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July 2019

Nature Art Camp

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Discover art in nature through this camp. Explore the Kensington Metropark nature area and collect items from nature to make amazing sculptures. Spend time at the lake while painting an awesome canvas. Then explore the outdoors to get inspiration for creating your own nature print t-shirt. Canvasses provided, please bring a white t-shirt. Ages: 6 and up

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Paddle to the Lotus

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Bring your canoe or kayak for a guided tour of Kensington Metropark’s Kent Lake. We’ll start out at the West Boat Launch and paddle out to visit the American lotus, North America’s largest wildflower. Then we’ll take in the islands to view a little of Kensington’s history, including the remnants that are still visible from the water of a former vacation spot.  We’re sure to spot a variety of wildlife, such as waterfowl, fish and possibly an eagle or two.  A U.S. Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is required and must be properly worn. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917

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Birds Gone Ballistic Camp

July 31 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Spend the day discovering the four forces of flight through hands-on demonstrations. You’ll learn to love life, that drag’s not a drag, how to trust thrust, and how gravity makes planes sag. You will fly through history to discover how humans mimicked bird flight, visit our Red-tailed Hawk Ranger, and then blast home after a rocket demonstration. Ages 7 and up. Please bring a lunch.

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August 2019

Daring Day for Boys Camp

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Are you daring enough to spend the day learning to survive in the woods? Build a survival hut, make natural noise-makers, learn how to survive a bear attack, how to identify poisonous plants and venomous snakes, and more! Boys will have fun learning real wilderness survival skills. Ages: 8 and up

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Daring Day for Girls Camp

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Are you daring enough to spend the day learning to survive in the woods? Build a survival hut, make natural noise-makers, learn how to survive a bear attack, how to identify poisonous plants and venomous snakes, and more! Girls will have fun learning real wilderness survival skills. Ages: 8 and up

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Naturalist for a Day

August 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Designed to be educational and fun, this program allows kids the chance to work alongside our nature center interpreters. Kids will go behind the scenes to meet all the nature center’s animals, including turtles, salamanders, snakes, and Ranger, the red-tailed hawk. They will learn more about properly keeping animals in captivity by performing hands-on tasks such as feeding and watering animals. They’ll also get outdoors to check the trails and work on wildlife identification skills. Campers should bring a lunch and a water bottle. Ages 7 and older.

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Colonial Kensington Free Preview Night

August 9 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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As the historical encampment sets up, stop in to do your early bird shopping with the sutlers and skip the admission fee. Items available for purchase vary based on merchants, but typically include iron and tin ware, candles, clothing, trinkets, toys, woodcrafts, and leather goods of historical style. Fun for all ages.

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19th annual Colonial Kensington

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Experience the sights and sounds of history during this Kensington Metropark tradition.  Visit with historically-dressed reenactors portraying civilian and military life of the Colonial era.  Be entertained with music and dramatizations, witness the firing of muskets and canons, and shop the booths of merchants where you may purchase hand crafted items made like they were in the 18th century. The annual Saturday afternoon battle is a must-see! See the brochure for the full schedule of events including military maneuvers and live music. Fun for all ages. Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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19th annual Colonial Kensington

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Experience the sights and sounds of history during this Kensington Metropark tradition.  Visit with historically-dressed reenactors portraying civilian and military life of the Colonial era.  Be entertained with music and dramatizations, witness the firing of muskets and canons, and shop the booths of merchants where you may purchase hand crafted items made like they were in the 18th century. The annual Saturday afternoon battle is a must-see! See the brochure for the full schedule of events including military maneuvers and live music. Fun for all ages. Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Kensington Birding Club

August 24 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Wake up with the birds! Birding is a worldwide recreational activity enjoyed by millions. Start a new hobby or hone your birding skills. For beginners, an indoor program covering binocular use and basic bird identification will be offered at 8:30. More advanced birders can join the group at 9:00 at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center for the outdoor walk. Bring your own binoculars and favorite morning beverage. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow and hot beverages may be purchased at the Nature Center. Please dress for the weather—we will be outdoors rain or shine. Ages 12 and older. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917

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September 2019

Bat Night Hike

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Come learn about bat basics and debunk myths such as: Do bats drink blood? Will bats get stuck in your hair? Find out about how bats benefit humans in many meaningful ways and what you can do to help bats in your area during the presentation inside the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Then head out with us for a short hike to see these amazing flying acrobats in action. Please dress for the weather—we will be outdoors rain or shine. Ages 6 and older. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917

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Little Critters Nature Hour: Awesome Apples

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Did you know that an apple blossom is Michigan’s state flower? We’ll read a story about how apple trees grow and how they can be made into some tasty fall treats. Sample some delicious Michigan-grown apples and use a cider press to make apple cider. We’ll even make some apple-themed art. The Little Critters Nature Hour presents a new nature program every month geared towards young children and their families. Ages 3-5. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917

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Little Critters Nature Hour: Awesome Apples

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Did you know that an apple blossom is Michigan’s state flower? We’ll read a story about how apple trees grow and how they can be made into some tasty fall treats. Sample some delicious Michigan-grown apples and use a cider press to make apple cider. We’ll even make some apple-themed art. The Little Critters Nature Hour presents a new nature program every month geared towards young children and their families. Ages 3-5. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917

