333 N. Hill Circle

Rochester Hills, MI

48307



Classes

Classes at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve are crafted to educate and encourage the youth of today be champions of nature tomorrow. With many classes and programs to choose from you can find the perfect one for him or her. The wonders of nature are in our backyard and we're here to help them explore their curiosities and teach them the magnificence of the outdoors and everything is has to offer. 

Some activities included in our classes are:


Animal habitats and research

Experiments and Science

Fishing and stream dipping

Building shelters and survival knowledge

Crafting a bow and arrow

Lighting a campfire with flint and steel 


You can easily sign up for all of our classes and programs online. Find the class you'd like to sign up for and click register. Fill out the required info, make your payment, and your spot is secure to partake in the fantastic learning opportunities that Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve has to offer. Please note: If a box isn't visible for a certain class or event it may be full or registration is not currently open. Payments are required at the time of registration to secure your spot so please have your credit or debit card ready when registering for a class or event. 


Important: Advanced registration for all programs is required, walk ups day of are not accepted. Additionally, please complete payment within 10 mins of registration. If not, the system assumes the registration is abandoned and will remove you. 



Upcoming events

    • 19 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 9
    Register

    This monthly series lets us discover a mystery plant or animal as we search the trails for clues.  We'll think about the color, shape, feel, and parts of different plants or animals to figure out what it could be! 

    Wednesday, January 19, 2022 1-2pm 

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 21 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 18
    Register

    Each month at this program, we'll read a story, eat a snack, and make a craft that matches the theme. 

    Friday, January 21, 2022 10-11am - Hibernation

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 21 Jan 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Cranberry Lake Park, 384 W. Predmore Road, Oakland Township, Michigan

    Registration links are to Oakland Township’s own website (see below). Please contact them directly if you have any questions about registration  248-651-7810

    Owl Night Hike for Teens January 21, 2022 5-6:30pm

    Meets at Cranberry Lake Farm, 384 W. Predmore Road, Oakland Township, MI 

    In this first of a series of night hikes for teenagers, we will learn about who is making noise in the winter nights. We will dissect owl pellets to identify their meals. We’ll talk about some of the adaptations owls have for hunting during the night- even the ones who hunt by day! Listen to the calls they make as we try to attract the three most common species. Dress warm.

    Registration link to Oakland Township’s website is:

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=673 


    • 22 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Some animals are artisans! Learn about some animals and the crafts they make, then try your hand at creating their types of crafts. 

    • 23 Jan 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Cranberry Lake Park, 384 W. Predmore Road, Oakland Township, Michigan

    Registration links are to Oakland Township’s own website (see below). Please contact them directly if you have any questions about registration  248-651-7810

    Magical Michigan January 23, 2022 2-3:30pm

    Meets at Cranberry Lake Farm, 384 W. Predmore Road, Oakland Township, MI 

    Surrounded by greatness of the Great Lakes- with more freshwater coastline than any other state- Michigan is a great place to live! January 26th is Michigan’s birthday. We’ll celebrate by having a pure Michigan snack. Learn about the physical features of our pleasant peninsulas, discuss notable nature events in our history, and meet our state symbols. Make your own mittens out of repurposed materials.

    Registration link to Oakland Township’s website is:

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=674

    • 28 Jan 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 30
    Register

    Nothing is scarier than a species going extinct! In this monthly series, there will be a short story about a different species that faced or faces extinction, the primary reason for that decline, how scientists found out, and things that we can do to help. S'mores kits will be provided. 

    Friday, January 28, 2022   6-8pm  Bats

    • 29 Jan 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 18
    Register

    Rochester Pollinators presents: Winter Sowing Workshop

    Michigan native seeds do best when sown in the winter. At this workshop you will learn all that you need to know in order to do your own winter sowing project. All supplies you need in order to sow two types of native seeds will be included. More supplies are available for a small fee. 

    • 01 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Charter Township, MI 48363

    Registration links are to Oakland Township’s own website (see below). Please contact them directly if you have any questions about registration  248-651-7810

    Winter Woodpeckers February 1, 2022 10-11am

    Meets at 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Charter Township, MI 48363

    Little ones will listen to the book Woodpecker Wham! Look & listen for woodpeckers on the trail after hearing a recording of what they sound like. We will learn about what woodpeckers eat and prepare feeders for them.

