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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.

Please keep in mind that no pets are allowed at any of our Outdoor Engagement Programs.

Special Interest/Scout Group Programming
To set up programs, hikes, etc. specific for Special Interest or Scout Groups please contact our Natural Resources division directly at 248.656.4775 or by emailing . 
Painting in the Park with Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Learn the art of Plein Air Painting! During this amazing workshop, a PCCA instructor will demonstrate how to watercolor paint the surrounding environment and transform the ordinary canvas in front of you into a piece of the park that you get to take home. Contact PCCA for more information.
When: Thursday, September 24th, 5:00-7:30pm
           Thursday, October 8th, 4:30-7pm
Where: Bloomer Park, meet at the Stone Shelter
Cost: $35/person
Register Online
Toddler Fun with Animals

Join us for a fun session with a Rochester Hills Naturalist learning about animals that can be found in our communities. The Naturalist will provide animal skins, pelts, and props to see, touch, and learn about. If weather permits, we may even experience real-live animals! Parents are encouraged to enjoy the program with their child.
When: Tuesday, October 6th 10:00-10:45 am
Where: Bloomer Park
Age: 3-6 Years
Cost: $6/child
Register Online (via RARA)
Mom's Hike
Join our Outdoor Interpreter (and mom) Lauren, along with other local moms, for what will attempt to be a relaxing, smooth, no-tears, no bug bites and no poison ivy, pre-nap walk through the park trails while we learn about some local plants and animals. This program is available to mom's and their little ones ages 10 and under. Join us if you're feeling adventurous! All hikes are stroller friendly
When/Where:
  Thursday, Oct 15th - 10:00 am to 11:00 am Registration closes day of
  Innovation Hills, meet in the main parking lot
  Register Online for Oct 15th Hike 
  Thursday, Nov 19th - 10:00 am to 11:00 am Registration closes day of
  Spencer Park, meet in the main parking lot, 10-11 am
  Register Online for Nov 19th Hike
    - All terrain is stroller-friendly
Skill Level/Age: Beginner, moms and kids 10 and under
Cost: Free
Volunteer Seed Collection Training and Seed Collection Workshop
Attendees will be trained on the benefits of native landscaping, how to identify common native plant species, and proper seed collection practices in preparation for CRWC's first seed collection workshop. Attendees to this training are expected to commit to participating in the seed collection workshop on October 17th. The collection workshop is where attendees will help collect seed from native plants along the Avon Creek restoration area in Rochester Hills. Volunteers will receive complimentary native seed packets to take home, and collected seed will be used to supplement restoration projects on site near Avon Creek Restoration.
When: Tuesday, October 6th, 6-7 pm
           Saturday, October 17th, 10 am – 12pm
Where: CRWC office, 1115 W Avon Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Cost: Free
Registration: Email or call 248-601-0606
Hoot N’ Howl Hayride
Join Lance and Lauren at Bloomer Park for a hayride to search for nocturnal animal activity. Enjoy a campfire, cider and donuts following the hayride. Meet a few live, nocturnal animals and get a chance to hold a snake! This program is not intended to be scary.
When: Friday, October 16th; 7:30 – 9:00 pm [Register Online*] 
           Saturday, October 17th; 7:30 – 9:00 pm [Register Online*]
           Registration closes Wed, Oct 14th
Where: Bloomer Park
Skill Level/Age: Beginner, all ages*
Cost: $7/person, children 3 and under free

*Online registration is via PayPal; you do not need a PayPal account.
Adaptive Fun with Animals
This program is designed for people with disabilities. Join us for a fun session with a Rochester Hills Naturalist learning about animals that can be found in our communities. The Naturalist will provide animal skins, pelts, and other props to see, touch, and learn about. If weather permits, we may even experience real-live animals!
When: Thursday, October 22nd 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Bloomer Park
Age: 14+ Years
Cost: $6/person
Register Online (via RARA)
Night Hike and Campfire

Enjoy a cool, fall campfire and s’mores while we learn a little about owls. Then experience a moonlit owl prowl to call for Eastern Screech Owls.
When: Thursday, October 29th 5:30-7:00pm
            Registration closes morning of at 8:00 am
Location: Bloomer Park, meet in the back of the main lot
Age: All ages
Cost: $5/person
Register via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account)
Outdoor Survival for Teens

This day is sure to be packed with adventure and skill building while we learn archery and how to build a shelter using natural materials, start a fire with flint and steel and identify a few wild edibles.
When: Sunday, November 8th 1-4pm Registration closes Fri, Nov 6th
Where: Bloomer Park, meet at the Mountain Ash Shelter
Skill level: Beginner/Kids ages 13-18
Cost: $10/person
Register via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account)
S’mores and Stars
Enjoy a campfire with our Naturalist and the Oakland Astronomy Club, as we look to the sky and learn about some of our stars and constellations.
When: Nov 19th, 5:00 – 6:30pm Registration closes day of at 8am
Where: Bloomer Park
Skill Level/Age: Beginner, all ages (children under 14 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Cost: $5/person
Register via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account)

Lance Devoe
Lance DeVoe
Naturalist
Email
248.841.2675

Lauren Oxlade
Lauren Oxlade
Outdoor Interpreter
Email
248.656.4775

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