Classes & Events                        

Advanced registration is required for all programs.

You may sign up for all of our classes and programs online - just click on the gray box that says "Register" if you don't see a box in a particular class it may be full or registration might not be open yet. Payment is required at the time of registration.

Credit Cards are accepted online, but not in person here at the office.

Four Feet Down the Trail discounts - If you register for four or more of the Four Feet Down the Trail series, proceed with registration all the way to the end, just do not enter your credit card number yet. Give us an email or a call, and we will adjust the invoices for you, then you can finalize your payment.

Please click on the Event or Program to see more detail!  

Four Feet Down the Trail discounts - If you register for four or more of the Four Feet Down the Trail series, proceed with registration all the way to the end, just do not enter your credit card number yet. Give us an email or a call, and we will adjust the invoices for you, then you can finalize your payment.

Upcoming events

    • 25 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Inside the Hive and The Buzz About Bees

    This program IS the bees knees!  We’ll discover the incredible world of honey bees as we peek into Dinosaur Hill’s own hive, try on real bee-keeping gear and see how honey is extracted from hives.  We’ll find out about different types of honey and get some tasty treats too.  We will even learn about bee hierarchy by assigning rolls to class participants after all the best way to learn about something is to fly a mile in and with it's wings. 

    Saturday May 25th      10:00-11:30 am

    Non-Members: $5 per person, including adults, with a family maximum of $20

    Members:  $3 per person including adults, with a family maximum of $12

     


    • 27 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 7
    Register

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.      

    Skyscraper Forest -  We have a lot of trees at Dinosaur Hill. Join us as we go out to hug some trees, count some rings, press some leaves, and dedicate a day of fun our our woodland walls!  

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 29 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Let's Get Going with Threes, Fours and Fives

    Getting outdoors and active is good for people of all ages. In this program, threes, fours and fives will explore the world of nature through fun games, hands on activities, crafts and outdoor exploration! Parents are welcome to attend but are not required. Includes a snack.   

    Let's Go Camping -  From the comfort of Dinosaur Hill we will learn how to pitch a tent, make a hiking stick and take a gentle hike through the trails. We will even put together our own customizable trail mix to stay fueled on our adventure! 

    Non-Members: $10 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $8 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        





    • 02 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan
    Register

    Bug Out Bag - Many of our smaller, stranger, stingier friends are often referred to as pests but we don't see them that way here at Lost Lake. Every insect has it's part to play in the overall health of the ecosystem and every player to us is as important as the honeybee (even the pesky mosquito). Join us as we look at some of the most common and strange creepy crawlies that call Oakland Township home while also determining which are the most beneficial for our at-home gardens. We will be using the stereoscope to observe some segmented body parts, learning how naturalists pin and preserve insects and even putting together bug boxes with our younger crowd inside! There will be frequent hikes outside to flip over logs and do some investigating. 


    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 3
    Register

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.     

    Wonky Wiggly Wacky -  Worms! Investigate some worms up close, watching them wiggle in our hands and putting together some habitats for our wiggly friends this day...worm day wouldn't be complete without a gummyworm snack! 

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 6
    Register

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.       

    Flying Foxes -  We're batty about bats and it's about time we batted down the hatches and celebrated them! We will be making our own flying bats to take home and enjoying a fruit bat's lunch! 

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 17 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.       

    First Campfire of Summer -  Summer is here so let's celebrate with a campfire! We will roast some marshmallows, sing some songs, play lawn games and enjoy the start of this season to its fullest! 

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    ******Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    ******Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 19 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 8
    Register

    What's under the Log? -  We're not the kind of people to shy away from a wiggling worm or a friendly pill bug and neither should you!  We will be putting together our own bug boxes before taking to the trials with nets, magnifying glasses, and took to try and observe some of the coolest creepy crawlies that live at Dinosaur Hill! 

    June 19th    10-11:30am

    $15 per child, non member

    $12 per child, member


    Trail Time for 4’s, 5’s and young 6’s

    Join us for these popular programs for the younger set.  Parents are welcome but not required to attend. Programs include crafts, outdoor activities and a light snack.  


     


     



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 25
    Register

    The Great Camouflage – Some animals that hunt in the evenings have extraordinary eyes capable of seeing in almost complete darkness, so their prey has to really up their ante to remain hidden. Join us as we take a look at some incredibly camouflaged animals and take a shot hike in the woods to see if we can see some hidden critters of our own. 

