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333 N. Hill Circle

Rochester Hills, MI

48307



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Find the class you'd like to sign up for and click registerFill out the required info, complete payment, and your spot is secure to partake in the fantastic learning opportunities that Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve has to offer.


Please note: If the register box isn't visible for a certain class or event registration may not be open to the public yet or the class may be full. 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. 


Refund policy: full refund if class or field trip is canceled by DHNP. If registrant withdraws at least 7 days week in advance of program start date a refund minus $5 processing fee will be given, 14 days or more notice, full refund. No refunds will be made after the one week advance deadline.


Upcoming events

    • 10 Jun 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Center
    Register

    Meander around our trails and nature center on River Day to visit our exploration stations: learn about aquatic invasive species, identify macroinvertebrates, play a fishing and fish ID game, make river crafts, paint with water guns, and enter a raffle to win a free t-shirt! (10 winners)

    • 10 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp MI

    This FREE open house is offered by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission.  If you have any questions please call them directly at 248-651-7810

    Lost Lake Open House - Aquatic Animals (Families)- Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp, MI   Noon-3pm

    Sponsored by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission these programs are offered at nearby township parks. 


    • 11 Jun 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    4 pm select Sundays  All ages. ($5 per family)

    June 11 - Insects

    You direct the program! Bring your photos, stories, or questions about nature topics and we can discuss what we have seen over light refreshments.

     


    • 13 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 18
    Register

    Gift Dad a different kind of tie this Father's Day! Join Trouts Unlimited for an introductory lesson in flytying. Materials and snack will be provided. Suggested age 7 & up.

    $7 per family- general public

    $5 per family- members of DHNP

    • 15 Jun 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 3
    Register

    10-11 am Every 3rd Thursday of the month

    At this program, we’ll read a story, eat a snack, and make a craft that matches the theme.

    $6 per child non-member

    $4 per child member

    • 19 Jun 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • 22 Jun 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 4
    Register

    June 19-22 Art-o-Saurus  1-4pm

    Dig for dino bones, sculpt and paint a dinosaur, create pasta dinosaur skeletons, and make a dinosaur shadow lantern. This dinosaur camp focuses on dinosaur arts & crafts

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 21 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    ($5/3 with a max fee per family of $15/12 per event)    All ages.

    The scariest fear conservationists have is extinction of a species. Listen to the harrowing tales that some plants & animals face.

    S’mores supplies will be provided.

    June 21– 6-8 pm Canadian Lynx

    • 23 Jun 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 7
    Register

    10-11 am Every 4th Friday of the month

    We combine a story with related Science, Technology, Engineering, Art &/or Math activities.

     


    • 24 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    Dress as your favorite pollinator or pollinated plant and parade from the nature center around the Rochester Community Garden, collecting pollinator goodies on the way! After the parade, we’ll play pollinator games and build pollinator hotels. Special prizes for the best dressed, most uncommon, and most colorful pollinators!

    $7 per family - general public

    $5 per family - members. 

    Everyone attending needs to register. Be sure to answer the "additional guest" box when registering.  Include in that box how many people are coming with you, do not include yourself in that number.  

    • 25 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp MI

    This FREE open house is offered by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission.  If you have any questions please call them directly at 248-651-7810

    Lost Lake Open House - Aquatic Plants (Families)- Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp, MI   Noon-3pm

    Sponsored by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission these programs are offered at nearby township parks. 


    • 25 Jun 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 30
    Register

    Tour our replica log cabin, use a 2 person saw to cut a log, and enjoy a sample of 1890's recipes around the campfire. 

    $7 per family - general public

    $5 per family - members. 

    Everyone attending needs to register. Be sure to answer the "additional guest" box when registering.  Include in that box how many people are coming with you, do not include yourself in that number.  

