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Metroparks at Community Events

The Metroparks want to be where you are! From neighborhoods to libraries to local events, we want to be there too. All year long, you will find the Metroparks hosting programs and engaging in the community. Our mobile learning centers and interpretive outreach staff are looking to engage deeper with Detroit residents as we build toward our first Metropark in Detroit in 2024.

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks Water Garden will be the first-ever Metroparks location within the City of Detroit and will feature numerous opportunities for visitors to experience the water through winding walking paths, tranquil seating areas, educational signage and open-air classrooms where engaging programming with students and visitors will take place. Click here to read more.

Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront at Gabriel Richard Park

Friday, July 12

Visit the Metroparks’ Mobile Learning Center during Reading and Rhythm on the Detroit Riverfront at Gabriel Richard Park in Detroit. Learn about the sun, the 2024 eclipse and make a solar bracelet to take home! The Mobile Learning Center van will be open to walk through and explore as well as outside interactive exhibits.

Ages: Fun for all ages!
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Location: Gabriel Richard Park, Detroit

Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront at Gabriel Richard Park

Friday, July 26

Visit the Metroparks’ Mobile Learning Center during Reading and Rhythm on the Detroit Riverfront at Gabriel Richard Park in Detroit. Here’s your chance to learn about all the small things found in pond water. Catch some freshwater bugs and examine them under magnifiers. The Mobile Learning Center van will be open to walk through and explore as well as outside interactive exhibits.

Ages: Fun for all ages!
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Location: Gabriel Richard Park, Detroit

Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront at Gabriel Richard Park

Friday, August 11

Visit the Metroparks’ Mobile Learning Center during Reading and Rhythm on the Detroit Riverfront at Gabriel Richard Park in Detroit. Learn about wildlife found throughout our state and especially animals found in southeast Michigan. Several 10-minute programs about Michigan Reptiles will presented throughout the day, with a chance to touch some animals. The Mobile Learning Center van will be open to walk through and explore as well as outside interactive exhibits.

Ages: Fun for all ages!
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Location: Gabriel Richard Park, Detroit

Harvest Fest at Palmer Park

Saturday, September 21

Visit the Metroparks’ Mobile Learning Center during Harvest Festival at Palmer Park in Detroit. Learn about wildlife found throughout our state and especially animals found in southeast Michigan. Several 10-minute programs about Michigan Reptiles will presented throughout the day, with a chance to touch some animals. The Mobile Learning Center van will be open to walk through and explore as well as outside interactive exhibits.

Ages: Fun for all ages!
Time: 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Location: Palmer Park, Splash Park and Playground. Located on Merrill Plaisance, between McNichols (6 Mile) and 7 Mile Roads

Metroparks at the Detroit Public Library

Your Metroparks is excited to work with the Detroit Public Library to bring programs to Detroit neighborhoods. A variety of topics will be covered across multiple library locations, with FREE programs for adults, families, and kids!

Metroparks at the Detroit Public Library: Douglass Library

Birds of Prey
Wednesday, March 13 – Noon to 1 p.m.
Participants will learn about adaptations of birds of prey through many tactile and auditory experiences: feeling bird feathers, wings, skull, talons; and listening to sounds of owl calls. This program is for adults 18 and up.

Michigan Mammals
Wednesday, April 10 – Noon to 1 p.m.
Participants will learn about adaptations of mammals living in Michigan through many tactile experiences: feeling mammal pelts, antlers, and skulls. This program is for adults 18 and up.

Cold Blooded Creatures
Wednesday, May 8 – Noon to 1 p.m.
Participants will learn about adaptations of amphibians and reptiles through many tactile and auditory experiences: feeling turtle shells, skulls, snakeskin; and listening to sounds of frog calls.  Participants will also be able to feel a live turtle and snake. This program is for adults 18 and up.

Pre-registration is required through the Douglass Library, call 313-481-1702 or email lbph@detroitpubliclibrary.org. To learn more about the library visit, https://detroitpubliclibrary.org/locations/douglass.

Metroparks at the Detroit Public Library: Franklin Library

Rain Gardens 101
Thursday, June 13 – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In this one-hour class we will teach you what a rain garden is and how you can solve water problems by building one. We will cover how a rain garden works and what makes it different from other gardens. We will also go over the environmental impact of runoff water. See examples of how rain gardens can add beauty and help pollinators in our communities. Rain garden resources will also be shared. This is an introduction to a five-week course that goes more in-depth and explains how to build a rain garden. This program is for adults 18 and up.

