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Posted on: December 28, 2018

Rochester Hills Parks & Natural Resources Hosts Upcoming Programs this January

As we start the New Year, the City of Rochester Hills will continue to offer programs to get residents and families outdoors to have fun and learn about wildlife and more, right here in our city throughout January. The City’s Parks & Natural Resources Department, through their Outdoor Engagement unit, will be holding multiple programs for individuals, families, and groups. Join our naturalists, Lance and Lauren, as they teach participants how to make a snow fort while enjoying a campfire; or join us for our newest program Reptile Roundup! Jeff Peck, owner of the non-profit reptile rescue "Suburban Jungle" based out of Southgate, MI, will be sharing his passion of rescuing and rehabilitating reptiles with those eager for a personal experience with some exotic reptiles as well as native Michigan species. Adults and children of all ages are sure to enjoy the scaly and slimy creatures that will be visiting the museum. From snakes and lizards to tarantulas and turtles, you’ll have the rare opportunity to enjoy a hands on experience with some wonderful wildlife that’s normally behind a glass wall. In addition to the scheduled programs, scouting groups and other special interest groups can also contact us to set up a program or hike with our naturalists this winter. Below is a breakdown of upcoming programs; and be sure to check our website throughout the year to find out what’s happening this summer and fall.

Reptile Roundup
Rescue and Rehabilitation in Your Backyard. There's something wild in the neighborhood! This is an open-house program so feel free to join us anytime between 1pm and 4pm. There will be opportunities for you to hold some exotic reptiles as well as native Michigan species.
Who: All ages, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19th, Anytime 1-4 pm - Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Cost: $5/person

Snowfort and Campfire
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 other 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 be provided to help keep us warm. This is a family program so bring the kids and enjoy the day off school!
Who: Adult/Children 7 , children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
When: Monday, January 21st, 1-2:30pm - Bloomer Park
Cost: $5/person

Special Interest/Scout Group Programming
To set up programs, hikes, etc. specific for Special Interest or Scout Groups please contact our Natural Resources Division directly at 248.656.4775 or by emailing

Space is limited with these programs, so register now. To register for any of these or our other upcoming Outdoor Engagement Opportunities visit our website or call the Parks & Natural Resources Department 248-656-4673.
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