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

    • 15 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 1
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    Four Foot - The Frog Pond  We love frogs here at Dinosaur Hill and this time of year we usually have quite a few exploring our vernal pond! Join us as we learn about frog homes, their life cycles, what they spend their time doing and even meeting a real frog from Australia!

    Nonmembers: $7 per child

    Members:  $5 per child 


    *****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. 

    • 21 May 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 2

    Campfire - Owls are a Hoot

    With June approaching we better refresh ourselves on some owl facts so that we are in-the-know at the next neighborhood owl prowl! Join us as we talk about owls including local Michigan examples, pellets, night vision and more. Families will be given individual s’more kids to put together a snack during our presentation!

    Nonmembers: $8 per person, everyone attending needs to register

    Members:  $6 per person, everyone attending needs to register

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

    2 people attending, fill box to say 1 additional guest

    3 people attending, 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. 

    • 22 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Road, Oakland Township, MI 48306

    Feathered Friends

    PreK 3-5

    Bear Creek Nature Park

    Saturday, May 22, 2021  10am-11am

    Registration must be completed on the Oakland Township website, link is below. Please contact them directly if you have any questions regarding registration.

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=427&mode=roster

    It seems like our feathery friends have finally returned home from their winter vacation homes down south and we're extremely excited to have a chance to listen to them sing, watch them at our backyard feeders and observe their nest building! Join us at Bear Creek Nature Park for a morning celebrating birds! We will listen to an interactive story about eggs which will get everyone involved, play an egg and nest matching game, touch, feel, and play games with real bird feathers, and put together our own nests to take home!

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






    • 23 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Cranberry Lake Park, 384 W. Predmore, Oakland Township, MI 48363

    Compass & Map Treasure Hunt

    Family Program

    Cranberry Lake Park

    Sunday, May 23, 2021   1pm-2:30pm

    Registration must be completed on the Oakland Township website, link is below. Please contact them directly if you have any questions regarding registration.

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=428&mode=roster

    People have it incredibly easy these days with our satellite guided phones and access to the wealth of human information at our fingertips, but it wasn't always that way. Sometimes it can be fun to out the technology down and take out a good old fashioned hand-drawn map for an afternoon of treasure hunting. Join us at Cranberry Lake Park as we learn how to read a compass and pair it with a map in order to go on a treasure hunt across the historic grounds of this beautiful park. Participants will take home their own pouch of treasures that they find hidden throughout the park

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






    • 30 May 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 everythingthis 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. 

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

    Lost Lake Open House - Michigan Forest

    Family

    Lost Lake Nature Park

    Sunday, May 30, 2021   2 sessions offered

    Session 1:  12noon-1:30pm

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=431&mode=roster

    Session 02: 2pm-3:30pm

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=432&mode=roster

    Any true Michigander is comfortable with the forest. Approximately 53% of our beautiful mitten is covered by forest, accounting for 19 million acres of timberland to explore and see. We are true people of the woods and we believe that the simple tree is often overlooked and pushed aside, so join us for an afternoon celebrating the noble tree! We will take a look at a tree cutting to learn what the rings we count represent (and how to estimate the age of a tree), learn about the respiratory cycle that keeps life sustained, learn about the benefits of forests (carbon storage and nutrition recycling) and even make your own leaf and flower pounding to take home!


    • 15 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 18 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 5
    Register

    The Four Foot Camp - Ages 3-5

    This is the perfect day camp to introduce your smallest camper to the great outdoors! Modeled after our popular Four Feet Down the Trail classes this camp will work to develop sensory skills by getting hands on with the nature world — utilizing all five of our senses within the Dinosaur Hill woods. We will inflate our imaginations through play, crafts, and outdoor activity with new themed adventure each day of the camp. Parents are welcome, but not required to attend.

    Tuesday through Friday June 15-18   9am-12 noon

    $110per child for non-members  

    $90 per child for members 

    * 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 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.

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

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

    6/27 - Bottom of the Kettle 

    Lost Lake's namesake kettle lake is veritably teeming with life, both big and small. You don't need scuba equipment to witness the biodiversity beneath the olive waters, only a trusty dipping net. Join us for an afternoon beneath the sun as we explore the life that calls the bottom of our kettle lake home. We will be sweeping for insects, frogs, minnows, crayfish, and more and observing them before returning our friends back to their home. Our youngest participants will even be putting together their own crayfish craft to take home!

    12pm Session: https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=539&mode=roster

    2pm Session: https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=540&mode=roster



    • 29 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 02 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Dinosaur Camp - Ages 5-8

    It should come as no surprise that we at Dinosaur Hill love dinosaurs, and honestly what isn’t there to love? We will be jumping back in time 65 million years in order to explore the Mesozoic by digging up dinosaur fossils in our popular dinosaur dig, putting toether and painting our own casts to take home, play several dinosaur based games in the woods, and take full advantage of Dinosaur Hill’s collection of dinosaur goods. Of course, no dinosaur camp would be complete without a good volcano eruption so expect an explosive finale to this camp!

