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April 2019

Geocache Treasure Hunt-Mini Camp

April 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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The ultimate egg hunt!  Learn how to read GPS coordinates and then use your new tech savvy skills to follow GPS clues around the park. If you follow the clues correctly, an egg with treasure inside waits for you at the end!  This is a drop-off mini camp program. Please have a sack lunch, water bottle, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Remember, boots are best, trails can be wet during the spring! Ages 8 and up. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Family Discovery Days: Citizen Crane

April 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Sandhill crane season has arrived at Indian Springs Metropark! Join us for a guided hike into our prairie as we track one of our favorite seasonal visitors and learn about all the fantastic adaptations of our Sandhill cranes. Please dress for the weather, rain or shine. All ages. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Homeschool: Pond Health

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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In this drop-off class we will go out and look at what is living in the ponds during the springtime and learn how to tell if water is healthy. We will collect water samples and use different scientific methods for water quality testing. We will make and then test hypotheses and see if science can tell us the answers to our questions. Parents are welcome to stay and assist their younger students. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Easter Egg Scramble – Indian Springs

April 20
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Join us for an Indian Springs Metropark Tradition!  Kick off the fun of Easter with the antics of Rosco the Clown in his magic show.  Then each age group will have a chance to scramble on the dance floor for Easter eggs. Our craft room will have fun things to make in celebration of the season. Make sure to bring your camera to capture a photograph of your child meeting the Easter Bunny! We’ll provide bags for egg collection. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Spring Wildflower Walk

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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For a short time each spring, the forest floor erupts into a menagerie of color as the ephemeral wildflowers bloom. We will walk the Woodland Trail, looking for spring beauties, trilliums, trout lilies, wood anemone, early meadow rue and more! Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the weather. Expect to walk about one-mile, on level gravel paths. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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May 2019

Family Discovery Days: A Frog’s Life

May 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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We’ll tune our “Frog Radio” to the eight-different species of frogs and toads found in the park, and then kids will make a frog lifecycle bandana to take home. While our painted bandanas dry, we’ll walk outdoors to look and listen for any active amphibians. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. All ages. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Aquatic Ancestors

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Explore the origins of terrestrial life through a walking discussion of the Devonian period. We’ll cover early tetrapod evolution from lobe-finned fishes to Tiktaalik as we hike through our wetlands spotting modern day descendants. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Ages 10 and up. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Girl Scout Cadettes: Tree Legacy Badge

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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This program meets the requirements for the Tree Legacy badge. We will dig into the amazing science of trees, learn how to identify some native trees, make a creative project starring trees, explore the connection between trees and people, and learning how to help trees thrive. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Homeschool: Michigan’s Rocks

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Did you know that igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks can all be found right here at Indian Springs? We’ll see examples of each type and learn how the rock cycle works by following a “mock rock” through the rock cycle. Participants will also have a chance to do the geology scavenger hunt in our building to look for rocks and minerals used in everyday life. We’ll conclude with a walk outdoors to look for the three classes of rocks in nature. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Ages 7-12. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Boy Scouts: Environmental Science Merit Badge

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Scouts in BSA will use data loggers and science tools to take measurements and compare study plots of different ecosystems inside Indian Springs Metropark, develop a land use plan, learn about local endangered species, find out how to keep water clean, and investigate erosion, while completing all the requirements to earn the merit badge. This program is led by a Certified Merit Badge Counselor. Some prerequisites and homework between the two sessions are required and will be emailed at the time of registration. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Mother’s Day Lemonade Walk

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Nature Walk and then a refreshing glass of lemonade! This guided hike will introduce you to some of the wildflowers and birds found along the Indian Springs Metropark nature trails. Wear sturdy walking shoes and plan to be outdoors for about an hour on a gravel trail. Once we return, families can enjoy a nice glass of lemonade and a cookie together! Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Boy Scouts: Environmental Science Merit Badge

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Scouts in BSA will use data loggers and science tools to take measurements and compare study plots of different ecosystems inside Indian Springs Metropark, develop a land use plan, learn about local endangered species, find out how to keep water clean, and investigate erosion, while completing all the requirements to earn the merit badge. This program is led by a Certified Merit Badge Counselor. Some prerequisites and homework between the two sessions are required and will be emailed at the time of registration. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Girl Scout Daisies: Eco Learner

