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.

You may also complete a paper registration form  (click here) and bring it with you to Dinosaur Hill or send it to us through the mail along with your payment. 

Here at the office, we only accept cash or checks - but Credit Cards are accepted online all the time.

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

    • 21 Jan 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    Register

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting new programs at Lost Lake Nature Park.   Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore everything this partnership has to offer at one of three summer open houses.

    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.  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. Registration is not required to attend, just come on out and have fun.

    Sunday Jan 21st 12-4pm – The Snow Games

    Have you ever wondered what a snowflake looks like up close? Or have you ever imagined life before plows and how people traversed through the woods? Be ready then, because our programming department has you covered. We’re going to be donning all of our snow gear and heading out into a wonderland of excitement as we will have snow shoes, cross country skies, stereoscopes, snow catchers, and more games and activities than you can shake a stick at. Depending on the snowfall we will either have very unique snow games (like snow snakes) or field games to play, as well as an awesome dough snowman craft inside to put together! 


    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.


    • 22 Jan 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 8
    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).       

    January – Shiver and Dance 

    22nd: Footprint Footloose – Kick off your winter shoes because geez, Louise, we’re gonna paint with our feets. Search outside for animal tracks 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!




    • 23 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 8
    Register

    Let's Get Going with Threes, Fours and Fives Programs:

    Jan 23rd – Let’s Go Snowshoeing – There is more too winter than just sitting around waiting for spring. Let’s get out on the snow covered trails and learn how to walk with snow shoes. We will even warm up inside the shelter with a snack and snowman craft!

    Non-Members: $10 per child

    Members:  $8 per child

    $3 per additional sibling attending the same class


    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 7
    Register

    Wild Things                 Grades K-5

    Jan 27th, 2-4pm – Snow Wars – We will head out into the cold to build some barricades and forts to keep ourselves protected and then engage in a snowy nerf battle in the woods.

    $15 non members

    $12 members 

    Or save by signing up for all 5 classes $60 non members/$50 members To get the discount, you need to register for all four classes BUT DO NOT PAY ONLINE after you register, call us or email us and we will adjust the invoice amounts for you then you can complete payment.



    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Come meet several of Dinosaur Hill’s own residents in one of our most popular programs of the year. We'll have the chance to learn, interact with, hold, and feed several animals from snakes to frogs to gigantic insects and even a real life dragon!

    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

    January 28th       12-1:30pm

     


    • 29 Jan 2018
    • 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).       

    January – Shiver and Dance 

    29th: Caribou Cha-Cha – We will put together our own antlers to wear while we walk the preserve in search of white-tailed deer!

    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!




    • 05 Feb 2018
    • 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).       

    February - Hearts and Hugs

    5th: My Favorite Animal – Let’s spend a little bit of time with our collection of puppets and animals and see which ones we like the most. 

    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 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    Register

    Come on by Dinosaur Hill on Saturday February 10th at 1pm to go on a walk with Martina - she will teach us a bit about hibernation and who uses it to get through winter here at the preserve.

    This is a family program geared for ages 7 and up, including adults, where everyone who is attending will hang out and register/pay. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. If you child is younger than 7, but enjoys focused learning, just let us know and we can fit you in as well.

    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    Sunday, February 11th The Story of Valentine’s Day

    Come and see what makes Valentine’s Day so special with our own Relish the Raccoon. We will see just how to show someone you care about them and make them feel special. Afterwards we will make our own Valentine’s card and put together popcorn bags! 

    $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


    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    Register

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting new programs at Lost Lake Nature Park.   Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore everything this partnership has to offer at one of three summer open houses.

    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.  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. Registration is not required to attend, just come on out and have fun.

    Sunday Feb 11th  We Love Animals!

