The goal of this website is to keep you informed about natural areas stewardship in Oakland Township Parks. Regular blog posts are written by Cam Mannino, our dedicated volunteer, and by Ben VanderWeide, the Natural Areas Stewardship Manager.
The Charter Township of Oakland in Oakland County, Michigan has about 1100 acres of natural areas throughout its parks. We also manage the Paint Creek Trail within Oakland Township. These beautiful areas protect unique natural features, native plants, and wildlife habitat. Whether you enjoy walking in the parks, observing the wildlife, or just watching the colors change from season to season, these natural areas are a quiet refuge.
The stewardship staff restores native plant communities, removes invasive plant species, and keeps track of what’s going on in the natural areas. We couldn’t do this without your help! If you like to get involved, check out our volunteer opportunities, participate in a workday, or stop by the Parks and Recreation Office on the second floor of the Paint Creek Cider Mill at 4480 Orion Rd, Rochester, MI 48306.
Read our natural areas stewardship annual reports by clicking the links below.