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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 .
Reptile Roundup
Rescue and Rehabilitation in Your Backyard
Description:
There's something wild in the neighborhood! Jeff, owner of the non-profit reptile rescue "Suburban Jungle" based out of Southgate, MI will be sharing his passion of rescuing and rehabilitating reptiles with those eager for a personal experience with giant snakes, lizards and turtles. This is an open-house program so feel free to join us anytime between 1-4pm with pre-registration; pay at the door after 3pm. There will be opportunities for you to hold some exotic reptiles as well as native Michigan species.

When:
February 15th 1-4 pm REGISTRATION CLOSES FEB 14TH AT 10AM
Cost: $5/person $3/children (children under 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Where:
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Tickets

Making Maple Syrup
A Backyard Guide for Beginners

Description: Travel through various stations in Bloomer Park with Lance and Lauren to learn the first steps to make your own Maple Syrup. From identifying various species of maple tree, to the tree tapping process and sap boiling setup. You'll leave with all the knowledge you need to make your own syrup as well as a spile, tubing, and bucket to tap your own maple tree. This program is held rain or shine so come dressed for the weather and a walk through the woods.

When: Saturday Feb 22nd, 1-2:30pm REGISTRATION CLOSES FEB 20th
Cost: $15/person
Where: Bloomer Park, meet at the Pinegrove Shelter
Age restrictions: Adult/Children 12 and up

Tickets

Sap-To-Syrup Pancake Breakfast

Description: Visit the Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to see an old-fashioned sap-to-syrup boiling operation. We will be making syrup from trees tapped right here in Rochester Hills. Sample some real maple syrup and enjoy a pancake breakfast complete with sausage, juice and coffee. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are split into three sessions, 9am, 10am and 11am. When purchasing tickets, please specify which session you would like to attend. Tickets are limited so purchase yours early!

When: Saturday March 14th, 9am-12pm REGISTRATION CLOSES MAR 12th
Cost: $7/person, kids 2 and under free (children under 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Where: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm


Admission
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Winter Green Space Hike
Description: The Green Space Advisory Board of Rochester Hills welcomes residents and friends to join them for a Winter Green Space hike on March 7th at our Ruby Green Space. The City of Rochester Hills has made it a priority to enhance our community through the preservation of undeveloped and protected green spaces. This is a great opportunity to come enjoy beautiful nature while learning about what makes our Green Spaces unique. GSAB members will be present to answer any questions and share information regarding these special places.

When: March 7th - Ruby Green Space
Skill Level / Age: Beginner/all ages
Cost: Free (Registration Requested)
Time: 10 am to 11 am
Location: Please meet at City Hall in the visitor lot by 10 am and we will caravan to the property.

Register here

Investigate Innovation
Description: Come check out Rochester Hills’ newest park, Innovation Hills. From glow pavers, an ADA accessible boardwalk, and a sensory and pollinator garden, there is lots to see and hear in the dusky hours of springtime.

When: Thursday March 19th, 6:30-7:30pm 
REGISTRATION CLOSES MAR 18th
Cost: $5/person
Where: Innovation Hills, meet in main parking lot
Skill level: beginner (children under 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Ages: All
Admission

Fly Tying
Description: Learn how to tie your own flies in this informative, hands on two-hour session at the Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. Learn what equipment you need to get started in this unique and valuable hobby. Make your own fly to take home and enjoy coffee or juice and donuts. This program is for adults and children 12+, all materials will be provided.

When: Saturday March 28th, 10am-12pm REGISTRATION CLOSES MARCH 26th
Cost: $15/person
Where: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
Age Restrictions: Adults and Children 12+
Tickets

Antler Amble
Description: Each winter, white-tailed deer shed their antlers only to grow new ones in the spring. Learn about this amazing cycle then search the trails and wooded areas in Bloomer Park for dropped antlers. Dress for the weather and walking in the woods, rain or shine! You can take home any antlers you may find. Recommended for ages 7+.

When: Friday April 3rd, 1:00 -2:30pm REGISTRATION CLOSES APR 2nd
Cost: $5/person
Where: Bloomer Park, meet at the Pine Grove shelter
Skill level: beginner
Ages: All (children under 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Tickets

Mom's Hike
Description: 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 Innovation Hills 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!

When: April 16th, 10:00-11:00am REGISTRATION CLOSES APR 15th
Cost: Free
Where: Innovation Hills, meet in the parking lot
Skill Level/Age: Beginner, moms and kids 10 and under
Register for Mom's Hike Here

Spring Nature Walk

Description: Join us for a one hour nature walk to search for signs of spring. Lance and Lauren will guide you though winding trails, over wooded hills and past lush ponds to see what might be out soaking up the spring sunshine. Wear appropriate footwear and attire. All ages welcome but the terrain is not suitable for strollers.

When: Thursday, April 23rd from 6-7pm
Where: Avon Nature Study Area, meet in the City Hall parking lot
Cost: $5/person (children under 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult)
Tickets


Lance Devoe
Lance DeVoe
Naturalist
Email
248.841.2675

Lauren Oxlade
Lauren Oxlade
Outdoor Interpreter
Email
248.656.4775

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