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Hawk Woods Nature Center


E. Dale Fisk Hawk Woods Nature Center
 

3799 Bald Mountain Rd.

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

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Educational Outreach
Let us bring nature to you!  Hawk Woods Nature Center is eager to visit your classroom & provide a variety of hands-on activities to your students to expand their knowledge of the outdoors & appreciation of our Michigan wildlife!

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 for the brochure for classroom visits & field trip information

    
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.   


Are you an Eagle Scout wanting to request a volunteer project?
We are happy to assist with the development of appropriate projects. To fill out an application and learn more details about our application process:


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GEOCACHING  CHALLENGE
A new geocaching challenge has been put in place in the Hawk Woods Nature Center located at 3799 Bald Mountain Road. Geocaching is a game played in the outdoors utilizing a handheld GPS or a smartphone with a geocaching app. The Challenge features six geocaches specifically designed for families and those new to geocaching. Come explore the natural environments in our city! Complete our Geocaching Challenge and stop by the community center for a special prize!  Download the Geocaching Challenge Decoder - click here


New Hawk Woods Lodge

The City of Auburn Hills is pleased to announce that construction of the new lodge at the Hawk Woods Nature Center is underway. The new facility will combine the functions of the old lodge and the former nature center into one building. The new lodge is a multi-purpose facility which can be used for family gatherings, environmental educational programming, corporate team-building, training and social events.

This log themed building will be 3,000 square feet with a patio located in back. Fieldstone Architecture performed the design work and Vesta Homes Inc. is the general contractor. We anticipate a ribbon cutting in May of 2020.

For additional questions about this project, please contact the Department of Public Works at (248) 391-3777.

The following documents are available for those interested in learning more about this project:

Front of Lodge

Lodge Exterior

Lodge Floorplan

City's Master Recreation Plan



OUTDOOR EDUCATION & NATURE PROGRAMS AT HAWK WOODS NATURE CENTER

CAMPING AT HAWK WOODS
Now is the time to plan your camping trip at Hawk Woods! Enjoy six beautiful log cabins with overnight accommodations for 40 guests. Nothing can beat a peaceful walk in the woods or a time resting by the pond on an evening sunset. Campfires late into the starlit night bring lifelong memories. Call today for availability. Cabins that Sleep 6 per night - $40 Resident / $50 Regular Cabin that sleeps 10 per night - $60 Resident / $80 Regular Deposit - $50

SUMMER NATURE CAMP (Ages 6-12)
Exploration, discovery, and delight await your camper at Hawk Woods Nature Center’s new Summer Nature Camp! Summer Nature Camp programs are designed by our Naturalist and nature center staff who bring the knowledge of science and nature to every adventure! Activities throughout the week will include environmental science, games, songs, crafts, and outdoor adventures. For ages 6 (completed Kindergarten) – 12. Campers should bring a snack and a water bottle each day. Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge
Fee: $30 Resident/$77 Regular
Date: Monday 8/24/20 – Friday 8/28/20    #316675
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

LITTLE HIKERS (Ages 0-6)
This program is designed for parents to take a guided walk with their child, learn about the outdoors and learn ways to introduce children to the natural world around them. Up to age 6 with adult.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Pavilion
Fee: Free Time: 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Date: Thursday, 4/2/20   #234011A
Friday, 5/1/20   #234011B
Friday, 6/5/20  #334011A
Friday, 7/10/20  #334011B
Friday, 8/7/20  #334011C

SCOUTING
Hawk Woods Nature Center schedules Public Scout Badge Adventures in order to encourage many scouts to come together to achieve their badges. Programs are pre-planned by our Nature Center Instructors. These events are geared towards individual scouts or small groups. Large groups and/or different badge adventures can be accommodated by booking a private adventure. Contact the community center for more information.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Pavillion
Single Sessions: Fee: $8 Resident / $10 Regular no charge for leaders/adults
Sunday, 4/19/20 Scouts Bird Study 1:00PM-3:00PM   #214171A
Tuesday, 4/21/20 Scout Nature 6:00PM-8:00PM   #214171B
Friday, 4/24/20 - Cubs & Weeblos – Forestry 6:00PM-8:00PM   #214171C
Wednesday, 5/6/20 Cubs & Weeblos – Outdoor Hike 6:00PM-8:00PM   #214171D
Wednesday, 6/10/20 Scouts – Environmental Science I 6:00PM-8:00PM   #314171E
Wednesday, 7/15/20 Cubs & Weeblos – Nature Hike 6:00PM-8:00PM   #314171B

Double Sessions: Fee: $16 Resident / $20 Regular
Wednesday, 6/10/20 & 8/12/20 Scouts – Environmental Science I&II 6:00PM-8:00PM #314171A

