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

    • 26 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan
    Register

    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 FREE!  Open houses are FUN!  Open Houses are for EVERYONE! The nature center will be open for four drop-in hours! Along with being able to explore this unique and magnificent park we will have themed activities and discussions on a monthly topic. We encourage you to make a day of your adventure and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy a scenic view of our secluded Lost Lake from beneath the canopy of some impressive white pines. Each month features its own unique natural topic with materials and activities for adults and children alike, free snacks, and crafts and games for our youngest participants.

    September 26, 2021 12-4pm   Replanting a Forest

    Meets at Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township Michigan


    As the temperatures drop, so do the acorns, the samaras, the chestnuts and so many other seeds as they initiate the first step of their lengthy lifespans. Between the burrs, the nettles, the wild berries and more it's no wonder that the squirrels are having a feeding and collecting frenzy out there in the woods this time of year! Join us as we examine seed dispersal in the forest. We will look at examples of flying seeds, sticky seeds, exploding seeds, and aquatic hitchhikers! We will even look at seeds beneath a microscope to see their incredibly fine details up close! Our youngest participants will even be putting together their own acorn handprints to take home (just keep them away from the squirrels!)


    Registration is not required, but if you want to click the register button and just let us know your name and contact information, it helps us with supplies and staffing as well as contacting you in the event of a weather cancellation. Thanks

    • 02 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Road, Oakland Township, Michigan 48306

    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

    Let's Go Nuts (3-5 year olds) 

    Meets at Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Road, Oakland Township, MI 48306

    Just because the temperatures are starting to fall doesn’t mean that it’s already time for a lengthy rest as there is still plenty to do. Join us at the friendly Bear Creek Nature Park as we investigate the wacky world of squirrels and other hibernators. We will take an easy stroll down the trails in pursuit of our tree climbing friends, calling to them and pretending to be them. Afterwards we will return to the pavilion and put together squirrel feeders to take home before engaging in an acorn scavenger hunt activity

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED, follow this handy-dandy link: https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=645&fbclid=IwAR20CB46vwpZ1vWc8Lc579cwWLTFW3kH4e0hHwkLIHehGUolyW3XgY3Hadw

    • 15 Oct 2021
    • 22 Oct 2021
    • 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 2nd Annual Hike-a-Thon!

    This year, we are continuing to offer the Hike-A-Thon in addition to bringing back the reimagined Halloween Hoot!  Both of these events raise critical funds to support the ongoing operation of Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.

    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 1 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.

    • 17 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan
    Register

    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 FREE!  Open houses are FUN!  Open Houses are for EVERYONE! The nature center will be open for four drop-in hours! Along with being able to explore this unique and magnificent park we will have themed activities and discussions on a monthly topic. We encourage you to make a day of your adventure and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy a scenic view of our secluded Lost Lake from beneath the canopy of some impressive white pines. Each month features its own unique natural topic with materials and activities for adults and children alike, free snacks, and crafts and games for our youngest participants.


    October 17, 2021 12-4pm   Rot & Decay

    Meets at Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township Michigan


    When you really put the forest floor on a pedestal and examine it, things can get kind of gross really quickly. All that nutritious and delicious dark fertile soil is made from the remains of living things. Mostly organic plant material, but the occasional squirrel, roly-poly and deer are an essential part of the forest floor's ecosystem. Everything eventually perishes and returns to the ground to feed new life. Join us as we take a fascinating look at decomposition! We will look at how carbon is stored in life before being released back into the world, how entire communities can survive off of a fallen tree for years and even watch a worm poop! The perfect topic to explore right before Halloween! Our youngest explorers will have the opportunity to put together their own wiggly worm bookmarks to take home!


    Registration is not required, but if you want to click the register button and just let us know your name and contact information, it helps us with supplies and staffing as well as contacting you in the event of a weather cancellation. Thanks

    • 22 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 384
    Register

    Halloween Hoot Reimagined


    Exciting news!  The Halloween Hoot is back...reimagined!  Bring your whole family for a magical, illuminated, mesmerizing Halloween experience that will appeal to all ages! 


    Ticket holders will first check-in at the registration area then gather around the campfire to enjoy live entertainment while they wait for their trail time.  Once it's their time, they will head out on the trail and experience the Halloween Hoot like never before!  Complete your evening with a take home goody bag for the kids! 


    Tickets sell for specific times with groups leaving every ten minutes.  Times will sell out so don’t delay.   $9 per person (everyone age 3 years and up - including adults need a ticket).


    Advance purchase only, no tickets will be sold onsite.

    Friday, October 22nd  6:30pm first group to 9:00pm last group


    Additional Details:

    Tickets are timed and only valid for the date and time slot you purchase. 


    Ticket times are listed under the Registration, groups leave every 10 minutes/maximum of 30 tickets per time slot.