    • 26 Jun 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • 29 Jun 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 5
    Register

    June 26-29 LET’S ROCK   1-4pm

    Discover how volcanoes, water, and wind shape our world. We’ll break open geodes, polish stones, make rock candy, and identify different minerals.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 30 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 21
    Register

    Hear the legend of the Petoskey Stone and learn how they were formed while putting some elbow grease into polishing one take take home with you.  

    $6 per person - general public

    $4 per person - members. 

    Everyone attending needs to register. Be sure to answer the "additional guest" box when registering.  Include in that box how many people are coming with you, do not include yourself in that number.  

    • 08 Jul 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp MI

    This FREE open house is offered by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission.  If you have any questions please call them directly at 248-651-7810

    Lost Lake Open House - Snakes (Families)- Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp, MI   Noon-3pm

    Sponsored by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission these programs are offered at nearby township parks. 


    • 10 Jul 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 Jul 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 8
    Register

    July 10-13 Build-o-Saurus

    Dig for dino bones, put together dinosaur skeletons, & build toy dinosaurs to play with. This dinosaur camp builds on what we know about dinosaurs and fossils. 

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 10 Jul 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • 13 Jul 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 6
    Register

    July 10-13 Nature Crafts  1-4pm

    Discover creative ways to use stones, soil, and plant parts to create artwork. Hike to gather natural objects that we’ll use to weave, paint, and more! 

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 13 Jul 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 12
    Register

    ($5/3 with a max fee per family of $15/12 per event)    All ages.

    The scariest fear conservationists have is extinction of a species. Listen to the harrowing tales that some plants & animals face.

    S’mores supplies will be provided.

    July 13– 6-8 pm Kirtland's Warbler

    • 16 Jul 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 30
    Register

    Build a 2 foot or smaller boat from our upcycled materials &/or bring your own supplies. We'll launch them down the creek and see whose boatables really are floatable. Small prizes awarded in several categories including fastest, slowest, showiest & most unexpected. 

    $7 per person - general public

    $5 per person - members. 

    Everyone attending needs to register. Be sure to answer the "additional guest" box when registering.  Include in that box how many people are coming with you, do not include yourself in that number.  

    • 17 Jul 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 20 Jul 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    July 17-20 Wild Life:  Herps

    Discover what makes reptiles and amphibians different from one another through games, crafts, and hands on activities. Each day we’ll search for wild reptiles and amphibians in the preserve and spend some time with our resident ambassador reptiles. 

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 17 Jul 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • 20 Jul 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 6
    Register

    July 17-20 Wild Life: Mammals  1-4pm

    Discover what makes mammals different from one another through games, crafts, and hands on activities. Learn how to use binoculars and find mammals in the preserve.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 20 Jul 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 2
    Register

    10-11 am Every 3rd Thursday of the month

    At this program, we’ll read a story, eat a snack, and make a craft that matches the theme.

    $6 per child non-member

    $4 per child member

    • 21 Jul 2023
    • 9:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 25
    Register

    Learn about bats from around the world and around your backyard.  We'll look and listen for bats using an echometer touch & infrared binoculars on a slow stroll to the Paint Creek Trail.   

    $6 per person - general public

    $4 per person - members. 

    Everyone attending needs to register. Be sure to answer the "additional guest" box when registering.  Include in that box how many people are coming with you, do not include yourself in that number.  

    • 23 Jul 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp MI

    This FREE open house is offered by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission.  If you have any questions please call them directly at 248-651-7810

    Lost Lake Open House - Lizards (Families)- Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp, MI   Noon-3pm

    Sponsored by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission these programs are offered at nearby township parks. 


    • 24 Jul 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • 27 Jul 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Little Scamp - Ages 3-6

    Our youngest summer class experience, all of the fun of the big kids in a smaller package.  At the end of the week, you'll be hoping for s'more!  Each day will be an adventure in the park or garden, activities inside the nature center, and a related craft.

