Hawk Woods Nature Center

E. Dale Fisk Hawk Woods Nature Center 

3799 Bald Mountain Rd.

Whether you're visiting Hawk Woods Nature Center or having Hawk Woods come to you, you'll be able to enjoy a variety of hands-on activities to expand your students knowledge and appreciation of the outdooors. Registration is quick and easy!


Click here  for brochure for classroom visits & field trip information
Click here   for classroom and overnight camping registration form 

Volunteer Program
Hawk Woods is looking for volunteers.  If interested in how to become an official volunteer please give us a call at (248) 370-9353. 
We need assistance with animal care, school and classroom visits, trail inspections along with greeting visitors at the nature center. 

Hawk Woods offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreational activities.  This unique facility offers groomed nature trails, a marsh boardwalk, a heated restroom/shower facility open year-round, a covered picnic shelter that can be reserved in season, a two-story Log Cabin Lodge with five overnight camping cabins, all complimented by 80 acres of beautiful woods, meadows and marsh.

School Presentations
Mr. Mike will bring his collection of live animals to your classroom.  He has an assortment of living critters including a huge rat snake, turtles, giant cockroaches, brown tarantula, frogs, bearded dragons, and other fascinating creatures.  This is a 45 minute program designed to enhance student understanding of the comparison of animal species. We request a donation of a 40 pound bag of black oil sunflower birdseed. Call 248-370-9353 for more information or to receive a brochure.
Fieldtrips to Hawk Woods
Plan now to bring your class to Hawk Woods for a day of natural science explorations and
outdoor adventures.  School camping is also an option.  Nothing can have more of an impact
than outdoor instruction and guided adventures. Our Naturalist Mr. Mike has been teaching environmental outdoor education for the past 43 years and remains a vibrant teacher every day. Transportation is now available at: www.miplt.org
Camping at Hawk Woods
Now is the time to plan your camping outing at Hawk Woods.  We have six beautiful log cabins with bunks for 40 campers and a super lodge for gatherings.  Nothing can beat a peaceful walk in the woods or a time resting by the pond on an evening sunset.  Campfires late into the star lit night bring life long memories.  All of this awaits you and your family for a nominal charge.  Call Parks & Recreation at 248-370-9353 for reservation information!
Aquatic Encounters
Bring your family for a splash in the pond as weexplore the Clinton River Watershed, its water quality and critters.  We have set up three outdoor learning stations to look at our natural water system cycle and the interdependency we all take for granted.  Oakland County has over 1,400 natural lakes. Dress for the experience, you may get both wet and muddy while exploring!
Location:        Hawk Woods Nature Center
Day/Date:      Saturday, 5/7/16
Time:              10:00AM-1:00PM
Fee:                Free for Families #214010/$10 Non-Resident Family
Register By: April 25

Animal Adventures
Participate in an evening program featuring hands-on nature making plaster of Paris animal tracks. We’ll also present an animal puppet show and enjoy a popcorn snack.
Location:        Hawk Woods Nature Center
Day/Date:      Wednesday, 5/18/16
Time:              6:30PM-8PM #214008
Fee:                Donation of a bag of Black Oil Sunflower Seed
Register By: May 11

International Bird Migratory Day
Once again we will become an essential contributor to the world wide celebration of bird migration.  As the official ambassador for the University of Cornell’s Ornithology data collection, Hawk Woods needs your assistance in reporting bird observations. We will also spend time checking out our Blue Bird boxes and keep an eye open for migrating birds to Hawk Woods.  While admission is free, we would appreciate a donation of black oil sunflower seeds as we continue to feed our friendly song birds.
Location:        Hawk Woods Nature Center
Day/Date:       Saturday, 5/14/16
Time:              9:00AM-12:00PM #214012
Fee:                Donation of bag of Black Oil Sunflower Seed                          
Register By: May 14

Father Son Campout
Enjoy our annual Father-Son Campout for a special memory-filled time together.  This program has proven to be one of our most popular as dads and sons spend time with Mr. Mike hiking while doing outdoor nature activities. Camping in log cabins together with others into the night as the stars and sounds of the forest fill the air while spending time around the campfire all make for a great weekend.  Register today because these 40 spots fill up fast!
Location:        Hawk Woods Nature Center
Day/Date:       Saturday, 6/18/16 – 6/19/16
Time:              3:00PM check in -9:00AM check out #234470
Fee:                $15 per person Resident / $20 per person Regular
Register By: June 4
Summer  Classes 2016 - Registration begins May 16th

E. Dale Fisk Hawk Woods Nature Center
3799 Bald Mountain Rd.

Let’s Go Outside!
Let’s take a hike along the woodland and marsh trails, explore pond life as we search for frogs, water snakes, and crayfish.  Afterwards we will roast our own hotdogs around the firepit.
Location:        Hawk Woods Nature Center
Day/Date:      Wednesday, 7/20/16
Time:             10:00AM-12:00PM #314019
Fee:               $3.00 Resident / $5.00 Regular
Register By: July 13
Boy Scout Merit Badge Week 
We are setting aside one week to assist Boy Scouts with their merit badges related to science. Mr. Mansour is a certified Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor.
Each night throughout the week we will be hosting a variety of badge programs. All programs will be held from 6PM-8PM. 
Location:        Hawk Woods Nature Center
Day/Date:       Monday, 8/15/16 – Mammal Studies or Public Speaking  #314171A
                       Tuesday, 8/16/16-Insect Study or Scholarship  #314171B
                       Wednesday, 8/17/16-Emergency Preparedness  #314171C
                       Thursday, 8/18/16 – Geology or Reptile/Amphibian Study  #314171D
Fee:                Donation of 20 pounds of black oil birdseed for each merit badge program.
Note:              One follow-up meeting will be required to complete the worksheet for each merit badge at a date to be determined
Register By: August 1
Mother-Daughter Campout – Girls Only!
The Mother-Daughter Campout is one of our most popular events.  We now have six new log cabins for moms and their girls to gather for some special times together.  You may want to come with friends and other family members but this is an “All Girls” event.  The day starts off with a welcome and cabin set up.  We have planned several nature and craft activities for you to enjoy along with hiking and exploring the trails and other sites guided by our naturalist. Dinner will be a group effort with grilling and roasting along with free-time followed by a traditional campfire with s’mores.  Mr. Mike will be preparing a blueberry breakfast with fresh hot coffee for the earlier risers on Sunday morning.
Location:        Hawk Woods Campground
Day/Date:       Saturday/Sunday, 9/10/16 – 9/11/16
Time:              3:00PM - 9:00AM #314610
Fee:                $15.00 Resident / $20.00 Regular
Register by:   August 22


Classroom & Fieldtrip Program     
Classroom & Fieldtrip Registration form 
Hawk Woods Info Sheet  
Park Rental Rates
Camping Guidelines