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

    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    The Story of Boogernose Swamp-Breath - With the snows beginning to melt we're noticing a lot of mold and mildew growing and that's the perfect recipe for witch. Meet Boogernose Swamp-Breath as she attempts to make potions and magical trinkets (we warn you though, she isn't the best). 

    Join us select Sunday's this fall for our popular puppet parade. Each class will feature a short puppet tale introducing a topic, a hands-on craft and a game to assist with the puppet's needs and an outdoor walk guided by, you guessed it, puppets! These wacky adventures and hi-jinks are sure to be a monthly staple for your family. 

    $5 per child non-member

    $3 per child member

    (adults must attend and stay with child, but do not need to register for themselves)

    Adults are FREE, but...when registering online, the adult who signs in is automatically considered a paying guest.  So, if you are bringing one child with you, only register yourself (the adult) and the system will charge you correctly for $5/$3.  If you have more than one child, place the 3rd, 4th, 5th child as guests.

    ages 2-6 with parent


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

    Vernal Equinox - The vernal (or spring) equinox is the time in March when the sun moves across the celestial equator but more importantly it means that spring has finally sprung. Join us as we celebrate the coming of wildflowers, animal activity, and rain by taking a look at how the park transitions from winter to spring. We will get really involved with seed germination by looking at seeds beneath a microscope and then planting a seed of our own to take home! 


    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 18
    Register

    Does your family have what it takes to survive like the first settlers of the Rochester area? We will begin this challenge with authentic hands-on tools and games before heading outdoors to put what we've learned to the test. Your family will earn points by participating in a variety of pioneer activities. We'll lay pioneer games in the woods, collect water with a yolk and even cook up a forgotten recipe on the campfire. 

    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

    March 24th       1-2:30pm

     


    • 25 Mar 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.      

    Passion for Potions -  When different things mix sometimes they change form, sometimes they change color and sometimes they bubble!

    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!




    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    March of the Dinosaurs - March 27th

    We will be protecting some dinosaur eggs from hungry predators, digging up some dinosaur bones in our dig, and sinking our teeth into a snack fit for a terrible lizard. 

    $15 per child, non-member

    $12 per child, member

    Save by signing up for all 5 classes $60 for non-members, $50 members. Please register for all five classes, then email or call us so we can adjust the invoice BEFORE you pay. Thank you. 

    • 08 Apr 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9
    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 Weather -  We will put together our own weather instruments to take home and play some games with water!

    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!




    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    Mystic Pond – In honor of an ancient tradition we will make our very own candle lanterns to float upon the vernal pond. What a beautiful sight!
    April 12th 7:30pm-8:30pm

    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


    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 25
    Register

    Awesome Egg Decorating

    We will try our hand at decorating eggs using unique and creative techniques. We will then decorate our own special treat to finish out this really fun and very unique program. If you've come before, come again as we refuse to dye eggs the same way twice. We recommend signing up early, this popular program quickly fills. 

    April 13th 10-11 AM

    Non-Members: $8 per person, including adults, with a family maximum of $24

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

     


    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 24
    Register

    Awesome Egg Decorating

    We will try our hand at decorating eggs using unique and creative techniques. We will then decorate our own special treat to finish out this really fun and very unique program. If you've come before, come again as we refuse to dye eggs the same way twice. We recommend signing up early, this popular program quickly fills. 

    April 13th 11:30am-12:30pm

    Non-Members: $8 per person, including adults, with a family maximum of $24

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

     


    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    The Story of Earth Day - There's no better place to spend Earth Day than a nature center (we really love Earth) and no better person to help teach you about recycling than Relish the Raccoon. We will put together our own crazy recycled earth day art project and then go out and enjoy the sight, sounds and smells. 

    Join us select Sunday's this fall for our popular puppet parade. Each class will feature a short puppet tale introducing a topic, a hands-on craft and a game to assist with the puppet's needs and an outdoor walk guided by, you guessed it, puppets! These wacky adventures and hi-jinks are sure to be a monthly staple for your family. 

    $5 per child non-member

    $3 per child member

    (adults must attend and stay with child, but do not need to register for themselves)

    Adults are FREE, but...when registering online, the adult who signs in is automatically considered a paying guest.  So, if you are bringing one child with you, only register yourself (the adult) and the system will charge you correctly for $5/$3.  If you have more than one child, place the 3rd, 4th, 5th child as guests.

    ages 2-6 with parent


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

    Weather the Weather - Weather is a combination of cloud cover, temperature, precipitation, and wind and each aspect has different tools to help measure it. Join us as we get up close and personal with the tools of meteorology by taking our own readings of the state of nature at Lost Lake.  We will even set up a weather station for a more in-depth look at how the atmosphere is fairing this day, miniature meteorologists will be given the chance to put together their own weather tools to take home inside! 



    • 15 Apr 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.      

    Blown Away -  There's so much fun that we can have with wind! Join us as we play some games with balloons, bubbles and even make our own wind socks to take home to dance in the breeze with!

    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 Apr 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 5
    Register

    Buried Treasure - April 17th

    We will navigate the old fashioned way as we use maps to search for our very own buried treasure at Dinosaur Hill. 

