Museum explores nature’s hunters and hiders

When we’re young, we learn from our teachers or parents about animals. During these nature lessons we are taught that animals can be predators, prey, or even both.

One of the most fascinating parts about learning about these animals is the different adaptations they have developed in order to survive. My favorite predator adaptation fact is that wolves can go more than a week without eating. Wolves are able to do this because they can consume more than 10 pounds of meat. This adaptation is important because wolves are predominantly carnivores and may go a week without finding another prey animal to eat.

Prey animals also have amazing adaptations. These defensive adaptations can vary from tasting bad to predators, playing dead, or raising their quills. If you are looking for fun activities that can teach your children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews about these animals, visit This website lists activities you can do and lessons your child will be learning.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is offering a guided nature walk about predators and prey on Saturday, November 26 at 1 p.m. During this walk, guests will learn how to identify a hunter from a hunted animal, some special adaptations of predators and prey, and why both groups are important for a healthy environment. The guided walk will start at the Dairy Barn and conclude at the Children’s Garden. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothes.

This event is free for museum members; nonmembers are $5 for adults, $3 for children (ages 2 and up) and seniors (60+).  To register contact (248) 656-4663 or

The Rochester Hills Museum is a 16-acre complex on Stoney Creek listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes two furnished farmhouses, a dairy barn with exhibits, children’s garden and schoolhouse. The museum is located 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken between Rochester and Dequindre.

By Patrick Endres, Staff Assistant—Environmental Education

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

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