Classes & Events                        

Advanced registration is required for all programs.

You may sign up for all of our classes and programs online - just click on the gray box that says "Register" if you don't see a box in a particular class it may be full or registration might not be open yet. Payment is required at the time of registration.

You may also complete a paper registration form  (click here) and bring it with you to Dinosaur Hill or send it to us through the mail along with your payment. 

Here at the office, we only accept cash or checks - but Credit Cards are accepted online all the time.

Four Feet Down the Trail discounts - If you register for four or more of the Four Feet Down the Trail series, proceed with registration all the way to the end, just do not enter your credit card number yet. Give us an email or a call, and we will adjust the invoices for you, then you can finalize your payment.

Please click on the Event or Program to see more detail!  

Four Feet Down the Trail discounts - If you register for four or more of the Four Feet Down the Trail series, proceed with registration all the way to the end, just do not enter your credit card number yet. Give us an email or a call, and we will adjust the invoices for you, then you can finalize your payment.

Upcoming events

    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 5

    Drama Club      Ages 8-15

    Have fun, gain confidence and get great experience as you help write a skit, learn your lines, blocking and stage actions for an original skit to be performed at Dinosaur Hill's popular Halloween Hoot.

    Class meets:  Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 P.M

    September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17 with mandatory performances at the Hoot the evenings of October 20, 21 and 22. Afterglow party on October 24th.

    Fee:  $60 nonmembers, $50 members 

     


    • 20 Sep 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 7

    Wild Warriors                 Grades 1-5

    Swords & Shields   (September 20th) We will forge our own safety swords and shields and then learn the basics of fighting choreography so we can safely pummel one another in the woods.  

    Wild Warriors:

    Get outside and go !  Join us once a month for an exciting adventure.  We will explore a unique topic each month with hands-on activities and loads of outdoor fun. Includes a snack to keep you fueled.

    $15 non members

    $12 members 



    • 21 Sep 2017
    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 8

    Drama Club      Ages 8-15

    Have fun, gain confidence and get great experience as you help write a skit, learn your lines, blocking and stage actions for an original skit to be performed at Dinosaur Hill's popular Halloween Hoot.

    Class meets:  Thursdays 4:30-6:00 P.M

    September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19 with mandatory performances at the Hoot the evenings of October 20, 21 and 22. Afterglow party on October 26th. 

    Fee:  $60 nonmembers, $50 members 

     


    • 22 Sep 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 26

    Classic Campfire – 

    Sometimes the best ending for a fall week is a classic campfire with s’mores and hot dogs around the fire, share stories, and enjoy a beautiful fall evening with friends and family.

    September 22nd 7:30pm-8:30pm

    Non-Members: $5 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $15

    Members:  $4 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12


    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 6

    The Story of Squirrels September 24th 10:00-11am

    $7 per child non-member

    $5 per child member

    (adults must attend and stay with child, but do not need to register for themselves)

    Adults are FREE, but...when registering online, the adult who signs in is automatically considered a paying guest.  So, if you are bringing one child with you, only register yourself (the adult) and the system will charge you correctly for $5/$3.  If you have more than one child, place the 3rd, 4th, 5th child as guests.

    ages 2-6 with parent


    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting new programs at Lost Lake Nature Park.   Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore everything this partnership has to offer at one of three summer open houses.

    Open houses are FREE!  Open houses are FUN!  Open houses are for the whole family!  The nature center will be open for four hours.  You are welcome to drop by any time during those hours.  You will have a chance to explore this amazing park, check out the nature center, participate in crafts, games and other ongoing activities…including FREE KAYAKING (weather permitting of course)!  A new theme will be featured each month so come to one or come to all!  You are also welcome to make an afternoon of it and bring along a picnic to enjoy with a scenic view of the huge pine trees and beautifully secluded Lost Lake. Registration is not required to attend, just come on out and have fun.

    Hey There Hibernator –With Autumn casting its cool shadow across the canopy it's time for all of our animals to begin readying for the long winter. We will have squirrel feeders available to craft and bring home, binoculars available to view all the busy animals in the trees and games themed around hibernation!

    Lost Lake Nature Park is located at 846 Lost Lake Trail in Oakland Township, Michigan.

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission has entered into an agreement with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve to operate Lost Lake Nature Park; offering nature/environmental education programs.


    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 2

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    September 25th Get your Nose On - Have you noticed that the air smells a little different in the fall? Let's get out on the trails and see if we can't find the source of all those new smells.

