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

    • 16 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 30 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve Trails, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    Thank you for giving a HOOT about Dinosaur Hill and participating in our first ever Hike-a-Thon!

    This year, for the safety of our community, actors and staff we have decided to take a pause on one of our community's favorite events - the Halloween Hoot! and bring to the community a new event that complies with the safety recommendations and government restrictions enforced during these uncertain times.

    Ask your family and friends to sponsor you for an amount per lap and hike our beautiful trail loop as many times as you can. You can do your laps in 1 day, a couple days or over the 2 week period, whatever you would like to do!  The loop will be clearly marked and decorated in a Halloween theme for you to enjoy.

    More details are included in the Pledge Form that will be automatically emailed to you once you register. 

    • 24 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI

    Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI

    There are more than 45,000 species of spiders across the world and some of these creepy-crawlies are far more deadly than others. Luckily in Michigan we only have two true spiders to worry about, and both of them are very rare to encounter. Join us at Lost Lake Nature Park as we take a look at some pretty wacky spiders that can be found around the globe before examing our very own living Brazilian rose-harried tarantula. Afterwards we will be taking to the trails in an attempt to find wild examples of these hair-raising critters. Before we are all done, we will be putting together our own giant spider's to take home to freak out our parents!  

    Residents: $5    Non-residents: $7     Maximum 10 registrants.

    Registration link to the Oakland Township website below. 

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=278 



    • 25 Oct 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan

    Lost Lake Nature Park, 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 FREE fall open houses. 

    Open houses are FREE! Open houses are FUN! Open houses are for the whole family! During these social-distancing times we have adjusted our open houses to ensure safety for the public. For the Autumn all open houses will require pre-registration and we are limiting each time slot to 10 individuals. 

    Frankly, around the start of autumn we notice that numerous nature organizations spend all of their energies focusing on the busy squirrels getting ready for winter. We would like to take a different approach and focus on one of these friendly arboreal rodent's predators: the fox. Michigan is home to two different species of fox, the red and the gray fox. Join us as we get up and personal with a fox mount, learning about the specialized body parts and creative thinking that make these members of the Canidae family so formidable at hunting despite being solitary animals. Because these animals have such gorgeous coats we will also be putting together a fun colorfully orange craft for our younger learners to take home.  

    There are two sessions - registration required via Oakland Township's own website and the links are below:

    To register for the 12pm-1:30pm session 

     https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=286

    To register for the 2pm-3:30pm session  

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=285 


    • 26 Oct 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Four Foot My Little PumpkinsNothing screams October more than pumpkins. We will each be given our own miniature pumpkin to paint outdoors while listening to a story from our favorite squirrel puppet pal. Afterwards we will take a trip out into the woods while our pumpkins dry to search for signs of fall!

    Four Feet Down The Trail  Monday's from 9:30-10:30am

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parents or caregiver.  Programs have a theme and will include crafts, puppets, finger-plays, and much more.

    Due to COVID-19 all Four Feet classes will take place exclusively outside. We will avoid any very messy crafts and will not be offering snacks for sanitation reasons. We encourage all participants to utilize the bathroom facilities at home before coming to Dinosaur Hill as our building will not be open for restrooms. We ask all participants to take their temperatures prior to leaving for our facility. If you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and we will issue you a full refund.

    Due to these circumstances we will be forced to cancel our programs because of heavy rain or inclement weather. Programs may still run in light rain and drizzle from the shelter of our covered Dinosaur Dig.

    Max Number of Participants - 6 (w/ caregiver) Caregivers must stay for the duration of the program.

    Nonmembers: $10 for first child, $3 for additional siblings 

    Members: $7 for first child, $2 for additional siblings

    *****The system always defaults and knows there is one person registering, so when you fill out the box that says "additional guests" this is how to do it:

    1 child, leave box at Zero (since it already knows you are registering one person)

    2 children, fill box to say 1 additional guest

    3 children, fill box to say 2 additional guests ... and so on.  Thanks!  

    If you do not fill in the box correctly, the attendance and invoice will be incorrect. 

