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!

Spring/Summer 2019 Stewardship Education Events

Event Location Date Time
New Zealand Mud Snail Detection and ID Workshop Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion Road April 17 6-8 pm
Watch the Woodcock Dance: A Celebration of Spring Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Rd. April 26 7:30 pm
Gallagher Creek Park Grand Opening Gallagher Creek Park, 2780  Silverbell Rd. May 23 4:00 pm
Rochester Garden Walk at Bear Creek Nature Park Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Rd. June 20 10 am to 5 pm
Prairie Tours at Charles Ilsley Park Charles Ilsley Park, 1479 E. Predmore Rd. August 3 9 am to 12 pm

Celebrate Spring, Pull Garlic Mustard!

Garlic mustard and dame’s rocket push out the native plants that our wildlife need. We need your help to remove these invasive plants from our parks! Pulls last from 9 am to 1 pm, but will be cancelled if the weather is bad. It’s easy work and we provide refreshments. All volunteers must sign a waiver (with minor’s waiver signed by a guardian), and minors under 14 must also be accompanied by a guardian. This year we will again be partnering with Six Rivers Land Conservancy for our Garlic Mustard Workdays. We have four workdays in May 2019:

  • Friday, May 3, 9 am to 1 pm. Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Rd.
  • Friday, May 10, 9 am to 1 pm. Blue Heron Environmental Area, 3320 N. Rochester Rd.
  • Friday, May 17, 9 am to 1 pm. Paint Creek Trail. Meet at the Paint Creek Cider
    Mill, 4480 Orion Rd.
  • Thursday, May 23, 9 am to 1 pm. Cranberry Lake Park, 388 W. Predmore Rd.

Invasive Shrub Workdays at Bear Creek Nature Park

July 11, July 27, and August 6, 9 am to 12 pm

We will be removing invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and autumn olive to help native species thrive in the northern marsh at Bear Creek Nature Park. 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. Meet at the Snell Road parking lot at 740 W. Snell Road.


Bird Walks

April 2019

Event Location Date Time
Bird Walk Bear Creek Nature Park April 3
8:30 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park April 10 8:30 am
Bird Walk Charles Ilsley Park April 17
8:30 am
Bird Walk Draper Twin Lake Park April 24 8:30 am

May 2019

Event Location Date Time
Bird Walk Bear Creek Nature Park May 1
8:30 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park May 8 8:30 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park May 15
8:30 am
Bird Walk Draper Twin Lake Park May 22 8:30 am
Bird Walk Lost Lake Nature Park May 29 8:30 am

June 2019

Event Location Date Time
Bird Walk Bear Creek Nature Park June 5 8:00 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park June 12 8:00 am
Bird Walk Charles Ilsley Park June 19 8:00 am
Bird Walk Draper Twin Lake Park June 26 8:00 am

July 2019

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

August 2019

Event Location Date Time
Bird Walk Bear Creek Nature Park Aug 7 8:00 am
Bird Walk Cranberry Lake Park Aug 14 8:00 am
Bird Walk Charles Ilsley Park Aug 21 8:00 am
Bird Walk Draper Twin Lake Park Aug 28 8:00 am

 

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