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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 .

St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow

Thursday, May 2
7:00 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
 $5 - Public
 Free - Museum Members  (register using this form)


The Lake Sturgeon is native to thesturgeon image.jpg
Great Lakes and considered Michigan’s
 largest and longest living, fresh water fish.  The maximum age reported is 154 years and the largest ever verified was captured in Lake Michigan 1943. It was 8 feet long and weighed 310 pounds.

Representatives from St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow will discuss the biology, history and conservation efforts surrounding Michigan’s largest fish. 
Attendees will have a chance to see Lake Sturgeon and learn about opportunities to become involved in sturgeon conservation.



Campfire and Night Hike

When: Friday, May 3rd and Thursday, August 8th 8-9:30pm
Skill Level/Age: Beginner, all ages (children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Cost: $5/person

Location: Meet in Bloomer Park parking lot
Enjoy a guided night hike, owl calling and the sounds of nature followed by marshmallows roasting over a crackling campfire.
Admission




Nature Walks A to Z

Join Lance and Lauren for a one-hour nature walk to learn about local wildlife and search for interesting plants, animals and signs they leave behind. This walk will traverse steep elevation and uneven terrain. Please wear appropriate shoes.

Location: Avon Nature Area
When: Thursday, May 16th

Location: Innovation Hills
When: Thursday, August 22nd

Time: 7-8pm
Skill Level/Age: Beginner/all ages (children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Cost: $5/person /hike
Admission



Fly Fishing 101 with Orvis

When: Monday June 10th
Time: 6:00-8:30 pm
Skill Level/Age: Beginner, 12 and up (children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: Free
Location: Yates Park

Rochester Hills has partnered with Orvis Fly Fishing Shop to provide Fly Fishing 101 course where you will learn fly fishing basics. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you a lesson on fly fishing equipment, fly casting, and outfit rigging.



Outdoor Adventure Camp

When: June 25-27, 10am-3pm
Skill Level/Age: Beginner/9-12years old
Cost: $120/child
Location: Bloomer Park, Hilltop Shelter

Join Naturalists Lance and Lauren for an outdoor experience packed with adventure and exciting camp activities. During this three-day camp, we’ll spend time looking for creatures in the river, woodlands and ponds while learning how we’re all connected to the natural world. Wilderness skills such as fire building and debris huts will also be taught, among many other fun activities. Reference your camp packet for further information upon sign up.
Admission
Name of child(ren)



Wellness and Nature Hikes with Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital

Hike with professionals from Ascension Providence to help guide us through healthy life choices, appropriate exercise, how to get your heart pumping and good diet choices. Lance and Lauren will be there to help you learn a little bit about nature along the way.

Families Wellness Hike: Enjoy a Hike with your family and learn about staying healthy!
When: Thursday, June 6th 7-8pm

Seniors Wellness Hike: Enjoy a hike on even terrain while learning about other healthy choices
When: Tuesday, July 30th 7-8pm

Diet / Nutrition Hike: Enjoy a hike while learning from a dietitian and learn about some wild edibles from our naturalist
When: Tuesday, August 13th 7-8pm

Skill Level/Age: Beginner, all ages (children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Cost: $5/person / hike
Location: Bloomer Park
Admission



Kayaking 101

When: Saturday, July 13th
Time: 9-10:30am or 11:30-1pm
Where: Spencer Park, meet at the dock just north of the beach
Skill Level/Age: Beginner/12+ (children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Cost: $20/person

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. Please wear appropriate clothing for water activities and plan to leave your valuables in your vehicle.
Admission: July 13th



River Float
When: Sunday, July 14th
Time: 1-4pm
Skill Level/Age: Intermediate, 12 and up (Children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Cost: $30/person

Image of Eagles Landing MapLocation: Meet at Eagles Landing, west side of Livernois just south of Avon Rd. - Transportation to our starting point will be leaving promptly at 1:10pm

View the Clinton River from a whole new perspective - RAFT IT! With twists and turns, combined with swift current, this event is for those individuals who enjoy the splendor of nature coupled with a physical workout. Spanning the better part of an afternoon; this tour may last a full 3 hours. Please, come join us!

Advisory: Participants are required to be: ambulatory, able to swim, and physically fit to paddle and portage their own solo raft and stand up from their tubes without assistance.
Suggested Apparel: Swimsuits worn under water-wear clothing, along with aqua shoes is strongly encouraged.

This program is subject to very short notice cancellation due to weather or river conditions.
Admission



Fishing for Beginners

When: Thursday, July 18th 9-11am
Skill Level/Age: Beginner/7+
Cost: $5/participating child, parents free
Where: Spencer Park, meet at picnic tables near the beach

Come fish with us in this informative program for beginners. We will learn some fishing basics, common types of fish, local fishing regulations, general safety and hopefully catch some fish along the way! All materials provided but feel free to bring your own.
Child Admission (no charge for parents)
Name of child(ren)



Kayak the Clinton

When: Sunday, August 18th
Time: 1-4pm (estimated time)
Skill Level/Age: Intermediate (must have some prior kayaking experience) 13+ (Children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Cost: $45/person – Kayaks and transportation will be provided by Clinton River Canoe and Kayak

Meet at Yates Park and enjoy the beauty of the Clinton River from the comfort of a Kayak as we meander our way through bends and turns while looking for wildlife along the way.

Recommendation: If you wish to attend but have no prior kayaking experience, we recommend Kayaking 101 on July 13th as well as several kayaking outings on your own before this program.
Admission

Lance Devoe
Lance DeVoe
Naturalist
Email
248.841.2675

Lauren Oxlade
Lauren Oxlade
Outdoor Interpreter
Email
248.656.4775

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