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

    • 27 Feb 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Bear Creek Park, 740W. Snell Road, Oakland Township, MI

    My Little Luminary (6pm-7:30pm session)

    Family Program

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

    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 animal 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 for Oakland Township are below. Please contact them directly if you have any questions. 

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=399





    • 27 Feb 2021
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EST)
    • Bear Creek Park, 740W. Snell Road, Oakland Township, MI

    My Little Luminary (8pm-9:30pm session)

    Family Program

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

    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 animal 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 for Oakland Township are below. Please contact them directly if you have any questions. 

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=400





    • 28 Feb 2021
    • 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. 

    Even though there is no furnace in a squirrel drey the animal is still cozy and bundled. But how can this be? Join us as we take a look at the fascinating world of animal body-coverings. We will look up close and personal at local and exotic animal furs and perform experiments to see how resistant to cold they are before transitioning to scales and seeing just how poorly they keep an animal warm. We will even be taking a peek at some body-coverings of a few creatures from the ocean! Our youngest explorers will be putting together their own furry animal craft to take home to ensure their cuddling at home remains cozy and warm. We will have snow-shoes available for participants should the weather cooperate

    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=361

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

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=362

    Registration links are to Oakland Township’s own website. Please contact them directly if you have any questions about registration issues 248-651-7810
    • 07 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 5

    Maple Sugaring (Family program) 1st session 10-11am

    Michigan is one of the few places in the WORLD where it's possible to create maple syrup out of our tree sap. Join us for a quick look at how maple syrup is made from sap and help us venture out into our woods to tape a tree and see the sweet process up close.

    $7 per PERSON - non-members

    $5 per PERSON - members

    This is a family program so everyone must register. Thanks!




    • 07 Mar 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Maple Sugaring (Family program) 2nd session 11:30am-12:30pm

    Michigan is one of the few places in the WORLD where it's possible to create maple syrup out of our tree sap. Join us for a quick look at how maple syrup is made from sap and help us venture out into our woods to tape a tree and see the sweet process up close.

    $7 per PERSON - non-members

    $5 per PERSON - members

    This is a family program so everyone must register. Thanks!




    • 07 Mar 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Cranberry Lake Park, 384 W. Predmore, Oakland Township, Michigan 48363

    Cranberry Lake Park - History of Maple Sugaring

    Coming from a time before written history is the story of maple sugar and its importance to the people living within the Americas. This waffle-topping delicacy has a story to tell from legend all the way to sugar houses where gallons of sap are boiled throughout the sugaring season. Join us beneath the snowy canopy of Cranberry Lake's own monster maples to learn a little about how this treat was first discovered, the advancements in the technology that has allowed us to harvest and produce enough for the world, and the science behind how this sticky confectionary is even possible, Participants will be given their own tap kits to take home to make their own maple syrup at home. All who participate must register!  

    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 links to Oakland Township are below. Please contact them directly if you have any questions.

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=339




    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    The Signs of Nature (Pre-K) 1st session 10-11am

    Around the end of winter we are just a ssick of the grey skies and bare trees as everyone else. But since our flower dances have yet to make the trillium bloom, the next best thing to do is to explore the preserve with our own kaleidoscopes! Everyone will get a kaleidoscope to take home and we will take them out into the woods on an adventure to see what we can see, hear and smell at the end of winter. 

    $7 per child - non-members

    $5 per child - members




    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 1
    Register

    The Signs of Nature (Pre-K) 2nd session 11:30am-12:30pm

    Around the end of winter we are just a ssick of the grey skies and bare trees as everyone else. But since our flower dances have yet to make the trillium bloom, the next best thing to do is to explore the preserve with our own kaleidoscopes! Everyone will get a kaleidoscope to take home and we will take them out into the woods on an adventure to see what we can see, hear and smell at the end of winter. 

    $7 per child - non-members

    $5 per child - members




    • 21 Mar 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Bear Creek Park, 740W. Snell Road, Oakland Township, MI

    Seasonal Adult Hike - Winter Adaptations

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

    Whether strolling through the lush green canopy of summer, the flaming backdrop of fall, the floral landscape of spring or the snow enveloped grounds of winter, every Michigan park has its own unique sights, sounds, and smells throughout the changing year. Join a park naturalist on an adventure across the grounds of Bear Creek Nature Park this winter for a guided tour of the season as we explore animal homes, tracks in the snow, winter foliage and learn a little about how nature manages to maintain its splendor through these difficult to survive months. Participants will also be given an animal scat chart to take home to continue natural exploration in their own adventures. Should there be plenty of snow on the ground we will even have snow shoes for participants to try on the trails!

    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 links to Oakland Township are below. Please contact them directly if you have any questions. 


    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=340&mode=roster





    • 28 Mar 2021
    • 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. 

    Have you ever wondered what triggers the bear, deep-set within torpor to stretch out his limbs and emerge from his snowy den? Or what causes the seed buried beneath the snow and leaf litter to decide it's time to plant it's roots and begin its journey to sprout? Nature has a very flexible and natural alarm clock which the entire animal and plant community instinctively follow. Join us at Lost Lake Nature Park as we take a close look at what causes Spring to spring. We will look at the natural forces behind meteorology which influence the world simply by adding a little extra sprinkling of sunlight and warmth. Our youngest explorers will even have an opportunity to craft their own windicator to take home and measure the weather! 

    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=363&mode=roster

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

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=364&mode=roster

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





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333 North Hill Circle
Rochester, MI 48307

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