities around the fire. A naturalist will lead a leisurely stroll through the woods to discover which animals are most active this time of the day. Food, roasting implements and beverages provided. Bring a camping chair if you have one; limited chairs are available at the nature center. Cost is $6/person. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • The Oakland County Health Division will be at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, for blood pressure checks from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 24. Details: OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495.

Aug. 30

  • Celebrate Labor Day weekend Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway near Holly. Enjoy inflatables, dunk tank, arts and crafts, magic show, face painters, henna tattoos, pet portraits, sport games, bingo, big screen movie, DJ dances and outdoor concerts. Events vary each day. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • Enjoy Labor Day weekend Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road north of Rochester. Enjoy a summer finale of fun featuring bingo, tie-dying, magic show, inflatables, face painting, team games, arts and crafts, DJ dance, karaoke, wagon rides and a band. Events vary each day. For the summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • 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 equipment (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.

Aug. 31

  • 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 equipment (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.

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