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 recommended, walkins are available only if program is not at capacity- no gaurantee. Additionally, please complete payment within 10 mins of registration. If not, the system assumes the registration is abandoned and will remove you. 


If the class states "registration closed" it may be that the registration opening date for that class has yet to occur - or - class is full.  You can see if the class is full by looking at "spaces left".  If it says 0 spaces left, then the class is full, if there are spaces left, then the registration date has probably not happened yet.  Thanks!





Upcoming events

    • 20 May 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, May 20, 2022 10-11am  

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 20 May 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill
    Registration is closed

    In the last, fourteenth module, we'll be learning of ends, some that can break and some that can bend.

    Attendance: Minimum 3, Maximum 15

    • 20 May 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Have you ever wondered about the mythical creatures that may lurk in Michigan’s forests? Join us on a hike to learn about Michigan myths and folklore.

    $6 per person - general public

    $4 per person - members

    Everyone attending must register. Just remember to answer the question "additional guests" with how many people you are bringing but do not included yourself, the computer always knows one person is attending, it just needs to know how many others are coming. Thank you!


    • 26 May 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    Read the suggested book of the month, then join us for a lively discussion about the book, light refreshments, and get up close with some of the nature elements found within the pages.

    Teens and Adults   Donation Suggested  

    May 26 - Nature's Best Hope by Doug Tallamy

    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 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. 

    $8 per person - per session, for general public

    $6 per person - per session, for members

    June 4 - Owls

    • 08 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 17
    Register

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

    Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10-11am  

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 11 Jun 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    (FREE EVENT- Books available for purchase.)

    Carol Trembath will be reading & signing her books “Water Walkers” & “Ripples and Waves.” Explore the types of macroinvertebrates & fish found in the Clinton River & its tributaries.

    FREE - All ages

    • 15 Jun 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, June 15, 2022 1-2pm 

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 16 Jun 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 28
    Register

    Learn about species while enjoying a campfire and S'mores supplies will be provided. 

    Thursday, June 16, 2022  7-9pm Moose/Elk

    • 17 Jun 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, June 17, 2022 10-11am  

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

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

    It is not illegal to talk about turkeys in months other than November! Discover the history & biology of wild turkeys, how they differ from domestic turkeys, & why you may be more likely to see them in the spring.

    $6 per person - general public

    $4 per person - members

    Everyone attending must register. Just remember to answer the question "additional guests" with how many people you are bringing but do not included yourself, the computer always knows one person is attending, it just needs to know how many others are coming. Thank you!


    • 20 Jun 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 6
    Register

    Jun 20-23 DINO MIGHT

    Dig for Dino bones, put a dinosaur skeleton together, take  part in a dinosaur walk relay race, & create your own dinosaur tail in this prehistoric program.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - Payment is due at the time of registration. Computer will remove you from the registration list if you do not complete payment within 15 minutes of registration.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 20 Jun 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11
    Register

    Jun 20-23 LET’S SCUTE  1-4pm

    Meet a variety of reptiles and amphibians up close in the nature center, imitate frog calls using common objects, and review their habitats so that we can hope to find them outside.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - Payment is due at the time of registration. Computer will remove you from the registration list if you do not complete payment within 15 minutes of registration.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


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

    Music & Nature combine in this monthly summer series brought to you by Music Shapes.

    $6 per child - general public

    $4 per child - members



    • 23 Jun 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    Read the suggested book of the month, then join us for a lively discussion about the book, light refreshments, and get up close with some of the nature elements found within the pages.

    Teens and Adults  Donation Suggested

    June 23, 2022 - Swamp-Walker's Journal: A Wetlands Year by David M. Carroll

    • 25 Jun 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Held with the Rochester Pollinators

    Dress as your favorite native pollinator or pollinated plant and parade from the nature center around the Rochester Community Garden, playing pollinator bingo on the way. After the parade, we’ll play pollinator games and build pollinator hotels. A special prize for the best dressed pollinators!

    $8 per person - general public

    $6 per person - members. 

    Everyone attending needs to register. Be sure to answer the "additional guest" box when registering.  Include in that box how many people are coming with you, do not include yourself in that number.  

    • 27 Jun 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 6
    Register

    Jun 27-30 NATURE CRAFTS Jr. 9am-12pm 

    For the extra crafty kids! We’ll discover creative ways to use stones, soil, and plant parts to create artwork. Hike to gather natural objects that we’ll use to design animals, create paintings, and decorate a bird feeder.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - Payment is due at the time of registration. Computer will remove you from the registration list if you do not complete payment within 15 minutes of registration.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 27 Jun 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 30 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11
    Register

    Jun 27-30 NATURE CRAFTS 1-4pm

    For the older extra crafty kids! Discover more creative ways to use stones, soil, and plant parts to create artwork. Hike to gather natural objects that we’ll use in more advanced crafts and create some crafts that are handy on the trail & in the garden.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - Payment is due at the time of registration. Computer will remove you from the registration list if you do not complete payment within 15 minutes of registration.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 07 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 27
    Register

    Learn about species while enjoying a campfire and S'mores supplies will be provided. 