    Once you choose your time slot, you MUST fill in how many "Additional Guests" are coming with you in the box provided in order to purchase the correct amount of tickets.


    If you are buying one individual ticket for yourself only, leave the "Additional Guests" box blank.


    Please arrive only 20 minutes before ticketed time to avoid excessive crowding at the venue.


    Please know this is a major fundraising event to raise critical funds to support the ongoing operation of Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.  All tickets are non-refundable.


    You must print your PAID confirmation email and bring it with you to use as your "ticket(s)".

    • 23 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 361
    Register

    Halloween Hoot Reimagined


    Exciting news!  The Halloween Hoot is back...reimagined!  Bring your whole family for a magical, illuminated, mesmerizing Halloween experience that will appeal to all ages! 


    Ticket holders will first check-in at the registration area then gather around the campfire to enjoy live entertainment while they wait for their trail time.  Once it's their time, they will head out on the trail and experience the Halloween Hoot like never before!  Complete your evening with a take home goody bag for the kids! 


    Tickets sell for specific times with groups leaving every ten minutes.  Times will sell out so don’t delay.   $9 per person (everyone age 3 years and up - including adults need a ticket).


    Advance purchase only, no tickets will be sold onsite.

    Saturday, October 23rd  6:30pm first group to 9:00pm last group


    Additional Details:

    Tickets are timed and only valid for the date and time slot you purchase. 


    Ticket times are listed under the Registration, groups leave every 10 minutes/maximum of 30 tickets per time slot.


    Once you choose your time slot, you MUST fill in how many "Additional Guests" are coming with you in the box provided in order to purchase the correct amount of tickets.


    If you are buying one individual ticket for yourself only, leave the "Additional Guests" box blank.


    Please arrive only 20 minutes before ticketed time to avoid excessive crowding at the venue.


    Please know this is a major fundraising event to raise critical funds to support the ongoing operation of Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.  All tickets are non-refundable.


    You must print your PAID confirmation email and bring it with you to use as your "ticket(s)".

    • 24 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 457
    Register

    Halloween Hoot Reimagined


    Exciting news!  The Halloween Hoot is back...reimagined!  Bring your whole family for a magical, illuminated, mesmerizing Halloween experience that will appeal to all ages! 


    Ticket holders will first check-in at the registration area then gather around the campfire to enjoy live entertainment while they wait for their trail time.  Once it's their time, they will head out on the trail and experience the Halloween Hoot like never before!  Complete your evening with a take home goody bag for the kids! 


    Tickets sell for specific times with groups leaving every ten minutes.  Times will sell out so don’t delay.   $9 per person (everyone age 3 years and up - including adults need a ticket).


    Advance purchase only, no tickets will be sold onsite.

    Sunday, October 24th 6:30pm first group to 9:00pm last group


    Additional Details:

    Tickets are timed and only valid for the date and time slot you purchase. 


    Ticket times are listed under the Registration, groups leave every 10 minutes/maximum of 30 tickets per time slot.


    Once you choose your time slot, you MUST fill in how many "Additional Guests" are coming with you in the box provided in order to purchase the correct amount of tickets.


    If you are buying one individual ticket for yourself only, leave the "Additional Guests" box blank.


    Please arrive only 20 minutes before ticketed time to avoid excessive crowding at the venue.


    Please know this is a major fundraising event to raise critical funds to support the ongoing operation of Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.  All tickets are non-refundable.


    You must print your PAID confirmation email and bring it with you to use as your "ticket(s)".

    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI

    Registration is done directly through Oakland Township's own website. See link below. For any questions regarding registration be sure to contact them directly at 248-651-7810.

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

    Creepy, Slithery & Spooky (7-10 year olds)  October 27, 2021  4:30-6pm

    With Halloween right around the corner, we’re going to double-down on the spook factor by meeting some of our favorite frighteningly friendly critters. We will be able to hold, handle and pet some gigantic cockroaches from Madagascar, get up-close and personal with a tarantula from Chile, and decorate our necks with the breathing necktie that is our African ball-python. Throughout the whole adventure we will be learning about their habitats, diets and unique adaptations that allow these creepy critters to survive where they do. We might even learn that the creepier side of nature isn't that creepy after all! Before all is said and done we will even put together our own snake puppet to frighten our friends and family.

    Registration is done directly through Oakland Township's own website. See link below.  For any questions regarding registration, please contact them directly at 248-651-7810.