    • 02 Nov 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 4
    Register

    Four Foot  Squirrely Squirrels! There's something fishy going on with the squirrels at Dinosaur Hill this time of year and I think our favorite puppet pal might be able to shed some light on their behavior. We will put together our own squirrel feeders and head out to observe some squirrels acting silly in the woods!

    Four Feet Down The Trail  Monday's from 9:30-10:30am

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parents or caregiver.  Programs have a theme and will include crafts, puppets, finger-plays, and much more.

    Due to COVID-19 all Four Feet classes will take place exclusively outside. We will avoid any very messy crafts and will not be offering snacks for sanitation reasons. We encourage all participants to utilize the bathroom facilities at home before coming to Dinosaur Hill as our building will not be open for restrooms. We ask all participants to take their temperatures prior to leaving for our facility. If you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and we will issue you a full refund.

    Due to these circumstances we will be forced to cancel our programs because of heavy rain or inclement weather. Programs may still run in light rain and drizzle from the shelter of our covered Dinosaur Dig.

    Max Number of Participants - 6 (w/ caregiver) Caregivers must stay for the duration of the program.

    Nonmembers: $10 for first child, $3 for additional siblings 

    Members: $7 for first child, $2 for additional siblings

    *****The system always defaults and knows there is one person registering, so when you fill out the box that says "additional guests" this is how to do it:

    1 child, leave box at Zero (since it already knows you are registering one person)

    2 children, fill box to say 1 additional guest

    3 children, fill box to say 2 additional guests ... and so on.  Thanks!  

    If you do not fill in the box correctly, the attendance and invoice will be incorrect. 

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Cranberry Lake Park, 384 W. Predmore, Oakland Township, MI 48363

    Cranberry Lake Park, 384 W. Predmore Road, Oakland, 48363

    A healthy ecosystem contains a variety of species, and even some species that humans might not find desirable play a vital ecological role. We find that many people have misconceptions about the importance, or even have irrational fears about some of our favorite members of the Canidae family: coyotes. Join us as we take a look at these relatives of dogs and examine their role on the ecosystem by observing a coyote mount. Afterwards we will head out on the trails to see if we can identify coyote calls, tracks, or even signs of these elusive predators. Participants will even be taking home their own coyote poster. 

    Residents: $5               Non-residents: $7              Maximum 10 registrants.

    Registration link to the Oakland Township website are below. 

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=279  




    • 09 Nov 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 4
    Register

    Four Foot Happy Harvest With the Holiday season quickly approaching we would love to celebrate some of our favorite autumn fruits by using their seeds in crafts! We will be making a festive decoration to take home and learning about seeds on the trails.

    Four Feet Down The Trail  Monday's from 9:30-10:30am

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parents or caregiver.  Programs have a theme and will include crafts, puppets, finger-plays, and much more.

    Due to COVID-19 all Four Feet classes will take place exclusively outside. We will avoid any very messy crafts and will not be offering snacks for sanitation reasons. We encourage all participants to utilize the bathroom facilities at home before coming to Dinosaur Hill as our building will not be open for restrooms. We ask all participants to take their temperatures prior to leaving for our facility. If you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and we will issue you a full refund.

    Due to these circumstances we will be forced to cancel our programs because of heavy rain or inclement weather. Programs may still run in light rain and drizzle from the shelter of our covered Dinosaur Dig.

    Max Number of Participants - 6 (w/ caregiver) Caregivers must stay for the duration of the program.

    Nonmembers: $10 for first child, $3 for additional siblings 

    Members: $7 for first child, $2 for additional siblings

    *****The system always defaults and knows there is one person registering, so when you fill out the box that says "additional guests" this is how to do it:

    1 child, leave box at Zero (since it already knows you are registering one person)

    2 children, fill box to say 1 additional guest

    3 children, fill box to say 2 additional guests ... and so on.  Thanks!  

    If you do not fill in the box correctly, the attendance and invoice will be incorrect. 

    • 16 Nov 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 4
    Register

    Four Foot My Own Scarecrow With all of our fruits harvested it's time to keep them safe by building our own scarecrows to take home! We will play a game about protecting our produce before venturing into the woods to learn how animals keep their harvests safe!