Pre-registration is required through the Franklin Library, call 313-481-1740. To learn more about the library visit, https://detroitpubliclibrary.org/locations/franklin.

This class takes place at the Detroit Public Library: Franklin Branch, 13651 E. McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48205

Metroparks at the Detroit Public Library: Lincoln Library

Master Rain Gardener Class: Lincoln Park Public Library
March 5 – April 2, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

In this five-week class, you will learn how to design your own rain garden! Rain Gardens filter and cool stormwater so that our streams and rivers run clean. Join us to receive step-by-step instruction to create your garden, protecting your home against flooding and helping the birds and butterflies. And in the process, you will become a neighborhood expert!

Participants must attend all five classes, and plant or adopt an existing rain garden to earn their Master Rain Gardener certificate, sign, and t-shirt.  Classes will be held Tuesdays beginning March 5 and running through April 2 at the Lincoln Park Public Library.

After each class, there will be office hours available for 30 minutes for participants to ask questions or get extra help on their rain garden design.  There will also be a visit to a rain garden, but that is optional to attend. Each class focuses on a different aspect of designing a rain garden, and by the end of the series you will have planned out a rain garden for your own site!

Master Rain Gardener Classes at Lincoln Park Public Library will meet on the following Tuesdays: March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2. These classes are funded through a grant from EPA – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant: Protecting Lake Erie Marsh and Waters.

Ages: Adults 18 and up.
Time: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Location: Lincoln Park Public Library, Community Room, 1381 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park, MI 48146

To register and for questions about the Lincoln Park Public Library, please call 313-381-0374. Visit www.lincoln-parklibrary.org for information on the library.

Metroparks at the Detroit Public Library: Main Library

Rain Gardens 101
Thursday, July 23 – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In this one-hour class we will teach you what a rain garden is and how you can solve water problems by building one. We will cover how a rain garden works and what makes it different from other gardens. We will also go over the environmental impact of runoff water. See examples of how rain gardens can add beauty and help pollinators in our communities. Rain garden resources will also be shared. This is an introduction to a five-week course that goes more in-depth and explains how to build a rain garden. This program is for adults 18 and up.

This class takes place at the Detroit Public Library: Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202.

To register and for questions about the library, please call 313-481-1400 or visit https://detroitpubliclibrary.org/locations/main.

Metroparks at the Detroit Public Library: Sherwood Forest

Your Metroparks are excited to work with the Detroit Public Library to bring programs to Detroit neighborhoods.  A variety of topics will be covered across multiple library locations with programs for adults, families and kids! Through a partnership with the Detroit Public Libraries, this FREE program will be conducted at the Detroit Public Sherwood Forest Branch.

Outstanding Owls
Friday, July 26 – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Families will investigate “wide-eyed owls” with all their neat features, from hooked beaks, to silent wings to oh-so-sharp talons, through movement, artifacts and taxidermy. This program is fun for all ages.

Pre-registration is required by the morning of the program through the Sherwood Forest Library, call: 313-481-1840 or email cjolly@detroitpubliclibrary.org to register.

Rain Gardens 101
Tuesday, July 16 – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In this one-hour class we will teach you what a rain garden is and how you can solve water problems by building one. We will cover how a rain garden works and what makes it different from other gardens. We will also go over the environmental impact of runoff water. See examples of how rain gardens can add beauty and help pollinators in our communities. Rain garden resources will also be shared. This is an introduction to a five-week course that goes more in-depth and explains how to build a rain garden. This programs is for adults 18 and up.

This class takes place at the Detroit Public Library: Sherwood Forest Branch, 7117 W. 7 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48221

To register and for questions about the library, please call 313-481-1840 or visit https://detroitpubliclibrary.org/locations/sherwood.

Metroparks at the Detroit Public Library: Wilder Library

Rain Gardens 101
Thursday, July1 – 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In this one-hour class we will teach you what a rain garden is and how you can solve water problems by building one. We will cover how a rain garden works and what makes it different from other gardens. We will also go over the environmental impact of runoff water. See examples of how rain gardens can add beauty and help pollinators in our communities. Rain garden resources will also be shared. This is an introduction to a five-week course that goes more in-depth and explains how to build a rain garden. This program is for adults 18 and up.

