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July 2019

Fireworks – Hudson Mills Metropark

July 2
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States

It’s one of Southeast Michigan’s favorite traditions: The Huron-Clinton Metroparks annual fireworks festival, bringing together so much fun and excitement it takes us four nights to get it all in. Every year, tens of thousands of our neighbors gather together – over picnics and under the stars – to enjoy this celebration of our American Independence. And you can be part of it.

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Summer Bike Hike

July 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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A bicycle is a great way to explore various habitats in Hudson Mills Metropark. Join us for a leisurely peddle with stops to enjoy the scenery. Bring your own bike or rent one from us. Ages 12 and up. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.

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Daring Day for Kids Camp

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Build a survival hut, get lost (and un-lost) in a swamp, make natural noise-makers, learn how to survive a bear attack, learn how to identify poisonous plants and snakes, and more! Boys and girls will have fun learning real wilderness survival skills. Ages: 8 and up.

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Disc Golf for Youth Camp

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Come learn the basics of the sport of disc golf, then play a few holes on our highly rated course. Disc golf is a great recreational sport for all ranges of physical ability. We cover the rules of the game, equipment, and techniques. Ages: 12 - 15

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Fish Camp

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Nothing is more fun than Fish Camp! Campers will get to make a fish print t-shirt, learn tackle craft, and casting basics. And what would Fish Camp be without FISHING? We’ll wet our lines in the Huron River and see what we can catch. Bring a t-shirt to make fish prints on. Ages: 6 and up. Reserve Online

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Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary Celebration

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Fifty years ago Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin landed on a place everyone could see, but no one had touched. The Moon! They took “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” (-Neil Armstrong). Begin your first step at Hudson Mills Metropark as we celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary. Take a tour of constellations in our portable planetarium, take a moon tour, build yourself a moon-tastic helmet, hear some moon stories, create a solar bracelet, and build an alka seltzer rocket. Most activities are free. 10 am – 2 pm. All Ages. No registration necessary.

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Orienteering 101

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Getting lost is easy, but finding your way can be so much more fun! We’ll share with beginners the basics of navigation by map and compass. Then you can try out your new skills on Huron Meadows Metropark’s permanent orienteering course. Ages 10 and up. Bring a water bottle. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.

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Invasive Species Pull – Hudson Mills

July 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Join us in removing invasive Japanese hedge parsley from Hudson Mills Metropark’s Disc Golf Course. We will meet in the Park Office parking lot (look for the Metroparks vehicle and blue flag). Volunteers receive free day entry to the park and a free round of disc golf, just let the toll booth attendant know you are at the park for a volunteer workday.

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August 2019

Invasive Shrub Removal – Stony Creek

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Join us in removing invasive shrubs from Stony Creek Metropark. We will meet at the West Branch West Parking Lot (look for the Metroparks vehicle and blue flag). Volunteers receive free day entry to the park, just let the toll booth attendant know you are at the park for a volunteer workday.

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Summer Birding

August 11 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Nesting season is over, and our avian neighbors are getting ready to head south. The young of the year are flying, but still depend on mom and dad for some food. Let’s see what we can find flying at Hudson Mills Metropark. Great for the beginning birder as well as the seasoned watcher. No birding experience necessary. All ages. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.

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Bike Hike

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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A bicycle is a great way to discover Hudson Mills Metropark. We will go in search of late summer wildflowers, and search for clues about the previous residents that made the hamlet of our park their home. Bring your own bike or rent one from us. Ages 12 and up. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.

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Bats in the Night Sky

August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Discover the night time world of Michigan’s native bats. We will dispel some myths, learn how important bats are to our ecosystem and then head outside to look for our resident bats as they search for their insect prey. Ages 8 and up. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.

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September 2019

Full Moon Walk

September 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Discover our closest celestial neighbor, as we watch the Harvest Moon rise! We will look for the nocturnal wildlife of Hudson Mills Metropark. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. All ages. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.

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Calling All Owls

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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This program will introduce you to the common owls of our area and how they live. You’ll also enjoy an evening stroll to search for nocturnal animals under the stars. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. All ages. Please preregister, (734) 426-8211.

