Spring blooms to benefit Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester Hills

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published February 27, 2019

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ROCHESTER HILLS — The record-breaking cold that Michigan recently experienced has many Rochester-area residents eagerly awaiting spring.

Thousands of daffodils will soon bloom inside grocery stores in the greater Rochester area as part of an annual fundraiser for the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.

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

“This fundraiser is important to Dinosaur Hill because it raises much-needed funds that allow us to continue to offer so many wonderful programs to the community,” said Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve Executive Director Sue Neal. “It is also a great chance to introduce new people to Dinosaur Hill who may not otherwise have known of what we do.”

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

The programs include a weekly event for preschoolers ages 2-4 and caregivers to do themed crafts, songs, puppets, finger-plays and outdoor play; a monthly opportunity for preschool children to explore the world of nature through games, hands-on activities, crafts and outdoor exploration; a monthly puppet show for kids ages 2-6 with a parent; and a monthly program for kids in kindergarten through grade five to learn about a new topic each month with hands-on activities and outdoor fun.

Neal said the community has supported the Daffodils for Dinosaurs fundraiser for decades.

“The event was actually started by a volunteer who wanted a way to raise additional funds for the preserve beyond what she herself could donate,” Neal said. “The support of our sponsors, volunteer sales and delivery teams, businesses who purchase daffodils, and individuals that order daffodils has enabled Dinosaur Hill to continue to be a valuable part of our community.”

The event — one of the nature center’s three major annual fundraisers — typically brings in around $8,000 in revenue, according to Angela Fox, the center’s special events coordinator.

“The proceeds from the sale ensure the preserve to bring quality environmental and education programming to the public,” Fox said.

Businesses and individuals interested in pre-ordering daffodils this year could begin calling in their orders Feb. 14. All pre-orders must be in by March 13. Orders can be picked up at the center March 21-22, 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, 48363, 48348, 48359, 48361 or 48326 ZIP codes March 21.

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 21-22.

Dinosaur Hill volunteers will also sell daffodils during a communitywide sale March 22-24 at Hollywood Market and Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market in Rochester. Daffodils will cost $5 per 10-stem bunch.

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

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