    June 21 8:30-9:30pm

    Non-Members: $5 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $15

    Members:  $3 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12

    You must enter the number of additional guests when asked for the invoice to calculate correctly. Do not include yourself in that number. 


    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan
    Register

    With over 11,000 lakes scattered across our mitten, we are people who know how to have a great time enjoying a slightly muddy splash and we're no different here at Lost Lake. Our 8 acre lake is home to some of Michigan's most popular fish, frogs and waterfowl and we occasionally like to sample the water with nets to record just how populations are faring. Join us as we equip skimming nets and seek out some of our kettle lake's most interesting inhabitants (including our beautiful Sand Hill cranes)! We will even take samples of what we find into the nature center to view beneath microscopes and stereoscopes. Our youngest naturalists will even be able to take home their very own pond craft! 

    Open houses are FREE!  Open houses are FUN! Open houses are for the whole family! The nature center will be open for four hours. You are welcome to drop by any time during those hours. You will have a chance to explore this amazing park, check out the nature center, participate in crafts, games and other ongoing activities... including FREE KAYAKING! A new theme will be featured each month so come to one or come to all! You are also welcome to make an afternoon of it and bring along a picnic to enjoy with a scenic view of the huge pine trees and beautifully secluded Lost Lake. 


    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Just Camp - Ages 3-5

    All the big kids are going to summer camp and we don't want the little guys to miss out on the action.  

    This is a short camp designed to be friendly, fun and welcoming for your youngest campers.  Parents and caregivers are welcome, but not required to attend.  

    We'll do crafts, play games, make snacks, play outside, catch bugs, have a campfire - the very best of camp in a shortened day format approachable for the 3-5 age set.  

    Monday through Thursday June 24-27 10am-12 noon

    $100 per child for non-members * 

    $80 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.



    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 5
    Register

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.       

    The Big Bug Party! -  We can hear the grasshoppers singing and the bees buzzing so let's get out there and go on a bug hunt! We will sweep the forest for critters and put together our own bugs to take home. 

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    ******Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    ******Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 20
    Register

    The Dinosaurs Hill Owl Safari  Owls are an upcommon sight at Dinosaur Hill but we do have them prowling our evening skies in pursuit of a tasty meal. We will be learning a little bit about owls inside by observing mounts and getting hands on with wings, talons, pellets and more before heading out onto the trails to learn the best way to spot these flying tigers! We will even be listening in on and looking for other nocturnal friends as we make our way through the dark trails! Participants are asked to bring their own flashlight!

    June 29 8:00-9:30pm

    Non-Members: $5 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $15

    Members:  $3 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12

    You must enter the number of additional guests when asked for the invoice to calculate correctly. Do not include yourself in that number. 


    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Cooking Camp - Entering grades K-5

    Transform your ordinary child into a culinary mastermind with this unique camp.  Our specials for the day include kooky flavor warping experiments that will deceive and astonish the taste buds; putting fun twists on classic recipes to give them a fresh kick; and producing pint-sized chefs that will leave camp with the ability to craft their own after-school snacks. Join the ranks of Dinosaur Hill chefs and learn to fold a burrito, roll sushi, spin a pizza, flip a pancake, stir fudge and cook like a professional.  

    Monday through Thursday July 8-11      9am-Noon

    $105 non members *

    $85 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.



    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Baking Camp - Entering Grades K-5

    This isn't just the camp that you want, it's the camp you knead.  Mix it up this summer and be whisked away as we stir up a little cookery. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on your hands and churn up the fun as we make our own bread, stretch out some pizza dough, and slather frosting on some delicious desserts. This camp is sure to measure up to your expectations and cake on the excitement.  

    Monday through Thursday July 8-11   1pm-4pm

    $105 non members *

    $85 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.


    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 7
    Register

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.       

    Berries of Summer -  Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries! Boy do we love munching on natures fruit snacks. We will be squishing some berries to make some art and, of course, having a very berry snack. 

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    ******Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    ******Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 15 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0

    Dinosaur Disasters - Entering grades K-3

    The dinosaurs can't seem to catch a break! This catastrophic camp will jump into the unfortunate footprints of the awesome dinosaurs and experience life from their perspective.  Create and ignite your very own volcano, meteor and comet! Bury and excavate a full sized juvenile Maiasaura. Fill your tummies with dinosaur treats. Play Tyrannosaurs and Triceratops out in the woods.  Do you have what it takes to live like a dinosaur or will you wind up extinct?  Participants that sign up for both Dinosaur Disasters and Splash and Splatter can have an hour lunch break indoors with a movie and crafts between the camps. 

