Metroparks Events Calendar 2022

Metroparks Events Calendar 2022 – Kids fun and family-friendly events for Stony Creek, Kensington, Lake St Clair, and ALL of the HCMA Metroparks. Nature walks, fireworks, hayrides, sleighrides, seasonal celebrations, and MUCH more!

Oakland County Moms highlights special events from the Metroparks events calendar to bring you the latest news and info on special events happening at the 13 Metro Detroit area Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Call to confirm costs when pre-registering for events.

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Online Registration is available NOW for all Metroparks programs.

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Metroparks Events Calendar – October 2022 (Subject To Change)

Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10a-11a
Kensington Metropark Events – Kensington Kids’ Club
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Monthly program for children 7-12 years old at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Whether we’re learning about birds, starting fires, stalking animals or catching insects, each month will focus on connecting with the world around us, deepening our naturalist knowledge and learning new outdoor skills. $5 per person. Ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 810-227-8910.

Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10a-3:30p (3 daily time slots available)
Stony Creek Metropark Events – Fall Wagon Tours
Stony Creek Metropark – (4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, 586-781-4242, metroparks.com)
Hop on the tractor-drawn wagon and enjoy the beauty of fall along a Nature Trail. Along the way, staff will share stories about Stony Creek’s history and various natural features. After the tour, enjoy a roaring campfire to celebrate the season. Program is weather dependent. Ages 4+. $5 per person. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-781-9113.

Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10a-11a
Oakwoods Metropark Events – Explorer’s Club
Oakwoods Metropark – (32911 Willow Rd, New Boston, MI 48164, 734-782-3956, metroparks.com)
Explorer’s Club is a monthly program for kids to learn about Michigan’s native species. Cover everything from plants, to animals, to insects and everything in-between. Each month will have a specific theme or topic, but will learn and explore inside and outside each month. Ages 6-14. $4 per child. Pre-registration required online or call 734-782-3956.

Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 11a-4p
Oakwoods Metropark Events – Fall Festival
Oakwoods Metropark – (32911 Willow Rd, New Boston, MI 48164, 734-782-3956, metroparks.com)
celebrate all things Autumn, from leaves and pumpkins, to apples and wagon-rides; you will find it all at Fall Festival. Crafts, games, music and more will all be a part of the fun. Come down and celebrate Fall.

Saturday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Sundays, October 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 11a-3p (both days) (different time slots to choose from)
Wolcott Mill Metropark Events – Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides
Wolcott Mill Metropark – (65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096, 586-752-5932, metroparks.com)
A wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick out a Halloween pumpkin. Go through the corn maze and warm up near the bon fire while enjoying a cup of cider and a doughnut. On site pumpkin carving is available along with some fun field activities. Pumpkins are additional price based on size. All ages. $6 per person. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-752-5932.

Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 1p-3p
Lake St Clair Metropark Events – Animal Detective Hike
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
There’s a mysterious animal leaving clues on the Nature Trail1 Use your detective skills to uncover which animal has been paying us a visit. Look at signs left behind of common wildlife and how to identify animals through a variety of clues they may leave behind. Use your new knowledge to help solve the mystery. Ages 7+. $4 per person. Pre-registration required online or by calling 586-463-4332.

Saturday, October 1 from 1p, 1:30p, 2p – 3, 1-hr sessions to choose from
Kensington Metropark Events – Fab Fall Color Walk
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Each registered participant will get a t-shirt and a chance to get doused in non-toxic color powder. This is not a race. Register for a walking time block to find the five color blast stops along a 1.25-mile mixed gravel trail. Children under 2 are free and will not receive a t-shirt. $10 per person. All ages Event. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 810-227-8910.

Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 3p-9p
Shelby Twp Weekend Events – Shelden Mountain Bike Fest
Stony Creek Metropark – (4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, 586-781-4242, metroparks.com)
Experience the thrill of the newly redeveloped Shelden Trails with fellow mountain bike enthusiasts, visit vendor and bike-related booths and enjoy food vendors and s’mores around a bonfire. Beginner mountain bike instruction, demos and group rides. Rounding out the evening will be a twilight trail ride, so be sure to bring your bike lights. After the ride, relax around the bon fire with food and drinks. Pre-registration is not required. This is a FREE event. A Metroparks daily or annual vehicle pass is required to enter any Metropark.

Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 1p-3p
Lake St Clair Metropark Events – Tots Halloween
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
Kids will follow the nature trail, stopping to complete activities with staff and receive a treat at each one. Then stories and myths about “spooky” Halloween animals and participate in interactive nature-based activities and games. Back at the nature center make fun Halloween themed crafts and meet a live animal from the Nature Center. Snacks and drinks will be provided, costumes are highly encouraged for some fun Halloween family photos. Ages 3-6. $5 per child / adults FREE. Pre-registration required online or by calling 586-463-4332.

Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 1p-3p
Indian Springs Metropark Events – Harvest Fairy House
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Build fairy houses that you can put out as decoration and to provide a winter shelter. On the first program build the structure of the house. On the second, add some decorations and create a yard around the house. On the last day of the program, use the same materials we used for the house to make a photo frame, then take the finished houses out for a fairy village photo shoot. All participants will leave with their finished house to decorate their own homes. All ages event. $10 per child, $15 per adult. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 248-625-7280.

Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 7:30p-8:30p
Hudson Mills Metropark Events – After Dark Series
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
After Dark Series is a guided nighttime program to help you get more acquainted with the outdoors after dark at the Metroparks. Each time naturalists will take you out into the night to explore a new nocturnal topic. Most programs include a ½ mile to 1 mile hike along the slightly hilly mixed gravel trails. The program is predominantly outdoors, weather permitting. Portions of the program may be held inside dependent on weather. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-426-8211.

Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10a-noon or 2p-4p (2 time slots to choose from)
Oakwoods Metropark Events – History of Halloween: The Legend of Stingy Jack
Oakwoods Metropark – (32911 Willow Rd, New Boston, MI 48164, 734-782-3956, metroparks.com)
Ever wonder why we carve pumpkins for Halloween or what the turnip has to do with Halloween, and who is Stingy Jack? Come to Oakwoods to find out the answers to these and other questions, and see a shadow puppet show. All ages. $5 per adult $3 per child. Pre-registration required online or call 734-782-3956.

Saturday, October 15 from 1p-3:30p – Many 30 minute sessions to choose from
Kensington Metropark Events – Trick or Treat Along the Trail
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Celebrate Halloween with fun, safe and non-scary trick-or-treating in the park for the whole family. Follow the path of pumpkins along our festive trail to find fall-themed photo opportunities and more. Dress in your costume and bring your candy bucket to collect goodies – adults too. $5 per person. Under 2 FREE. All ages event. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 810-227-8910.

Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 4p
Harrison Twp Weekend Events – Movie in the Parks Movie Series Drive in Style + HALLOWPALOOZA
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
Pack up the family and head out to your Metropark to enjoy a movie under the stars – drive-in style. Bring some popcorn and your favorite snacks and spend a night in the park then settle in to enjoy the show from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. All ages event. FREE with daily vehicle admission pass or annual Metroparks pass. Events Schedule – Trunk-or-Treating – 4p-6p, Halloween Activities – 4p-6p, Food Trucks – 4p-7p, Movie – Dusk Hocus Pocus

Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 1p-3p
Lake St Clair Metropark Events – Halloween Tales & Tails
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An afternoon of storytelling, myths and exploring the spookier side of Michigan wildlife. Come face-to-face with some of Michigan’s most “fearsome” animals then hit the trail for a guided hike through the swamp where kids will search for clues left behind by local wildlife. Afterwards, warm up by the fire with a warm drink and snack. Costumes are highly encouraged. Take-home kits will be available while supplies last for fall themed science experiments. Ages 7+. $4 per person. Pre-registration required online or by calling 586-463-4332.

Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 12:30-2:30p
Indian Springs Metropark Events – Homeschool Nature Club
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Homeschool Nature Club is a monthly program geared towards homeschool children ages 7-15. For each class we will split students into two age groups: 7-10 years old and 11–15 years old. Each month will cover a different topic with a lesson, hike, fun experiments and activities. Please come dressed for the weather. Ages 7-15. $5 per child. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 248-625-7280.

Thursday, October 20 (5p & 6:30p), Saturday, October 22 (3p & 4p)
Ray Halloween Events – Wolcott Mill Metropark Haunted Halloween Barns
Wolcott Mill Metropark – (65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096, 586-752-5932, metroparks.com)
Get into the Halloween spirit with this fun activity. The interpretive staff will share little known facts of Halloween and its ties to agriculture, while you enjoy decorating a pre-built graham cracker Halloween barn and watching a family friendly Halloween movie. Frosting, candy, and sprinkles are provided. $5. Different days / time slots to choose from. All ages event. or call 586-752-5932. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-752-5932.

Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 1p-3:30p
Indian Springs Metropark Events – Trick or Treat Along the Trail
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Celebrate Halloween with fun, safe and non-scary trick-or-treating in the park for the whole family. Follow the path of pumpkins along our festive trail to find fall-themed photo opportunities and more. Dress in your costume and bring your candy bucket to collect goodies – adults too. $5 per person. Under 2 FREE. All ages event. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 248-625-7280.

Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 2p-4p
Lake Erie Metropark Events – Autumn Wonders
Lake Erie Metropark Fireworks (32481 W Jefferson, Brownstown, MI 48173, metroparks.com)
The Fall season in the marshes of Lake Erie Metropark can be quite special. The leaves changing color, the chill in the air, the animals migrating; walk to learn all about these, and more, Autumn Wonders. All ages event. $3 per child, $5 per adult. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-379-5020.

Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 2p-3p
Hudson Mills Metropark Events – Pumpkin Carving Party
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Choose a pumpkin and a design and have fun carving it at the park. Then enjoy a cup of cider and a donut. Your registration fee covers one pumpkin and refreshments. $6 per person. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-426-8211.

Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 6p-9p both days (different time slots to choose from)
Wolcott Mill Metropark Events – Family Trick or Treat at the Farm
Wolcott Mill Metropark – (65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096, 586-752-5932, metroparks.com)
Trick or treating fun! Visit each of the animal barns and show off your Halloween costumes. Trick-or-Treating isn’t just for the kids; adults are encouraged to come in a family-friendly costume too. The animals even join in on the fun with costumes of their own. All ages. $6 per person. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-752-5932.

Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 1p-2:30p
Lake St Clair Metropark Events – Wild Michigan
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
These habitats are home to diverse groups of plants and animals. Interpreters will discuss native wildlife species through guided hikes, live animal meet and greets and more. This program runs every other month and each month features a different topic. Ages 5+. $5 per adult $3 per child. Pre-registration required online or by calling 586-463-4332.

Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 2p-4p
Hudson Mills Metropark Events – Howl-ween for Dogs
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Activities, prizes, and all sorts of furry Halloween fun. Don’t forget to dress up your furry friend in their Halloween best so that they can be entered into the Howl-ween Costume Contest. Winner of the Howl-ween Costume Contest will win a furry friendly prize. All ages event. $5 per adult, $3 per child. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-426-8211.

Saturday, October 29, 2022 From 6p / Parking Opens at 10p
Dexter Weekend Events – Movie in the Parks Movie Series Drive in Style
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Pack up the family and head out to your Metropark to enjoy a movie under the stars – drive-in style. Bring some popcorn and your favorite snacks and spend a night in the park then settle in to enjoy the show from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. All ages event. FREE with daily vehicle admission pass or annual Metroparks pass. Monster House

Metroparks Events Calendar – November 2022 (Subject To Change)

Friday, November 4, 2022 from 6:30p-8p
Indian Springs Metropark Events – Nightime Owl Hike
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
With the help of mounted specimens and recorded calls, familiarize ourselves with the owl species common to Southeast Michigan. Discover their life strategies and use some hands-on demonstrations to highlight the incredible adaptations of these nocturnal birds of prey. Then embark on an hour-long guided moonlit stroll along a nature trail to search for owls and other nocturnal creatures in the park. Ages 8+. $5 per person. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 248-625-7280.

Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 10a-11a
Kensington Metropark Events – Kensington Kids’ Club
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Monthly program for children 7-12 years old at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Whether we’re learning about birds, starting fires, stalking animals or catching insects, each month will focus on connecting with the world around us, deepening our naturalist knowledge and learning new outdoor skills. $5 per person. Ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 810-227-8910.

Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 10a-11a
Oakwoods Metropark Events – Explorer’s Club
Oakwoods Metropark – (32911 Willow Rd, New Boston, MI 48164, 734-782-3956, metroparks.com)
Explorer’s Club is a monthly program for kids to learn about Michigan’s native species. Cover everything from plants, to animals, to insects and everything in-between. Each month will have a specific theme or topic, but will learn and explore inside and outside each month. Ages 6-14. $4 per child. Pre-registration required online or call 734-782-3956.

Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 6p-7:30p
Stony Creek Metropark Events – Owl Prowl
Stony Creek Metropark – (4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, 586-781-4242, metroparks.com)
This is the perfect time of year to search for the owls that call Stony Creek Metropark home. These nocturnal hunters are starting to set up their nesting territories; so they are active, but not yet sitting on eggs or rearing young. After a brief indoor introduction to our most common owl species, come along for a night hike in the woods to listen and look for owls. Bring a flashlight or headlamp if you have one or borrow one. Ages 6+. $5 per person. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-781-9113.

Sunday, November 6, 2022 from 1p-3p
Indian Springs Metropark Events – Harvest Fairy House
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Build fairy houses that you can put out as decoration and to provide a winter shelter. On the first program build the structure of the house. On the second, add some decorations and create a yard around the house. On the last day of the program, use the same materials we used for the house to make a photo frame, then take the finished houses out for a fairy village photo shoot. All participants will leave with their finished house to decorate their own homes. All ages event. $10 per child, $15 per adult. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 248-625-7280.

November 11, 12, 25, 26 from 3p-4p each session.
Kensington Metropark Events – Chow Time at the Farm
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Help farm staff feed the resident animals, including pigs, goats, cows, and more. Learn what each animal eats and why. All ages event. $5 per person. Pre-registration required. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 810-227-8910.

Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 7p-8p
Hudson Mills Metropark Events – After Dark Series
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
After Dark Series is a guided nighttime program to help you get more acquainted with the outdoors after dark at the Metroparks. Each time naturalists will take you out into the night to explore a new nocturnal topic. Most programs include a ½ mile to 1 mile hike along the slightly hilly mixed gravel trails. The program is predominantly outdoors, weather permitting. Portions of the program may be held inside dependent on weather. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-426-8211.

Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 8a-10a
Lake Erie Metropark Events – Early Bird Hike
Lake Erie Metropark Fireworks (32481 W Jefferson, Brownstown, MI 48173, metroparks.com)
Mornings in the marsh are spectacular. Spending them searching for birds can be even more so. Hit the trails to discover some of the winged wonders that can be found in the marshes of Lake Erie Metropark. Don’t forget your binoculars. All ages event. $3 per child, $5 per adult. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-379-5020.

Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 1p-2:30p
Lake St Clair Metropark Events – Wild Michigan
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
These habitats are home to diverse groups of plants and animals. Interpreters will discuss native wildlife species through guided hikes, live animal meet and greets and more. This program runs every other month and each month features a different topic. Ages 5+. $5 per adult $3 per child. Pre-registration required online or by calling 586-463-4332.

Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 12:30-2:30p
Indian Springs Metropark Events – Homeschool Nature Club
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Homeschool Nature Club is a monthly program geared towards homeschool children ages 7-15. For each class we will split students into two age groups: 7-10 years old and 11–15 years old. Each month will cover a different topic with a lesson, hike, fun experiments and activities. Please come dressed for the weather. Ages 7-15. $5 per child. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 248-625-7280.

