Classes

Classes at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve are crafted to educate and encourage the youth of today be champions of nature tomorrow. With many classes and programs to choose from you can find the perfect one for him or her. The wonders of nature are in our backyard and we're here to help them explore their curiosities and teach them the magnificence of the outdoors and everything is has to offer. 

Some activities included in our classes are:


Animal habitats and research

Experiments and Science

Fishing and stream dipping

Building shelters and survival knowledge

Crafting a bow and arrow

Lighting a campfire with flint and steel 


You can easily sign up for all of our classes and programs online. Find the class you'd like to sign up for and click register. Fill out the required info, make your payment, and your spot is secure to partake in the fantastic learning opportunities that Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve has to offer. Please note: If a box isn't visible for a certain class or event it may be full or registration is not currently open. Payments are required at the time of registration to secure your spot so please have your credit or debit card ready when registering for a class or event. 


Important: Advanced registration for all programs is required, walk ups day of are not accepted. Additionally, please complete payment within 10 mins of registration. If not, the system assumes the registration is abandoned and will remove you. 



Upcoming events

    • 13 Jul 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 1
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    July 13, 2020   1pm-2:30pm

    A Dinosaur Hill Bug Hunt (5 kids max)

    For entering grades 1st-3rd

    $5 nonmembers/ $3 members

    There’s nothing quite like getting out of the house, venturing deep into the woods with a bug box and sweeping net and flipping over logs to discover the creepiest, crawliest part of nature! Join us for a safe and exciting adventure through dinosaur hill as we try to collect as many examples of beetles, ants, worms, grubs, butterflies and more. Each child will be given their own bug box and sweeping net, with no sharing of equipment as well as their own quadrants of the woods to search. Afterwards, we will take turns looking at one-another's collection before putting together a craft at our own spaces outside.

    Participants are encouraged to wear a mask during this program.

    There will be no access to Dinosaur Hill’s nature center, so participants are also encouraged to bring their own bug spray, water bottle and be extra sure to use the bathroom before leaving home for this event.

    All crafting supplies will be organized specifically for your child, with no sharing of any equipment. Due to our inability to use the nature center we will have to cancel this event should we face inclement weather, thank you for understanding.

    Non-Members: $5 per child

    Members:  $3 per child



    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    July 15, 2020   1pm-2:30pm

    A Dinosaur Hill Stream Dipping Adventure (5 kids max)

    For entering grades 2nd-5th

    $5 nonmembers/ $3 members

    With the summer heat bearing down on us we find there is no better escape than the cool waters of the Paint Creek that runs through our preserve. Although from the surface the water looks calm, there is a whole world below the surface just waiting to be discovered. Join a Dinosaur Hill naturalist as we take to the creek with our own dipping nets and critter carriers to discover what insects, crustaceans, and minnows we can find. Participants must bring their own water shoes and towels as we will be unable to lend any out for this program.

    There will be no access to Dinosaur Hill’s nature center, so participants are also encouraged to bring their own bug spray, water bottle and be extra sure to use the bathroom before leaving for this event. There will be no sharing of any equipment. Due to our inability to use the nature center we will have to cancel this event should we face inclement weather, thank you for understanding. No restroom facilities available so please remember to use the restrooms before leaving home.

    Non-Members: $5 per child

    Members:  $3 per child



    • 20 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    July 20, 2020  10-11:30am

    A Wild Day in the Woods (5 kids max)

    For entering grades 2nd-5th

    $5 nonmembers/ $3 members

    There is so much to see and explore outside at our preserve. Join us as we take some time to learn how to put together our own lean-to shelters outside in the woods. We will build our own rubber-band bows and arrows and practice our aim in the woods before heading out on the trails to learn a little bit about animal tracks. We will end our class at our own place around the picnic tables putting together our own track books to take home.

    Participants are encouraged to wear a mask during this program. There will be no access to Dinosaur Hill’s nature center, so participants are also encouraged to bring their own bug spray, water bottle and be extra sure to use the bathroom before leaving for this event. All crafting supplies will be organized specifically for your child, with no sharing of any equipment. Due to our inability to use the nature center we will have to cancel this event should we face inclement weather, thank you for understanding. 