    Thursday, July 7,  2022  7-9pm   Bald Eagle

    • 10 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 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. 

    $8 per person - per session, for general public

    $6 per person - per session, for members

    July 10 - Squirrels

    • 11 Jul 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9
    Register

    July 11-14 SAVING THE PLANET Jr.  9am-noon

    We’ll discuss how the choices we make can help the planet. Get dirty making compost and planting a seed, make a plastic bottle into something new, and go on a litter scavenger hunt.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - Payment is due at the time of registration. Computer will remove you from the registration list if you do not complete payment within 15 minutes of registration.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 11 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11
    Register

    July 11-14 SAVING THE PLANET  1-4pm

    We’ll discuss how the choices we make can help the planet. Get dirty making compost and planting a seed, make an old t-shirt into something new, and play the Eco-Choice Recycling Race.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - Payment is due at the time of registration. Computer will remove you from the registration list if you do not complete payment within 15 minutes of registration.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 13 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

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

    Wednesday, July 13, 2022 10-11am   - Beavers

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 15 Jul 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, July 15, 2022 10-11am  

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 9:00 PM
    • 17 Jul 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Starting with s’mores over our campfire, we’ll tell some stories before taking a night hike to look for nocturnal animals. Play some nature games while getting a chance to see some of our nocturnal ambassadors on their schedule. We’ll sleep in sleeping bags in the exhibit room (please bring your own sleeping bag/pillow/pjs) and cook breakfast over the campfire before heading home.

    $12 per person - general public

    $10 per person - families

    Everyone must register who will be attending. Be sure to answer the box that says "additional guests" when registering, but do not include yourself in that count, only the people coming with you. Our system already knows one person is attending when you begin registration - it just needs to know how many others are coming with!

     

     


    • 18 Jul 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9
    Register

    July 18-21 STARSTRUCK  9am-noon

    Explore our solar system, suns & moons, constellations, and space travel. One full session will take place inside our portable planetarium to view the constellations in ideal conditions! 

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - Payment is due at the time of registration. Computer will remove you from the registration list if you do not complete payment within 15 minutes of registration.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 18 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 6
    Register

    July 18-21 LET’S ROCK   1-4pm

    Discover how volcanoes, water, and wind shape our world. We’ll break open geodes, polish stones, make rock candy, and identify different minerals.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - Payment is due at the time of registration. Computer will remove you from the registration list if you do not complete payment within 15 minutes of registration.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 20 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    Music & Nature combine in this monthly summer series brought to you by Music Shapes.

    $6 per child - general public

    $4 per child - members



    • 20 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    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, July 20, 2022 1-2pm 

    $6 per child, $4 per member child

    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    Read the suggested book of the month, then join us for a lively discussion about the book, light refreshments, and get up close with some of the nature elements found within the pages.

    Teens and Adults    Donation Suggested

    July 21, 2022 - Red-Tails in Love by Marie Winn

    • 25 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Jul 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 7
    Register

    Wild Kids of Lost Lake Camp      Ages 6-10 years old

    July 25-29 2022

    10am-3pm each day

    For the true park experience, you need to join us for our Wild Kids of Lost Lake summer camp. This week long day camp features five themed days inundated with fun. We'll be exploring habitats while searching for life. This camp will feature a variety. This camp will feature a large variety of scientific and educational activities. We will picnic outside whenever the weather permits so bring a bagged lunch to keep your little scientist fueled so they can continue sweep-netting insects, finding frogs and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Lost Lake.

    Camp is $140 per child for residents of Oakland Township, $170 per child for non-residents.

    Max: 12 Campers

    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.

    Registration opens for Residents of Oakland Township April 8, 2022 and non-residents on April 15, 2022. 


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

    Experience the benefits of positive reinforcement training by playing the training game, receive information about adoptable pets with pet rescue Paws for Life, followed by a hike in the woods with our special guest dogs. A pawsitive event for all pet lovers & potential adopters. 

    $6 per person - general public

    $4 per person - members

    Everyone attending must register. Just remember to answer the question "additional guests" with how many people you are bringing but do not included yourself, the computer always knows one person is attending, it just needs to know how many others are coming. Thank you!


    • 01 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Aug 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10
    Register