Winter snows not only create a beautiful backdrop, but also the perfect palette for animal tracks! Bundle up with hats and scarves and lace up your winter boots to see who’s been prowling in the winter wonderland of Indian Springs Metropark. We’ll start inside to learn about how to tell if an animal has visited, then head out to see signs of wildlife in person. Bring your own solid colored t-shirt or bandana for stamping, light colors work best. Ages 8 and up. Please preregister, 248-625-7280.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Make memories at the Environmental Discovery Center while you decorate a cookie, hear a holiday story, make holiday crafts and visit with Santa. Each child will receive a small gift. Make sure to bring your camera so you can capture all the special moments! Please preregister, 248-625-7280. Time: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Let our classroom become your craft room. We’ll have materials and ideas for everyone to make natural or recycled ornaments that are fun to create and good for the earth! Please preregister, 248-625-7280.
Scouts can satisfy requirements for one of both electives in one day. For Into the Woods, 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 trees and other plant species. And for Into the Wild, 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 roles 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 Indian Springs Metropark. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Bring a sack lunch if you will be participating in both sessions. Please preregister, 248-625-7280. Time: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Calling all owl and nature lovers! We will be having a short classroom discussion about our feathery friends and then head out onto the trail. While on the trail we will be looking and listening for owls while we call some. We may see and hear some along with other creatures of the night. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Please preregister, 248-625-7280.
This program is for owl enthusiasts, who aren’t night-owls themselves – especially the younger crowd! We’ll look at feathers and taxidermy to see what makes owls special, listen to recordings of owl calls of local species, and then celebrate them by making some owl crafts! Please preregister, 248-625-7280.
During this evening program, costume-clad little ones will experience Halloween-themed stops along the Nature Trails. Bring a bag or bucket to collect treats. Upon your return to the festively-decorated Metropark Office enjoy cider, donuts. Tours leave at scheduled times. This program is geared towards younger children. Preregistration required, 248-625-7280.
They’re mysterious and spooky, but altogether helpful! Join us as we demystify the ways bats can help strengthen the community. We will start in the lab for a quick talk on what distinguishes bats from other mammals and why their ability to fly is so special. Next, we’ll move on to a twilight hike for the opportunity to search for our flighted-friends. Ages 10 and up. Please preregister, 248-625-7280.
Interested in learning about environmental stewardship? After this program, you will walk away knowing more about your environment and what you can do to help. We will discuss how to be a responsible outdoors woman by talking about making minimal impact and bringing awareness about eco issues to your community! At the end of the program you will have met all the requirements for the Eco Trekker badge. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Please preregister, 248-625-7280.
Join us for a fun day of fall activities, perfect for the whole family. Enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, places to explore, hay rides and food vendors. Not to mention a great pumpkin hunt. There will be prizes for all participants. This event is hosted by the Huron Valley Optimist Club.