Become A Master Rain Gardener
Thursdays August 8, 15, 22, 29 and September 5 – Noon to 3 p.m.
In this five-week class, you will learn how to design your own rain garden! Rain Gardens filter and cool stormwater so that our streams and rivers run clean. Join us to receive step-by-step instruction to create your garden, protecting your home against flooding and helping the birds and butterflies. And in the process, you will become a neighborhood expert! Earn your certification – including a t-shirt and sign – by building your own rain garden or adopting a public rain garden. One optional off-site field trip to an existing rain garden is included. You must attend all five classes. This program is for adults 18 and up.

Pre-registration is required through the Wilder Library, call 313-481-1870. To learn more about the library visit, https://detroitpubliclibrary.org/locations/wilder.

This class takes place at the Detroit Public Library: Wilder Branch, 7140 E. 7 Mile Road, Detroit, MI 48234

Metroparks on the River

Join us for guided paddles down the Lower Rouge River and take in nature in a whole new way!

Paddle Trip: Dearborn Hills Golf Course

Saturday, June 22

Celebrate National Canoe Day with a guided paddle on the Lower Rouge River. This guided trip is geared toward experienced paddlers and will begin at Dearborn Hills Golf Course and end at Ford Field Park. The Metroparks Mobile Learning Center will also be onsite sharing information about the animals of the Rouge River. Free kayak rental to the first 25 registrants will be provided by Metroparks and Friends of the Rouge.

Paddlers must be ages 12+ to command their own vessel and must paddle with a parent or guardian. Children 6+ may participate by riding with a parent or guardian.

Ages: 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost:  FREE for first 25 registrants. $40 canoe rental after. $10 shuttle fee if bringing own vessel.
Location: Dearborn Hills Golf Course and Ford Field Park

Preregistration is required. Please visit www.therouge.org/water-trail/events for additional information and to register.

This program is presented by Friends of the Rouge, in Partnership with Motor City Canoe & Kayak, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Wayne County Parks and the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

Paddle Trip: Friends of the Rouge Inkster Hype Athletic Paddle

Saturday, August 3

Friends of the Rouge will host a guided paddle trip beginning at Venoy Dorsey Park and ending at Inkster Park. This is a spectacular way to see the Lower Rouge River from a whole new vantage point and try a new skill. The Metroparks will be partnering with Friends of the Rouge, Hype Athletics, Camp Inspire and the Inkster Taskforce to provide free kayak rental to the first 25 event registrants.

Canoe or kayak rental is $40 for those registering after the first 25. If you are bringing your own boat, there is a $10 shuttle service fee.

Paddlers must be ages 12+ to command their own vessel and must paddle with a parent or guardian. Children 6+ may participate by riding with a parent or guardian.

Ages: 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost:  FREE for first 25 registrants; $40 per person after. $10 shuttle fee if bringing own boat
Location: Goudy Park

Preregistration is required. Please visit www.therouge.org/water-trail/events for additional information and to register.

This program is presented in partnership with Friends of the Rouge, Camp Inspire and the Inkster Task Force, Motor City Canoe & Kayak, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Wayne County Parks, City of Wayne, City of Westland, Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

 

Paddle Trip: Birding by Canoe at Newburgh Lake

Saturday, October 5

Friends of the Rouge will host a guided paddle trip from the Newburgh Lake Boat Launch at Newburgh Lake in Hines Park. This is a wonderful way to combine two great outdoor activities – birding and being on the water! Bring your binoculars to go birding by canoe. Metroparks will be partnering with Friends of the Rouge, Detroit Black Birders Association, Detroit Bird Alliance and Wayne County Parks to provide free kayak rental to the first 25 event registrants.

Canoe or kayak rental is $40 for those registering after the first 25. If you are bringing your own boat, there is a $10 shuttle service fee.

Paddlers must be ages 12+ to command their own vessel and must paddle with a parent or guardian. Children 6+ may participate by riding with a parent or guardian.

Ages: 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost:  FREE for first 25 registrants; $40 per person after. $10 shuttle fee if bringing own boat
Location: Goudy Park

Preregistration is required. Please visit www.therouge.org/water-trail/events information and to register.

This program is presented in partnership with Friends of the Rouge, Detroit Black Birders Association, Detroit Bird Alliance, Wayne County Parks, Motor City Canoe & Kayak, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the City of Wayne.

 

 

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