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We Come to You!

Community Outreach is a vital part of the Metropark’s mission to serve the people of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Through the use of three Mobile Learning Centers, the Metroparks provide programming opportunities to communities, schools and other groups. Our vision is to bring aspects of Michigan’s natural and cultural heritage to those who don’t have the ability to get out to their Metroparks as well as to raise public awareness of the opportunities to “Get Out and Play” at the Metroparks.

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Mobile Learning Centers

Testimonials

Lisa was AMAZING!! She was so good with the kids, kept their attention, redirected them positively to focus on the presentation, was kind, funny, and animated. I have a student that is non-verbal but communicates and eagerly participates through making noises and he raised his hand to ask a question. Lisa caught on to this fast and included him in the question portion by calling on him. When he couldn't communicate she filled in the words for him and it made his day! She was wonderful. Thank you! We can't wait for the reptiles and amphibian and hope that Lisa will be back!

Lincoln Center, Wyandotte

The Mobile Learning Center visit is outstanding. The students are engaged and learn so much. It supports our curriculum very well.

South River Elementary, Harrison Township

Thank you for providing this...to our community. It is difficult to find reasonably priced programs to help enrich our social studies program. We also like how you come to us...as field trips are limited. We hope to participate in your program for years to come!

Sayre Elementary

School Programs

The Metroparks are committed to improving the environmental and natural science literacy of students. All programs support the Michigan Science Standards curriculum in content, methodology, and technology use.

A wide variety of environmental and cultural history programs are offered that support Common Core curriculum, STEM, and Michigan Science Standards. Each of these programs are taught by a professional Interpreter who is knowledgeable in the content and school requirements.

Learn More: Download School Program Guide [PDF]

Community Festivals and Special Events

Community Outreach Interpreters also bring the Metroparks to community festivals and special events. Let us add excitement to your event with our Mobile Learning Center vehicle!  Event planners can choose to have live animals, animal pelts and other natural artifacts on display, as well as hands-on activities led by Metropark Outreach Interpreters.

Let us enhance your:

  • Birthday Party
  • Church/Group Picnic
  • Community Festival
  • Corporate Event
  • Earth Day Festival
  • Family Reunion
  • Neighborhood Block Party
  • Parks and Recreation Events and Summer Camps
  • Retirement Party
  • Scout Gathering
  • Summer Camp
  • Water Festival
  • Or any other special event you are hosting, the possibilities are endless

Past events include:

  • 4-H Oakland Discovery Day
  • Monroe County Earth Expo
  • Come Out and Play: A Day at the Capitol – Lansing
  • St. Thomas A. Becket Church Picnic in Canton, MI
  • Ypsilanti Fall River Day
  • West Bloomfield Library STEAM Expo
  • Detroit Touch-a-Truck
  • Great Lakes Bat Festival
  • Lake Erie Hawkfest
  • Clinton River Water Festival
  • Detroit River Water Festival
  • Lake Erie Water Festival
  • Lake St. Clair Water Festival
  • Rouge River Water Festival
  • Metroparks Summer Fun
  • Cranbrook’s Spring into Science

Come see us in 2018 at the following events:

  • Art, Fish and Fun, Saturday, June 9
  • Tons of Trucks at Kensington Metropark – Saturday, September 29

Western District Mobile Learning Center

Along with the core natural and cultural history programs for elementary school students, the Western District Mobile Learning Center features a series of programs specifically designed for preschool students. Developed by staff with degrees and experience in Early Childhood Education, these programs are high-energy, age-appropriate, and geared towards the developmental level of the children. Every program includes a story read to the children, songs to sing, gross-motor activities, natural items to see and touch, as well as interactions with puppets. If you’re 2-5 years old, or even just young at heart, be ready to learn and have some fun! See our School Program Guide for the full program offerings.

Contact the Western District Mobile Learning Center at 810-227-2757 ext 6422 or email lisa.parsons@metroparks.com

Eastern District Mobile Learning Center

Along with the core natural and cultural history programs for elementary school students, the Eastern District Community Outreach Experience offers programming designed for both students and adults. Developed by staff with degrees in history and graphic arts, these programs are presented to a wide spectrum of audiences—whether the participants are 7 or 107 years old they will be engaged in meaningful activities. Offerings include local history, art in nature, and farm life. See our School Program Guide for the full program offerings.

Contact the Eastern District Mobile Learning Center at 810-227-2757 ext. 6248 or email charlie.shelton@metroparks.com

Southern District Outdoor Exploration Vehicle

Along with the core natural and cultural history programs for elementary school students, the southern District’s Outdoor Exploration Vehicle focuses on taking students out of the classroom and into their school yard for Schoolyard Ecosystem Explorations. Utilizing a suite of handheld Vernier LabQuest 2 data loggers, data probes, field microscopes and a variety of other scientific measuring devices, students will become ecologists as they monitor the schoolyard and then analyze the environmental conditions that surround their school. These Ecosystem Exploration programs are suitable for students in upper elementary grades through High School. See our School Program Guide for the full program offerings. The Outdoor Exploration Vehicle is funded in part through 3M.

Contact the Southern District Outdoor Exploration Vehicle at 810-227-2757 ext. 6639 or email justin.smith@metroparks.com

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