Nature Walks

There is normally at least one naturalist lead walk per month with additional ones added during the spring wildflower and fall color seasons.  Because of COVID 19, the number of walks has been decreased.  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. 

Mushroom Walks: Come learn about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods.  Mary Fredricks, a botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walks.  There is no cost, but you will need to register in advance for the walks at:

Cummingston Park Nature Area Mushroom Walk on Saturday, October 23rd at 10:00 am

Fall Nature Walks:


There is no cost.  Preregistration is required.  Please sign up here:

Fall Color nature walk at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, October 16th beginning at 2:00 pm

Fall Color nature walk at Cummingston Park on Saturday, October 23rd beginning at 2:00 pm.

Fall Color nature walk at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, October 30th beginning at 2:00 pm

Geology walk at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, November 13th beginning at 2:00 pm.

Looking for Mammals walk at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, December 4th beginning at 2:00 pm.



  • For Cummingston Walks, park & meet at Torquay & Leafdale (just east of Meijer)
  • For Tenhave Woods Walks, park at the Marais/Lexington lot (just east of the High School) and walk about 300’ east to the entrance or park at the Royal Oak . 
  • For the Royal Oak Arboretum, park & meet at the Royal Oak Senior Center (3500 Marais) at the north end of the lot.


FYI: Wearing boots while in the parks is recommended during the winter and spring months.  Dressing appropriately for bugs and using insect repellant is advised from late spring through the end of summer.  Dogs are not allowed inside either Tenhave Woods or Cummingston Park.