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Posted on: January 31, 2019

Rochester Hills Parks & Natural Resources Hosts Upcoming Programs this February

This February, the City of Rochester Hills will continue to offer programs to get residents and families more connected to the outdoors right here in our city. The City’s Parks & Natural Resources Department, through their Outdoor Engagement unit, will be offering multiple programs for individuals, families, and groups. Join our naturalists, Lance and Lauren, as they teach participants the art of fly tying on February 7th. This unique skill is not only a fun hobby, but one that can save you some money if you find yourself enthralled with the sport of fly fishing (which we will be teaching later this spring). Later in February due to popular demand and to supplement our annual Sap to Syrup program in March, Lance and Lauren will provide a closer, more detailed, look at the maple syrup making process. This is a new program that will give participants a firsthand look at tapping trees and boiling sap, while providing them some of the basic equipment to get started. Registration is required for both of these programs and space is limited. To register for any of these or our other upcoming Outdoor Engagement Opportunities visit our website rochesterhills.org/outdoors or call the Parks & Natural Resources Department 248-656-4673.

Fly Tying
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 and make your own fly to take home. 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.
Skill Level: Introductory; Adult/Children 12 and up, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost: $20/person
When: Thursday, February 7th, 6:30-8:30pm  -  Register by February 5th.
Where: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm


Making Maple Syrup: A Backyard Guide for Beginners
Travel through various stations in Bloomer Park with Lance and Lauren to learn the first steps to make your own Maple Syrup. From identifying various species of maple tree, to the tree tapping process and sap boiling setup. You'll leave with all the knowledge you need to make your own syrup and the Spile, Tubing, and Bucket to tap your own Maple Tree. This program is held rain or shine so come dressed for the weather and a walk through the woods.
Skill Level: Introductory; Adult/Children 12 and up, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost: $12/person
When: Saturday Feb 23rd, 1-2:30pm
Where: Bloomer Park


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 parks@rochesterhills.org.
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