Open houses to celebrate fall

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published September 11, 2018

 The cross country team for Oakview Middle School runs Sept. 10 on Lost Lake Nature Park’s trails.

The cross country team for Oakview Middle School runs Sept. 10 on Lost Lake Nature Park’s trails.

Photo by Linda Shepard

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Three upcoming Lost Lake Nature Center events will feature fall open houses designed for the entire family.

The free open houses will be held at the park, located at 834 Lost Lake Trail, off Predmore Road. Each four-hour open house invites all to drop in at any time to enjoy crafts, games and activities led by Dinosaur Hill naturalists.

The “fall harvest” Sept. 16 will explore all autumn has to offer with crafting sessions using harvested fruits and vegetables. Fruit structures will be examined under the stereoscope, and the event includes a guided walk in the woods to forage for wild fruits.

"Spooky woods" will be the topic during the Oct. 14 open house, while naturalists talk about creatures that go bump in the night. Owl mounts and owl pieces will be on display, along with a living tarantula, a build-a-bug station and more. Outdoors, the whole family will turn over logs to glimpse creepy-crawlers that seemingly vanish in the winter. Their survival will be explored by naturalists.

On Nov. 4, “Michigan Thanksgiving” will be celebrated with a theme devoted to the turkey and Native Americans. Residents young and old will learn the true tradition of the holiday, make turkey crafts, learn turkey calls, tour the woods and play Ojibwa games.

Carl Zoolkoski, a cross country coach for Lake Orion Community Schools’ Oakview Middle School, brought his team to practice running on Lost Lake’s trails Sept. 10.

“I tell the kids, ‘You don’t know how lucky you are to have all this park space in Oakland Township,’” he said. The park is less than a mile from the school and an easy jog through the woods, he added.

Runner Charlie Crissman, 12, said he enjoys being in the park. “I like the nature,” he said.

Lost Lake Nature Park will also host a preteen day camp 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5. The camp, for kids ages 9-12, will include collecting specimens from nature and examining them under microscopes and stereoscopes, dissecting owl pellets and reassembling the bones, and creating an edible version of animal scat.

Preteens will also hone their tracking skills in the woods while searching for wildlife. The camp is free, but registration is required at www.dinosaurhill.org.

Lost Lake Nature Center’s open houses begin at noon and end at 4 p.m. No registration is required. For more information, visit www.oaklandtownship.org.