    Tuesday through Friday June 29th-July 2nd   9am-12 noon

    $110per child for non-members  

    $90 per child for members 

    * 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 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 16 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
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    Wild in the Woods Camp - Ages 7-10

    Our most popular camp returns for another year of rough-and-tumbel woodland exploration and nerf warfare. In this action-packed camp we will be putting together our own swords, build forts to defend, put together our own rubber band bows, start fires with flint and steel, launching water rockets, picnicking in the woods, sweeping the creek for crayfish and more. 

    Tuesday through Friday July 13th-July 16th   9am-12 noon

    $110per child for non-members  

    $90 per child for members 

    * 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 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 23 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Field Scientist Camp - Ages 7-10

    We might be biased, but we believe that science that takes place out of the laboratory is incredibly fun and rewarding. Ditch the lab coats and pull up your adventure pants because we’re going to spend this camp collecting insect specimens and looking at them beneath hand-lenses, sweeping the creek for aquatic life and observing it from keepers, and performing experiments with water, dry ice and more. We’re busting out all of our scientific equipment for this educational and entertaining camp experience!

    Tuesday through Friday July 20th-July 23rd   9am-12 noon

    $110per child for non-members  

    $90 per child for members 

    * 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. 


    • 25 Jul 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.

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

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

    7/25 - Slithering Through Meadows

    Ecology is all about natural relationships found though nature. For instance, if you find yourself with a healthy kettle lake and wetland you're bound to have an abundance of frogs you're sure to find snakes. Snakes are incredibly fascinating to observe and have many unique behavioral and physical adaptations which make them a treat to talk about. Join us as we learn a little about native Michigan snakes and how to protect them at home before patrolling the woods for a slithering friend! We will even have an exotic snake in attendance to say hello to our guests! Our youngest participants will put together their own snake puppets to take home!

    12pm Session: https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=541&mode=roster

    2pm Session: https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=542&mode=roster





    • 02 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 06 Aug 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 0
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    Wild Kids of Lost Lake Camp      Ages 6-10 years old

    August 2nd through 6th

    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. Whether it's casting a line out into the lake, wading through the swampland in search of frogs and snakes, concocting wacky experiments or simply learning how to climb a tree, we have something for everyone in this adventure of a week. 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 inspecting insects beneath stereoscopes, dodging water balloons 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.


    • 17 Aug 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 20 Aug 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
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    Splash and Splatter Camp - Ages 5-8

    The ultimate in colorfully messy fun; in this camp we will perfect the art of making a mess through a variety of explosive activities. Both left and right brainers will be pleased as punch in this, one of the our favorite camps. Professional splashers will also be given the opportunity to experiment with dry ice, paint with water guns, tie dye and make a colorful mess with shaving cream water balloons. Bring a change of clothes -or two - towel and water shoes (each day) because things are bound to get messy in this splashion-packed day camp.

    Tuesday through Friday August 17th thru 20th  9am-12 noon

    $110per child for non-members  

    $90 per child for members 

    * 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 Aug 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Lost Lake Nature Park
    • 0
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    The Great Lost Lake Overnight Adventure 

    Family event

    August 20th - 21st  5pm-10am

    (Rain reschedule: August 27th-28th)

    This event takes place at Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI 48363

    Join us for a spectacularly unique adventure as we take over Lost Lake Nature Park for an overnight camping extravaganza! Dinosaur Hill naturalists will lead us through an evening of socially distant, nature-based escapades throughout the entirety of the park including time fishing off of the dock, glow-stick scavenger hunts in the meadow, hands-on flint-and-steel fire starting demonstrations, and nature based crafts all before the sun begins to set! Once it gets dark we will gather around the campfire to take turns cooking a delicious dinner. Afterwards, we will take a flashlight led hike in the woods on an owl-prowl and learn a little bit about the many nocturnal animals of the woods (while also learning what you can do at home to attract them!). Afterwards we will illuminate some socially distant stations for crafts and activities until we’re ready to retire for the night to our tents outside. In the morning we will gather around the fire one final time to cook breakfast before packing our belongings up and bidding adieu to a wonderful night!

    Participants are asked to bring their own tents, sleeping bags and flashlights but the building will have bathrooms with running water and electricity. If you do not wish to spend the night, families may leave at any point but still participate in all activities!

    Price per family: Oakland Township Residents $25, Non-Residents $30

    Max: 20 Participants

    Please be sure to answer “additional guests” box with the number of people coming with you (do not include yourself in the count). This way we are sure to have the proper registration total. Thanks!

    • 29 Aug 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. 

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

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

    8/29 - Just Below Clouds

    We will be wrapping up our summer of biome exploration with a look at a very unique place where few animals are able to explore-the sky. We will spend some time learning about our feathered friends and how they're preparing for summer to end, learn a few of our favorite spots to observe the fall migration, and learn about how to attract specific birds to our feeders for observation at home. No aviary enthusiast class would be complete without putting together our own biodegradable birdfeeders to take home!

    12pm Session: https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=543&mode=roster

    2pm Session: https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=544&mode=roster










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Rochester, MI 48307

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