School Season (Sept – Mid-June)
Mon – Fri: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours (Mid-June – Aug)
Mon – Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.
The Oakwoods Nature Center and the surrounding nature trails offer an “Up-North” escape in the heart of southeast Michigan. With over 350-acres of nature study area, exhibits highlighting local wildlife and history, and a 700-gallon turtle tank, the Center has everything you need to get away. Our friendly interpretive staff is always eager to answer any questions you may have; as well as, offer any advice for what’s new and exciting to see and do in the parks.
Get outside and discover an adventure at the Metroparks with our day camps! Spend the day at the Oakwoods Nature Center with traditional camp fun. Art Camp, Fairy Camp, and Girls Camp are just a few of the options offered. Advanced registration is required for all day camps. See the events listing for all details.
Join us on the last Thursday of the month at 1:00pm for our homeschool series out at the Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center. Each month features a different nature-related theme, and programs emphasize outdoor, hands-on learning. Dress for the weather and plan for adventure! Contact the Nature Center at 734-782-3956 with questions or to register for classes.
Public Programs & Events
Metroparks Interpreters offer programs and events throughout the year for all ages, interests and ability levels. Highlights at the Oakwoods Nature Center include Tadpoles (1st Sat. of every month), Explorer’s Club (1st Sat. of every month), Maple Sugaring (late Feb. – March), Bonfire Programs (varies throughout year), Canoe programs (May – Sept.), Hayride programs (Sept. – Oct), Evening Lantern Tours (October), Owl Festival (1st Sat. of November), Owl Prowls (Nov. – early Dec.), Sunday with Santa. All programs require advance registration. See the events listing for all details.
Looking for a space for your next meeting or workshop that your guests will “naturally” enjoy? Contact us for more information.
Research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. Environmental education engages students in learning and raises test scores. The Metroparks Interpretive school programs are great examples of STEM-based environmental education, with hands-on activities, cooperative learning, and critical thinking discussions. Programs also meet NGSS and GLCE standards. Many programs are available as EDventures- presented by an Interpreter at your school. See the School Program Guide for all the details.
The Oakwoods Nature Center offers a variety of nature-related scout programs for both boy and girl scouts of all ages. Get outdoors, build character and confidence, meet badge requirements, connect with the outside world, and have FUN with programs at the Metroparks. Diverse programs are available for a variety of Girls and Boys scouting levels. (All Boy Scout programs are presented by Certified Merit Badge Counselors). See the events listing for the Oakwoods Nature Center scout programs offered throughout the year or contact us with a program in mind and we’ll work with you to set something up.