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A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to visit.
Stony Creek, the surrounding topography of Stony Creek Metropark, the nature study area, and the Stony Creek watershed are the result of glaciations which occurred in this area approximately 10,000 years ago. Within the Nature Study Area are numerous examples of the ecosystems and habitats of Southeastern Michigan. The main branch of Stony Creek and its floodplain are within a few hundred feet of the Nature Center. Two large permanent woodland ponds, constructed adjacent to the creek very early in the history of the estate are only a short distance away. More than half of the one hundred acre north end of the lake is within the nature area as are a number of vernal ponds in woodland settings throughout the site.
These aquatic features, as well as open meadows, old fields and woodlots are all traversed by a well planned, foot-traffic-only trail system. The staff maintains five-miles of interpretively labeled, self-guided nature trails. An additional thirteen-miles of non-labeled, self-discovery hiking trails are also available to the inquisitive visitor.
With a visit to the Nature Center, you will see live snakes, frogs, turtles and fish, along with permanent and seasonal exhibits. Park interpreters conduct interesting hikes and other programs including paddling a 34-foot Voyageur canoe to learn about Stony Creek Lake. Trail maps and program information are available at the Nature Center or Park Office. Please contact the Nature Center at 586-781-9113.
Outdoor, in-person programs are now open, following proper COVID-19 precautions. Visit the Metroparks calendar for a list of available programs. Virtual school programs are available for schools and teachers. Visit the Metroparks School Programs page to learn more.
Throughout the year, the nature center offers Homeschool programs for a variety of ages. Homeschool programs are generally one to two hours long, and will continue as scheduled rain or shine. Please see the event calendar for topics and times. Registration and prepayment are required for all programs and can be completed over the phone. Call the nature center at (586) 781-9113, if you have questions or would like to register.
Public Programs & Events
Looking for activities to do with the family? The nature center presents programs aimed at all ages. We have programs, like our Caterpillar Children’s Club for your young children ages 3 years to 6 years, and summer camps for your older children ages 8 years to 12 years. Enjoy a visit during our critter corner times that everyone in the family will enjoy. Get outside with your family during our Friday Night Canoe trips, Moonlight Wagon Rides, and History Wagon Rides. In the winter, rent some traditional snowshoes and explore the nature study area blanketed in snow. Check the events page for our festivals and holiday programming. Please see event calendar for details.
Three Seasons Room Rental
The three seasons room is 24 feet by 24 feet and holds a maximum of 35 people. This building is available to rent for birthday parties or other organized groups. Surrounding the building is a butterfly garden and a fire pit. The fire pit is also available to anyone renting the three seasons room. Tables and chairs are available for your group, but is it your responsibility to set them up and arrange them to your liking.
$50 per hour (2-hour minimum). All day (8-hour rental) is $200. Reservations are required a minimum of ten days in advance.
Reservations can be made by calling the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center at (586) 781-9113.
Welcome Teachers! A visit to the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center can reinforce science and history benchmarks in fun and entertaining ways. With the use of live exhibit animals and a guided trail walk, the park interpreter will spend time with your class focusing on concepts such as life cycles, habitats, food chains, adaptations of plants and animals, classification, and human impact on the environment. We gear talks to your grade level and curriculum.
Park Interpreters are also available to present low-cost natural science and history programs for lower and upper elementary students at your school.
During your scout program, we will guide your scouts through a program designed to fulfill all of the requirements to earn a specific badge. Most badges require an outdoor portion, and we will be going outside, rain or shine. Dress for the weather! We do not provide the actual patch, badge, or pin, but scouts will get a certificate of completion. Registration and prepayment are required for all programs and can be completed over the phone. Call the nature center at (586) 781-9113 to register.
- Webelos: Scientist, Naturalist, Forester, Geologist, Scientist
- Bears: Sharing Your World with Wildlife, Native American Life
See Event Calendar for dates and times.
Girl Scout badge programs are available by appointment. Minimum group size is 10 scouts. Cost of Girl Scout badge programs are $5 per scout and $2 per adult (leaders and co-leaders are free), unless otherwise stated. The following badge programs are available for Girl Scouts. Don’t see the badge you want? Call the nature center to see if we can accommodate the badge you would like.
- Girl Scout Badges available:
- Brownies: Bugs, Senses, Hiker
- Juniors: Flowers, Animal Habitats
- Cadettes: Trees