    $15 per child, non-member

    $12 per child, member

    Save by signing up for all 5 classes $60 for non-members, $50 members. Please register for all five classes, then email or call us so we can adjust the invoice BEFORE you pay. Thank you. 

    • 22 Apr 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.      

    Yay for Earth Day! -  We're champions of Earth Day (c'mon, we're a nature center). Join us as we celebrate Earth Day Dinosaur Hill style with some games, crafts and snacks fit for our favorite planet!

    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!




    • 22 Apr 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 16
    Register

    Join us for a celebratory day where we will be putting together hiking sticks, recycled crafts, and meeting some interesting animals before heading out into the woods with a naturalist for a very special hike. All participants will receive a special Earth day pin!

    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

    April 22nd       4-6pm

     


    • 23 Apr 2019
    • 18 May 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 8
    Register

    Drama Club Ages 8-14 

    Have a great time as we rehearse a fun skit that we will perform at the annual Rochester Heritage Days. We will all work together on coming up with our costumes and everyone will have a chance to perform. Great experience for first-timers but also a chance for more experienced drama actors to help the younger kids. Fun, Fun, Fun! Class meets: Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 P.M Tuesday, April 23, April 30, may 7, May 14th, with MANDATORY PERFORMANCES DURING THE HERITAGE FESTIVAL ON May 18th from 1-3pm at the Rochester Municipal Park.

    Fee: $50 nonmembers, $40 members


    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9
    Register

    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 Play with Wind -  We're going to build out own sail boats and set them adrift with the power of the breeze before building our own tornado makers and dance with wind socks!

    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        





    • 29 Apr 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.       

    Luxurious Ladybugs -  We will be rocking the ladybugs this day by putting together our own ladybug pet rocks to take home and practicing our counting with ladybug spots!

    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!




    • 06 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11
    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.      

    Growing a Rainbow -  It's time to start thinking about what we should be putting in our gardens this year! Look at the colors and varieties of vegetables and play sorting, matching and other secretly educational activities with veggies! 

    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 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 21
    Register
    Reining Monarchs – With spring officially sprung it's time to welcome back some of our favorite butterflies to the state by spending some time around the fire discussing where they've been. 
    May 10th 7:30pm-8:30pm

    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


    • 12 May 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9
    Register

    The Story of Mother's Day - Nothing says relaxing mother's day like a high end tea party so we've called in the classiest puppet, Autumn the Owl, to lead us through a delectable tea and cookie time with mom to celebrate her special day. We will even make her a special gift! 

    Join us select Sunday's this fall for our popular puppet parade. Each class will feature a short puppet tale introducing a topic, a hands-on craft and a game to assist with the puppet's needs and an outdoor walk guided by, you guessed it, puppets! These wacky adventures and hi-jinks are sure to be a monthly staple for your family. 

    $5 per child non-member

    $3 per child member

    (adults must attend and stay with child, but do not need to register for themselves)

    Adults are FREE, but...when registering online, the adult who signs in is automatically considered a paying guest.  So, if you are bringing one child with you, only register yourself (the adult) and the system will charge you correctly for $5/$3.  If you have more than one child, place the 3rd, 4th, 5th child as guests.

    ages 2-6 with parent


    • 13 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 11
    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.       

    Mother's Day Party -  We will be putting together our own bouquets to take home, playing a matching game with baby and adult animals, and perfecting our bear hugs. 

    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 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 4
    Register

    Bugging Out - May 15th

    With the woods beginning to thaw out we're noticing a lot of insects waking up. Join us as we get up close and personal with some big creepy ones and even have some edible critters to sample.  

    $15 per child, non-member

    $12 per child, member

    Save by signing up for all 5 classes $60 for non-members, $50 members. Please register for all five classes, then email or call us so we can adjust the invoice BEFORE you pay. Thank you. 

    • 18 May 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 19
    Register

    Planetarium Presents:  Earth Moon and Stars!

    Every few years we are lucky enough to have a "blue moon". Join us as we celebrate the full blue moon this evening by climbing inside of our inflatable planetarium and watching a fun and educational movie about the relationship between the earth, the sun and the moon. We will even have special "moon popcorn" available for snacking. We will also learn a little about constellations (either from the planetarium or outdoors depending on cloud cover). 

    Not recommended for children under the age of four.

    Saturday, May 18th  7:00-8:30 pm

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

    Members:  $3 per person with a family maximum of $120

     


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

    All the Water on Earth - April showers bring May flowers but what do May flowers need? Water! With approximately 326 quintillion gallons of water moving across our planet there is a lot to talk about! We will be taking samples of Lost Lake beneath the microscope to look at the tiniest life we can see, we will be sampling the water to determine quality of both the lake and the surrounding marshes, and even play some water games and experiments inside!  



    • 20 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9
    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.      

    Bloom and Grow -  Let's plant our very own flower to take home and learn how to take care of it! We will even dress up as flowers for a little fun inside. 

    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!




    • 25 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 20
    Register

    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
    • 9
    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
    • 4
    Register

    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
    • 12
    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
    • 9
    Register