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Nature Center

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24915 Farmington Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Phone: (248) 477-1135
Fax: (248) 477-1134

Heritage Park Map

Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sun Noon - 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays (Dec-Mar) and most holidays

Nature Display

The Farmington Hills Nature Center highlights interpretive exhibits reflecting our natural world such as a life-sized animal habitat, a backyard habitat bird viewing area, native fish aquariums, a nature library and activity table as well as a hands-on touch table and Discovery Cove.

Nature programs are offered year-round and change seasonally. Our nature interpretive staff is more than willing to field any questions you may have. Located at 24915 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills, 48336 in beautiful Heritage Park, adjacent to the Day Camp building.

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Nature Program Offerings & Online Registration


Summer ProgramsSummer

Star Parties
Join the Farmington Community Stargazers at the sledding hill in Heritage Park to observe stars, plants and other celestial objects in the night sky through telescope!
Tuesdays, May 14 - Aug 6
Ages: All Ages

Star Parties Flyer

Night Hikes (Full Moon Fridays)
Enjoy the evening air as we head out on the trails for a night hike. We’ll use our senses to explore some amazing nocturnal features!
Fridays, May 17 - Aug 16, 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Ages: 5+, $3/person

Full Moon Fridays Flyer

Animal Encounters
Nature Center
Mondays, June 17 - Aug 26, 11am - 11:30am
Ages: All Ages

Animal Encounters Flyer

Summer Walk-in programs
Stop by the Nature Center for FREE kid’s activities this summer!
June 18 - Aug 29
Tuesdays, 10:30am
Wednesdays, 2pm
Thursdays, 2pm
Ages: All Ages

Free Family programs Flyer

Wellness Walk and Talk
A FREE health inspired program with Beaumont Health. Health care professionals provide brief indoor presentations on topics of interest, then answer questions and engage in informal conversation with attendees on a 30 minute "wellness walk" through the Heritage Park trails.No need to register, just show up!
July 18, 11:30am
Ages: Adult 

Wellness Walk and Talk Flyer
 

OWS SummerO.W.L.S (Outdoor World Leadership Society)

Sponsored by Farmington Area Optimists Club. Enhance your child’s interest in science, nature and STEM! This 6-week program focuses on topics including nature study, birding, wetland exploration, animals, gardening, outdoor skills, hands-on STEM activities and more. Each child receives their own Nature Pack full of real Naturalist equipment and an O.W.LS Certificate. A great way to spend an evening after camp too. Make sure children are dressed for the outdoors. Click here to Sign Up!


July 17 - August 21, 6:30 P.M - 8:30 P.M
Ages: 7-Adult , $30/person

 OWLS - Flyer


Optimist's Kids' Fishing DayOptimist's Kids' Fishing Day

Saturday, July 27, 2019
Kids Ages 5 - 17
Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve
27101 - 27215 W 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI  48033
Cost $20
Bring water bottle, hat, and sunglasses
Join the Farmington Area Optimists Club as they host the Annual “Gone Fishin” Kid’s Fishing Day! Kids (and parents) will practice proper fishing techniques and enjoy catch and release fishing. Kids will receive their own rod and reel, tackle box and snacks, plus spend quality time outdoors. Parent supervision required.

Click here to Register or @The Costick Center 28600 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
SESSION 1: 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Program #: 310541-01
SESSION 2: 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Program #: 310541-02
SESSION 3: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Program #: 310541-03
Registration Deadline: July 17 – Limit of 20 kids per session
To learn more, call 248-473-1800

Optimist's Kids' Fishing Day Flyer

Geocaching 101
Geocaching 101 - Flyer

Sunday, July 28, 2019
1:00 P.M - 2:30 P.M
Ages 6+
Cost $5
Nature Center (Heritage Park) 24915 Farmington Rd
Bring technology and nature together with this international high-tech treasure hunting game! Involve the whole family in this beginner course to explore GPS technology and practice navigation by seeking hidden objects during an exciting outdoor scavenger hunt. GPS units provided. Click here to Register

 Geocaching 101 Flyer

School/Youth Program Offerings

School Group Outside

School Programs Brochure

Scout Programs

Boy Scouts Outside

Scout Programs

Call the Nature Center to reserve a private scout program or register for our Public Scout Saturdays ONLINE

Nature Birthday Parties

One of our most popular programs! Party themes include Archery, Hayrides, Crazy Critters, Wild Senses and more! Parties are available year-round. Reserve your party today, dates fill up fast!

Nature Birthday Party Flyer

STEM in Nature

The Farmington Hills Nature Center is excited to offer "STEM in Nature" experiences, with support from the Bosch Community Fund. Nature is a compelling context, as it provides a diverse range of real world challenges that engage kids in hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM skills.

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Nature Center Volunteers

Volunteer Days Schedule and Organization Volunteer Form, lead Nature Programs or just help out around the center! Call (248) 477-1135 for more info.

Naturalists at any Age

Kids in Garden

Enrich you & your child's curiosity for the natural world at every age! Register children as young as 1 year old for Nature Preschool or adults can join one of our Naturalist Clubs.

Jr. Naturalist Club
Coffee and Stroll
Farmington Area Naturalist Club

Nature Discovery Trail

Trail Signpost

Explore nature using your senses along the Nature discover Trail! Next to the Nature Center you'll find a Native American Longhouse, Mystery Smell Boxes, a Rocks & Fossil dig pit and much more to discover along the trail!

Nature in the Hills

VideoCheck out the latest episode of "Nature in the Hills" on the Farmington Hills YouTube channel