    • 22 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    July 22, 2020  10-11:30am

    A Wild Day in the Woods (5 kids max)

    For entering grades 2nd-5th

    $5 nonmembers/ $3 members

    There is so much to see and explore outside at our preserve. Join us as we take some time to learn how to put together our own lean-to shelters outside in the woods. We will build our own rubber-band bows and arrows and practice our aim in the woods before heading out on the trails to learn a little bit about animal tracks. We will end our class at our own place around the picnic tables putting together our own track books to take home.

    Participants are encouraged to wear a mask during this program. There will be no access to Dinosaur Hill’s nature center, so participants are also encouraged to bring their own bug spray, water bottle and be extra sure to use the bathroom before leaving for this event. All crafting supplies will be organized specifically for your child, with no sharing of any equipment. Due to our inability to use the nature center we will have to cancel this event should we face inclement weather, thank you for understanding. 



    • 26 Jul 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan

    Please click description for external registration links:

    Ponds, shallow lakes, and any other unassuming body of water in our state are integral portions of our local ecosystem and harbor life within that are frequently overlooked by casual observers. Join us as we take a close look at the lifeforms that can be found in the kettle lake by sweeping the lake bottom with nets and examining the specimens we find. We will also be putting together our own magnetic fishing pole game at the picnic tables, safely spaced apart.

    Two session available - registration required.  REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR RESIDENTS OF OAKLAND TWP FIRST, then closer to the date a NON-RESIDENT option will be offered on their website. 

    For the 12pm session click here to register on the Oakland Township website directly.

    For the 2pm session click here to register on the Oakland Township website directly.

    Please contact Oakland Township Directly with any questions.  248-651-7810 


    • 27 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    July 27, 2020  10-11:30am

    A Wild Day in the Woods (5 kids max)

    For entering grades 2nd-5th

    $5 nonmembers/ $3 members

    There is so much to see and explore outside at our preserve. Join us as we take some time to learn how to put together our own lean-to shelters outside in the woods. We will build our own rubber-band bows and arrows and practice our aim in the woods before heading out on the trails to learn a little bit about animal tracks. We will end our class at our own place around the picnic tables putting together our own track books to take home.

    Participants are encouraged to wear a mask during this program. There will be no access to Dinosaur Hill’s nature center, so participants are also encouraged to bring their own bug spray, water bottle and be extra sure to use the bathroom before leaving for this event. All crafting supplies will be organized specifically for your child, with no sharing of any equipment. Due to our inability to use the nature center we will have to cancel this event should we face inclement weather, thank you for understanding. 



    • 29 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    July 29, 2020  10-11:30am

    A Wild Day in the Woods (5 kids max)

    For entering grades 2nd-5th

    $5 nonmembers/ $3 members

    There is so much to see and explore outside at our preserve. Join us as we take some time to learn how to put together our own lean-to shelters outside in the woods. We will build our own rubber-band bows and arrows and practice our aim in the woods before heading out on the trails to learn a little bit about animal tracks. We will end our class at our own place around the picnic tables putting together our own track books to take home.

    Participants are encouraged to wear a mask during this program. There will be no access to Dinosaur Hill’s nature center, so participants are also encouraged to bring their own bug spray, water bottle and be extra sure to use the bathroom before leaving for this event. All crafting supplies will be organized specifically for your child, with no sharing of any equipment. Due to our inability to use the nature center we will have to cancel this event should we face inclement weather, thank you for understanding. 



    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan

    Please click description for external registration links:

    If ever there was a rush-hour for our avian friends it would be the end of August moving into fall. As the day lengths begin to shift, nature is cued in on an instinctual urge to head south. This great migration lasts from mid-August through October. Numerous species of gulls begin their descent from Canada and the U.P. around the middle of August an the warblers are not far behind. Join us as we take a look at the journey that these birds take, their stops along the way, and figure out how they navigate without compasses. We will even be putting together some natural bird feeders to hang at home to provide these commuters some much needed energy.

    There are two sessions - registration required.  REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR RESIDENTS OF OAKLAND TWP FIRST, then closer to the date a NON-RESIDENT option will be offered on their website. 

    For the 12pm session click here to register directly on the Oakland Township website.

    For the 2pm session click here to register directly on the Oakland Township website. 

    Please contact Oakland Township Directly with any questions.  248-651-7810 






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Office: (248) 656-0999

Address:
333 North Hill Circle
Rochester, MI 48307

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