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333 N. Hill Circle

Rochester Hills, MI


Lost Lake Nature Park

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve  partnered with the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation commission to support Lost Lake Nature Park in it's educational programing.

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting programs at Lost Lake Nature Park! Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore themed indoor and outdoor activities at any of these FREE drop in events, with no pre-registration required. 

Open House events occur every 2nd Saturday & 4th Sunday of the month!*

Saturday, September 9 & Sunday, September 24 12-3 pm– Tree Trunks & Leaves

September 9th we’ll look at samples of tree bark, make a paper bag tree to take home, and outside we’ll make tree bark rubbings on paper. On September 24th we’ll look for leaves outside. Inside, we’ll examine leaf chromatography, test our leaf identification skills, and create leaf collages.

Saturday, October 14 & Sunday, October 22 12-3 pm– Skulls & Skeletons

On October 14th, we’ll sort skulls from mammals, birds, and reptiles. Then decorate a milk jug skull and outside dig for dino skulls in our portable sandboxes. October 22nd we’ll make the connection between skulls and other bones, viewing animal x-rays and skeletons. Create a pasta skeleton. See if you can build a model skeleton after going on a scavenger hunt outside to find the bones.

Saturday, November 11 & Sunday, November 26 12-3 pm– Life in the 1890s

On November 11th we’ll look at tools used by early European settlers, make a tin-punch can lantern, and outside we’ll use a 2 person crosscut saw to cut a log. November 26th we’ll celebrate Anishinaabe culture by playing Fox & Hare outside, weaving a cardstock version of a birch basket, and hearing some legends of the time.

Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 17 12-3 pm– Ice & Snow

December 9th, we’ll examine ice, make an ice cube painting, and dye an ice brick outside. On December 17th, We’ll make ice into snow, magnify snowflakes under the microscope, make pipecleaner snowflakes, and build a snow person outside. If the weather does not provide snow, we’ll build smaller paper mache snow people outside. 

All programs on this page take place at Lost Lake Nature Park. The park is located in Oakland Township so it is close by for everyone! The park is just West of Rochester Rd off of Predmore:   846 Lost Lake Trail

*alternate dates when those fall on Federal Holidays




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