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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 . 

Fishing for Beginners
Description: 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 are provided.
When: July 10th 9-10:30am Registration Closes July 7th
Where: Spencer Park, meet at picnic tables near the beach
Skill Level/Age: Beginner/7+
Cost: $5/participating child, parents free
Only Three (3) spots left, please call 248-656-4673 to register.

Evening Kayak
Description: What better way to spend a summer evening than paddling around the lake at Spencer Park enjoying the beauty of nature from a kayak. Come join us to look for wildlife and soak in the setting sun. We will be here to assist you both on and off the water but you should come to this program with a small amount of kayaking or canoeing experience as this is not an instructional course. Kayaks provided.
When: July 22nd 7:00-8:00pm
Where: Spencer Park, meet at the dock
Skill Level: Beginner/adults and children ages 12+ (children under 14 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Cost: $5/person
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Kayaking 101
Description: 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.
When: July 25th 9:00 -10:30 am or 11:30-1:00 pm Registration Closes July 24th
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 paid adult)
Cost: $20/person
Admission: July 25th

River Float This Event is SOLD OUT
Description: 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. 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.
When: July 26th, 1-4pm Registration Closes July 24th
Where: 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
Skill Level/Age: Intermediate, 12 and up (Children 12 to 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Cost: $30/person
Outdoor Adventure Camp
Description: Join Naturalists Lance and Lauren for an outdoor experience packed with adventure and exciting camp activities. 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.
When: Aug 4th-6th; 10 am - 3 pm Registration Closes July 31st
Where: Bloomer Park, Hilltop Shelter
Skill Level/Age: Beginner/kids ages 10-13
Cost: $120/child
Tickets

Night Hike and Campfire
Description: Enjoy a guided night hike, owl calling and the sounds of nature followed by marshmallows roasting over a crackling campfire.
When: Aug 12th, 7:30-9:00 pm Registration Closes Aug. 12th
Where: Meet in Bloomer Park parking lot
Skill Level/Age: Beginner, all ages (children under 14 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Cost: $5/person
Admission

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt – A Unique Twist on a Traditional Scavenger Hunt
Description: Join us for an unusual hiking experience to learn about nature in a different way. Test your nature knowledge and code breaking skills as you embark on this unique scavenger hunt. This event caters to adults, couples and children ages 10 and up. Bring your thinking caps!
When: August 19th 6:30-8pm Registration Closes Aug. 18th
Where: Bloomer Park, Meet at the Stone Shelter
Skill Level/Age: Beginner, Ages 10+
Cost: $5/person
Tickets

Wild Edibles
Description: Ever wondered which berries are safe to eat? Come join us and be surprised by how many different things in nature are edible! We will also learn some very dangerous things to avoid. Be sure to prepare you taste buds for some wild treats!
When: August 26th 6-7:30pm Registration Closes Aug. 25th
Where: Bloomer Park, meet at the Pine Grove shelter
Skill level: Beginner, 10+ with paid adult
Cost: $7/person
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Teen River Float
Description: Float the Clinton River over three miles of winding bends and weeping willows while we look for turtles, snakes, deer and other wildlife. Once we arrive at Eagles Landing, we’ll end our day with a picnic lunch, s’mores over a crackling campfire and a swim in the river.
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.
When: August 30th, 2-6pm Registration Closes Aug. 28th
Where: Drop off at the entrance to Heritage Oaks (northwest corner of Crooks and Hamlin). Pickup at Eagles Landing on the southeast corner of Avon and Livernois.
Ages: Teens, ages 14-18
Cost: $25/person
Tickets


Lance Devoe
Lance DeVoe
Naturalist
Email
248.841.2675

Lauren Oxlade
Lauren Oxlade
Outdoor Interpreter
Email
248.656.4775

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