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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 .

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.
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. 

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.


Lance Devoe
Lance DeVoe

Lauren Oxlade
Lauren Oxlade
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Coexisting with Coyotes

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Gardening with Deer

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