    Registration link to Oakland Township’s website is:

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=675

    • 03 Feb 2022
    • 26 May 2022
    • 17 sessions
    • 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48308
    Register

    Students will be provided equipment, research materials & guidance to complete science &/or art projects of their choosing over the course of multiple weeks. Topics include, but are not limited to, Animal Behavior, Anatomy, Astrology, Biology & Geology.

    $10 per student, per week

    $8 per member student, per week

    Grades 4-5 Thursdays from 4-5:30pm

    • 05 Feb 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • 02 Apr 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    Read the chosen book with a nature theme, then join us for a lively discussion about the book, light refreshments, and get up close with some of the nature elements from the book. These books are available in both print and kindle editions through local libraries and limited print editions may be available at the nature center. 

    Ages 16-Adult  3-4pm

    Saturdays

    February 5 

    A Sand County Almanac & Sketches Here & There, Aldo Leopold

    March 5   Gathering Moss, Robin Kimmerer

    and April 2   Nature's Best Hope, Doug Tallamy

    • 05 Feb 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • 02 Apr 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    Read the chosen book with a nature theme, then join us for a lively discussion about the book, light refreshments, and get up close with some of the nature elements from the book. These books are available in both print and kindle editions through local libraries and limited print editions may be available at the nature center. 

    Ages 8-11  11am-12pm 

    Saturdays

    February 5  The Eagle Huntress, Aisholpan Nurgaiv

    March 5   The Last Bear, Hannah Gold

    and April 2  Pax, Sara Pennypacker

    • 05 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 02 Apr 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    Read the chosen book with a nature theme, then join us for a lively discussion about the book, light refreshments, and get up close with some of the nature elements from the book. These books are available in both print and kindle editions through local libraries and limited print editions may be available at the nature center. 

    Ages 12-15       1-2pm  

    Saturdays

    February 5 Diary of a Young Naturalist, Dora McAnulty

    March 5  Earth Heroes, Lily Dyer

    and April 2  Get Your Boots On!, Alex White

    • 06 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Each session will include a different type of plant or animal that our staff will help guide you to create in the media of your choice. Reference used may be a combination of photographs, live animals, or taxidermy specimens. Several types of art materials will be provided, or feel free to bring your own favorites. Please register for the time appropriate for your age range. 

    Ages 7-10 Rabbits

    • 06 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Each session will include a different type of plant or animal that our staff will help guide you to create in the media of your choice. Reference used may be a combination of photographs, live animals, or taxidermy specimens. Several types of art materials will be provided, or feel free to bring your own favorites. Please register for the time appropriate for your age range. 

    Ages 11-15 Rabbits

    • 06 Feb 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Each session will include a different type of plant or animal that our staff will help guide you to create in the media of your choice. Reference used may be a combination of photographs, live animals, or taxidermy specimens. Several types of art materials will be provided, or feel free to bring your own favorites. Please register for the time appropriate for your age range. 

    Ages 16+  Rabbits

    • 07 Feb 2022
    • 23 May 2022
    • 16 sessions
    • 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48308
    Register

    Students will be provided equipment, research materials & guidance to complete science &/or art projects of their choosing over the course of multiple weeks. Topics include, but are not limited to, Animal Behavior, Anatomy, Astrology, Biology & Geology.

    $10 per student, per week

    $8 per member student, per week

    Grades 1-3 Mondays from 4-5:30pm

    • 08 Feb 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 19
    Register

    Each month will be an adventure back in time. Explore our Revolutionary Period replica cabin and get an idea of what changes have occurred in 200+ years. Each session will include a chance to get hands on with different artifacts and make something to take home.

    Tuesday, February 8, 2022   Grades 2-5  Maple Sugaring

    $8 per student

    $6 per member student

    • 09 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 19
    Register

    This monthly series combines a story and related Science, Technology, Engineering, Art &/or Math activities. 

    Wednesday, February 9, 2022 10-11am  - Stones

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 12 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    This monthly series is for those who are beginning to read on their own. We'll have a copy of the nature story for each participant to read aloud to the animals in the nature center. Learn a little about the animals in the story, then enjoy a related game or craft.

    Saturday, February 12, 2022 10-11:30am  - Jump Frog Jump

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 12 Feb 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle
    • 20
    Register

    Learn about the exciting love lives of our local wildlife. We'll learn some new dance moves practiced in the wild, look for some late night love birds on a short owl prowl, and create a special nature gift for someone special.

    *This program is rated R for sexually-oriented material- all animals mentioned are, in fact, nude. Teens are permitted with parental approval.

