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Outdoor Engagement
Our naturalist is available to answer wildlife nuisance questions about deer, raccoons, skunks, bats, groundhogs, and snakes, as well as other outdoor-related questions. Literature is available regarding deer-proofing your yard, including planting suggestions and techniques to prevent deer from eating your landscape plants. Please visit our Deer Management Advisory Committee page for more information.

Native Prairie Planting
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All ages
Cost: Free, but registration is required
When: Tuesday, May 22nd
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Harding Green Space

Join the City's Parks and Natural Resources Department and Green Space consultants to restore a native prairie habitat in the Harding Green Space. We will be planting native plant species plugs throughout the prairie and pulling invasive garlic mustard within the forested areas of this public green space. Click for more details.
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Fly Fishing 101
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 12 and up
Cost: $10/Person
When: Monday, June 11th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Rochester Hills Museum


Learn fly fishing safety, different types of flies, fish, and rivers as well as casting basics. A great refresher for someone looking to start fly fishing again or for someone new to the sport. Fly rods provided, bring your own if you have one.

Fishing for Beginners
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 6 and up with Adult
Cost: $5/Child per day, adults free (no pre-registration required - pay upon arrival - cash or check only)
When: Every Wednesday July 11th - August 1st
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Spencer Park dock

Join Lance and Lauren at Spencer Park every Wednesday morning July 11th through August 1st while we learn some fishing basics, common types of fish, local fishing regulations, fishing safety and hopefully catch some fish along the way! All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Campfire Cookout
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All ages
Cost: $7/Adult, $5/Child (for each program)
When: Thursday, July 12th and/or Friday, August 17th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Bloomer Park (meet in parking lot)

Have you ever wanted to cook over an open fire, but aren't sure where to start? We will learn and enjoy various different cooking methods in this fun and tasty family program suitable for all ages.


Kayaking 101
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Cost: $15/Person
When: Saturday, July 14th
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am - SOLD OUT
Second time slot added: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Spencer Park dock

This beginner's class is designed for someone wanting to try out kayaking for the first time. It will cover basic kayaking safety, etiquette, and boat and paddle basics. Boats and safety equipment provided.
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River Float
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 10 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Cost: $25/Person
When: Sunday, July 15th
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Innovation Hills (meet in parking lot)

Only 2 spots left!

Float down the Clinton River in an inflatable inner tube with Lance and Lauren while we learn about local wildlife and history. End the river float with a light snack. Shuttle service back to the vehicles will be provided. Change of clothes and dry bags are highly recommended. Come prepared to get wet! Tubes and all safety equipment provided.


Wild Edibles 
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: Ages 10 and up (with paid adult)
Cost: $5/Adult, $3/Child
When: Saturday, August 18th
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Bloomer Park (meet in the parking lot)

Ever wondered which berries are safe to eat? Come join us and be surprised over how many different things in nature are edible! We will also learn some very dangerous things to avoid in nature.


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