Nature Walks

There is at least one naturalist lead walk per month with additional ones added during the spring wildflower and fall color seasons. An emphasis is put on understanding the different forest types found in our parks. Further information is given on individual plant and animal species, geology and human history of the area.  Click here for park location maps.  All Nature Walks are free and open to everyone. Preregistration is not required.
     

"Meadow of the Arboretum” is being held at the Royal Oak Arboretum on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 beginning at 7:00 pm.  Meet at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais) parking lot-north end. 

“Mushroom Walk” is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Tenhave Woods beginning at 10:00 am.  Park at the Marais/Lexington lot & meet at the park entrance.  Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk.  Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome.    

"Meadow of the Arboretum” is being held at the Royal Oak Arboretum on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 beginning at 7:00 pm.  Meet at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais) parking lot-north end. 

“Searching for Bats” is being held at the Royal Oak Arboretum and Dragonfly Pond on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 beginning at 8:15 pmMeet at the north end of the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais) parking lot.  Amanda Felk from Night Nature Alliance & Nature Society member will be using a bat detector that shows different echolocation calls & identifies species with somewhat good reliability.  Night Nature Alliance’s is an organization whose mission is preventing cruelty toward, and fostering understanding of, nocturnal animals through education, supporting research and rehabilitation.

“Mushroom Walk” is scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Cummingston Park beginning at 10:00 am.  Park & meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk.  Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. 

 
An “Arboretum Walk” will be held on Sunday, September 8th, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pmMeet at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais) parking lot-north end.We will tour the arboretum, looking for different plants will be evident in late summer, and hopefully find some cool insects as well.

“Mushroom Walk” is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at Tenhave Woods beginning at 10:00 am.  Park at the Marais/Lexington lot & meet at the park entrance.  Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk.  Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome.

"Fall Color” is being held at Cummingston on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  This is the most beautiful time to take a look at our nature study areas. 

"Fall Color” is being held at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park at the Lexington & Marais lot & meet at the Lexington entrance.  This is the most beautiful time to take a look at our nature study areas.

Mushroom Walk” is scheduled for Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at Cummingston Park beginning at 10:00 am.  Park & meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk.  Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. 

"Owl Hoot” is being held at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 beginning at 7:30 pm.  Park & meet at the Lexington & Marais lot..  We will walk into Tenhave and attempt to lure in or have screech & great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls.

"Fall Color” is being held at Cummingston on Sunday, October 27th, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  This is the most beautiful time to take a look at our nature study areas. 

"Fall Color” is being held at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park at the Lexington & Marais lot & meet at the Lexington entrance.  This is the most beautiful time to take a look at our nature study areas.

The Friends of Fungi Mycology Club will meet on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at the Royal Oak Senior Center (3500 Marais) beginning at 7:00 pm.  Mary Fredricks will present “These are Mushrooms, Too: Fungi Without Gills.” There is no pre-registration or cost for this program.  Everyone is welcome.

"Geological Features of Tenhave Woods & Royal Oak” is being held at Tenhave Woods on Sunday, November 24th, 2019, beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park at the Lexington & Marais lot & meet at the Lexington entrance..  What did this area look like thousands and millions of years ago?  Why is Royal Oak so flat or is it?