Friday, November 18, 2022 from 5p-6:30p
Lake St Clair Metropark Events – Twilight Luminary Hike
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
Late fall and early winter evenings are beautiful along the trails at Lake St Clair Nature Center. Take a naturalist-led hike along luminary-lit trails, listen for owls, search out nocturnal wildlife, and learn about the ways that Michigan’s animals adapt to the long nights and cold temperatures. We’ll warm up with a bonfire and s’mores after our hike.. All ages. $5 per person. Pre-registration required online or by calling 586-463-4332.

Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 6p-7:30p
Stony Creek Metropark Events – Owl Prowl
Stony Creek Metropark – (4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, 586-781-4242, metroparks.com)
This is the perfect time of year to search for the owls that call Stony Creek Metropark home. These nocturnal hunters are starting to set up their nesting territories; so they are active, but not yet sitting on eggs or rearing young. After a brief indoor introduction to our most common owl species, come along for a night hike in the woods to listen and look for owls. Bring a flashlight or headlamp if you have one or borrow one. Ages 6+. $5 per person. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-781-9113.

DAILY November 25 through December 8 from 10a-5p each day
Indian Spring Metropark Events – The Big Reveal
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Get in the spirit of the season and enjoy our festively decorated center, including holiday trees and lights, the “underwater snow globe”, and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take a unique holiday photo. This is a FREE, all ages event.

Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 11a-noon
Wolcott Mill Metropark Events – The Holiday Tree Showdown
Wolcott Mill Metropark – (65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096, 586-752-5932, metroparks.com)
Searching for creative families to design and decorate holiday trees to make the farm festive. Trees & lights provided; you provide the decorations and ideas. Throughout the month of December, visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorite tree both in-person at the farm and online via social media accounts. The top 3 vote-getters will win bragging rights and a choice of complimentary admission to a future program. All ages. $3 per person. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-752-5932.

Metroparks Events Calendar – December 2022 (Subject To Change)

DAILY through December 8 from 10a-5p each day
Indian Spring Metropark Events – The Big Reveal
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Get in the spirit of the season and enjoy our festively decorated center, including holiday trees and lights, the “underwater snow globe”, and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take a unique holiday photo. This is a FREE, all ages event.

Friday, December 2, 2022 from 5p-7p
Stony Creek Metropark Events – Santa Visits the Nature Center
Stony Creek Metropark – (4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, 586-781-4242, metroparks.com)
Drop your kids off and enjoy your Friday night, kid-free. The nature center can be a fun place to explore at night. Your kids will have a blast as they meet the nature center animals, including our nocturnal opossum. Explore outside along a trail, looking for tracks in the moonlight, gazing at the growing moon, and listening for owl calls and coyote howls. They’ll warm up around our campfire and cook s’mores. Ages 7-12. $10 per child. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-781-9113.

Friday, December 2, 9, 16 and Saturday, December 3, 10, 17 from 6p-9p each evening
Wolcott Mill Metropark Events – Holiday Lights at the Farm
Wolcott Mill Metropark – (65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096, 586-752-5932, metroparks.com)
Get in to the holiday spirit by taking in the signs and sounds of the season at the Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center. Stroll through the farm and enjoy traditional holiday decorations and thousands of sparkling lights. Write your letter to Santa at the letter writing station, then visit with him in his workshop in the Dairy Barn. Listen to Holiday music while you visit the resident animals and take a tractor drawn wagon ride around the farm fields to check out the holiday light displays. Spending a relaxing evening at the Farm Center is sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit. This program is outdoor only so please dress for the weather. All ages. $8 per person. Pre-Registration is required. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-752-5932.

Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10a-11a
Kensington Metropark Events – Kensington Kids’ Club
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Monthly program for children 7-12 years old at the Kensington Metropark Nature Center. Whether we’re learning about birds, starting fires, stalking animals or catching insects, each month will focus on connecting with the world around us, deepening our naturalist knowledge and learning new outdoor skills. $5 per person. Ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 810-227-8910.

Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10a-11a
Oakwoods Metropark Events – Explorer’s Club
Oakwoods Metropark – (32911 Willow Rd, New Boston, MI 48164, 734-782-3956, metroparks.com)
Explorer’s Club is a monthly program for kids to learn about Michigan’s native species. Cover everything from plants, to animals, to insects and everything in-between. Each month will have a specific theme or topic, but will learn and explore inside and outside each month. Ages 6-14. $4 per child. Pre-registration required online or call 734-782-3956.

Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10a-noon OR 1p-3p (2 sessions to choose from)
Lake Erie Metropark Events – Snacks with Santa
Lake Erie Metropark Fireworks (32481 W Jefferson, Brownstown, MI 48173, metroparks.com)
Make this Christmas Season special with a visit by ‘ole St. Nick himself and enjoy a holiday snack, games, crafts, music by the Mrs. Claus Jam Band, and more. Spaces are limited, so get in your sleigh and come on down. All ages event. $6 per person. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-379-5020.

Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10a-noon OR 1p-3p (2 time slots to choose from)
Lake St Clair Metropark Events – Winter Wonderland
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
Create unique winter themed keepsakes, get to know woodland critters in the park, participate in winter activities and enjoy some hot cocoa by the fire. There will be opportunities for winter family photos, so plan your winter wear accordingly. Afterwards join one of the naturalists to explore the nature trails in search of our winter animal friends. All ages. $6 per child / $3 per adult. Pre-registration required online or by calling 586-463-4332.

Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 5:30p-7:30p
Hudson Mills Metropark Events – Tree Lighting Ceremony & Glow Hike
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Kick off the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Activity Center at Hudson Mills. We’ll meet outside for our Tree Lighting, lights will turn on at 5:45 pm sharp. Then let’s don some glow apparel and hike the nature trail on a Glow Walk. We’ll end our walk at the amphitheater while we warm up around the fire and enjoy some hot cocoa and campfire treats. All ages event. $5 per adult, $3 per child. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-426-8211.

Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 10a-noon OR 2p-4p (2 time slots to choose from)
Lake St Clair Metropark Events – Nature Ornaments
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
A crafty afternoon sipping hot cocoa by the fire. Relax with some holiday music as you create unique ornaments made from natural materials. This session is designed for older participants with more complex crafting planned, along with the use of tools such as hot glue guns. Ages 15+. $6 per person. Pre-registration required online or by calling 586-463-4332.

Friday, December 9, 2022 from 6p-8p
Lake Erie Metropark Events – Lights, Trails, and Season ???
Lake Erie Metropark Fireworks (32481 W Jefferson, Brownstown, MI 48173, metroparks.com)
TBA . All ages event. $3 per child, $5 per adult. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-379-5020.

Saturday, December 10 & 17, and Sunday, December 11 & 18 from 10:30a-3p / Many 1-hr sessions available
Kensington Metropark Events – Snacks with Santa
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Each visit includes a horse-drawn hayride or sleigh ride (weather dependent on which is available), a holiday sing-a-long, (complete with cozy blankets, song sheets, and jingle bells), snacks, (fruit, cookies, juice, hot cocoa, and coffee), and most importantly, a visit with Santa by the Christmas Tree. All ages event. $12 per person. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 810-227-8910.

Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 11a-4:30p (several 1-hr time slots to choose from)
Stony Creek Metropark Events – Santa Visits the Nature Center
Stony Creek Metropark – (4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, 586-781-4242, metroparks.com)
This is the perfect time of year to search for the owls that call Stony Creek Metropark home. These nocturnal hunters are starting to set up their nesting territories; so they are active, but not yet sitting on eggs or rearing young. After a brief indoor introduction to our most common owl species, come along for a night hike in the woods to listen and look for owls. Bring a flashlight or headlamp if you have one or borrow one. All ages. $6 per child / $2 per adult. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 586-781-9113.

Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 1p-3:30p
Indian Springs Metropark Events – Santa’s Candy Cane Trail
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Take a stroll along the candy cane trail for a chance to meet a variety of winter characters. See Santa before his big night. Write your letters to Santa at home and stop by Santa’s mailbox during the program to deliver your letters. Each household will start at slightly staggered times within their registered start time. This candy cane trail traverses around the Environmental Discovery Center, with indoor and outdoor attractions. Be sure to bring your cameras. All ages. $5 per person. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 248-625-7280.

Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 10a-3:30p (3, 1.5 hr timeslots to choose from)
Oakwood Metropark Events – Sunday with Santa
Oakwoods Metropark – (32911 Willow Rd, New Boston, MI 48164, 734-782-3956, metroparks.com)
sing Christmas carols, hear a story, play games, make crafts, and enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies. Every family will get their own private visit with Santa in Oakwoods very own “North Pole” Room. Slots fill up fast, so make sure you pre-register and get yours. All ages. $5 per person. Pre-registration required online or call 734-782-3956.

Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 12:30-2:30p
Indian Springs Metropark Events – Homeschool Nature Club
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Homeschool Nature Club is a monthly program geared towards homeschool children ages 7-15. For each class we will split students into two age groups: 7-10 years old and 11–15 years old. Each month will cover a different topic with a lesson, hike, fun experiments and activities. Please come dressed for the weather. Ages 7-15. $5 per child. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 248-625-7280.

Saturday, December 17, 2022 from 1p-3:30p
Hudson Mills Metropark Events – Santa’s Candy Cane Trail
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Take a short stroll along this ¼ mile slightly hilly candy cane trail for a chance to meet a variety of winter characters. Then head inside for a magical chance to see Santa before his big night. Stop by his mailbox to deliver any letters to Santa. Then hop on the Holiday Carol Wagon for more holiday cheer. Hurry, spots are limited. All ages event. $5 per person. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-426-8211.

Sunday, December 18, 2022 from 2p-3p
Lake Erie Metropark Events – Michigan’s Cool Canines
Lake Erie Metropark Fireworks (32481 W Jefferson, Brownstown, MI 48173, metroparks.com)
Michigan’s canines aren’t like the family dog. These canines are wild hunters and we share our park with some of them. Learn about the canines found in Michigan and the history of their complicated relationship with humans. All ages event. $3 per child, $5 per adult. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-379-5020.

December 27 & December 30 from 3p-4p each session.
Kensington Metropark Events – Chow Time at the Farm
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Help farm staff feed the resident animals, including pigs, goats, cows, and more. Learn what each animal eats and why. All ages event. $5 per person. Pre-registration required. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 810-227-8910.

Friday, December 30, 2022 from 7p-8p
Hudson Mills Metropark Events – After Dark Series
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
After Dark Series is a guided nighttime program to help you get more acquainted with the outdoors after dark at the Metroparks. Each time naturalists will take you out into the night to explore a new nocturnal topic. Most programs include a ½ mile to 1 mile hike along the slightly hilly mixed gravel trails. The program is predominantly outdoors, weather permitting. Portions of the program may be held inside dependent on weather. Pre-register required online or by calling 734-426-8211.

HCMA Metroparks

Delhi Metropark – (3902 E Delhi, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Dexter-Huron Metropark – (6535 Huron River Drive, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Huron Meadows Metropark – (8765 Hammel Rd, Brighton, MI 48116, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640, metroparks.com)
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Lake Erie Metropark – (32481 W Jefferson, Brownstown, MI 48173, 734-379-5020, metroparks.com)
Lake St Clair Metropark – (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, 586-463-4581, metroparks.com)
Lower Huron Metropark – (40151 E Huron River Drive, Belleville, MI 48111, 734-697-9181, metroparks.com)
Oakwoods Metropark – (32911 Willow Rd, New Boston, MI 48164, 734-782-3956, metroparks.com)
Stony Creek Metropark – (4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, 586-781-4242, metroparks.com)
Willow Metropark – (23200 S Huron Rd, New Boston, MI 48164, 734-697-9181, metroparks.com)
Wolcott Mill Metropark – (65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096, 586-752-5932, metroparks.com)

PHOTO CREDIT (with permission) – metroparks.com

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