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October 2019

Fall Birding

October 6 @ 8:00 am
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Search for your favorite birds in the fall colors and play a game of “Name that Warbler.” Fall migration should be in full swing; many species of birds that do not reside in Hudson Mills Metropark will stop in to refuel, before continuing south for the winter. Great for the beginning birder as well as the seasoned watcher. No birding experience necessary. All ages. Please preregister, 734-426-8211.

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Trick-or-Treat Along the Trail

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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During this evening program, costume-clad little ones will experience Halloween-themed interpretive stops along the Hudson Mills Metropak Nature Trails. Bring a bag or bucket and collect treats at each stop. Upon your return to the festively-decorated Activity Center enjoy cider, donuts and fall activities. Ages 3-8. Tours leave at scheduled times. Preregistration required, 734-426-8211.

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Pumpkin Carving Party

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Get in the Halloween spirit! Choose a pumpkin and a design and have fun carving it at our place. Then enjoy cider and donuts. We’ll party ‘til the pumpkins run out! All ages. Fee covers one pumpkin and refreshments.

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Full Moon Walk

October 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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The Hunter’s Moon is here! We will share some moon lore and watch the moon rise. The earlier sunsets should have some of our nocturnal animals out a little earlier. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. All ages. Please preregister, 734-426-8211.

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Zombie Apocalypse Survival

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Will you be ready to head for the wilderness when the zombies attack?  Learn some of the skills you’ll need, such as shelter building and fire starting, to survive this and other emergencies. Dress for the weather. Ages 8 and up. Please preregister, 734-426-8211.

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November 2019

Girl Scout Cadettes: Trees

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Cadettes will discover the world of trees, roots to crown and limb to limb, as they explore the science of trees. Learn about the connections between trees and humans and other living things. Find out what it takes for a tree to thrive. All requirements for the Cadette Tree badge will be met. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Please preregister, 734-426-8211.

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Girl Scout Brownies: Hiker

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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With miles of trails that are home to a wide variety of plants and animals, the Hudson Mills Metropark is the perfect place for earning your Brownie Hiker badge. For this program, we’ll have fun learning how to be prepared for a safe and enjoyable hike. Scouts will get to make a plan and choose their own trail, gain some new trail skills, learn how to select the appropriate gear, and make a tasty hiking snack. We’ll head outside to put our new knowledge to the test, and we’ll even play a game or two. This two-hour program will satisfy all requirements to earn the Brownie Hiker badge. A Girl Scout is always prepared so please remember to bring a water bottle, wear good hiking shoes, and dress for the weather.

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Girl Scout Brownies: Senses

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Girl Scout Brownies will explore the world through their five senses. Spend some time outdoors with us to observe the way vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste can be used in nature.  Then experience life with some of your senses turned off. Interested in more? Scouts can satisfy the requirements for two elective adventures in the same day! Pack a lunch and attend Brownies: Hiker from 10 a.m. – noon for a day full of fun. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Please preregister, 734-426-8211.

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Boy Scout Webelos: Into the Woods

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Discover the beauty and importance of our native Michigan trees while meeting all the requirements for the Webelos: Into the Woods elective. We’ll talk about types of trees, how they grow, what products we can use them for, and their role in local ecosystems. We’ll also hit the trails to identify some of our trees and other plant species. Equipped with your new knowledge, you’ll be able to appreciate and experience the forest like never before!

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Boy Scout Webelos: Into the Woods

November 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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This scout program focuses on the respect and understanding of our natural world—we’ll use a variety of interactive approaches to learn about food chains, ecosystems, and how humans impact nature. We’ll look at some of Michigan’s native wildlife species and discover their roles within their ecosystems and how that relates to us. We’ll even put our observational skills to use and see what kind of critters we can observe around Hudson Mills Metropark. Interested in more? Scouts can satisfy the requirements for two elective adventures in the same day! Pack a lunch and attend Webelos: Into the Woods from 10 a.m. - noon for a day full of fun. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Please preregister, 734-426-8211.

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December 2019

Winter Birding

December 1 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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With the leaves off the trees we should get some glimpses of our less common year-round species. Great for the beginning birder as well as seasoned watcher. No birding experience necessary. All ages. Please preregister, 734-426-8211.

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