Stewardship Events

Here at Oakland Township Parks and Recreation, we want to help you learn about your parks and get to know their cool natural features. The Natural Areas Stewardship department has put together many exciting events for you. Check the links below to learn about volunteer workdays, educational workshops, and birding walks listed in the calendar. We hope to see you out there!


Seed Collecting & Cleaning

Many native plant seeds are only available for collecting for a few weeks in the fall, so we need as much help as possible during harvest! Seed collecting is a fun, relaxing way to learn new native plant species while experiencing unique natural areas. We use the seed to restore areas where we have removed invasive plants. All workdays are 12:30 – 3:30 pm.

  • Seed Collecting. Meet at the Paint Creek Cider Mill before heading to our site for the day. October 9, 18, 25 & November 1.
  • Seed Cleaning. Meet at Watershed Ridge Park, 1720 W. Buell Rd. December 6.

Land Stewardship Workdays

We will remove invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and autumn olive at Bear Creek Nature Park and the Paint Creek Heritage Area – Wet Prairie. These special natural areas provide habitat for wildlife and a haven for native plants. Removing invasive shrubs this fall will set the stage for more beauty next year! All tools and training will be provided. All workdays are 9 am to 12 pm.

  • October 19 – Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Rd.
  • November 10 and 15 – Paint Creek Heritage Area-Wet Prairie. Meet at the Silverbell Rd parking lot along the Paint Creek Trail, approximately 1103 Silverbell Rd.


Bird Walks

October 2018

Event Location Date Time
Bird Walk Bear Creek Nature Park October 3 8:00 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park October 10 8:00 am
Bird Walk Charles Ilsley Park October 17 8:00 am
Bird Walk Draper Twin Lake Park October 24 8:00 am
Bird Walk Lost Lake Nature Park October 31 8:00 am

November 2018

Event Location Date Time
Bird Walk Bear Creek Nature Park November 7
8:00 am
Bird Walk – LAST WALK OF 2018 Cranberry Lake Park November 14 8:00 am

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