Self-led Nature Scavenger Hunt

On this self-led Nature Scavenger Hunt in Oakland Township Parks, investigate and learn how animals prepare for winter and survive the cold. Hibernation – Adaptation Investigation Riddles and clues will lead you around Oakland Township Parks to explore, crack codes, piece together puzzles, and solve the mystery of how animals survive the cold. After completing the nature adventure, participants will submit their answers and be entered in a drawing to win a special reward. Begin your … [Read more...]

Oakland Township Invites Families to Come Out and Experience Live Michigan Raptors

Michigan Birds of Prey Come join Oakland Township Parks and Recreation in learning about Michigan’s birds of prey where participants will meet live raptors such as a hawk, an owl, a falcon, and even an eagle. These engaging birds will model and demonstrate their incredible survival adaptations and behaviors. Participants will have the chance to observe skulls, feel feathers, and handle other bird parts such as feet and bones. This hands-on experience is fascinating. Presented by Francie … [Read more...]

Freezing Mad Science in Oakland Township

Oakland Township Invites Children Ages 3-5 Years Old to Come Out and Experiment with Ice Freezing Mad Science for 3-5 Years Old With winter breathing its frigid air across the ponds and streams, Oakland Township Parks and Recreation has noticed them turning solid. They are not one to ignore nature’s cues so they will be holding a program for participants to play with ice! From the warmth of the nature center, participants will perform experiments with wacky hand-shaped ice cubes and salt to … [Read more...]

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Recommended for State Grant

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Recommended for State Grant to Develop Iron Belle – Paint Creek Trail Northern Trailhead On December 12, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board recommended that Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission (OTPRC) be awarded a $228,400 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for improvements at the Township’s Paint Creek Junction Park. The purpose of this grant project, titled “Iron Belle - Paint Creek Trail Northern Trailhead” is to … [Read more...]

Preschool Park Explorers Time for Turkeys

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation is Collaborating with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve for a Special Preschool Event November 30 Lost Lake Nature Park is home to more than just a quiet kayaking dock and exciting sledding hill, it’s also home to woodpeckers, garter snakes, and of course, wild turkeys. With enough turkey in everyone’s bellies after Thanksgiving to last everyone through the winter, it’s only right to learn about the comically large birds that can be seen walking through the … [Read more...]

Experience The Wonders of Raptors in Oakland Township

Hunters of the Sky It’s all about survival. Three engaging raptors (hawk, owl, and falcon) will visit the site to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Hands-on explorations of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts provide a stimulating introduction to the Hunters of the Sky. Presented by Leslie Science & the Nature Center. To register, call the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation office at 248-651-7810. Register by Wednesday, October … [Read more...]

Accessibility Workshop for Proposed Recreation Improvements in Oakland Township

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation is presenting an Accessibility Workshop to receive comments and input from the general public and disability advocates on two Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant applications. The Accessibility Workshop will be held Monday, September 10, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion Road, Rochester, Michigan, 48306. Project engineers will be present to discuss the projects and answer any questions regarding the designs. “We would … [Read more...]

Land Preservation Staff Lead a Guided Tour of Draper Twin Lake Park

The Oakland Township Parks and Recreation (OTPR) host a guided tour of Draper Twin Lake Park on Saturday, August 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet in the parking lot at 1015 Inwood Road at 10:00 a.m. The tour will visit Twin Lake, then head to the east side of the park. This park was purchased in 2005 with a combination of Land Preservation millage funds and a sizable donation from the Draper family. The name of this 90-acre park honors both this family’s generosity as well as the … [Read more...]

Oakland Township Announces New Explore Archery Camp at Marsh View Park Archery Range

Explore Archery Aiming To Create a Fun Environment for Motivated Archers Explore Archery is a new and innovative archery education program focused on introducing beginners to the lifelong sport of archery. In Explore Archery, campers earn achievement awards through active participation in individual and team-building activities that require fundamental skills, a competitive edge, and a bit of creativity – not based on campers' athletic abilities or their capabilities to shoot a perfect score. … [Read more...]

Paint Creek Trail hosts Tails for Trails

In honor of National Trails Day, the Paint Creek Trailways Commission will be hosting their inaugural "Tails for Trails" event on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Paint Creek Cider Mill. “We're planning a fun day for you and your pets. We’ve never done a dog-themed event, but because the trail is so popular with dog walkers, we thought we should celebrate our four-legged visitors,” said Friends of the Paint Creek Trail President Jim VanDoorn. The event features a dog costume contest, free craft, … [Read more...]