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Calling All Owls

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Whooo is hiding in the woods? Owls, of course! We’ll begin our program indoors with an introduction to the owl species that are common here in Southeastern Michigan. Look at real mounts and listen to owl calls to familiarize yourself with the species you may encounter. We’ll also discuss life strategies and use some hands-on demonstrations to highlight the incredible adaptations of our feathered friends. Following this crash course in all things owl, embark on a guided moonlit stroll to search for owls and other nocturnal creatures. Please dress for the weather—we will be outdoors rain or shine. Ages 8 and older. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917

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October 2019

Kensington Birding Club

October 5 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Wake up with the birds! Birding is a worldwide recreational activity enjoyed by millions. Start a new hobby or hone your birding skills. For beginners, an indoor program covering binocular use and basic bird identification will be offered at 8:30. More advanced birders can join the group at 9:00 at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center for the outdoor walk. Bring your own binoculars and favorite morning beverage. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow and hot beverages may be purchased at the Nature Center. Please dress for the weather—we will be outdoors rain or shine. Ages 12 and older. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917

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Fab Fall Color Walk

October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Have a blast with fall color!  Each registered participant will get a t-shirt and a chance to get doused in non-toxic color powder. Walk anytime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to find the five color blast stops along a 1.25 mile route. Refreshments available for purchase before and after the walk. Preregister by September 24 to get your choice of T-shirt size. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917

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Trick-or-Treat Along the Trail

October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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During this evening program, costume-clad little ones will experience Halloween-themed interpretive stops along the Kensington Metropark Nature Trails. Bring a bag or bucket and collect treats at each stop. Upon your return to the festively-decorated Nature Center enjoy cider and donuts and fall activities. Program is geared toward younger children. Tours leave at scheduled times. Advance registration is required. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917

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Pumpkin Carving Party

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Get in the Halloween spirit! Pick out a pumpkin and a design and have fun carving it in our festively-decorated event room. Then enjoy cider and donuts. We’ll party ‘til the pumpkins run out!  Fee covers one pumpkin and refreshments.

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Zombie Apocalypse Survival

October 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Will you be ready to head for the wilderness when the zombies attack?  Discover the truth about real life zombies in nature. Then learn some of the skills you’ll need, such as shelter-building and fire-starting, to survive this and other survival emergencies. Dress for the weather and possibly get a little dirty. Ages 8 and older. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.

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November 2019

Boy Scout Webelos: Earth Rocks

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Become a geologist for a day and learn the basics of rocks and minerals and the reasons why they are so important in our daily lives. Learn about the rock cycle using kitchen gadgets, build a gum drop mineral model, experiment with mineral test kits, go on an earth product scavenger hunt, and locate important geological features on Michigan maps. We will be outside for a portion of the program, so be sure to dress for the weather. Interested in more scouting adventures? Be sure to also come out for Sunday’s Webelos: Castaway to satisfy requirements for two electives in one weekend! Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.

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Boy Scout Webelos: Castaway

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Will you be prepared to go “off the grid” in case of a wilderness emergency? What is the most important thing to consider when lost in the woods? Learn about survival kits, fire-building, treatments to get drinking water, signaling, and survival shelter construction. You’ll spend the morning learning real-life survival skills to keep you and your group safe in case of an emergency. Please dress for the weather—we will be outdoors rain or shine. Interested in more scouting adventures? Be sure to also come out for Saturday’s Webelos: Earth Rocks to satisfy requirements for two electives in one weekend! Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.

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Little Critters Nature Hour: Going Batty!

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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This month we’ll focus on our nocturnal neighbors and discover why they are so amazing. We’ll look at small bats, large bats, and everything in between! Listen to the story of “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon and enjoy some bat-themed activities and crafts. The Little Critters Nature Hour presents a new nature program every month geared towards young children and their families. Ages 3-5. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.

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Girl Scout Brownies: Hiker

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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With over 7 miles of trails that are home to a wide variety of plants and animals, the Kensington Metropark Nature Area is the perfect place for earning your Brownie Hiker badge. For this program, we’ll have fun learning how to be prepared for a safe and enjoyable hike. Scouts will get to make a plan and choose their own trail, gain some new trail skills, learn how to select the appropriate gear, and make a tasty hiking snack. We’ll head outside to put our new knowledge to the test, and we’ll even play a game or two. This two-hour program will satisfy all requirements to earn the Brownie Hiker badge. A Girl Scout is always prepared so please remember to bring a water bottle, wear good hiking shoes, and dress for the weather. Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.

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Boy Scout Webelos: Into the Woods

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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Discover the beauty and importance of our native Michigan trees and plants while meeting all the requirements for the Webelos: Into the Woods elective. We’ll talk about types of trees, how they grow, what products we can use them for, and their role in local ecosystems. We’ll also hit the trails to identify some of our tree and plant species. Equipped with your new knowledge, you’ll be able to appreciate and experience the forest like never before! Please dress for the weather—this program will be both indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. Interested in more scouting adventures? Be sure to also come out for Sunday’s Webelos: Into the Wild to satisfy requirements for two electives in one weekend! Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.

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Boy Scout Webelos: Into the Wild

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Parkway
Milford, MI 48380 United States
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This scout program focuses on the respect and understanding of our natural world—we’ll use a variety of interactive approaches to learn about food chains, ecosystems, and how humans impact nature. We’ll look at some of Michigan’s native wildlife species and discover their role within their ecosystems and how that relates to us. We’ll even put our observational skills to use and see what kind of critters we can observe around the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Please dress for the weather—this program will be both indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. Interested in more scouting adventures? Be sure to also come out for Saturday’s Webelos: Into the Woods to satisfy requirements for two electives in one weekend! Please preregister, (810) 227-8917.

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