Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution the encompasses 16 acres of land located in the heart of Rochester, MI. The preserve offers environmental education to residents through programs and classes, both on site and in the classroom, and are the stewards of the land under their leadership.
The preserve trails are open to the public daily from dusk until dawn and are free to experience. We do ask that visitors remain on the designated trails as to not disturb the natural progress of nature.
The nature center is open to the public as well. Please be sure to check our hours as holidays, special events, and programs can alter open hours.
What we offer
Dinosaur Hill serves up fun for All Ages!
Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve features programs and activities for individuals of all ages including popular preschool programs and weekend family programs. In order for our naturalists to ensure the best program possible and to plan for the correct amount of supplies we require you to pre-register for our programs.
Summer Classes & Events click here
Summer Camps Only 2019 click here
Lost Lake Nature Park Offerings Summer 2019 click here
(FREE open houses)
Field Trips, Programs, Scout Troop Badges, we do it all!
We offer a wide variety of programs for public and private elementary schools in the region as well as daycare and after school groups. Thousands of school children participate in Dinosaur Hill field trips each year. Whether your class visits the preserve to dip for insects in the creek, use instruments to test the soil or you have us bring our portable planetarium to wow your students you are sure to have a great experience. Dinosaur Hill programs are hands-on and will get your students enthused about science and build on the lessons they are learning in the classroom. All programs are specifically designed to meet the Michigan curriculum standards and benchmarks.
For a current Field Trip brochure Click here
Dinosaur Hill is also geographically unique. Lying in the flood plain of the Paint Creek we have a variety of habitats which play host to an impressive variety of mammals, birds, insects and plant life. Several years ago, Dinosaur Hill contracted a professional floristic quality assessment for the property which returned the findings that the property was one of statewide significance due to the types and diversity of plants found here. Our proximity to the Paint Creek Trail represents a significant green corridor both for the movement of wildlife and for the enjoyment of nature enthusiasts. A preserve of this size located in the middle of such a developed city is truly special and one of the things that makes Rochester such a wonderful place to live.