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Winter Photography in the Metroparks

At first thought, winter may not seem like the best season for outdoor photography but the snowy season actually provides great opportunities for photos. When the snow is here, it provides a pristine white backdrop for landscape photos and provides amazing contrast – think of the classic image of a bright red Cardinal on a snowy perch. The winter is also a great time for capturing wildlife; with less foliage on the trees and ground, it makes spotting the animals easier than in any other season. Another plus is that the parks aren’t as busy in the winter so there is less chance of any unwanted distractions in your photos.

If you’re already an avid photographer yourself or looking to get into the hobby, the Metroparks have programs dedicated to photography this winter! Learn more about each program below.


The Lake Erie Nature Society for Cameras and Photography, LENS CAP is a program geared to help you improve and explore your camera and photography skill. LENS CAP meets six times a year and program focus on a different topic or skill. Two of this year’s sessions are this winter!

January 29  – LENS CAP: A Year of Photos

This is an opportunity for participants to submit their own photos for an interpretive program. Participants are asked to send in their photos prior to the session; and staff will compile the top photos into a PowerPoint and create a program around the submissions.

Registration closes January 23. Click HERE to learn more and register.

March 26 – LENS CAP: Back to Basics

The perfect opportunity for new photographers – this program will focus on reviewing basic camera settings and composition.

Registration closes March 19. Click HERE to learn more and register.

Photography Hike: Winter Woods

January 21 – Photo friends can enjoy a guided hike to spot animals in our forest oasis. Join us as we zoom in on the woodland wildlife here at the park. Bring a camera (or smart phone) and explore with us as we try to capture the peaceful winter life under the trees through photography. Learn to identify Michigan animals and trees along the way. Connect with other photography enthusiasts and enjoy a quiet winter walk in the woods.

Registration closes January 18. Click HERE to learn more and register.

Share Your Photos With Us

While not a program, we always encourage Metroparks visitors to share their photos with us. You can submit your amazing winter photos to us at You can also share your photos on social media with the hashtag #YourMetroparks – we often share visitors’ photos on our Instagram account.

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