    Four Feet Down The Trail  Monday's from 9:30-10:30am

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parents or caregiver.  Programs have a theme and will include crafts, puppets, finger-plays, and much more.

    Due to COVID-19 all Four Feet classes will take place exclusively outside. We will avoid any very messy crafts and will not be offering snacks for sanitation reasons. We encourage all participants to utilize the bathroom facilities at home before coming to Dinosaur Hill as our building will not be open for restrooms. We ask all participants to take their temperatures prior to leaving for our facility. If you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and we will issue you a full refund.

    Due to these circumstances we will be forced to cancel our programs because of heavy rain or inclement weather. Programs may still run in light rain and drizzle from the shelter of our covered Dinosaur Dig.

    Max Number of Participants - 6 (w/ caregiver) Caregivers must stay for the duration of the program.

    Nonmembers: $10 for first child, $3 for additional siblings 

    Members: $7 for first child, $2 for additional siblings

    *****The system always defaults and knows there is one person registering, so when you fill out the box that says "additional guests" this is how to do it:

    1 child, leave box at Zero (since it already knows you are registering one person)

    2 children, fill box to say 1 additional guest

    3 children, fill box to say 2 additional guests ... and so on.  Thanks!  

    If you do not fill in the box correctly, the attendance and invoice will be incorrect. 

    • 20 Nov 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    All About Turkey It wouldn't be November without a Dinosaur Hill campfire all about our bulky gobbling friend. We will be looking at a mount of a very large turkey, learning a few cool facts about or wild bird, perfecting our turkey call, and making 'drumstick smores'

    October 16th    7:30-8:30pm

    Join us as we take a look at a seasonal theme from the comfort of our firepit. 

    Due to COVID-19 we will be supplying each family with their own 'smore set' and will take turns using the fire for roasting purposes. We will also be limiting the amount of participants that can attend each fire to 10 (this means it's imperative that you fill out the 'additional guests' section of registration with every person other than you that will be attending. We ask all participants to take their temperatures prior to leaving for our facility. If you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and we will issue you a full refund.  

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

    Members:  $3 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12

    You must enter the number of additional guests when asked for the invoice to calculate correctly. Do not include yourself in that number. 


    • 23 Nov 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 4
    Register

    Four Foot Hibernation Hullabaloo You hear all those yawns coming from the preserve? Those are of our residential sleepy critters getting ready to take a break for the winter. Let's learn about which animals hibernate and build our own sleepy bear caves to take home.

    Four Feet Down The Trail  Monday's from 9:30-10:30am

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parents or caregiver.  Programs have a theme and will include crafts, puppets, finger-plays, and much more.

    Due to COVID-19 all Four Feet classes will take place exclusively outside. We will avoid any very messy crafts and will not be offering snacks for sanitation reasons. We encourage all participants to utilize the bathroom facilities at home before coming to Dinosaur Hill as our building will not be open for restrooms. We ask all participants to take their temperatures prior to leaving for our facility. If you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and we will issue you a full refund.

    Due to these circumstances we will be forced to cancel our programs because of heavy rain or inclement weather. Programs may still run in light rain and drizzle from the shelter of our covered Dinosaur Dig.

    Max Number of Participants - 6 (w/ caregiver) Caregivers must stay for the duration of the program.

    Nonmembers: $10 for first child, $3 for additional siblings 

    Members: $7 for first child, $2 for additional siblings

    *****The system always defaults and knows there is one person registering, so when you fill out the box that says "additional guests" this is how to do it:

    1 child, leave box at Zero (since it already knows you are registering one person)

    2 children, fill box to say 1 additional guest

    3 children, fill box to say 2 additional guests ... and so on.  Thanks!  

    If you do not fill in the box correctly, the attendance and invoice will be incorrect. 

    • 29 Nov 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan

    Lost Lake Nature Park, 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 FREE fall open houses. 

    Open houses are FREE! Open houses are FUN! Open houses are for the whole family! During these social-distancing times we have adjusted our open houses to ensure safety for the public. For the Autumn all open houses will require pre-registration and we are limiting each time slot to 10 individuals. 