    Monday through Thursday July 15-18  9am-noon

    $105 non members *

    $85 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.



    • 15 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Splash & Splatter  Entering Grades K-3

    The ultimate in colorfully messy fun; in this camp we will perfect the art of making a mess through a variety of explosive activities from watercolor to waterslides and exploding paint to super soaker tie-dye and water rockets.  Both left and right brainers will be pleased as punch in this, one of our favorite camps. Professional splashers will also be given the opportunity to experiment with dry ice and produce some delicious consequences. Bring a change of clothes (or two), towel and water shoes, because things are bound to get dirty in this splashion-packed day camp.

    Monday through Thursday July 15-18 1pm-4pm

    $105 non members *

    $85 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.



    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 7
    Register

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.       

    Painting Rainbows -  There are so many different ways to produce color, and we love exploring our options. We will be painting rainbows three different ways this day and eating a very colorful snack!  

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    ******Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    ******Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan
    Register

    Lost Lake's sledding hill really springs to life in the summer with numerous species of Michigan's most beautiful wildflowers (including wild geranium, violets, thimbleweed, ragwort and more!). This explosion in flora brings more than just sniffles to those with allergies, it also attracts countless bees, wasps, butterflies and more looking to taste a sample of nature's preferred sugar water. Join a park naturalist as we look at the importance of pollinators and wildflowers across the State while also learning a little about the types of flowers you can plant at home to attract your own beneficial flying friends. Inside the youngest naturalists that visit the park will have the opportunity to put together their own flower bouquets to take home! 


    Open houses are FREE!  Open houses are FUN! Open houses are for the whole family! The nature center will be open for four hours. You are welcome to drop by any time during those hours. You will have a chance to explore this amazing park, check out the nature center, participate in crafts, games and other ongoing activities... including FREE KAYAKING! A new theme will be featured each month so come to one or come to all! You are also welcome to make an afternoon of it and bring along a picnic to enjoy with a scenic view of the huge pine trees and beautifully secluded Lost Lake. 


    • 22 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.       

    Let's Grow a Flower -  There are so many beautiful flowers so why not grow one of our own? Join us as we put together a flower craft, plant our own to take home, and use our noses!   

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    ******Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    ******Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 24 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11
    Register

    What's in the Water? -  You better bring a change of clothes and some water shoes because this day we're going to be getting soaked! We will be playing some water field games before enjoying a snack and heading out into the paint creek to see who is hiding beneath the logs and rocks! 

    July 24th    10-11:30am

    $15 per child, non member

    $12 per child, member


    Trail Time for 4’s, 5’s and young 6’s

    Join us for these popular programs for the younger set.  Parents are welcome but not required to attend. Programs include crafts, outdoor activities and a light snack.  


     


     



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 26 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.       

    Summer Explorers -  Let's go out into the woods on a treasure hunting adventure! We will be putting together our own treasure maps inside and seeing if we can find riches on the trails. 

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    ******Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    ******Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 26 Jul 2019
    • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 22
    Register

    Nocturnal Shenanigans – There's an entire world that we don't see while we're asleep. Stay up a little later with us as we explore the world of nocturnal critters. We will even take a look at a few nocturnal geckos up close!

    July 26 8:30-9:30pm

    Non-Members: $5 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $15

    Members:  $3 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12

    You must enter the number of additional guests when asked for the invoice to calculate correctly. Do not include yourself in that number. 


    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 26
    Register

    The Dinosaurs Hill Star Show  We are extremely excited this evening ecause we're in the middle of he Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower! We will be celebrating the event by inflating our planetarium and watching a couple of short space movies, taking a tour of our Milky Way galaxy and then orienting our eyes to figure out where the best location in the sky will be to view these streaks of light this evening! We wll even take a short walk out to the lawn to try and spot a few constellations and cosmic neighbors. Participants will take home a list of upcoming astronomical events to continue their sky-searching all summer long! 

    July 27 8:00-9:30pm

    Non-Members: $5 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $15

    Members:  $3 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12

    You must enter the number of additional guests when asked for the invoice to calculate correctly. Do not include yourself in that number. 


