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Get ready for summer fun at Oakland County Parks and Recreation







The weather is warm, children will be out of school soon and leisurely summer days lie ahead. Soak up the best summer has to offer this June at these upcoming activities offered through Oakland County Parks and Recreation:
 
June 3
  • Join Michigan State University Extension Health & Nutrition professionals for a Spinach Nutrition program from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 3 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Find out how to buy for quality and storage and take home delicious recipes during this program sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
  • Grab your swim gear and head out to Waterford Oaks Waterpark for opening day from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 3. The waterpark features interactive aquatic features, Blue Water Grill concessions plus free parking, tubes and lounge chairs, with rental lockers available. Grills are provided on-site and picnic pavilions can be rented for group outings. Red Oaks Waterpark will also open for the regular season from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for a complete schedule of operating hours and admission information.
  • The Colors of Spring will be held from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 3 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Learn about local pollinators and common colorful, fragrant flowers. Enjoy a craft, snack and hike, too. Cost is $4/person. Pre-registration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.
 
June 4
  • Spring Flower Day is set from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. The market will feature colorful displays of annuals, perennials, plants and vegetable starters. Shoppers will find garden art and other garden-related items for sale, too. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family as children can burn off some energy jumping on the inflatable bouncer from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All plants are grown locally as the Oakland County Farmers Market is a producer-direct market. Courtesy wagons will be available for patrons to use as they shop. Parking will be available at the market, the Road Commission of Oakland County lot located west of the market and the lot located north of the market. Admission to Spring Flower Day is free. The event is sponsored by Oakland County Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
 
June 10
  • Oakland County Parks and Recreation is giving away free wood chips from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at Orion Oaks County Park. The wood chips consist of assorted types of wood collected from pruning and storm damage. Bring shovels or pitchforks, wheelbarrows and buckets. All wood chips must be manually self-loaded into vehicles. No commercial haulers allowed. Orion Oaks County Park is located at 2301 Clarkston Road in Orion Township. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.
  • A Pet Vaccination Clinic, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at Independence Oaks County Park Pine Grove Pavilion, 9501 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. No appointment is needed; everyone is welcome. A number of dog and cat vaccines will be available along with heartworm tests, flea protection, microchips and dog licenses. All are available for a nominal fee; cash is preferred, but MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted as well. The vaccination clinic is presented by All About Animals and the Dog License event is presented by Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center. For pet safety, bring dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Bug Bonanza is set from 1-3 p.m. June 10 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Search with a naturalist for insects on land, in the water, under logs, under leaves, on twigs and on you. Learn to use an insect sweep net and make a bug house. Dress for the weather. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration with payment is required. Call 248-858-0916 for more information or to register.
  • It will be all systems “glow” at Light Up The Night from 9-11 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 W. Romeo Road in Leonard. Enjoy cosmic putt-putt, a DJ dance and other glow fun. Grab a bag of popcorn and don’t forget to bring a dark-colored T-shirt for glow-in-the-dark printing. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
June 13
  • Come out for Make a Splash from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13-17 at Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford Oaks County Park, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. Enjoy rides on the zip line with paid admission to the waterpark. Zip line riders must wear closed toe shoes and weigh between 45 and 250 pounds. Those ages 17 and younger must have a parent or guardian complete a waiver. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
June 15
  • Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host Summer Sizzler, a program for individuals ages 18 and older with disabilities from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at Twin Chimneys Pavilion in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. The event includes lawn games, pontoon ride, music and dinner. Cost is $10/person and $5/caregiver. Register at OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-424-7081. For more information, email Adaptive@oakgov.com.
June 16
  • Enjoy Father’s Day Weekend at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Recreation activities include fishing, dodgeball, crafts, paddleboat races, nature hike, big screen movies, hayrides and a DJ dance. For a complete summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • Celebrate Dad during Father’s Day Weekend at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road in Leonard. Fun includes recreation activities and a DJ dance. For a complete summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
 
June 17
  • Join Michigan State University Extension – Master Gardeners for a Creating a Pollinator Garden program from 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 17 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Learn about and take home native Michigan wildflowers that attract and feed native pollinators like butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and other insects. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
  • Canoe and Hike is set from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 17 at Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Meet at the Independence Oaks boathouse for a naturalist-led canoe adventure on Crooked Lake. On-shore activities will include a hike, snack and nature trivia. Space is limited. This program is suitable for school-aged children and adults with previous canoe experience. Bring your own canoe or rent one at the park. Life vests are mandatory. Approximately one hour will be spent canoeing. Cost is $8/person (includes canoe rental). Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or Wint Nature Center at 248-625-6473 on Saturdays. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.
  • Raising Monarch Butterflies is 2-4 p.m. June 17 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist Debbie Jackson will share secrets on raising monarchs. Participants can also view live caterpillars and butterflies and craft a milkweed seed ball for their backyard. This program is designed for ages 5 and older. The program is indoors, but dress for a short hike. Cost is $5/person. Pre-registration with payment required. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays or 248-585-0100 Saturdays.
 
