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Enjoy Fall Programs at the Farmington Hills Nature Center

Full Moon Friday Night Hikes – On Fridays closest to the full moon with the next hike on Friday, Sept. 8 from 8 to 9 p.m.  Also on Friday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 9 p.m.  Arrive early in October and November and enjoy a hayride and campfire from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for only $5 more!  Meet at the Nature Center; the cost is $3 per person.  Hikes are designed for ages 5 and up.  Pre-register for Full Moon Friday Night Hikes at the Costick Center or at https://recreg.fhgov.com.  You can pay at the door on the night of the program, however space is limited.  In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled with refunds.
 
Birding Basics - Sunday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Celebrate the season with a guided hike through Heritage Park.  Learn the basics of birding and learn new tips for even the most experienced bird watchers.  Meets in the Nature Center.  Designed for ages 7 to adult. Fee is $3/person.  Participants should dress for the weather and exploring outdoors.  Register at the Costick Center or at https://recreg.fhgov.com.
 
Hayrides - Experience fall colors and the changing season on the trails.  Hayrides are available every Friday night Sept. 15 through Nov 3.  Rides leave every half hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (last ride leaves at 7 p.m.)  After the hayride, roast marshmallows, sip cider around the campfire, and explore the Nature Center, open until 7 p.m. on hayride nights.  Cost is $5 per person and includes marshmallows and cider.  Children under 2 are free.  Pre-registration strongly recommended; limited number of spots available.  Register at the Costick Center or at https://recreg.fhgov.com.  To reserve a private hayride for a group of 20 or more, call the Nature Center at 248-477-1135.  Private hayrides not available on Friday nights, other weekday and weekends dates are available.
 
Special hayride events - Friday, Sept. 15 is the Heritage Celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; free opportunities to explore the History of Heritage Park, hayrides are $5.  Hay Day is on Tuesday, Oct. 3. with a Fall Celebration, discounted hayrides, and free activities from 5 to 8 p.m.  Stay late after your hayride on Friday, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3 for a Full Moon Friday Night Hike, 8 to 9 p.m., $3/person.
 
Herbs and Spices Workshop - Sunday, Sept 17 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Learn the benefits of cooking with herbs and spices and turn your meals into nutritional powerhouses.  Sample a spice tea and create your own salt spice mix.  Receive a take home booklet describing the culinary and medicinal uses of over 30 herbs and spices.  This program is designed for adults.  All materials provided.  Cost is $35 residents/$40 non-residents.  Pre-registration required; limited number of spots and materials available.  Register at the Costick Center or at https://recreg.fhgov.com
 
 
Homeschool Nature Programs - Meet every Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Nature Center to explore different weekly nature and STEM-based themes. Designed as a drop-off class; parents who stay are encouraged to socialize with other homeschool families.  Available for children ages 6 to 12.  Students will be split into two age groups depending on the number of participants.  Please dress for the weather and exploring outdoors.   Register in advance at a discounted rate of $50 per child for the entire 10-week session.  Pre-registration strongly encouraged; limited number of spots available.  The drop-in fee is $8 per child per class. Register at the Costick Center or at https://recreg.fhgov.com
 
 
Junior Naturalist Club - Children explore a different topic each month and gain an understanding of the natural world.  Meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 11.  Designed as a drop-off class.  Please dress your child for the weather and exploring outdoors.  Class meets inside the Nature Center.  The fee is $10 per class in advance or $12 per class at the door.  Register at the Costick Center or at https://recreg.fhgov.com
 
Winter and Spring themes:
                                     
Sept. 9         Trees 101
Oct. 14         Wilderness Skills
Nov. 11        Winter
Dec. 9          Rocks and Fossils
Jan. 13         Animal Tracking      
 
                            
Fall Preschool Classes - Meet Sept. 11 through Nov.  2 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.  Each class offers a different weekly nature theme and time spent outdoors if weather permits.
 
Nature’s Little Artists - Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 6.
 
Little Trekkers - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 1 to 4.
 
Young Explorers - Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5.
 
Pre-registration is required for Nature’s Little Artists and Young Explorers.  The fee for Nature’s Little Artists is $64/ residents and $74/non-residents.  Little Trekkers is $50/ residents and $55/non-residents, or the special drop-in fee of $8 per class, paid at the door.  Drop-in spots for Little Trekkers are limited; first come, first served.  The fee for Young Explorers is $65/ residents and $75/non-residents.  Register at the Costick Center or at https://recreg.fhgov.com.  Little Trekkers and Nature’s Little Artists require parents to attend class with their child.  Children must be potty trained to participate in Young Explorers, as it is a drop-off class.
 
Heritage Park is located at 24915 Farmington Road, between 10 and 11 Mile Roads.  Call the Nature Center at 248-477-1135 or email asmith@fhgov.com for more information about upcoming Nature Center programs.

 

 

 

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