Nature Fun on Thursdays

Join Parks Naturalist, Faye Stoner, for fun in the outdoors! These relaxed and nature-based programs are geared towards children ages 4 and older. Learn, Play, Explore, Discover ... with Washtenaw County Parks!

Program Details

Session Details

Nature Fun:  Dipping in the Pond  ** THIS PROGRAM IS FULL **

June 26th,  10:30AM to 11:30AM

Rolling Hills, meet at the pond near the Lodge. ($) Vehicle entry fee applies.

Nets will be provided for this pond exploration as we see what creatures we can find.  Crayfish, dragonfly nymphs, snails and more have been found in the past.  Wear shoes that can get muddy. 

Nature Fun:  All About Owls ** THIS PROGRAM IS FULL **

July 3rd, 10:30AM to 11:30AM

County Farm Park, meet at the pavilion at the Platt Road entrance.     

In this program, we will learn about owl species common to our part of Michigan, read an owl story, play a game and make an paper owl that you can take home.   Sorry, no live owls!  

Nature Fun:  Sensory Walk in the  Gardens ** THIS PROGRAM IS FULL **

July 10th, 10:30AM to 11:30AM

County Farm Park, meet at the pavilion at the Platt Rd. entrance

This program will encourage you to use all your senses to learn about many of the plants in the park’s Perennial Garden and Discovery Sensory Garden.   Smell lovely fragrances, feel “fuzzy” leaves, and much more. Program led by Parks Horticulturalist Kathy Squiers.

Nature Fun:  Hike Along the River

July 17th, 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Burns-Stokes Preserve, meet in parking lot    

Hike along the edge of the Huron River to look for animals and animal signs, including old beaver chews, and learn about some of the plants that live in this habitat.  Note: No restrooms are available at this location.

Nature Fun:  Forest Scavenger Hunt ** THIS PROGRAM IS FULL **

July 24th, 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Rolling Hills, meet near the playground. ($) Vehicle entry fee applies.

Go on a scavenger hunt in Sassafras Woods to look for things like animal burrows, spider webs, old hickory nuts, summer wildflowers, and more!  

Nature Fun:  Going on a Skull Hunt ** THIS PROGRAM IS FULL **

July 31st, 10:30AM to 11:30AM

County Farm Park, meet at the pavilion at the Platt Rd. entrance.  

How many teeth, how long is the nose, are there any bumps on the top—all these things can help you identify skulls.  We will look at bird skulls, turtle skulls, and lots of mammals skulls, big and little!  Plus we will have a skull search, and see how well your eyes can spot skulls hidden on the ground.

Nature Fun:  Wading the Lakeshore ** THIS PROGRAM IS FULL **

August 7th, 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Independence Lake, meet at the land playground near the Meadow’s Edge pavilion.  ($) Vehicle entry fee applies.

We will head into the water at the edge of the swimming beach and wade along the lake edge.  We will look for plants that live in the water, insects, mussels and other animals.  We’ll also examine the shore to see what interesting things we might find washed up on the lake’s edge.  NOTE:  EVERYONE MUST WEAR SHOES or BOOTS to participate.  

Nature Fun:  Sweeping for Insects 

August 14th, 10:30AM to 11:30AM

County Farm Park, meet at the pavilion at the Platt Rd. entrance.

We will learn how insects are different from spiders and millipedes, play an insect game and then head out to see what kinds if insects we can find with our sweep nets.  All insects are set free at program’s end.


Pre-registration is required for participation in these programs.  Online registration is provided for your convenience - please click here.


For more information on summer children’s programs, call our administrative offices at (734) 971-6337 and ask to speak with a Parks Naturalist or email us at

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