    • 29 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 01 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0

    Wild in the Woods Camp - Entering Grades 2-5

    Just as the name implies, we will get out, get active and go wild! Make your own bow and arrow, build a survival shelter, start a fire with flint and steel, launch water balloons, with our catapult, play 'capture the flag' in the woods, try your hand at fishing, search for buried treasure and learn about geocaching, raft the Paint Creek, picnic in the park, and prepare for the wildest of our summer camps. We promise your children will sleep like logs this week.

    Monday through Thursday July 29 - August 1 10am-4pm

    $170 per person non-members *

    $140 per person 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.



    • 02 Aug 2019
    • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 13
    Register

    Magic and Marshmallows – Join us for a special campfire where we will perform a little magic show, teach you how to do a magic trick of your own, and amaze you with our balloon animal prowess! 

    August 2 8:30-9:30pm

    Non-Members: $5 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $15

    Members:  $3 per person (everyone must register, children and adults) with a family maximum of $12

    You must enter the number of additional guests when asked for the invoice to calculate correctly. Do not include yourself in that number. 


    • 05 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 09 Aug 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Summer Camp at Lost Lake

    Wild Kids of Lost Lake Ages 5-8 years old

    August 5-August 9 

    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 inside 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, registration closes July 24th.

    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.


    • 06 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 3
    Register

    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.       

    We Scream for Ice Cream -  Nothing says summer quite like a nice yummy ice cream. We will make our own and decorate it with tasty toppings before playing a game with ice!  

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    ******Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    ******Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 09 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 10 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park
    • 0
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    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 nature-based escapades throughout the entirety of the park including time fishing off of the dock, glow-stick tag in the meadow, a scavenger hunt, 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 cook a delicious dinner before heading inside to watch a movie with snacks. Afterwards, we will take a flashlight led hike in the woods on an owl-prowl and learn a little bit about the many moths of the woods (while also learning what you can do at home to attract them!). Afterwards we will leave the nature center open 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!


    • 12 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 15 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
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    Best of Camp - Entering Grades 2-5

    With summer drawing to a close and school starting up soon, we need to jam pack as much fun summer action as we can into this week as humanly possible. We will be spending time in the creek looking for critters and fishing, building forts in the woods and crafting swords to protect them from raiders, hiking to the park for a day of field games and picnics, zip and slack lining, spending time around the skillet learning how to cook up some delicious (and wacky) snacks, and catapulting water balloons. 

    Monday through Thursday August 12-15 10am-4pm

    $170 per person non-members *

    $140 per person 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.


    • 16 Aug 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
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    Four Feet Down the Trail Ages 2-4

    This popular program is designed to be a special time for preschoolers ages 2-4 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver.  For this reason, please no siblings under the age of two or older than four with the exception of babies that will be content in a carrier for the duration (no charge for baby). We do like to get the children outside for a portion of the class so be sure to dress appropriately.       

    Super Slime -  Oozy and gooey slime requires a celebration! We will be brewing up a bunch for tactile challenges and experiences! We will even be wiggling our toes in it. 

    Non-Members: $15 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in same class 

    Members:  $12 for first child, $3 for each additional sibling in the same class        

    ******Register for any four classes and get a discount:  

    $50 Non-Members; $45 members and $10 for additional sib

    ******Register for the four classes you want, but before paying online, email or call us so we can adjust the fee for you!




    • 18 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan
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    The Ecosystem of Slime. From the deep verbose croaking of our large bullfrogs to the silent serenity of a snail schlepping in the shadows, Lost Lake is full of some of nature's slimiest residents. Join us for a special day while we celebrate the underappreciated amphibians of the state. We will have skimming nets at the ready for those looking to get up close and personal with some of our leopard and bullfrogs as well as a visiting frog from Australia. We'll learn the importance that amphibians play in the ecosystem (as well as the research laboratory) and even take a look at the benefit from our slugs and snails while on trips into our woods! Our youngest naturalists will have the opportunity to put together their own slime so they can continue their research at home!

    Open houses are FREE!  Open houses are FUN! Open houses are for the whole family! The nature center will be open for four hours. You are welcome to drop by any time during those hours. You will have a chance to explore this amazing park, check out the nature center, participate in crafts, games and other ongoing activities... including FREE KAYAKING! A new theme will be featured each month so come to one or come to all! You are also welcome to make an afternoon of it and bring along a picnic to enjoy with a scenic view of the huge pine trees and beautifully secluded Lost Lake. 


    • 19 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 22 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
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