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!

Fall 2019 Stewardship Education Events

Event Location Date Time
Fall Seed Collecting Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion Road October 8, 17, 24 & 31 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Invasive Shrub Workday Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Rd. October 18 9 am to 12 pm
LECTURE: Coexisting with Coyotes 4393 Collins Rd – Main Township Offices November 7 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Invasive Shrub Workdays Paint Creek Heritage Area – Wet Prairie November 12 and 19  9 am to 3 pm
Seed Cleaning Workday Watershed Ridge Park, 1720 W. Buell Rd. December 3 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Fall Seed Collecting and 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, 4480 Orion Rd, before heading to our site for the day. October 8, 17, 24 & 31 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
  • Seed Cleaning. Meet at Watershed Ridge Park, 1720 W. Buell Rd. December 3 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Invasive Shrub Workdays

  • October 18 – Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Rd. We will be partnering with Six Rivers Land Conservancy to remove invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and autumn olive to help native species thrive in the northern marsh at Bear Creek Nature Park.
  • November 12 and 19 – Paint Creek Heritage Area Wet Prairie. Meet at the Silverbell Rd parking lot along the Paint Creek Trail, approximately 1103 Silverbell Rd. We will be removing invasive shrubs from this high quality natural area.

Wear solid boots, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt and bring water and a snack. Tools and training will be provided. All workdays are 9 am to 12 pm.


Bird Walks

Join us every Wednesday from September through November 20 for our weekly bird walks. The last walk of the season will November 20, with no walks the week of Thanksgiving or the month of December.

September 2019

Event Location Date Time
Bird Walk Bear Creek Nature Park Sept 4
8:30 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park Sept 11 8:30 am
Bird Walk Charles Ilsley Park Sept 18
8:30 am
Bird Walk Draper Twin Lake Park Sept 25 8:30 am

October 2019

Event Location Date Time
Bird Walk Bear Creek Nature Park Oct 2
8:30 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park Oct 9 8:30 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park Oct 16
8:30 am
Bird Walk Draper Twin Lake Park Oct 23 8:30 am
Bird Walk Lost Lake Nature Park Oct 30 8:30 am

November 2019

Event Location Date Time
Bird Walk Bear Creek Nature Park Nov 6 8:30 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park Nov 13 8:30 am
Bird Walk Charles Ilsley Park Nov 20 8:30 am
No Walk No Walk Nov 27 No Walk

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