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 12

    I'm Your Food - Creatures that Drink the Blood of Other Animals! - 1st through 4th grade

    Forget Tranylvanian vampires in black cloaks...leeches, mosquitoes, tics and vampire bats are the real bloodsuckers of the animal kingdom! Let's take a look at some of these animals that prey on human beings! How many of these blood-drinking species can we find in Michigan? We will even top this interesting class off with a special 'blood snack' made of strawberry syrup!

    Class is $5 per child for residents, $7 for non-residents

    Lost Lake Nature Park is located at 846 Lost Lake Trail in Oakland Township, Michigan.

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission has entered into an agreement with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve to operate Lost Lake Nature Park; offering nature/environmental education programs.


    • 02 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 5

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    October 2nd - Watch out for Bats - Let's get a little batty by learning about these awesome flying mammals. We will even have a bat snack!

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20

    Now this program is right up our alley. Come and meet a few of Dinosaur Hill’s house reptiles and a few special guests that will be slithering in for an appearance. Many of our cold blooded friends can be handled by willing participants. We will take a look at and handle several animals and give many of them an afternoon snack.

    Oct. 8   12:00-1:30pm

    Non-Members are $6 per person with a family maximum of $25 

    Members are $5 per person with a family maximum of $20

    This is family program EVERYONE needs to register - adults and children both. Thanks!



    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting new programs at Lost Lake Nature Park.   Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore everything this partnership has to offer at one of three summer open houses.

    Open houses are FREE!  Open houses are FUN!  Open houses are for the whole family!  The nature center will be open for four hours.  You are welcome to drop by any time during those hours.  You will have a chance to explore this amazing park, check out the nature center, participate in crafts, games and other ongoing activities…including FREE KAYAKING (weather permitting of course)!  A new theme will be featured each month so come to one or come to all!  You are also welcome to make an afternoon of it and bring along a picnic to enjoy with a scenic view of the huge pine trees and beautifully secluded Lost Lake. Registration is not required to attend, just come on out and have fun.

    Creepy Crawlies –Nothing screams October like taking a look at some spooky stuff! We will have a true bugtastic day as we put together our own spiders to take home, look at some insects under stereoscopes, and go on a bug safari to see if we can locate any that call Lost Lake home!

    Lost Lake Nature Park is located at 846 Lost Lake Trail in Oakland Township, Michigan.

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission has entered into an agreement with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve to operate Lost Lake Nature Park; offering nature/environmental education programs.


    • 09 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 8

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    October 9th - Watch out for Spiders - Let's get a little batty by learning about these awesome flying mammals. We will even have a bat snack!

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 14

    The Little Haunted House

    It is no secret...Halloween is our favorite holiday! The little log cabin will be decorated for the season with more fun than fright!  We’ll learn that things we think are scary are often an illusion!

    October 13th 7:30pm-8:30pm

    Non-Members: $5 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $15

    Members:  $4 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12


    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10

    The Story of Pumpkins October 15th 10:00-11am

    $7 per child non-member

    $5 per child member

    (adults must attend and stay with child, but do not need to register for themselves)

    Adults are FREE, but...when registering online, the adult who signs in is automatically considered a paying guest.  So, if you are bringing one child with you, only register yourself (the adult) and the system will charge you correctly for $5/$3.  If you have more than one child, place the 3rd, 4th, 5th child as guests.

    ages 2-6 with parent


    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Spend a beautiful fall day at Dinosaur Hill with your family...we’ll dip caramel apples, make pumpkin/apple-print t-shirts, play games with our parachute and so much more!  This is a great way to get outside, have fun and experience all the best of Fall!  Please bring light colored item to stencil (tshirt or totebag etc).

    Oct. 15  1:30pm-3pm 

    Non-Members are $6 per person with a family maximum of $25 

    Members are $5 per person with a family maximum of $20

    This is family program EVERYONE needs to register - adults and children both. Thanks!



    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 16

    SECOND SESSION - Spend a beautiful fall day at Dinosaur Hill with your family...we’ll dip caramel apples, make pumpkin/apple-print t-shirts, play games with our parachute and so much more!  This is a great way to get outside, have fun and experience all the best of Fall!  Please bring light colored item to stencil (tshirt or totebag etc).

    Oct. 15 3:30pm - 5pm 

    Non-Members are $6 per person with a family maximum of $25 

    Members are $5 per person with a family maximum of $20

    This is family program EVERYONE needs to register - adults and children both. Thanks!



    • 16 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 7

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    October 16th - Watch out for Wolves - They're the ancestors of dogs but they have their own story to tell. Plus have a howling contest!