    With Valentine’s Day right around the corner we thought it only fitting to have a day dedicated to something we really love: animals! We will have plenty of furs, feathers and scales to touch and hold as well as several crafting stations set up inside to put together your own friends to take home. There will be a station to decorate a pet rock, a station to create a pinecone owl, and even a paper chain snake. We will even venture out into the wilderness (with snow shoes if the weather allows) to search for sparrows, chickadees, cardinals, woodpeckers, blue jays, white tailed deer, turkeys, field mice (and other subnivean animals) in their natural habitats! 

    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.


    • 12 Feb 2018
    • 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).       

    February – Hearts and Hugs

    12th: Happy Valentine’s Day! – A seasonal favorite. We will put together a very Dinosaur Hill valentine for someone special in our lives 

    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 Feb 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 10
    Register

    Saturday, Feb 17th (Adult, 10 max, 10:30a-12p) – Backpacking

    There are hundreds of great campsites all across this state that cannot be accessed by train, car, or boat. The only way to these secluded gems is to pack all of your belongings up and carry them with you. This daunting task can seem overwhelming at first as you begin to figure out what you should and shouldn’t pack for the trip. We’re here to assist you with not only figuring out what to pack but HOW to pack it, when the best time for backpacking in Michigan is and where some of our favorite spots are hidden (some in the upper peninsula and some a little closer to home). We will discuss gear, weather, plant identification, wild animal awareness and safety and so much more. We will even have some practice gear for you to try out and on! 


    Class is $5 per person for residents of Oakland Township, $7 per person for non-residents, 

    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.


    • 19 Feb 2018
    • 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).       

    February – Hearts and Hugs

    19th: Hoo Loves you? – We love owls here at Dinosaur Hill so why not express it? Put together our own owls to take home and even get to touch real owl feathers and talons! 

    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 Feb 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 24
    Register

    Maple Madness! Campfire Sugar-  Learn about tapping a Maple Tree and then taste samples of treats you can make at home using maple syrup both sweet and savory...yum. The nature center will be open so we'll spend time indoors but cooking will take place around the campfire.     

    February 23rd     7:30-8:30

    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


    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9
    Register

    Wild Things                 Grades K-5

    Feb 24th, 2-4pm – Mad Science – Mucky, messy, creepy and cool will be your new words to describe science after this awesome program exploring all that is fun in the world of science.

    $15 non members

    $12 members 

    Or save by signing up for all 5 classes $60 non members/$50 members To get the discount, you need to register for all four classes BUT DO NOT PAY ONLINE after you register, call us or email us and we will adjust the invoice amounts for you then you can complete payment.



    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 26
    Register

    Maple sugaring season is one of our favorite times of year at Dinosaur Hill. This program will focus on the history of maple sugaring and will also include a tapping demonstration. Take a tour of our historic "little house" and find out how early settlers and Native Americans used maple syrup and sugar. We'll have some authentic treats to taste as well.

    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

    February 25th       1:00-2:30

     


    • 26 Feb 2018
    • 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).       

    February – Hearts and Hugs

    26th: Tree of Me  Let’s put together a tree of everything that makes us smile. Of course we will also play a game or two (or three).

    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 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 11
    Register

    Let's Get Going with Threes, Fours and Fives Programs:

    Feb 27th – Let’s Go Make a Valentine – There’s more to crafting the perfect valentine’s day card than folding a piece of paper in half and drawing a heart. Join us as we put together some wacky valentine’s using recycled materials in unique ways!

    Non-Members: $10 per child

    Members:  $8 per child

    $3 per additional sibling attending the same class


    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    Sunday, March 4th The Story of St. Patrick’s Day 

    Watch the hijinks that unfold as our furry buddies find their own lucky four-leaf clover! Learn about what other symbols are known to be lucky as our animals take a great adventure through folklore this March. Afterwards we’ll make and decorate our own four-leaf pins to wear. 

    $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


    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    Register

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting new programs at Lost Lake Nature Park.   Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore everything this partnership has to offer at one of three summer open houses.

    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.  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. Registration is not required to attend, just come on out and have fun.