NATURE STORY TIME (Ages 0-6)
Come listen to a story and have fun with nature! The activity will include a story and a craft, time outdoors and/or other age-appropriate activities. Nature Story Time will be held at the Community Center in April and May, and at the Hawk Woods Lodge in June, July, and August. For children up to age 6.
Time: 9:30AM – 10:15AM
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular

Location: Community Center Carriage Room
Thursday, 4/16/20 - This is the Nest that Robin Built   #234012A
Saturday, 4/25/20 - Give Bees a Chance   #234012B
Wednesday, 5/20/20 - Eliza and the Dragonfly   #234012C
Saturday, 5/30/20 - Little Owl’s Night   #234012D

Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge
Wednesday, 6/17/20 - We’re Going on a Bear Hunt   #334012A
Saturday, 6/20/20 - Snakes!   #334012B
Friday, 7/17/20 - I’m Trying to Love Spiders   #334012C
Saturday, 7/25/20 - Under One Rock   #334012D
Wednesday, 8/19/20 - The Busy Tree   #334012E
Saturday, 8/22/20 - The Adventures of a Plastic Bottl   #334012F

GEOCACHING SERIES CHALLENGE
Complete our Geocaching Series Challenge and stop by the community center for a special prize! Call for more information about how to complete the challenge!


EARTH WEEK SERVICE PROJECT
Join us in service at Hawk Woods Nature Center. All activities are hands-on outdoor activities and will help us improve the park environment. Great for groups, families, and individuals.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Cabin 5
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Fee: Free
Date: Saturday, 4/18/20   #214013

HAWK WOODS HEROES RECEPTION AND BONFIRE
Anyone who is interested in volunteering, or supporting Hawk Woods Nature Center is invited to come to this casual gathering and bonfire. Rick McAvinchey from The Land Steward, LLC will be in attendance as a special guest for the evening.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Cabin 5
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Fee: Free
Date: Wednesday, 4/22/20    #214014

BEE KEEPER OPEN FORUM
Karen Doyle, our Hawk Woods Beekeeper, will be onsite to answer all your questions about bees and bee keeping, including an opportunity to tour the beehives at Hawk Woods.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Cabin 5
Time: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Fee: Free
Date: Saturday 4/25/20    #214015

MOTHER’S DAY CRAFT (Ages 5-10)
Get the kids ready for Mother’s Day! Kids will make a craft for mom, be ready to get a little messy!
Location: Community Center Makers Studio
Time: 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Date: Wednesday, 4/29/20    #223662

FLYING WILD (Ages 5-10)
Learn about birds and migration patterns.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Pavilion
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Date: Saturday, 5/16/20    #233330

RAINY DAYS AND RAINBOWS (Ages 5-10)
Rain sometimes brings rainbows and we will be learning about both! Learn about the science of rainbows and make a fun rainbow craft.
Location: Community Center Makers Studio
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Date: Monday, 5/11/20    #214008

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE (Ages 5-10)
Celebrate the longest days of the year through sunflower fun! Learn all about sunflowers and sunflower seeds through activities, science, and a snack!
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge
Time: 10:00Am – 11:00AM
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Date: Tuesday, 6/16/20    #314009

CAMPING OPEN HOUSE & BONFIRE
Hawk Woods staff will be hosting an open house at our cabins to teach the basics of camping and campfires. All Ages Welcome.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Cabin 5
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Date: Monday, 6/22/20    #314010

ENGINEERING A BIRD’S NEST (Ages 5-10)
Have you ever wondered how birds build their nests? Learn what materials birds use to build their nests, then engineer your own!
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Date: Saturday, 7/11/20    #314011

GREEN LIVING SCIENCE
In this presentation from Green Living Science, families will engage in a fun program to learn about recycling! Families will participate in activities that incorporate science and learn how to create a more sustainable society. The first 18 families to sign up will receive a free 18 gallon recycling bin! All ages welcome.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Fee: Free
Date: Wednesday, 7/22/20    #314012

ORIENTATION TO FIELD TRIPS AND CAMPING FOR TEACHERS
Geared towards elementary teachers, our Hawk Woods staff will guide you through an orientation of opportunities school groups have for field trips, camping, and in-school outdoor education activities. Grant funding for Wheels to Woods will be discussed.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Fee: Free
Date: Wednesday, 7/29/20    #314013

PICK YOUR POISON: LIVE ANIMAL PRESENTATION
REPCO will be presenting this program to people who want to learn all about poisonous and venomous animals! Live animals will be part of the presentation, including some non-poisonous and non-venomous animals that we will be able to touch! All ages welcome. 
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Fee: Free
Date: Tuesday, 8/11/20    #314014

WOODLAND FAIRY FUN (Ages 5-10)
Take a magical adventure through the woods! We will build a woodland fairy habitat and make our own fairy wands!
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Date: Saturday, 8/15/20    #314015



 


Hawk Woods Info Sheet  

Camping Guidelines  

Hawk Woods Trail Map - color