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January Winter Fun Awaits at Oakland County Parks

If you need to get out of the house, then you can head outdoors for fresh air and frosty fun throughout January thanks to activities like cross-country skiing, ice skating, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, sledding and hiking. There’s plenty to see and do this January at Oakland County Parks.

January Events at Oakland County Parks

Jan. 8 Morning Munchkins 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St.,
Madison Heights. Join this exciting series just for preschoolers. Bring your munchkin to the
nature center for a favorite story and a related hands-on, nature-based discovery activity. This
series will be offered the first Friday of each month. The January book is “Moon: A Peek-through
Picture Book.” Cost is $4/child. Preregistration with payment required by calling 248-858-0916
weekdays.

Jan. 9 Discover cooking secrets from local chefs who will use produce available from Oakland County
Farmers Market vendors during a free virtual cooking demonstration held in cooperation with
edibleWOW. The video, recipe and chef information will be posted on the Oakland County
Farmers Market’s Facebook page by 10 a.m. Jan. 9. Additional copies of the recipe will be
available at the farmers market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, so guests will have the
ingredient list while shopping at the market. The chef presenter scheduled for Jan. 9 is Omar
Mitchell from Table No. 2 in Detroit. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or visit
OaklandCountyParks.com.

Jan. 10 A Platform Tennis Open House is at 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Waterford Oaks County Park,
1702 Scott Lake Road in Waterford. Platform Tennis is the only racquet sport played outdoors in
cold weather. After snow is removed, the courts’ special floor heating units provide a dry playing
surface. No previous experience needed. No preregistration is necessary for the open house.
Instruction will be provided from Waterford Oaks Paddle Club. Dress for the weather; tennis
shoes required. Extra equipment will be available for first-time players or those that do not have
their own paddles or paddle balls. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com or call
248-858-0916.

Jan. 12 Join us on Zoom! Oakland County Parks and Recreation Historian Carol Bacak-Egbo will
discuss the history of the Bailey Family and the Bailey Lake settlement during a Fireside Chat
from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 12. Hear the fascinating story of one of the first families to settle in
the area now known as Independence Oaks County Park. This is a free program. Find the
Zoom link at OaklandCountyParks.com. Click on the “Get Involved” tab, scroll to “Events” and
click on the flyer link under the Jan. 12 event listing. Call 248-343-6287 for more information.

Jan. 14 Homeschool Program: Outdoor Skills will be held from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St. in Madison Heights. Get lost in the great outdoors with
Oakland County Parks and Recreation naturalists. Hone your survival skills and create a
survival plan for whatever nature throws at you. Each session is adapted for ages 5-9 and ages
10-17. Preregistration is required; call 248-858-0916 on weekdays during regular business
hours as no on-site registration will be available. Sessions are designed as drop-off programs
for youth. All students are welcome, whether from a traditional homeschool, pod or virtual
learning setting. A release form must be completed with registration. Cost: $10/session. Visit
OaklandCountyParks.com for details.

Jan. 15 Enjoy a personal, naturalist-guided nature hike during Trail Hikes by Appointment Jan. 15 at
Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston.
Register for time slots at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Participants will learn about seasonal topics
while getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors. Up to three family groups will be
admitted per time slot to accommodate social distancing. Park entry fee applies. Time slots are
available on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is free and suitable for all ages.
Preregistration required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.

Jan. 15 Learn about some of the mysterious animals that come out at night, including a nature walk to
look for owls (weather permitting) during the Owl Prowl at Wint from 5-6 p.m. Jan. 15 at Wint
Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Since
quiet nature lovers are a necessity for this event, it is open to participants ages 6 and older.
Cost is $6/person and preregistration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916
weekdays. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.

Jan. 16 Enjoy a personal, naturalist-guided nature hike during Trail Hikes by Appointment Jan. 16 at
Wint Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston.
Register for time slots at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Participants will learn about seasonal topics
while getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors. Up to three family groups will be
admitted per time slot to accommodate social distancing. Park entry fee applies. Time slots are
available on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is free and suitable for all ages.
Preregistration required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays.

Jan. 19 Homeschool Program: Outdoor Skills will be held from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Wint
Nature Center in Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston. Get lost
in the great outdoors with Oakland County Parks and Recreation naturalists. Hone your survival
skills and create a survival plan for whatever nature throws at you. Each session is adapted for
ages 5-9 and ages 10-17. Preregistration is required; call 248-858-0916 on weekdays during
regular business hours as no on-site registration will be available. Sessions are designed as
drop-off programs for youth. All students are welcome, whether from a traditional homeschool,
pod or virtual learning setting. A release form must be completed with registration. Cost:
$10/session. Visit OaklandCountyParks.com for details.

Jan. 22 Enjoy a personal, naturalist-guided nature hike during Trail Hikes by Appointment Jan. 22 at
Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Register for time slots at 10 a.m.,
11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Participants will learn about seasonal topics while getting some exercise and
enjoying the great outdoors. Up to three family groups will be admitted per time slot to
accommodate social distancing. Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This
program is free and suitable for all ages. Preregistration required by calling 248-858-0916
weekdays.

Jan. 22 Learn about some of the mysterious animals that come out at night, including a nature walk to
look for owls (weather permitting) during the Owl Prowl at Red Oaks from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Jan.
22 at Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Since quiet nature lovers are
a necessity for this event, it is open to participants ages 6 and older. Cost is $6/person and
preregistration with payment is required by calling 248-858-0916 weekdays. Visit
OaklandCountyParks.com for more information.

Jan. 22 Throughout the month of January, participants can pick up program kits and then join livestream
demonstrations to make the craft projects along with an Oakland County Parks and Recreation
naturalist during Virtual Take and Make programs. Kits for “Sunflower Deco Tile with Virtual
Instruction” can be picked up from Jan. 22-30 with live Zoom instruction scheduled from 2-3
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Imprint the sunflower pattern into the air-dry clay with your own unique
flair or make a different pattern using the provided natural materials. Step-by-step instructions
will be included in the kit in case you can’t attend the virtual workshop. This program is suitable
for all ages, although children may need assistance. Cost is $18/kit. There are eight kits
available. Preregister by calling 248-858-0916 during business hours and select a location to
pick up program kits. Kits will be available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday
noon-5 p.m. at Red Oaks Nature Center or from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the
Independence Oaks contact station. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jan. 23 Discover cooking secrets from local chefs who will use produce available from Oakland County
Farmers Market vendors during a free virtual cooking demonstration held in cooperation with
edibleWOW. The video, recipe and chef information will be posted on the Oakland County
Farmers Market’s Facebook page by 10 a.m. Jan. 23. Additional copies of the recipe will be
available at the farmers market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, so guests will have the
ingredient list while shopping at the market. The chef presenter scheduled for Jan. 23 is Michael
Metevia from Slows Bar B Q. For more information, call 248-858-5495 or visit
OaklandCountyParks.com.

Jan. 23 Enjoy a personal, naturalist-guided nature hike during Trail Hikes by Appointment Jan. 23 at
Red Oaks Nature Center, 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights. Register for time slots at 10 a.m.,
11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Participants will learn about seasonal topics while getting some exercise and
enjoying the great outdoors. Up to three family groups will be admitted per time slot to
accommodate social distancing. Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This
program is free and suitable for all ages. Preregistration required by calling 248-858-0916
weekdays.

For information on other events, visit OaklandCountyParks.com.