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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.

Please keep in mind that no pets are allowed at any of our Outdoor Engagement Programs.

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 .

Second Saturday Green Space Hikes
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All ages
Cost: Free, but registration is requested
When: Second Saturday of each month - June through December
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

December 8th - Innovation Hills Green Space (Formerly 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 preserved Green Space in the city, and has expansive forest and riverfront features to explore.

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Reptile Roundup
Rescue and Rehabilitation in Your Backyard
Skill Level: All ages, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost: $5/person
When: Saturday January 19th, 1-4pm
Where: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

There's something wild in the neighborhood! Jeff, 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 giant snakes, lizards and turtles. 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.

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Snowfort and Campfire
Skill Level: Introductory
Age: Adult/Children 7 and up, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost: $5/person
When: Monday, January 21st, 1-2:30pm
Where: Bloomer Park


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 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 12 and up, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost: $20/person
When: Thursday, February 7th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

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.
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Making Maple Syrup
A Backyard Guide for Beginners
Skill Level: Introductory
Age: Adult/Children 12 and upchildren under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost: $12/person
When: Saturday Feb 23rd, 1-2:30pm
Where: Bloomer Park

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. 
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Sap-To-Syrup Pancake Breakfast
Age: All ageschildren under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost: $7/person - Kids age 4 and under are free!
When: Saturday March 16th, 9am-12pm
Where: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm


Visit the Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to see an old-fashioned sap-to-syrup boiling operation. We will be making 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. 
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Antler Amble
Skill Level: Introductory
Age: Adult/Children 7 and upchildren under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost: $5/person
When: Friday April 5th, 1-2:30pm
Where: Bloomer Park

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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