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 20 Oct 2017
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 399

    Halloween Hoot

    Have a hauntingly good time at Dinosaur Hill’s annual Halloween Hoot. Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a spooktacular Halloween tradition.  Groups will gather in the nature center to create a spooky-fun craft, then head out on the mood-lit trails to participate in a series of short, funny, interactive skits while collecting treats along the way. Complete your evening with a doughnut and cup of cider around the campfire with live entertainment.  You can even let your little monster loose to have fun at our mini-fair with Halloween themed carnival games...all included with your ticket.  Tickets sell for a specific time with groups leaving every ten minutes.  Times will sell out so don’t delay.   $7 per person

    Fri, Oct. 20  6:00 first group to 8:30 last

    Tickets are timed and only valid for the date and time slot you purchase. 

    Ticket times are listed under the Registration, groups leave every 10 minutes/maximum of 30 tickets per time slot.

    Once you choose your time slot, you MUST fill in how many "Additional Guests" are coming with you in the box provided in order to purchase the correct amount of tickets. If you are buying one individual ticket for yourself only, leave the "Additional Guests" box blank.

    You must print your PAID confirmation email and bring it with you to use as your "ticket(s)".


    • 21 Oct 2017
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 672

    Halloween Hoot

    Have a hauntingly good time at Dinosaur Hill’s annual Halloween Hoot. Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a spooktacular Halloween tradition.  Groups will gather in the nature center to create a spooky-fun craft, then head out on the mood-lit trails to participate in a series of short, funny, interactive skits while collecting treats along the way.  Complete your evening with a doughnut and cup of cider around the campfire with live entertainment.  You can even let your little monster loose to have fun at our mini-fair with Halloween themed carnival games...all included with your ticket.  Tickets sell for a specific time with groups leaving every ten minutes.  Times will sell out so don’t delay.   $7 per person

    Saturday Oct. 21st  4:00pm first group to 8:00pm last

    Tickets are timed and only valid for the date and time slot you purchase. 

    Ticket times are listed under the Registration, groups leave every 10 minutes/maximum of 30 tickets per time slot.

    Once you choose your time slot, you MUST fill in how many "Additional Guests" are coming with you in the box provided in order to purchase the correct amount of tickets. If you are buying one individual ticket for yourself only, leave the "Additional Guests" box blank.

    You must print your PAID confirmation email and bring it with you to use as your "ticket(s)".


    • 22 Oct 2017
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 437

    Halloween Hoot

    Have a hauntingly good time at Dinosaur Hill’s annual Halloween Hoot. Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a spooktacular Halloween tradition.  Groups will gather in the nature center to create a spooky-fun craft, then head out on the mood-lit trails to participate in a series of short, funny, interactive skits while collecting treats along the way. Complete your evening with a doughnut and cup of cider around the campfire with live entertainment.  You can even let your little monster loose to have fun at our mini-fair with Halloween themed carnival games...all included with your ticket.  Tickets sell for a specific time with groups leaving every ten minutes.  Times will sell out so don’t delay.   $7 per person

    Sunday Oct. 22nd  3:30pm first group to 6:30pm last

    Tickets are timed and only valid for the date and time slot you purchase. 

    Ticket times are listed under the Registration, groups leave every 10 minutes/maximum of 30 tickets per time slot.

    Once you choose your time slot, you MUST fill in how many "Additional Guests" are coming with you in the box provided in order to purchase the correct amount of tickets. If you are buying one individual ticket for yourself only, leave the "Additional Guests" box blank.

    You must print your PAID confirmation email and bring it with you to use as your "ticket(s)".


    • 23 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 7

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    October 23rd - Watch out for Owls - These nocturnal wonders are awake after bedtime! Let's see WHO we can talk to and even feel some real owl talon and feathers.

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9

    Wild Warriors                 Grades 1-5

    Pumpkins & Catapults   (October 25th) Every great warrior needs to know how to siege a castle so we'll decorate some pumpkin projectiles and then use our catapult to decimate a tin castle.!

    Wild Warriors:

    Get outside and go !  Join us once a month for an exciting adventure.  We will explore a unique topic each month with hands-on activities and loads of outdoor fun. Includes a snack to keep you fueled.

    $15 non members

    $12 members 



    • 30 Oct 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 8

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    October 30th - Watch out for Witches - With Halloween right around the corner we're going to have to celebrate in true Dinosaur Hill fashion by making our own magical potions!

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting new programs at Lost Lake Nature Park.   Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore everything this partnership has to offer at one of three summer open houses.