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED, follow this handy-dandy link: https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=648&fbclid=IwAR2EkpSGuRhtzuJTNRzIqVLJoShuBbvUOAaSNlSaxmy01jlxpvW4Gt3y-xY

    • 21 Nov 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan
    Register

    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 FREE!  Open houses are FUN!  Open Houses are for EVERYONE! The nature center will be open for four drop-in hours! Along with being able to explore this unique and magnificent park we will have themed activities and discussions on a monthly topic. We encourage you to make a day of your adventure and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy a scenic view of our secluded Lost Lake from beneath the canopy of some impressive white pines. Each month features its own unique natural topic with materials and activities for adults and children alike, free snacks, and crafts and games for our youngest participants.


    November 21, 2021 12-4pm   Michigan Turkeys

    Meets at Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township Michigan


    It might actually be illegal to talk about turkeys any other month than November so when this chilly month rolls around we need to jam in as much turkey knowhow as possible (we only have 30 days!) Join us at Lost Lake as we explore the wacky and wild world of the noble turkey. This large bird has comically distinct scat, a history with Benjamin Franklin, the kookiest adaptations of the avian community and some really impressive feathers! We will look at a turkey mount up close, pursue them in the woods, and perfect our turkey calls. Our youngest explorers will have the opportunity to put together their own decorative placemats for the upcoming holiday.


    Registration is not required, but if you want to click the register button and just let us know your name and contact information, it helps us with supplies and staffing as well as contacting you in the event of a weather cancellation. Thanks

    • 23 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan

    Registration is done directly through Oakland Township's own website. See link below. For any questions regarding registration be sure to contact them directly at 248-651-7810.

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

    Eco Adventure & Forest Forensics (9-12 year olds)  

    November 23, 2021  10-11:30am

    With school being out we are opening our doors for a special adventure through the forest! We will be heading outside and collecting specimens from nature to place beneath microscopes and stereoscopes to observe intricate structures and patterns hidden within, then we will dissect owl pellets and reassemble the bones to uncover what was eaten! In the woods we will also hone our tracking skills as we become sleuths on the track for elusive wildlife. We will be combining the best of entertainment and education in this nature extravaganza for the older kids.

    Registration is done directly through Oakland Township's own website. See link below.  For any questions regarding registration, please contact them directly at 248-651-7810.

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED, follow this handy-dandy link: https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=649&fbclid=IwAR2IM6PyzgMjXjRFq60soE-bv-6jUGglx2YC9dzjACI-rP7FqO5JicNJhbo

    • 18 Dec 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan

    Registration is done directly through Oakland Township's own website. See link below. For any questions regarding registration be sure to contact them directly at 248-651-7810.

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

    My Family Rocks (family program)  

    December 18, 2021  10-11:30am

    With the natural world beginning to slow down in preparation for winter we think that it’s only fitting to spend a little bit of time talking about the non-living portions of the world. There are countless minerals, fossils, rocks and crystals to talk about and we’re obsessed with them! Join us from the comfort of the Lost Lake Warming Shelter for a hands-on look at the world of geology. We will test rock hardness while learning about the Mohs scale, observe crystals from beneath stereoscopes, break open our own geodes to take home, and learn the basic tools needed to start tumbling rocks of our own all the while exploring the world of geology. We will even be making our own hodgepodge holiday ornaments to take home from igneous rocks!

    Registration is done directly through Oakland Township's own website. See link below. For any questions regarding registration be sure to contact them directly at 248-651-7810.

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED, follow this handy-dandy link: 

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=650&fbclid=IwAR3-zXhjRciEHBRZTpvH6IQ_DXIhJsTfuTDtVrhm8NW44dHvP2IqHZHsRpk


    • 19 Dec 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan
    Register

    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 FREE!  Open houses are FUN!  Open Houses are for EVERYONE! The nature center will be open for four drop-in hours! Along with being able to explore this unique and magnificent park we will have themed activities and discussions on a monthly topic. We encourage you to make a day of your adventure and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy a scenic view of our secluded Lost Lake from beneath the canopy of some impressive white pines. Each month features its own unique natural topic with materials and activities for adults and children alike, free snacks, and crafts and games for our youngest participants.


    December 19, 2021 12-4pm   The Happy Holiday Hullabaloo

    Meets at Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township Michigan


    With another year of outdoor programming behind us it's time to celebrate in our favorite way at the nature center. We will be putting together several holiday crafts to take home while celebrating the approaching season of sledding, hot chocolate, and runny noses. We will be taking quick looks at a variety of topics while assembling our take-homes, from hibernation to dormancy all the way through to what is happening beneath the snow and soil during the coldest parts of the year. This annual celebratory open house is a great chance to put together some last-minute gifts for mom and dad and unwind before the festivities at home get underway! Happy Holidays from us at Lost Lake!


    Registration is not required, but if you want to click the register button and just let us know your name and contact information, it helps us with supplies and staffing as well as contacting you in the event of a weather cancellation. Thanks





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Office: (248) 656-0999

Address:
333 North Hill Circle
Rochester, MI 48307

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