Oct 23, 2015

Red Oaks Nature Center


The Red Oaks Nature Center is located at 30300 Hales Street, which is south of 13 Mile between John R and Dequindre, in Madison Heights.  The Nature Center hosts over 38 acres of rich natural habitat in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Metro Detroit.  There is no admission fee, but a parking pass is required.  


When you visit the Red Oaks Nature Center you may find more than 45 tree and shrub species, scattered vernal ponds (seasonal), open shrubby and grassy clearings, native wildlife including deer, cottontail rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, shrews, bats and a wide variety of birds.  The park also offers a 1.3 mile paved walking path with many benches along the way so you can rest.  


While we were walking along the path the kids and I saw lots of plants, many squirrels, bees and a couple of woodpeckers.  Inside the Nature Center you can see live fish, turtles and more.  
The park and trails are open daily during daylight hours while the Nature Center Building is open 
Tuesday through 10 a.m.-5 p.m and Sunday Noon-5 p.m.

If it is nice out, bring a snack or lunch and enjoy nature!
The Red Oaks Nature Center's log cabin building is 2,400 square feet and features seasonal educational displays throughout the year.  The displays encourage children to learn through curiosity and play.  Rosa really enjoyed the microscope, while Enzo was intrigued by the Koi and turtle pond, and Carlyn spent most of her time playing with the puppets.  


The nature center also offers:
Field Trips
Nature Interpretive Programs
Exhibits including live native animals
Auditorium/large classroom and meeting areas 
Deck leading to a paved nature trail
A pond with low waterfall at the entrance provides a water source for local wildlife
Birthday Parties
 

 Overall we had a fantastic time at the Red Oaks Nature Center. The walking paths and building were well maintained and with two restrooms, and a drinking fountain we were all set when "nature called".  The kids had fun and learned a lot, even though they didn't know it.

You can see all our images from our trip to the Red Oaks Nature Center in our Gallery.




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