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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.


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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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

Hawk Woods Camping
Now is the time to plan your camping trip at Hawk Woods!  Enjoy six beautiful log cabins with overnight accomodations for up to 40 guests.  Nothing can beat a peaceful walk in the woods,  time resting by the pond, or an evening sunset.  Campfire late into the star lit night bring life long memories.  

Cabins that sleep 6 per night - $40 Resident / $50 Regular  
Cabin that sleeps 10 per night - $60 Resident / $80 Regular
One tent per cabin rental - $5 Resident / $10 Regular
Security deposit - $50

Call Parks & Recreation for more information at 248-370-9353.

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


Hawk Woods Nature Center schedules Public Scout Badge
Adventures on Saturdays 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 Pavilion
Fee: $10 Resident / $12 Regular

Badge: Scouts – Environmental Science II    #433993B

Pre-requisite: Environmental Science I
Date: Sunday 10/20/19
Time: 1:00PM – 3:30PM

Badge: Bear – Fur, Feathers, and Ferns    #433993C

Date: Saturday 11/16/19
Time: 1:00AM – 2:30AM

Learn how to build two different types of wilderness shelters –
an A-frame and a Lean-to, and the best places to build in an

Location: Hawk Woods Pavilion
Date: Saturday, 11/16/19     #438060
Time: 9:30AM – 11:00AM
Fee: Free

Come spend an hour learning about nature! The hour will
include a story, craft, time outdoors and other age-appropriate

Location: Hawk Woods Pavilion
Time: 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Fee: Free
Date: Wednesday, 10/16/19 Pumpkin Circle         #438061D


Let’s help our feathered friends find food this winter by building
a bird feeder! Project supplies included.

Location: Hawk Woods Pavilion
Fee: $3 Resident / $5 Regular
Date: Saturday, 12/14/19    #433991
Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

WEE STROLL (AGES 6 Months – 3 Years)
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. Parent is
required to stay with children under 5 years.

Location: Hawk Woods Pavilion
Time: 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Fee: Free
Date: Friday, 10/16/19    #433641C
Date: Friday, 11/08/19    #433641D



Hawk Woods Info Sheet  

Camping Guidelines  

Hawk Woods Trail Map - color