Oct 3, 2015

October fun at Oakland County Parks

October looks to be a ‘spooktacular’ month at Oakland County Parks and Recreation
OAKLAND COUNTY – October is a fun month to head to the 13 Oakland County parks. Usher in the fall harvest and celebrate Halloween with these activities and events:

Oct. 3
A Dogs Only swim is planned for noon- 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at Groveland Oaks Beach. Choose from one of four dogs-only swim times. Cost is $15/dog on site. Groveland Oaks County Park is located at 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Information: 248.856.0916 or visit DestinationOakland.com.

“Creepy Critters & Crafts” is set for 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn about snakes, spiders and worms and why we shouldn’t fear them, but thank them. Make a creepy craft, enjoy a snack and take a short hike (weather permitting) to look for a few native animals. Also meet some of the nature center’s live creepy critters. Cost is $5/per person. Pre-registration with payment is required. Call 248.856.0916 or visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

“Webelos: Elective Adventure – Into the Woods” is set from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 3 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916. Visit DestinationOakland.com for details.

Oct. 4
Destination 4-H Discovery Day is scheduled from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Oakland County Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. This special event will highlight the opportunities available to youth in Oakland County 4-H. It is hosted by Michigan State University Extension – Oakland County 4-H Youth Development and the Oakland County Market. Designed for families with children ages 5-19, among the activities will be demonstrations, hands-on experiences, crafts, inflatables and a zip line. The event is free to the public. Call 248.856.0916 or visit DestinationOakland.com for details.

A Birdscaping & Seed Collecting program is planned from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Learn about plants that you can use for birds and then see the plants while collecting seeds for natural resource projects at parks. Cost is $4/person. Pre-registration is required at least one day in advance. Call 248.856.0916 to register or visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

Oct. 9-10
The zip line will be at Addison Oaks County Park from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 9-10. Cost is $10 a day or $5 a ride. Participants have to be more than 45 pounds and cannot weigh more than 250. They will also need shoes - no flip flops. Participants will need to sign a waiver or have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver if younger than 17 years old. Addison Oaks County Park is located at 1480 West Romeo Road in Leonard. Information: 248.856.0916 or visit DestinationOakland.com.

Boo Bash weekend from Oct. 9-10 at Addison Oaks Campground features frightful fall fun with Halloween crafts, a haunted house of horror, trick or treating, campsite decorating contest, face painting, team games, inflatables, wagon rides and a costumed DJ dance. An activities schedule will be available at the park office during the week prior. Addison Oaks Campground is located at 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard. Details: 248.693.2432 or visit DestinationOakland.com.

Oct. 10
Learn about winter squash from 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 10 at the Oakland County Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Recipes will be available. This is an educational program presented by MSU Extension Health & Nutrition with funding provided by Genisys Credit Union. Call 248.858.5495 or visit DestinationOakland.com for details.

Oakland County Parks is giving away free wood chips from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Orion Oaks County Park. The wood chips consist of assorted types of wood collected from pruning and storm damage. Bring shovels or pitchforks, wheelbarrows and buckets. All wood chips must be manually self-loaded into pick-up trucks and small trailers with a tarp. No commercial haulers allowed. Orion Oaks County Park is located at 2301 Clarkston Road in Orion Township. Details: 248.858.0906 or DestinationOakland.com.

The Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special program is 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1545 East Lincoln in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters and basketball. The program runs Saturdays through Nov. 21. Registration is limited to the first 20 participants so individuals must pre-register for the week they plan to attend. Details: 248.424.7077 or adaptive@oakgov.com.

“Brownies: Letterboxer” is set from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult per session. Pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916. Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

“Cadettes: Night Owl” is set from 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 10 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916. Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

“Webelos: Elective Adventure – Into the Woods” is set from 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 10 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916. Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

Show your MSU/UM team spirit at Doggie Tailgating, a pre-game pooch party from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Orion Oaks Dog Park. Admission is free with park entry. There will be activities, contests and tailgating food available for purchase. Details: 248.424.7076 or stasiakl@oakgov.com.

“Cadettes: Trees” is set from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Naturalists will help scouts complete the necessary requirements to achieve a badge. Snacks and materials are provided, but badges are not supplied by the nature center. Cost is $7/scout and $3/adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 248.858.0916. Visit DestinationOakland.com for more information.

Oct. 11
Run through the peak of fall colors during the Hidden Forest Trail Run, set from 9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 11 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Choose from a 2.5 mile walk/run, 5.5 mile run or 8.5 mile run. All races begin and end at the same place. Awards will be given to Overall and Masters male and female and three deep in all age divisions. The race course features packed dirt and crushed limestone trails in some of the most wonderfully decorated hardwood forests in southeastern Michigan. Registration details: DestinationOakland.com.

Oct. 16-17
Boo Bash weekend from Oct. 16-17 at Addison Oaks Campground features frightful fall fun with Halloween crafts, a haunted house of horror, trick or treating, campsite decorating contest, face painting, team games, inflatables, wagon rides and a costumed DJ dance. An activities schedule will be available at the park office during the week prior. Addison Oaks Campground is located at 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard. Details: 248.693.2432 or visit DestinationOakland.com.

The zip line will be at Addison Oaks County Park from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 16-17. Cost is $10 a day or $5 a ride. Participants have to be more than 45 pounds and cannot weigh more than 250. They will also need shoes - no flip flops. Participants will need to sign a waiver or have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver if younger than 17 years old. Addison Oaks County Park is located at 1480 West Romeo Road in Leonard. Information: 248.856.0916 or visit DestinationOakland.com.