    We feel as though we were robbed of a proper Earth Day celebration this year and we want to get our favorite holiday back. For this special open house we are going to be putting together recycled craft presents to give our loved ones this holiday season while also talking about the importance of ecological preservation, recycling, and responsible stewardship while also taking plenty of trips out into the quiet woods to see, up close, specimens of this planet that are worth our efforts to save. 

    There are two sessions - registration required via Oakland Township's own website and the links are below:

    To register for the 12pm-1:30pm session 

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=287

    To register for the 2pm-3:30pm session  

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=288


    • 30 Nov 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 2
    Register

    Four Foot  The Turkey Talk With November at it's end and Thanksgiving behind us it might be time to share a little respect with a large bird who may have added notches to our belt this month. Join us as we talk all things turkey! We will learn to gobble, learn a turkey dance, and build our own turkey puppet to take home.

    Four Feet Down The Trail  Monday's from 9:30-10:30am

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parents or caregiver.  Programs have a theme and will include crafts, puppets, finger-plays, and much more.

    Due to COVID-19 all Four Feet classes will take place exclusively outside. We will avoid any very messy crafts and will not be offering snacks for sanitation reasons. We encourage all participants to utilize the bathroom facilities at home before coming to Dinosaur Hill as our building will not be open for restrooms. We ask all participants to take their temperatures prior to leaving for our facility. If you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and we will issue you a full refund.

    Due to these circumstances we will be forced to cancel our programs because of heavy rain or inclement weather. Programs may still run in light rain and drizzle from the shelter of our covered Dinosaur Dig.

    Max Number of Participants - 6 (w/ caregiver) Caregivers must stay for the duration of the program.

    Nonmembers: $10 for first child, $3 for additional siblings 

    Members: $7 for first child, $2 for additional siblings

    *****The system always defaults and knows there is one person registering, so when you fill out the box that says "additional guests" this is how to do it:

    1 child, leave box at Zero (since it already knows you are registering one person)

    2 children, fill box to say 1 additional guest

    3 children, fill box to say 2 additional guests ... and so on.  Thanks!  

    If you do not fill in the box correctly, the attendance and invoice will be incorrect. 

    • 19 Dec 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Bear Creek Park, 740W. Snell Road, Oakland Township, MI

    Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Road, Oakland Township, MI 

    With the holiday season in full swing the climate around the shopping malls, our homes, and our offices can seem downright magical. We feel as though it's about time nature joined in on the festivities. Join us at Bear Creek Nature Park as we put together and decorate portable luminaries from beneath the pavilion with seating to take out onto the trails for a very special evening hike. We will be focusing on the sights, sounds, and smells of a Michigan winter, all from the glow of our handheld lanterns (which we will be taking home!). We will be softly lighting up animals tracks, winter berries, and talking about how nature seems to pause for this season.

    Registration is done directly through Oakland Township's website, see link at bottom of this description.

    Residents: $5         Non-residents: $7            Maximum 10 registrants.

    Registration link to the Oakland Township below. 

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=280 




    • 20 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan

    Lost Lake Nature Park, 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 FREE fall open houses. 

    Open houses are FREE! Open houses are FUN! Open houses are for the whole family! During these social-distancing times we have adjusted our open houses to ensure safety for the public. For the Autumn all open houses will require pre-registration and we are limiting each time slot to 10 individuals. 

    One thing any Michigander know is that putting your coat back in the closet at the end of winter is a surefire way to bring another blizzard, and the same goes with folding those t-shirts away after August. We seem to have wild days of ice and fire gingerly sprinkled throughout every one of our ten day forecasts. How is it that meteorologists discover these weather patterns and what tools do they use? Join us at Lost Lake as we set up our weather station and take some measurements from the air while learning about how the tools used to predict the weather. We will even be making our own weather forecast instruments to take home! 

    There are two sessions - registration required via Oakland Township's own website and the links are below:

    To register for the 12pm-1:30pm session 

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=289 

    To register for the 2pm-3:30pm session  

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=290






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333 North Hill Circle
Rochester, MI 48307

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