    Open houses are FREE!  Open houses are FUN!  Open houses are for the whole family!  The nature center will be open for four hours.  You are welcome to drop by any time during those hours.  You will have a chance to explore this amazing park, check out the nature center, participate in crafts, games and other ongoing activities…including FREE KAYAKING (weather permitting of course)!  A new theme will be featured each month so come to one or come to all!  You are also welcome to make an afternoon of it and bring along a picnic to enjoy with a scenic view of the huge pine trees and beautifully secluded Lost Lake. Registration is not required to attend, just come on out and have fun.

    Gobble Games –Turkeys often frequent the woods and lawns of Lost Lake in search of snacks and fun so let's join them for a day celebrating the amazing turkey! Drop-in fun will abound; join the flock for field games with a turkey twist, a turkey craft, turkey feathers and turkey mounts. We'll perfect our gobble to try and lure any in the woods out to the party!

    Lost Lake Nature Park is located at 846 Lost Lake Trail in Oakland Township, Michigan.

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission has entered into an agreement with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve to operate Lost Lake Nature Park; offering nature/environmental education programs.


    • 06 Nov 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    November 6th - Stomp Like a Triceratops - Shake those horns on top of your head and stomp your feet...let's dance dino style!

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 13 Nov 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    November 13th - Roar Like a Raptor - With a name like speedy thief we will have to play the raptor egg relay race game while we celebrate.

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 12

    The Fall Harvest - Family Program, all ages

    From every corner of the globe you can find a culture with a deity relating to the autumn fruit and veggies for snacking and crafting as we put together zucchini cars, edible carrot dolls and shrunken apple heads. We'll round-out" the class with our famous 'pumpkin bowling' event!

    Class is $5 per person for residents of Oakland Township, $7 per person for non-residents, please register everyone in your family whether they are an adult or a child. Family maximum of $20 or $28 depending on your registration type.

    Lost Lake Nature Park is located at 846 Lost Lake Trail in Oakland Township, Michigan.

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission has entered into an agreement with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve to operate Lost Lake Nature Park; offering nature/environmental education programs.


    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11

    Wild Warriors                 Grades 1-5

    Bows & Arrows   (November 15th) Not every battle takes place face-to-face, some occur at a range. We will head into the woods and put together our very own bows and fletch safety arrows to go along with them.

    Wild Warriors:

    Get outside and go !  Join us once a month for an exciting adventure.  We will explore a unique topic each month with hands-on activities and loads of outdoor fun. Includes a snack to keep you fueled.

    $15 non members

    $12 members 



    • 17 Nov 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 16

    Colorful Campfire

    Is it magic or is it science?  We’ll turn the fl ames of our fi re different colors and test our ability to see colors in the dark.

    November 17th 7:30pm-8:30pm

    Non-Members: $5 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $15

    Members:  $4 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12


    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 28

    Get ready for our version of the famous Turkey Trot!  We’ll gather around the campfi re and learn a bit about turkeys then don our running shoes and head out on the trail for an adventure course..there will be games, challenges and prizes all along the route. 

    Nov 18  11:00am-12:30pm 

    Non-Members are $6 per person with a family maximum of $25 

    Members are $5 per person with a family maximum of $20

    This is family program EVERYONE needs to register - adults and children both. Thanks!



    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 12

    The Story of Turkey November 19th 10:00-11am

    $7 per child non-member

    $5 per child member

    (adults must attend and stay with child, but do not need to register for themselves)

    Adults are FREE, but...when registering online, the adult who signs in is automatically considered a paying guest.  So, if you are bringing one child with you, only register yourself (the adult) and the system will charge you correctly for $5/$3.  If you have more than one child, place the 3rd, 4th, 5th child as guests.

    ages 2-6 with parent


    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 21

    Get ready for some fun as we open up our popular dinosaur dig to families.  We’ll use the “tools of the trade” to excavate bone replicas of a lifesize Maiasaura and then together we’ll figure out how to put it back together again!  Inside we will put our skills to use making our own fossils. 

    Nov. 19th   1:00-2:30 

    Non-Members are $6 per person with a family maximum of $25 

    Members are $5 per person with a family maximum of $20

    This is family program EVERYONE needs to register - adults and children both. Thanks!



    • 20 Nov 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    November 20th - Swing your Stegosaurus Trail - One of our favorite dinosaurs. They have awesome plates covering their back and four lengthy spikes on their tail.

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 27 Nov 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    November 27th - Tyrannosaurus Dance - Time to boogey like it's the cretaceous period and have a party fit for the end of our dinosaur month!

