Daffodils for Dinosaurs helps nature center bloom

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published February 27, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — Residents and businesses can brighten up their spaces in support of a local nature center.

Each year, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve hosts the Daffodils for Dinosaurs fundraiser to raise funds for environmental education programming.

“It’s nice to bring spring to Rochester with the 20,000 blooms that come in and spread some cheer to someone receiving a daffodil bouquet,” said Angela Fox, the center’s special events coordinator.

There are a number of ways to participate in the fundraiser. Businesses and individuals interested in preordering daffodils this year must do so before March 8. Orders can be picked up at the center March 16, or people can order a minimum of six bunches for $30 as a gift and let nature center staff deliver the flowers to any location in the 48307, 48306, 48309 or 48326 ZIP codes March 15. Residents can also donate $5 to provide one bunch of daffodils to a participant of the Older Persons’ Commission’s Meals on Wheels program March 15-16.

Dinosaur Hill volunteers will sell daffodils during a communitywide sale March 16-18 at Hollywood Market and Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market in Rochester. Daffodils will cost $5 per 10-stem bunch.

The following week, the Kroger stores at Walton Boulevard and Livernois Road and at Silverbell and Adams roads will sell daffodils for the center March 23-25.

The event — one of the nature center’s three major annual fundraisers — typically brings in between $6,000 and $10,000 in revenue.

“Dinosaur Hill is a nonprofit, so every fundraiser that we do supports the environmental programs of Dinosaur Hill,” Fox explained.

Dinosaur Hill, 333 N. Hill Circle in Rochester Hills, is a nonprofit nature center that provides environmental education programs.

Laying in the floodplain of the Paint Creek, the center’s 16 acres include a variety of habitats that play host to a number of mammals, birds, insects and plant life, Dinosaur Hill Program Director Sharon Taber said. The center hosts a number of classes, events and field trips for preschoolers, students and families to explore and learn about the natural world.

“Our classes are small. Everything is hands-on, and it’s a very warm, friendly environment,” she said.

Each year, the center reaches over 30,000 people through its educational programs, special events and outreach programs, and Taber said fundraisers are a big part of the nature center’s income.

“In order to keep our building open and running, we really depend on these fundraisers,” she said.

For more information or to place an order, call (248) 656-0999, email daffodils@dinosaurhill.org or visit daffodils.dinosaurhill.org.