    Sunday Mar 4th – All The Eggs

    You may have dyed some for Easter but have you ever seen those dyed by mother nature herself? Join us as we take a journey through the world of eggs, visiting the largest, smallest and most colorful specimens that we have discovered! No day celebrating eggs would be complete without a few egg games, so be sure to come with a great sense of balance. We will have the egg relay race and egg obstacle course ready to accept challengers! No program about the intricate beauty of colorful eggs would be complete without a dying station. We will have eggs, dye and all the tools needed to take home a pair of your own! Consider this your one stop egg shop! 

    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.


    • 05 Mar 2018
    • 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).       

    March - Shamrocks and Gold 

    5th: The Album Went Gold – With the temperatures warming up it’s time to make a little music. Put together our own instruments to take home and start the Four Foot Band!

    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 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 30
    Register

    Saturday, Mar 10th (Families: 30 people max, 2-3:30pm) – Maple Sugaring is Pretty Sweet

    The staple of Midwest nature centers in late February and early March and we’re not going to miss our opportunity to siphon delicious sugar from the trees. Bring your grandparents, your cousins, and your entire family to Lost Lake Nature Park for a live demonstration of maple sugaring. We will take some time inside to learn how to identify a maple tree and what’s allowing us to capture sap before heading outdoors and putting what we’ve learned to the test and tapping a real tree! We’ll even use the collected sap (as well as some syrup we’ve boiled down) to produce some of the sweetest snacks you’ll ever taste. 



    Class is $5 per person for residents of Oakland Township, $7 per person for non-residents, 

    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.


    • 11 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 23
    Register

    Maple sugaring season is one of our favorite times of year at Dinosaur Hill.  This program focuses on the sweeter side of maple sugaring and will also include a tapping demonstration. We’ll find out how sap goes from tree to syrup to candy...yum. We will have sweet treats to sample too of course!

    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 11th    1:00-2:30

     


    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 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).       

    March - Shamrocks and Gold 

    12th: Lucky Ducky – With St Patrick’s Day right around the corner it’s only fitting to learn a little about shamrocks and other lucky symbols. We will put together our own lucky charms 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!




    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 24
    Register

    Join the Pirates of the Paint Creek around the campfire for silly tales of plunder and treasure. Sample some tasty pirate treats. Want to have even more fun? Come dressed as a pirate! We dare ye!

    March 16th     7:30-8:30

    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


    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    Wild Things                 Grades K-5

    Mar 17th, 2-4pm Obstacle Course – Turn the preserve into your own obstacle course. Defeat the zipline, slack line, ninja ladder and balance beam and earn a pretty neat reward. 

    $15 non members

    $12 members 

    Or save by signing up for all 5 classes $60 non members/$50 members To get the discount, you need to register for all four classes BUT DO NOT PAY ONLINE after you register, call us or email us and we will adjust the invoice amounts for you then you can complete payment.



    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 12
    Register

    Sunday, March 18th (5-8 years 12 max, 1-2:30pm) St Patrick’s Day Green

    We’re starting to get a little fed up with all of the grey going on outside so I think it’s time to send spring a wakeup call (after all, the first day of spring is in two days!) Join us as we celebrate the world of plants with an educationally interactive family program that will take you from seed to tree. Learn what goes on inside of a seed when it germinates, watch as we demonstrate how a tree creates it’s own food (and play a game about what that food is), dissect a flower inside and place the individual parts beneath a microscope and even plant your own veggies to take home! We promise that this class will really grow on you.




    Class is $5 per person for residents of Oakland Township, $7 per person for non-residents, 

    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.


    • 19 Mar 2018
    • 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).       

    March - Shamrocks and Gold 

    19th: Everything’s Green! – We’ve noticed a lot of green on people this St Patrick’s Day but can we find any in the woods this early in the year? Even have a green 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!




    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 15
    Register

    Bunnies and Awesome Egg Decorating

    Learn all about and meet a real bunny!  Then 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. 