Oct. 17
Trick or Treating @ the Market is 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Oakland County Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Children can come dressed in their favorite costume and have fun safely trick or treating with the vendors at the Oakland County Market. Call 248.858.5495 or visit DestinationOakland.com for details.

Learn about healthy snacking choices from 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 17 at the Oakland County Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Make the most nutritious decisions when it comes to snacking and eating lunch away from home. This is an educational program presented by MSU Extension Health & Nutrition with funding provided by Genisys Credit Union. Call 248.858.5495 or visit DestinationOakland.com for details.

The Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special program is set for 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1545 East Lincoln in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters and basketball. This program runs Saturdays through Nov. 21. Registration is limited to the first 20 participants so individuals must pre-register for the week they plan to attend. Details: 248.424.7077 or adaptive@oakgov.com.

Autumn Magic will be held from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Bring the family out to press apples into cider, enjoy a fall snack, craft a leaf-print T-shirt and enjoy a hayride through Independence Oaks County Park. Bring a light-colored T-shirt for printing. Cost is $6/person and pre-registration with payment is required. Details: 248.858.0916.

Fun in the Fall is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Bring the family out to press apples into cider, enjoy a fall snack and craft a leaf-print T-shirt. Experience the magic of nature in the fall with a naturalist-led walk and autumn activities. Bring a light-colored T-shirt for printing. Cost is $5/person and pre-registration with payment is required. Details: 248.858.0916.

Grab a partner and kick up your heels for BBQ and dancing from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Barn Dance at the historic Ellis Barn in Springfield Oaks County Park. Cost is $35/person and includes Union Woodshop BBQ and one drink token. Advance ticket sales only. For more information, call 248.922.0270 or 248.858.0916 or DestinationOakland.com.

Oct. 22-25
Equestrian Camping Weekend from Oct. 22-25 at Addison Oaks Campground features memorable equine experiences for campers with their own horses. Addison Oaks Campground is located at 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard. Details: 248.693.2432 or visit DestinationOakland.com.

Oct. 22
The Flying Wild Educator’s Workshop is 4-6 p.m. Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Project Flying Wild and Birdsleuth are nationally recognized curricula that help youth learn about birds. Several hands-on activities from each educational resource will be demonstrated at this workshop. Each session will provide teachers and other youth leaders with activities and materials that can be used to help children celebrate birds. Attend both sessions and receive a Flying Wild Leader’s Guide and a certificate. Flying Wild is sponsored by Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education. Cost is $18/person/session or $30/both sessions if paid in the same transaction. Pre-registration is required at least one day in advance. Details: 248.858.0916.

Oct. 24
Waterford Oaks BMX will host a Halloween Race at 9 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Waterford Oaks BMX Track, 1702 Scott Lake Road in Waterford. The last race of the 2015 season will feature a costume contest, games and candy. Registration and bike inspection will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. with race time at approximately 11 a.m. Call 248.858.0915 or visit DestinationOakland.com for details.

The Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special program is set for 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1545 East Lincoln in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters and basketball. This program runs Saturdays through Nov. 21. Registration is limited to the first 20 participants so individuals must pre-register for the week they plan to attend. Details: 248.424.7077 or adaptive@oakgov.com.

Pumpkin Fest is scheduled from 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Get in the autumn spirit with a creepy critter talk, cider and donuts, crafts, a live bat display and more. Each registrant will receive a pumpkin to carve for showcasing at the evening

Trick or Tees event scheduled at Red Oaks Golf Course. Pumpkins can be picked up at select times after Trick or Tees. Pre-registered individuals are guaranteed a pumpkin. Registration for Pumpkin Fest includes wristband for free admission to Trick or Tees. Cost is $8/person in advance for both Pumpkin Fest and Trick or Tees or $5/person for each event at the door. Details: 248.858.0916 or DestinationOakland.com.

Trick or Tees is set from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Red Oaks Golf Course, 29600 John R Road in Madison Heights. Children and adults can come dressed in their favorite costume. There will be jack-o-lanterns lighting the way along the Trick or Tees trail and patio that were carved by participants at the Red Oaks Nature Center Pumpkin Fest. There will be marshmallows to roast and hot chocolate available. Cost is $5/person or $8/person for both the Pumpkin Fest and Trick or Tees. Call 248.858.0916 or visit DestinationOakland.com for details.

Oct. 27
Halloween Happiness, an event for individuals 18 and older with developmental disabilities, will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Southfield Civic Center, 26000 Evergreen in Southfield. The event will include pizza, music and dancing. Cost is $8 per person. Registration deadline is Oct. 21.For details, visit DestinationOakland.com.

Oct. 29
The Flying Wild Educator’s Workshop is 4-6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Project Flying Wild and Birdsleuth are nationally recognized curricula that help youth learn about birds. Several hands-on activities from each educational resource will be demonstrated at this workshop. The session will provide teachers and other youth leaders with activities and materials that can be used to help children celebrate birds. Flying Wild is sponsored by Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education. Cost is $18/person. Pre-registration is required at least one day in advance. Details: 248.858.0916.

Oct. 31
The Youth Abilities Saturday Sports Special program is set for 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1545 East Lincoln in Royal Oak. Designed for children with disabilities ages 6-18, activities include parachute games, floor hockey, kickball, scooters and basketball. This program runs Saturdays through Nov. 21. Registration is limited to the first 20 participants so individuals must pre-register for the week they plan to attend. Details: 248.424.7077 or adaptive@oakgov.com.

For information on other events, visit DestinationOakland.com.

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