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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.

Snowshoeing 101
Skill Level: Introductory
Age: Adult/Children 12 and upSnowshoes in snow
Cost: $5/person
When: Saturday, January 6th
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location: Bloomer Park Stone Shelter
Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 3rd

If you have ever wanted to try snowshoeing but did not know where to start, we have an afternoon just for you. Join us for Snowshoeing 101, an adventure for beginners interested in this winter hobby. You will learn the basics of snowshoeing, a little about the history and what shoes might be best for you before venturing out into the park.

NOTE: This program is weather dependent and subject to rescheduling to January 13th, the following weekend.
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Snowfort and Campfire
Skill Level: Introductory
Age: Adult/Children 7 and up
Cost: $5/adult, $3/child
When: Monday, January 15th
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Bloomer Park
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 11th

Come dressed for the weather and ready to work as we build an igloo-style snow fort! No Snow? No problem! Create a fort made from all natural materials instead. We will also deconstruct our fort at the end and talk a bit about "leaving no trace." A campfire and hot chocolate will also be provided to help keep us warm. This is a family program so bring the kids and enjoy the day off school!
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Fly Tying
Skill Level: Introductory
Age: Adult/Children 10 and up
Cost: $15/person
When: Saturday, February 17th
Time: 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Location: Rochester Hills Museum
Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 14th

Learn how to tie your own flies in this informative, hands-on two-hour session at the Museum. Learn what equipment you need to get started in this unique and valuable hobby. Make your own fly to take home and enjoy coffee or juice and doughnuts. All materials will be provided however, if you have your own fly-tying equipment but aren't sure where to start, feel free to bring it with you.
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The Urban Bird
Skill Level: Introductory
Age: Adult/Children 7 and up
Cost: $5/person
When: Monday, February 19th
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am (weather permitting)
Location: Bloomer Park staff parking lot (immediately to the right when you enter the park labeled "employees only")
Registration deadline: Monday, February 12th

Join us in learning the basics of backyard winter birding, how to attract some of your favorite urban birds, and general species identification. Make two homemade suet feeders, one for your back yard as well as one to gift to a friend. Join us on a short hike outside to enjoy some of the beautiful species of birds Michigan has to offer, weather permitting.
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Sap-to-Syrup Pancake Breakfast
Age: All ages
Cost: $5/ticket
When: Saturday, March 17th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Rochester Hills Museum
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 14th

Visit the Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to see an old-fashioned sap-to-syrup from trees tapped right here in Rochester Hills. Sample some real maple syrup and enjoy a pancake breakfast complete with sausage, juice, and coffee. Tickets are split into three sessions, 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:00 am. When purchasing tickets, please specify which sessions you would like to attend. Tickets are limited so purchase yours early!
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Antler Amble
Skill Level: Introductory
Age: Adult/Children 7 and up
Cost: $5/adult, $3/child
When: Friday, April 6th
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Bloomer Park
Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 4th

Each winter, white-tailed deer shed their antlers only to grow new ones in the spring. Learn about this amazing cycle then search the trails and wooded areas in Bloomer Park for dropped antlers. Dress for the weather and walking in the woods, rain or shine! You can take home any antlers you may find.
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