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Enjoy Fall Programs at the Farmington Hills Nature Center

Full Moon Friday Night Hikes – On Fridays closest to the full moon with the next hike on Friday, Sept. 8 from 8 to 9 p.m.  Also on Friday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 9 p.m.  Arrive early in October and November and enjoy a hayride and campfire from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for only $5 more!  Meet at the Nature Center; the cost is $3 per person.  Hikes are designed for ages 5 and up.  Pre-register for Full Moon Friday Night Hikes at the Costick Center or at  You can pay at the door on the night of the program, however space is limited.  In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled with refunds.
Birding Basics - Sunday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Celebrate the season with a guided hike through Heritage Park.  Learn the basics of birding and learn new tips for even the most experienced bird watchers.  Meets in the Nature Center.  Designed for ages 7 to adult. Fee is $3/person.  Participants should dress for the weather and exploring outdoors.  Register at the Costick Center or at
Hayrides - Experience fall colors and the changing season on the trails.  Hayrides are available every Friday night Sept. 15 through Nov 3.  Rides leave every half hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (last ride leaves at 7 p.m.)  After the hayride, roast marshmallows, sip cider around the campfire, and explore the Nature Center, open until 7 p.m. on hayride nights.  Cost is $5 per person and includes marshmallows and cider.  Children under 2 are free.  Pre-registration strongly recommended; limited number of spots available.  Register at the Costick Center or at  To reserve a private hayride for a group of 20 or more, call the Nature Center at 248-477-1135.  Private hayrides not available on Friday nights, other weekday and weekends dates are available.
Special hayride events - Friday, Sept. 15 is the Heritage Celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; free opportunities to explore the History of Heritage Park, hayrides are $5.  Hay Day is on Tuesday, Oct. 3. with a Fall Celebration, discounted hayrides, and free activities from 5 to 8 p.m.  Stay late after your hayride on Friday, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3 for a Full Moon Friday Night Hike, 8 to 9 p.m., $3/person.
Herbs and Spices Workshop - Sunday, Sept 17 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.  Learn the benefits of cooking with herbs and spices and turn your meals into nutritional powerhouses.  Sample a spice tea and create your own salt spice mix.  Receive a take home booklet describing the culinary and medicinal uses of over 30 herbs and spices.  This program is designed for adults.  All materials provided.  Cost is $35 residents/$40 non-residents.  Pre-registration required; limited number of spots and materials available.  Register at the Costick Center or at
Homeschool Nature Programs - Meet every Tuesday, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Nature Center to explore different weekly nature and STEM-based themes. Designed as a drop-off class; parents who stay are encouraged to socialize with other homeschool families.  Available for children ages 6 to 12.  Students will be split into two age groups depending on the number of participants.  Please dress for the weather and exploring outdoors.   Register in advance at a discounted rate of $50 per child for the entire 10-week session.  Pre-registration strongly encouraged; limited number of spots available.  The drop-in fee is $8 per child per class. Register at the Costick Center or at
Junior Naturalist Club - Children explore a different topic each month and gain an understanding of the natural world.  Meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 11.  Designed as a drop-off class.  Please dress your child for the weather and exploring outdoors.  Class meets inside the Nature Center.  The fee is $10 per class in advance or $12 per class at the door.  Register at the Costick Center or at
Winter and Spring themes:
Sept. 9         Trees 101
Oct. 14         Wilderness Skills
Nov. 11        Winter
Dec. 9          Rocks and Fossils
Jan. 13         Animal Tracking      
Fall Preschool Classes - Meet Sept. 11 through Nov.  2 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.  Each class offers a different weekly nature theme and time spent outdoors if weather permits.
Nature’s Little Artists - Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 6.
Little Trekkers - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 1 to 4.
Young Explorers - Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5.
Pre-registration is required for Nature’s Little Artists and Young Explorers.  The fee for Nature’s Little Artists is $64/ residents and $74/non-residents.  Little Trekkers is $50/ residents and $55/non-residents, or the special drop-in fee of $8 per class, paid at the door.  Drop-in spots for Little Trekkers are limited; first come, first served.  The fee for Young Explorers is $65/ residents and $75/non-residents.  Register at the Costick Center or at  Little Trekkers and Nature’s Little Artists require parents to attend class with their child.  Children must be potty trained to participate in Young Explorers, as it is a drop-off class.
Heritage Park is located at 24915 Farmington Road, between 10 and 11 Mile Roads.  Call the Nature Center at 248-477-1135 or email for more information about upcoming Nature Center programs.




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