Classes & Events

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 curiousities and teach them the magnificence of the outdoors and everything is has to offer. 

Some activities included in our classes are:

  • Cooking and Baking
  • Growing Flowers
  • Fishing
  • Building Forts and Survival Shelters
  • Making a Bow and Arrow
  • Lighting a campfire with flint and steel

You can easily sign up for all of our classes and programs online. Click on the gray box that says Register, fill out the required info, pay and you're ready to show your child the great outdoors. If you don't see a box in a particular class it may be full or registration is not open currently. Please keep in mind that payment is required at the time of registration. Credit card payments can be accepted online only. Unfortunately, we are not able to process them in the office. 

Discounts Available for Four Feet Down the Trail members. If you you register for four (4) or more of the Four Feet Down the Trail series you are eligible to receive a discount. Proceed with the registration but do not enter your credit card number just yet. Email us at Info@DinosaurHill.org or call us at (248) 656-0999 and we will adjust your invoice to reflect the discount. Then you can proceed and finalize your payment.

Advanced registration is required for all programs.

NEW for Fall 2019

Our system now requires payment to be completed within 15 minutes of registration 

(except for Four Feet Classes)

or the system will remove you. 

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.

Events + Classes

    • 22 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 1
    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
    • 4
    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
    • 0

    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
    • 10
    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
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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

    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
    • 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.       

    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
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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
    • 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.       

    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
    Register

    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
    • 0

    Into the Great Outdoors - Ages 3-5

    The same shortened day format as our Just Camp program gets the preschool set into the action of summer camp and helps them develop their senses and comfort in the great outdoors. Parents are welcome, but not required to attend. In this camp we will use our imagination and senses to explore the wonderful world of outdoors through crafts, creative play and lots of outdoor activity we will set out on a new adventure into the great outdoors every day. Activities are different from Just Camp so you can sign up for one or both camps!  

    MONDAY through THURSDAY August 19-22, 10am-12noon

    $100 non members *

    $80 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.



    • 23 Aug 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.       

    Teddy Bear Picnic -  What a perfect day for a picnic with our favorite teddy! We will set up a tent outside, read a story within it, put together a camping craft and enjoy our snack at a picnic on the lawn!

    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!




    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Dinosaurs in the Dark – It wouldn't be Dinosaur Hill without a program about dinosaurs! This special evening, we will take a look at some dinosaur fossils and even perform an evening dinosaur dig!

    August 23 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. 


    • 26 Aug 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.       

    The Four Foot Summer Party -  With summer at its end there's nothing left to do but say goodbye to our favorite season. We will spend time playing with some water, enjoy games on the lawn and put together a campfire craft! 

    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!




    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9
    Register

    What's in the Sky? -  From birds to kites to water rockets we're going to be exploring the world of the skies! Join us as we play some games with feathers and balloons, attempt to fly a beautiful kite by the gardens, and build and launch our own water rockets! 

    August 28th    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.  


     


     



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 13
    Register

    The Dinosaurs Hill Bioluminescent Rave  We here at Dinosaur Hill absolutely love the crazier (and cooler) parts of nature. We plan to celebrate this evening with a special party that focuses on the bioluminescent critters and fluorescent minerals that illuminate the dark without needing to be plugged in! We will be spending some time making our own glow in the dark jellyfish, putting special mineral specimens beneath black lights to see them glow, and we will even be stenciling glow-in-the-dark items as well as including a few surprises. Did we mention we would be doing all of this from beneath black light flood lights? Super Cool! Participants are asked to bring something light and cotton to stencil. 

    August 31 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. 


    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 420
    Register

    Halloween Hoot

    Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a spooktacular Halloween tradition.  

    Groups will gather in the nature center to create a spooky-fun craft, then head out on the mood-lit trails to participate in a series of short, funny, interactive skits while collecting treats along the way. 

    Complete your evening with a doughnut and cup of cider around the campfire with live entertainment.  You can even let your little monster loose to have fun at our mini-fair with Halloween themed carnival games...all included with your ticket.  

    Tickets sell for a specific time with groups leaving every ten minutes.  Times will sell out so don’t delay.   $8 per person

    Fri, Oct. 18  5:30pm first group time to 8:00pm last group time

    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.

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


    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 690
    Register

    Halloween Hoot

    Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a spooktacular Halloween tradition.  

    Groups will gather in the nature center to create a spooky-fun craft, then head out on the mood-lit trails to participate in a series of short, funny, interactive skits while collecting treats along the way.  

    Complete your evening with a doughnut and cup of cider around the campfire with live entertainment.  You can even let your little monster loose to have fun at our mini-fair with Halloween themed carnival games...all included with your ticket.  

    Tickets sell for a specific time with groups leaving every ten minutes.  Times will sell out so don’t delay.   $8 per person

    Saturday Oct. 19th  4:00pm first group to 8:00pm last

    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.

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


    • 20 Oct 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 537
    Register

    Halloween Hoot

    Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a spooktacular Halloween tradition.  

    Groups will gather in the nature center to create a spooky-fun craft, then head out on the mood-lit trails to participate in a series of short, funny, interactive skits while collecting treats along the way.  

    Complete your evening with a doughnut and cup of cider around the campfire with live entertainment.  You can even let your little monster loose to have fun at our mini-fair with Halloween themed carnival games...all included with your ticket.  

    Tickets sell for a specific time with groups leaving every ten minutes.  Times will sell out so don’t delay.   $8 per person

    Sunday Oct. 20th  3:30pm first group to 6:30pm last group

    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.

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





VISIT

 

Address

333 North Circle Drive

Rochester, MI

48307      

 

Nature Trail

Open daily dawn until dusk    

 

Offices/Indoor Nature Center

Summer Hours

Tuesday-Friday  

9am - 3pm  

CONNECT 

 

Phone

(248) 656-0999

 

Email

Info@DinosaurHill.org

 

 

ABOUT

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit institution.  

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve (DHNP) is a preserve situated on sixteen acres of land nestled in the neighborhoods of Rochester, MI.

DHNP offers walking trails that are free to the public and offers affordable educational classes for various age groups , maintains the grounds of the land under its stewardship, and works to keep the wonders of nature accessible to the people of the Greater Rochester Area.  

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