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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.

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 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

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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Campfire Cookout

Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All ages
Cost: $7/Adult, $5/Child (for each program)
When: 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.

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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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Twigs, Leaves, and Buds
Age: Adult
Cost: Free, no registration necessary
When: Tuesday, August 28th
Time: Anytime between 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Rochester Tap Room (6870 North Rochester Road, Rochester Hills)

Talk trees with the professionals! Join us for an informal and friendly Q&A conversation with your Rochester Hills Arborists! Grab a bite, pull up a chair, and join us as we talk about: Growing and caring for trees, our free Street Tree Program, pests and diseases, benefits of trees, and much more!

Night Hike and Campfire

Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All ages
Cost: $5/Adult, $3/Child
When: Thursday, August 23rd
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Meet in Bloomer Park parking lot

Enjoy a guided summer night hike, followed by marshmallows roasting over a crackling campfire in Bloomer Park.

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Hoot N' Howl Hayride Owl
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All ages, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Cost: $7/person
When: Friday, October 12th; Saturday, October 13th
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: Bloomer Park

Join park staff at Bloomer Park for a hayride to search for nocturnal animal activity. Enjoy a campfire, cider and donuts following the hayride.

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Hills Hikers - Beginners Hike Hiking Gear
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All ages, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Cost: $5/person
When: Thursday, September 6th
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Innovation Hills

This hike is for beginners and people who want to enjoy a relaxing hike along flat trails.

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Hills Hikers - Fitness/Health Hike
Skill Level: Advanced
Age: Ages 12 and up, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Cost: $5/person
When: Thursday, September 20th
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Bloomer Park (meet in parking lot)

This hike has a fitness/health component and will incorporate inclines, stairs, and terrain to get your heart rate going.

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Hills Hikers - Off the Beaten Path
Skill Level: Intermediate
Age: Ages 12 and up, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Cost: $5/person
When: Thursday, October 4th
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Innovation Hills

This will include a naturalist-led interpretive hike through the woods and some of our more natural paths.

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Hills Hikers - History and Hiking
Skill Level: Intermediate
Age: Ages 12 and up, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Cost: $5/person
When: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Bloomer Park (meet in parking lot)

This hike will include a look at the History of Bloomer Park and its resources.

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Nature Tech
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 12 and up
Cost: $10/person/session
When: Tuesday, September 4th; Tuesday, October 2nd; Tuesday, November 6th
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Bloomer Park (meet at the Stone Shelter)

Learn how to use various outdoor/nature based apps on your phone to help learn about and enjoy the outdoors. Each session will look at different apps, allowing people to sign up for one or all of the sessions!

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Learning to Coexist with our Wild Neighbors
Skill Level: Intermediate
Ages: Adult/HOAs
Cost: Free, registration is required
When: Friday, November 30th
Time: 7:00 pm 
Location: City Hall Auditorium

Residents face many challenges living with area wildlife. This program will focus on different animals and explore techniques for living with them.

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Fall Campfires/Night Hikes
Skill Level: Beginner
Ages: All ages, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Cost: $5/person/session
When: Friday, September 21st; Friday, October 19th; Friday, November 9th
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Bloomer Park (meeting in the parking lot)

Join Lance and Lauren at the Bloomer Park fire ring as they enjoy a campfire that will include s'mores, games, nature talks, and/or guided night hikes.

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Winter Wildlife 
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All ages, children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Cost: $5/person
When: Saturday, December 8th
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: Bloomer Park (Stone Shelter)

Explore and enjoy some hands-on learning about how animals adapt to the changing seasons and winter. This program includes a hike to look for signs of wildlife.

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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 - 
Second time slot added: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Spencer Park dock

Sold out!

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. 

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.

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