    Monday through Thursday July 24-27   10am-12 noon

    $100 per child for non-members  

    $80 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 24 Jul 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • 27 Jul 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 7
    Register

    July 24-27 Past Times  1-4pm

    Experience life in the 1890s as you do chores, cook over the campfire, and play with/make your own toys from that time period.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 28 Jul 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 3
    Register

    10-11 am Every 4th Friday of the month

    We combine a story with related Science, Technology, Engineering, Art &/or Math activities.

     


    • 31 Jul 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Aug 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Nature Center, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp MI 48363

    We’ll be exploring the food chain during five fun filled days at Lost Lake. Dissect an owl pellet, learn how to focus binoculars, make a food chain mobile and much more! We will picnic outside whenever the weather permits so bring a bagged lunch so you can continue sweep-netting insects, finding frogs and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Lost Lake.

    Registration links are to Oakland Township’s own website (see below). Please contact them directly if you have any questions about registration  248-651-7810

    Wild Kids of Lost Lake - Ages 6-10

    Meets at Lost Lake Nature Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Township, Michigan 48363

    Registration link to Oakland Township’s website is:

    https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=1288


    • 07 Aug 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Aug 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 7
    Register

    August 7-10 Wild Life:  Birds

    Discover what makes birds different from one another through games, crafts, and hands on activities. Learn how to use binoculars and find birds in the preserve. 

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 07 Aug 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10 Aug 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    • 5
    Register

    August 7-10 Wild Life:  Bugs  1-4pm

    Meet our resident movie stars up close. Use nets to sweep for insects in the understory and in the creek. Turn logs. We’ll safely capture and identify what we find, and turn them loose at the end of the day. Build a bug habitat and watch some very hungry caterpillars grow.

    $105 per child for non-members  

    $85 per child for members 

    * Friendly reminder - 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.

    Cancellation Policy Reminder:  If you cancel at least 14 days prior, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel between 14 and 7 days prior you receive a 50% refund. Any cancellations less than 7 days prior will not receive a refund. 


    • 11 Aug 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 21
    Register

    Spiders everywhere have an important job! Play a web game. Get up close to our resident Rose Hair tarantula, Gertrude, and additional visiting arachnid friends. Practice tarantula taming with our training tarantula. Convince your family that spiders make great pets - or, at least, shouldn't be smushed!  

    $6 per person - general public

    $4 per person - members. 

    Everyone attending needs to register. Be sure to answer the "additional guest" box when registering.  Include in that box how many people are coming with you, do not include yourself in that number.  

    • 12 Aug 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp MI

    This FREE open house is offered by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission.  If you have any questions please call them directly at 248-651-7810

    Lost Lake Open House - Wild Felines (Families)- Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp, MI   Noon-3pm

    Sponsored by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission these programs are offered at nearby township parks. 


    • 13 Aug 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    Register

    4 pm select Sundays  All ages. ($5 per family)

    August 13 - Flowers

    You direct the program! Bring your photos, stories, or questions about nature topics and we can discuss what we have seen over light refreshments.

     


    • 16 Aug 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 20
    Register

    ($5/3 with a max fee per family of $15/12 per event)    All ages.

    The scariest fear conservationists have is extinction of a species. Listen to the harrowing tales that some plants & animals face.

    S’mores supplies will be provided.

    August 16– 6-8 pm American Burying Beetle

    • 17 Aug 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 11
    Register

    10-11 am Every 3rd Thursday of the month

    At this program, we’ll read a story, eat a snack, and make a craft that matches the theme.

    $6 per child non-member

    $4 per child member

    • 25 Aug 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N Hill Circle, Rochester, MI 48307
    • 8
    Register

    10-11 am Every 4th Friday of the month

    We combine a story with related Science, Technology, Engineering, Art &/or Math activities.

     


    • 27 Aug 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp MI

    This FREE open house is offered by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission.  If you have any questions please call them directly at 248-651-7810

    Lost Lake Open House - Wild Canines (Families)- Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland Twp, MI   Noon-3pm

    Sponsored by Oakland Township Parks and Rec Commission these programs are offered at nearby township parks. 


    • 08 Sep 2023
    • 12:30 PM
    • Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
    Register