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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
Sept 14 : Harding Green Space Property
Oct 12: Location to be determined

The Green Space Advisory Board of Rochester Hills welcomes residents and friends to join them for “Second Saturday Green Space Hikes” June through October! The City of Rochester Hills has made it a priority to enhance our community though the preservation of undeveloped and protected green spaces. Second Saturday Hikes will be a great opportunity to come enjoy beautiful nature while learning about what makes each Green Space unique. GSAB members will be present to answer any questions and share information regarding these special places.

Skill Level/Age: Beginner/all ages
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Please meet at City Hall in the visitor lot by 10 am and we will caravan to the properties

Please Register by clicking here
Mom's Hike
Join our Outdoor Interpreter (and mom) Lauren, along with other local moms, for what will attempt to be a relaxing, smooth, no-tears, no bug bites and no poison ivy, pre-nap walk through the Bloomer Park trails while we learn about some local plants and animals. This program is available to mom's and their little ones ages 10 and under. Join us if you're feeling adventurous!

Skill Level/Age: Beginner, moms along with kids 10 and under
Cost: Free
When: September 5th, 10:00-11:00am
Location: Bloomer Park, meet at the Stone Shelter

Please Register by Clicking Here
Wild Edibles
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.

Skill level: Beginner, 10+ with paid adult
Cost: $5/each
When: Thursday September 12th 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Bloomer Park Parking Lot

Campfire and Night Hike – Music with Mark
Live music around a crackling campfire and evening stroll to enjoy the sounds of nature. This evening features the likes of John Denver, The Eagles, James Taylor and similar genres. This 16+ program would make a great date night!

Skill Level/Age: Beginner/16+
Cost: $5/person
When: Thursday, September 26th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Bloomer Park, meet at the stone shelter

Campfire and Night Hike – All About Animals

Enjoy a fall campfire and learn about local wildlife. Meet a few live animals and enjoy a twilight nature walk to look for critters.

All ages
Cost: $5/person
When: Thursday, October 3rd 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Bloomer Park, meet at the Stone Shelter

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

Skill Level/Age: Beginner, all ages (children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Cost: $7/person, children 2 and under free
When: Friday, October 18th; Saturday, October 19th
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: Bloomer Park

Learning to Coexist With our Wild Neighbors
Residents face many challenges living with area wildlife. This program will focus on different animals and explore techniques for living with them

Skill Level/Age: Intermediate / Adult/HOAs
Cost: Free (registration required)
When: Thursday, October 24th, 7:00 pm
Location: City Hall Auditorium

Please Register by Clicking Here
Campfire and Night Hike
Enjoy a cool fall campfire and learn a little about owls. Then experience a moonlit owl prowl to call for Eastern Screech Owls.

All ages
Cost: $5/person
When: Thursday, November 7th. 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Bloomer Park, meet at the Stone Shelter

The Unnatural Trail Scavenger Hunt
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 couples, adults and children ages 10 and up. Bring your thinking caps!

Skill Level/Age:
Beginner, all ages (children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Cost: $5/person
When: Saturday, November 9th. 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Bloomer Park

Lance Devoe
Lance DeVoe

Lauren Oxlade
Lauren Oxlade
Outdoor Interpreter

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Coexisting with Coyotes

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Gardening with Deer

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