    March 24th 10-11 AM

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

    Members:  $6 per person including adults, with a family maximum of $20

     


    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 30
    Register

    Bunnies and Awesome Egg Decorating

    Learn all about and meet a real bunny!  Then 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.

    March 24th 11:30-12:30PM

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

    Members:  $6 per person including adults, with a family maximum of $20

     


    • 26 Mar 2018
    • 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).       

    March - Shamrocks and Gold 

    26th: Buried Treasure! – Rumor has it a pirate has recently hidden treasures all across the preserve and then forgotten about them! We will have to make spy scopes to find them.

    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 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 11
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    Let's Get Going with Threes, Fours and Fives Programs:

    Mar 27th – Let’s Go Taste Syrup – With the maple sugaring season underway it’s time that we give the younger ones a chance to taste and experience this unique and seasonal event. We will tap a fake tree indoors and have a syrup taste test before making our own maple leaf artwork!

    Non-Members: $10 per child

    Members:  $8 per child

    $3 per additional sibling attending the same class


    • 06 Apr 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 22
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    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 6th     7:30-8:30

    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


    • 09 Apr 2018
    • 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).       

    April - Thunder and Rain 

    9th: The Dizzy Drizzle – There’s so much fun to be had with a little water. We will make a wet mess inside before moving outdoors in search of some weather! 

    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 2018
    • 14 Jun 2018
    • 10 sessions
    Register

    Gardening is a great way to introduce children to nature, increase their willingness to try new foods and create a lifelong hobby that is physically and mentally rewarding. Each child will have their own space to plant and decorate in our children's vegetable garden... the children will participate in everything from sowing seeds to harvesting and preparing the food and will be able to keep their garden plot for the whole growing season if they wish. Along the way they will learn about insects, soils and what plants need to grow while having lots of fun and physical activity.

    Meets Thursday afternoons, once a week at the nature center from 4:30-6:30pm

    April 12th, 19th, 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, June 7th and 14th.

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
    • 30
    Register

    Saturday, Apr 14th (Families, 30 people max, 1-2:30pm) – My Own Tornado!

    April showers bring may flowers but they can also bring devastating lightning and deafening thunder! Luckily, we’re not afraid of a little weather and don’t mind replicating it in the safety of the nature center. Join us as we clairvoyantly forecast the weather and then roll up our sleeves to make our predictions come true. We will produce an actual tornado inside (as well as make our very own to take home), visually see what happens during an earthquake, blow up our own volcanoes and have a swell time playing with natural disasters. 





    Class is $5 per person for residents of Oakland Township, $7 per person for non-residents, 

    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.


    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, MI
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    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve have partnered to bring Oakland Township residents and others exciting new programs at Lost Lake Nature Park.   Family, friends and neighbors are invited to explore everything this partnership has to offer at one of three summer open houses.

    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.  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. Registration is not required to attend, just come on out and have fun.

    Sunday Apr 15th  The Potawatomi

    With the maple trees being tapped and the winter snows thawing we’re always reminded of the People of the Three Fires and it’s about time we had a program dedicated to Native Americans. Join us as we put together our own dreamcatchers, play a few genuine native American games and learn all about surviving in the woods in this, the most difficult part of the year to live in. 

    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.


    • 16 Apr 2018
    • 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).       

    April - Thunder and Rain 

    16th: Rainbow Raucous – We love rainbows here at Dinosaur Hill and we would love to share some colorful art projects with you! Did you know you could eat a rainbow?

    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 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10
    Register

    Wild Things                 Grades K-5

    Apr 21st, Buried Treasure – Navigate the old fashioned way as we use maps to search for our very own buried treasure on the preserve.

    $15 non members

    $12 members 

    Or save by signing up for all 5 classes $60 non members/$50 members To get the discount, you need to register for all four classes BUT DO NOT PAY ONLINE after you register, call us or email us and we will adjust the invoice amounts for you then you can complete payment.



    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 9
    Register

    Sunday, April 22nd 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 

    $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


    • 23 Apr 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 10
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