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Do you love nature? Experience the joys of springtime while earning this badge! We will go out on a short hike and explore the world around us. On our exploration, we will discuss what belongs and what does not belong in a natural setting, how to respect living things, and how you can help protect local ecosystems. Dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Family Camping 101

May 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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What better way to get in touch with nature than a camping trip? With all the gear and technology available though, it’s easy to get caught up with all the gadgets. In this program, we’ll cover some different styles of camping and what basics you’ll need for a successful trip for each one. To finish off, we’ll practice setting up a tent as a group and enjoy some s’mores together. All ages. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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June 2019

Family Discovery Days: Pond Pals and Benthic Buddies

June 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Our ponds are home to a wide array of animals like dragonfly nymphs and snails, which can tell us a lot about the health of our waterways. You’ll have a chance to capture some of these critters with dip nets before we hike back to the lab to examine them under microscopes. Dress for the weather. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Girl Scout Ambassadors: Water Badge

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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If you are interested in exploring your relationship with water and associated ecosystems, this badge is for you! We’ll cover the importance of water resources, how to contribute to the protection of watersheds, and learn how to advocate for water resources. The proximity to the headwaters of the Huron River make Indian Springs Metropark an ideal location to learn about local resources. By attending this afternoon program, you will meet all the requirements for the Water badge. Bring a water bottle. Please dress for the weather, we will be outside rain or shine. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Girl Scout Juniors: Eco Camper

June 8 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Are you a responsible camper? This is a great opportunity to learn about camping, while keeping the environment in mind! You will learn some great tips and tools to use for setting up camp. Dressed for the weather, with closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Walk with Dragons

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Indian Springs Metropark is home to several different species of dragonflies, and this program will focus on helping you recognize the difference between them. We’ll start inside to learn a bit about the life cycle of a dragonfly before moving outside to see where they live and see how many species we can see up close. Dress for the weather. All ages. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Solar Science

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Beat the heat and have fun with the sun this summer. We’ll learn why the sun is so important in our lives and in the lives of plants and animals around us. Participate in hands-on demonstrations and experiments to illuminate the sun’s amazing qualities. Covering everything from solar energy to our resident ectotherms, you’ll walk away with a new respect for the summer sunshine. Ages 7 and up. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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American Girl in Nature Doll Camp

June 26 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Bring your companion doll and get ready to spend the day exploring the park together.  Campers will make nature crafts with their doll, do some hands-on investigation of the plants and animals that live here, and meet new friends! Ages: 6 and older.

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July 2019

Family Discovery Days: Frog Friends

July 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Borrow a frog caller and hike through the wetlands with us in search of over a dozen different species of Michigan amphibians. Learn how to identify frogs by their calls and coloration, as well as the conservation methods we use to preserve this fragile part of our ecosystem. Dress for the weather. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Pond Dipping

July 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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What lives beneath the surface of the pond? We’ll use dip nets and some tubs to carefully catch and release some of the smallest pond creatures, and see what they can tell us about how healthy the pond is. Come dressed to be outdoors for this hands-on activity. Ages 5 and up. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Nature Explorer’s Day Camp

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Kids, explore two different Metroparks at this four day camp. Hunt for insects, experience life underwater, dip in the pond with nets, explore the prairie, jump in the mud, meet Ranger the red-tailed hawk, visit the Spray ‘n’ Play water park and ride the Island Queen pontoon boat. These are just some of the activities in this fun-filled week. Spend the first two days at the Environmental Discovery Center at Indian Springs Metropark and end the week with two days at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Ages: 7 to 12 Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - This is a 3 day camp 7/16 - 7/19

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Fish Finders

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Put on your sunscreen and hike down to the fen with us as we attempt to net some fish for an ecological pond survey. Learn about native fish, such as bluegill, yellow perch, and largemouth bass and the important roles they play in the Great Lakes area while seeing them up close. Ages 10 and up. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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Ecosystem Excursion

July 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Indian Springs Metropark, 5175 Indian Trail
White Lake, MI 48386 United States
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Come roam Indian Springs Metropark with us. We’ll explore with field guides and nature journals to answer questions such as “what is an ecosystem” and “how do you tell the difference between the different kinds of ecosystems” Join us to discover all the amazing variety from wetlands to woodlands. Dress for the weather. Ages 8 and up. Please preregister, (248) 625-7280.

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