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Outdoor Engagement
Our naturalist is available to answer wildlife nuisance questions about deer, raccoons, skunks, bats, groundhogs, and snakes, as well as other outdoor-related questions. Literature is available regarding deer-proofing your yard, including planting suggestions and techniques to prevent deer from eating your landscape plants. Please visit our Deer Management Advisory Committee page for more information.

Second Saturday Green Space Hikes
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All
Cost: Free, but registration is requested
When: Second Saturday of each month - June through October
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Please meet at City Hall in the visitor lot by 10:00 am and we will caravan to the properties

July 14th - Cloverport/Childress - These two Green Spaces, located west of Rochester Road "on the hill," together join to cover over 12 acres of diverse topography and habitats. These are highly wooded parcels, with steep slopes, wetlands, and Clinton River frontage.

August 11th - White Green Space - This 48 acres of expansive wooded land is located on the north side of the Clinton River and Innovation Hills. This is the largest single piece of reserved Green Space in the city, and has expansive forest and riverfront features to explore.

September 8th - Harding Green Space - Over 26 acres of land located between Harding Avenue and the Clinton River Trail east of Livernois, this Green Space is also accessible by the Clinton River Trail. This unique and beautiful property features water, scenic bluffs and preserved woodlands to explore. 

October 13th - 1380 Ruby Ave (west of Livernois) - Come back again for one more Green Space hike, to see how the restoration of this property has flourished over the summer, and enjoy some fall color as well!

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Gardening and Landscaping with Deer Seminar
When: Thursday, June 21st
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: City Hall Auditorium
Cost: Free
Registration is required

The Rochester Hills' Deer Management Advisory Committee (DMAC), the City's Parks and Natural Resources Department, and Bordine's will be hosting a seminar sharing strategies and techniques for gardening in areas with high deer populations. We will be discussing what to plant and how to manage your garden or landscaping that will minimize impacts by Deer.

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Fishing for Beginners
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 6 and up with Adult
Cost: $5/Child per day, adults free (no pre-registration required - pay upon arrival - cash or check only)
When: Every Wednesday July 11th - August 1st
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Spencer Park dock

Join Lance and Lauren at Spencer Park every Wednesday morning July 11th through August 1st while we learn some fishing basics, common types of fish, local fishing regulations, fishing safety and hopefully catch some fish along the way! All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Campfire Cookout
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All ages
Cost: $7/Adult, $5/Child (for each program)
When: Thursday, July 12th and/or Friday, August 17th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Bloomer Park (meet in parking lot)

Have you ever wanted to cook over an open fire, but aren't sure where to start? We will learn and enjoy various different cooking methods in this fun and tasty family program suitable for all ages.


Kayaking 101
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Cost: $15/Person
When: Saturday, July 14th
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am - SOLD OUT
Second time slot added: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Spencer Park dock

This beginner's class is designed for someone wanting to try out kayaking for the first time. It will cover basic kayaking safety, etiquette, and boat and paddle basics. Boats and safety equipment provided.
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River Float
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 10 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Cost: $25/Person
When: Sunday, July 15th
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Innovation Hills (meet in parking lot)

Sold out!

Float down the Clinton River in an inflatable inner tube with Lance and Lauren while we learn about local wildlife and history. End the river float with a light snack. Shuttle service back to the vehicles will be provided. Change of clothes and dry bags are highly recommended. Come prepared to get wet! Tubes and all safety equipment provided.

Wild Edibles 
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 10 and up (with paid adult)
Cost: $5/Adult, $3/Child
When: Saturday, August 18th
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Bloomer Park (meet in the parking lot)

Ever wondered which berries are safe to eat? Come join us and be surprised over how many different things in nature are edible! We will also learn some very dangerous things to avoid in nature.


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