June 19
  • The Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host a Summer Youth Group event for individuals ages 13-25 with disabilities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, June 19 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. The event includes waterpark admission and lunch. Cost is $12/person and $12/chaperone. Register at OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-424-7081. For more information, email Adaptive@oakgov.com.
  • The popular River Walk returns from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 19-Aug. 17 at Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights. Walk the River Ride for fun and exercise. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. This program is for adults only. Cost is $30/8 visits; $50/16 visits; $75/24 visits; and $5/visit for drop-ins. Punch cards are available for purchase until June 30. For more information, call 248-424-7081 or complete the registration form available at OaklandCountyParks.com.
 
June 23
  • It’s Sun N Fun Weekend at Groveland Oaks Campground, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Recreation activities include games, face/body painting, candy bingo, contests, sun and sand art, hayrides and a DJ dance. For a complete summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • Enjoy recreational activities and a DJ dance at Addison Oaks Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Road in Leonard. For a complete summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
 
June 24
  • Join Michigan State University Extension Health & Nutrition professionals for a Strawberry Nutrition program from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 24 at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford. Enjoy the short but sweet season of Michigan strawberries by making strawberry freezer jam and taking home recipes. This program is sponsored by Genisys Credit Union. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-858-5495 for more information.
  • Firefly Frenzy is set from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. The event will feature Firefly Hike, crafts, games and T-shirt printing. Help create a masterpiece for a traveling art exhibit, too. Bring your own dark colored T-shirt for shirt printing. The event will take place near the Boathouse and Twin Chimneys shelter area on Crooked Lake. The event is free with $5 park entry fee. Details: 248-858-0916 or NawrockiM@oakgov.com.
 
June 27
  • A 4-person Scramble Series for men and women ages 50+ begins Tuesday, June 27 and runs through September at Springfield Oaks Golf Course, 12450 Andersonville Road in Davisburg. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. with a shot-gun start at 8:30 a.m. Pre-pay is $132/team or $33/person each event. Non-pre-pay fees are $168/team; $42/person each event. Event includes 18 hole green fees, cart rental, continental breakfast, lunch immediately after the round, contest holes and prizes. In the event of a rain out the day of, lunch will still be provided. Rainchecks will be issued for Green Fees & Cart Rental only. Optional Skins game: $20 per team, must be paid prior to the start of the round. The registration form is available at OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, contact Tournament Director Jan Villarreal at 248-634-2261 or email SpringfieldOaks@oakgov.com.
 
June 29
  • Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host a Red, White and Blue Picnic for individuals of all ages with disabilities from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 29 at Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27705 Greenfield Road, Southfield. The event includes lawn games, music and dinner. Cost is $10/person and $5/caregiver. Register at OaklandCountyParks.com or call 248-424-7081. For more information, email Adaptive@oakgov.com.
June 30
  • The Freedom Fireworks Celebration will be held Friday, June 30-Tuesday, July 4 at Addison Oaks County Park, 1480 W. Romeo Road in Leonard. Fireworks will be held at dusk on June 30. Throughout the weekend activities will include bingo, decorated bicycle parade, magic show, face painters, inflatables, DJ dance, tie-dying, patriotic art, clown, pony rides, petting zoo, team games, wagon rides and bands. For a complete summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. For more information, call 248-634-9811. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • The Freedom Fireworks Celebration will be held Friday, June 30-Tuesday, July 4 at Groveland Oaks County Park, 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly. Activities will include fireworks on July 1, face painters, pet portraits, henna tattoos, magic show, inflatables, DJ dances, tie-dying, clown, pony rides, big screen movie, bingo, team games and outdoor concerts. For a complete summer campground recreation schedule, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. To make a camping reservation, call 248-858-1400.
  • Come Out and Play, a free event, is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, June 30 at Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27705 Greenfield Road in
    Southfield. Come out and try the zip line and have fun playing with water inflatables (bring a swimsuit or change of clothes), the climbing tower, non-water inflatables (socks required), retro games and interactive nature touch table. There will be a Guy Louis – Chautauqua Express concert from noon-1 p.m., face painting and a treat (one per person, while supplies last). To ride on the zip line, children must be at least 45 pounds and 42 inches tall. A waiver form must be signed by parent or guardian. Details: John Haney, (248) 858-1486 or HaneyJ@oakgov.com.
 
For information on other events, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @OCParksAndRec.
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