333 N. Hill Circle

Rochester Hills, MI



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

    • 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
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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

    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. 

    • 18 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 4

    Join a park naturalist for a fantastic look at the lives of our local wild canines. Learn about their diets and behaviors and walk away with the ability to distinguish between the two when out on a hike. We will be feeling coyote fur, investigating a coyote mount and even playing a modified version of the game tag to bring everyone into our own wolf pack! Afterwards we will conclude our day with a stroll through the woods. 

    Wednesday August 18th  1:00-2:30 PM

    Non-Members: $7 per child

    Members:  $5 per child


    • 19 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10

    There's a mystery underfoot at Dinosaur Hill that only the cleverest of eco-sleuths can uncover. We will be taking a sample of the beautifully clean waters of the creek which runs through our preserve while constantly adding to it different forms of environmental pollution before attempting to figure out how to make the waters run clean again. Afterwards we will be taking a journey into the woods to learn about the old garbage dump that used to reside at Dinosaur Hill and see if we can't uncover evidence of this ancient relic in our modern time.

    Thursday August 19th  1:00-2:30 PM

    Non-Members: $7 per child

    Members:  $5 per child


    • 20 Aug 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Lost Lake Nature Park
    • 0

    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!

    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
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    Four Foot - Catching Rainbows One of our favorite parts of summer storms are when they end during the day and give us a leaping rainbow across the sky! Sometimes though you have to roll up your sleeves and make your own. Join us as we put together a colorful craft, bend light into rainbows with prisms and go on a color-themed scavenger hunt in the woods. 

    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. 

    • 22 Aug 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Cranberry Lake Park, 384 W. Predmore Road, Oakland Township, Michigan

    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

    Seasonal Adult Hike:  The System of Trees, August 22, 2021 2-3:30pm

    Age Group: Adult

    Meets at Cranberry Lake Park, 384 W. Predmore Road, Oakland Township, MI 

    While walking through the woods it is easy to get caught up in the majesty of wildflowers dusting the ground, or the large leafy vines which ascend into the canopy, or hear nothing but the sound of countless critter communicating and defending their territories all around us. But we find the noble tree is often underrepresented. Join us at Cranberry Lake Park as we explore the world of trees while learning the biology of how they're composed, how to count and decipher a tree ring, the nuances of stoma respiratory cycles and more. We will even talk about what the best trees to plant at home are and how trees on the property are great for biodiversity at home! Participants will even be given their own saplings to take home and grow!

    Registration link to Oakland Township’s website is:


    • 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. 

    All family members in attendance must register. Children under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

    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

Office: (248) 656-0999

333 North Hill Circle
Rochester, MI 48307

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