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Learn about the nature and history of Washtenaw County through a naturalist-led hike or program. From Summer Butterflies to Tracks in the Snow, we offer programs for all ages and ability levels. Learn, Play, Explore, Discover...with Washtenaw County Parks!


Monthly Program Offerings

Be sure to check out our list of monthly programs to see what is happening in a park or preserve near you! Most public programs are free for Washtenaw County residents.

Program Registration 

Not all programs require pre-registration, and within the program description it should indicate whether or not it is required.

If online registration is required, please visit An account will need to be made in order to sign up for the program. If there are any problems with setting up an account please contact Kelsey Dehring (contact information provided below).

Historic Mill Tours

We offer two historic Mills that are open to the public for tours. See the Calendar of Events for schedules.

Visit Parker Mill County Park to see how corn, buckwheat, and wheat was milled into flour 100 years ago! Learn about the Parker Family and see a one room log cabin near the banks of Fleming Creek.  The mill buildings are open to the public on Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00PM in September and October (and other times by appointment).

Sharon Mills County Park highlights the ingenuity of Henry Ford’s Village Industries. Enjoy a walk through the beautiful landscape gardens and fall views over the peaceful River Raisin Mill Pond. Public Mill Tours are offered on select Sundays May through October and by appointment.

Youth Programs


School Programs

Visit our School Programs page to see a list of programs we currently offer. School programs are available for all grade levels (including preschool) and focus on science, nature & history.  We welcome topic suggestions and are happy to work with educators to create custom programs. Many of our programs have been designed to meet the Michigan K - 12 Science Standards, please contact us for more details.   

Group Programs

Please contact our office to discuss group program opportunities and scheduling.  All group programs are dependent on staff availability. Donations are requested, but not required, for group programming—however, groups from outside Washtenaw County must pay a programming fee. Visit our Naturalist Rates page to view program fees.

Contact Us

If don't see what you're looking for or if you have special interests, our staff can work with you to develop a program that will meet your needs. For more information or general questions, please call our Administrative Offices at (734) 971-6337 and ask to speak with one of the Parks Naturalists or email us at
To contact our Parks Naturalists directly:
Shawn Severance
(734) 971 - 6337 x 335
Kelsey Dehring
(734) 971 - 6337 x 330
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