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 26

    A Matter of Survival

    Life was much harder before the world of electricity. Join us around the campfire for a night of old fashioned fun as we step back to the year 1817 for a campfire you won’t forget

    December 1st 7:30pm-8:30pm

    Non-Members: $5 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $15

    Members:  $4 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12


    • 04 Dec 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    December 4th - Teddy Bear Cave - Everybody needs a cozy cave for their teddy to hibernate in. We'll make one for teddy and try out a life sized cave of our own inside! Bring your teddy bear!

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 09 Dec 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill
    • 173

    Storytime with Santa

    Journey to Dinosaur Hill on December 9th to experience the magic of Christmas. Little boys and girls will join Santa and the elves for tea time, treats and toy making. Of course, boys and girls will have their own one on one time with the big man himself (don't forget your camera to capture that special moment!)  More info on the website once we get an update from the north pole!

    Tickets are purchased for specific times during the hours of 9:30 a.m. and  3:30 p.m. 

    Cost is $7.00 per child - No charge for big people.  

    Tickets are sold for specific times. When registering, you as the adult using the computer are already considered 1 ticket (even though adults do not have to pay for Santa). So when the computer asks you how many Additional Guests are coming, just remember that you are already being charged for one ticket upon initiation of registration, only add the second, third, fourth + child in that box.

    • 10 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11

    The Story of Snow December 10th 10:00-11am

    $7 per child non-member

    $5 per child member

    (adults must attend and stay with child, but do not need to register for themselves)

    Adults are FREE, but...when registering online, the adult who signs in is automatically considered a paying guest.  So, if you are bringing one child with you, only register yourself (the adult) and the system will charge you correctly for $5/$3.  If you have more than one child, place the 3rd, 4th, 5th child as guests.

    ages 2-6 with parent


    • 11 Dec 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 8

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    December 11th - Teddy Bear Tea Party - Even a teddy bear gets thirsty. Put on a tea party for our stuffed animal friends. Don't forget to bring your favorite stuffed animal!

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 13 Dec 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9

    Wild Warriors                 Grades 1-5

    Snow & Siege   (December 13th) There is nothing more satisfying then tearing down the walls of an enemy's fort. Join us as we build up our own snow forts before sieging them with snowballs.

    Wild Warriors:

    Get outside and go !  Join us once a month for an exciting adventure.  We will explore a unique topic each month with hands-on activities and loads of outdoor fun. Includes a snack to keep you fueled.

    $15 non members

    $12 members 



    • 17 Dec 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting new programs at Lost Lake Nature Park.   Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore everything this partnership has to offer at one of three summer open houses.

    Open houses are FREE!  Open houses are FUN!  Open houses are for the whole family!  The nature center will be open for four hours.  You are welcome to drop by any time during those hours.  You will have a chance to explore this amazing park, check out the nature center, participate in crafts, games and other ongoing activities.  A new theme will be featured each month so come to one or come to all!  You are also welcome to make an afternoon of it and bring along a picnic to enjoy with a scenic view of the huge pine trees and beautifully secluded Lost Lake. Registration is not required to attend, just come on out and have fun.

    A Tribute to Snow Days –We've always been fans of snow days so we're going to try to encourage a few this year by celebrating all the fun you can have with a day off provided by Mother Nature. We will have snow shoes and cross country skis available for anyone who wants to try and, depending on the weather, either several snow activities or field games! Regardless of the snowfall, you'll be able to craft an ornament to take home, play table games and nibble on snow-themed snacks! Snow or not, we're going to have a lot of fun and keep warm.

    Lost Lake Nature Park is located at 846 Lost Lake Trail in Oakland Township, Michigan.

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission has entered into an agreement with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve to operate Lost Lake Nature Park; offering nature/environmental education programs.


    • 18 Dec 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby).       

    December 18th - Teddy's Pet Rock - I'm sure your teddy bear gets lonely when you're playing outside so we are going to make our stuffed animal friends a friend of their own by putting together our own pet rocks to take home.

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 30 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 30

    Year of the Dog - Family Program, all ages

    Sure, we're jumping the gun on celebrating the Chinese New Year (February 16th, mark your calendars) but we just can't wait because 2018 is going to be the year of the dog and we want to talk about canines right now. Join us as we put together dog-themed New Year's charms, learn a little about wild canines here in Michigan and put together a snack that you can share with a pup in your life.

    Class is $5 per person for residents of Oakland Township, $7 per person for non-residents, please register everyone in your family whether they are an adult or a child. Family maximum of $20 or $28 depending upon your registration type.

    Lost Lake Nature Park is located at 846 Lost Lake Trail in Oakland Township, Michigan.

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission has entered into an agreement with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve to operate Lost Lake Nature Park; offering nature/environmental education programs.


Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  

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