    • 16 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 18
    Register

    This monthly series lets us discover a mystery plant or animal as we search the trails for clues.  We'll think about the color, shape, feel, and parts of different plants or animals to figure out what it could be! 

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022 1-2pm 

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 18 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 18
    Register

    Each month at this program, we'll read a story, eat a snack, and make a craft that matches the theme. 

    Friday, February 18, 2022 10-11am - Maple Syrup

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Thank your lucky stars! Learn the stories behind some common constellations and a few lesser known ones. 

    Saturday February 19, 2022 6:30-8pm  $6 per person, $4 per member

    • 25 Feb 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 30
    Register

    Nothing is scarier than a species going extinct! In this monthly series, there will be a short story about a different species that faced or faces extinction, the primary reason for that decline, how scientists found out, and things that we can do to help. S'mores kits will be provided. 

    Friday, February 25, 2022   6-8pm  Arctic Grayling

    • 04 Mar 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Charter Township, MI 48363

    Registration links are to Oakland Township’s own website (see below). Please contact them directly if you have any questions about registration  248-651-7810

    Wetter Weather  March 4, 2022 4:30-6pm 

    Meets at Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Charter Township, MI 48363

    Precipitation is the word of the day! Experience a simulation of the water cycle. Measure rainfall and wind using rain gauges and weathervanes. Learn signs of approaching storms. We’ll discuss types of clouds and where they are found in the stratosphere. Decorate a water cycle windsock.

    Registration link to Oakland Township’s website is:

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=676

    • 08 Mar 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Each month will be an adventure back in time. Explore our Revolutionary Period replica cabin and get an idea of what changes have occurred in 200+ years. Each session will include a chance to get hands on with different artifacts and make something to take home.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022   Grades 2-5  Needlecrafts

    $8 per student

    $6 per member student

    • 09 Mar 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 19
    Register

    This monthly series combines a story and related Science, Technology, Engineering, Art &/or Math activities. 

    Wednesday, March 9, 2022 10-11am  - Water

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 12 Mar 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    This monthly series is for those who are beginning to read on their own. We'll have a copy of the nature story for each participant to read aloud to the animals in the nature center. Learn a little about the animals in the story, then enjoy a related game or craft.

    Saturday, March 12, 2022 10-11:30am  - Hide & Snake

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 12 Mar 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 18
    Register

    Explore maple and other syrups during our March program. Samples of maple syrup candy to take home.

    Saturday March 12, 2022 12-1:30pm  $8 per person, $6 per member

    • 13 Mar 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Each session will include a different type of plant or animal that our staff will help guide you to create in the media of your choice. Reference used may be a combination of photographs, live animals, or taxidermy specimens. Several types of art materials will be provided, or feel free to bring your own favorites. Please register for the time appropriate for your age range. 

    Ages 7-10 Snakes

    • 13 Mar 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Each session will include a different type of plant or animal that our staff will help guide you to create in the media of your choice. Reference used may be a combination of photographs, live animals, or taxidermy specimens. Several types of art materials will be provided, or feel free to bring your own favorites. Please register for the time appropriate for your age range. 

    Ages 11-15 Snakes

    • 13 Mar 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Each session will include a different type of plant or animal that our staff will help guide you to create in the media of your choice. Reference used may be a combination of photographs, live animals, or taxidermy specimens. Several types of art materials will be provided, or feel free to bring your own favorites. Please register for the time appropriate for your age range. 

    Ages 16+ Snakes

    • 16 Mar 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 19
    Register

    This monthly series lets us discover a mystery plant or animal as we search the trails for clues.  We'll think about the color, shape, feel, and parts of different plants or animals to figure out what it could be!

    Wednesday, March 16, 2022 1-2pm 

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 18 Mar 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 19
    Register

    Each month at this program, we'll read a story, eat a snack, and make a craft that matches the theme. 

    Friday, March 18, 2022 10-11am - Earth Day

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 22 Mar 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp MI

    Registration links are to Oakland Township’s own website (see below). Please contact them directly if you have any questions about registration  248-651-7810

    Spring Salamander Search - Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp, MI 

    Preschoolers will listen to and look at the popup counting book Salamander Rock. We’ll create a salamander craft, learn where salamanders live, and carefully search for amphibians under logs and rocks.

    Registration link to Oakland Township’s website is:

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=678

    • 31 Mar 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 30
    Register