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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

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


Most programs are conducted at the Auburn Hills Community
Center while the new Lodge is being constructed at Hawk
Woods Nature Center. Please look at the location of each
program carefully.

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 Parks and Recreation for more information.
Location: Community Center Carriage Room
Fee: $8 Resident / $10 Regular
No charge for leaders/adults

Date: Saturday, 01/11/20 9:30AM-11:00AM
Scouts - Bird Study #134008A

Wednesday, 2/12/20 6:00PM-8:30PM
Scouts - Citizenship of the World #134008C

Saturday, 02/15/20 9:30AM-11:00AM
Wolf – Call of the Wild #134008B

Wednesday, 3/11/20 6:00PM-7:30PM
Scouts - Scholarship #134008D

Saturday, 03/21/20 9:30AM-11:00AM
Bear - Super Science #134008E

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: Friday, 1/3/20 #134011A
Friday, 2/7/20 #134011B
Friday, 3/6/20 #134011C

STORY HOUR (Ages 3-5)
Come spend an hour learning about nature! The hour will
include a story, craft, time outdoors and other age-appropriate
activities. Story Hour will be located at the Community
Center during winter months. Up to age 6 with adult.
Location: Community Center Carriage Room
Time: 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular

Date: Wednesday, 1/8/20
Not a Buzz to Be Found: Insects in Winter

Saturday, 01/18/20
In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? #134012B

Wednesday, 2/19/20
Over and Under the Snow #134012C

Saturday, 02/29/20
The Story of Snow #134012D

Wednesday, 3/18/20
Animals in Winter #134012E

Saturday, 3/28/20
Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard #134012F

Take a guided hike in the woods noticing all the seasonal
changes and signs of animals. End the hike with a cup of hot
chocolate! All ages are welcome, children must be accompanied
by an adult.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Pavilion
Fee: Free
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Date: Saturday, 1/25/20 #134003

Winter skies are here, which means long, cold, clear nights offering
the best views for our nighttime skies! McMath-Hulbert
Astronomical Society will guide us through the winter night
stars! Make and take home your own Star Chart. Bundle up
for this event and enjoy hot chocolate during your visit! All
Ages are welcome.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Pavilion
Fee: $3 Resident / $5 Regular
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Date: Saturday. 2/1/20 #134005

Will the groundhog see his shadow? Come enjoy the early
spring or late winter learning about groundhog day and shadow
science with a shadow craft to take home. Ages 5 and up
are encouraged to come learn something new.
Location: Hawk Woods Nature Center Cabin 5
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Date: Sunday, 2/2/20 #134007

Come spread the love of nature with us at our Valentine’s Day
activity making hearts, love bugs, outdoor art and more! Ages
5 and up are encouraged.
Location: Community Center Craft Studio
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Date: Saturday, 2/8/20 #134009

Gyotaku is a Japanese method of printmaking that traditionally
utilizes fish, sea creatures, or similar subjects as ‘printing
plates’ in its process. We will utilizing rubber fish replicas to
practice this art and learning about fish anatomy. Ages 5-12
Location: Community Center Craft Studio
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Date: Saturday, 3/7/20 #134004

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching, so let’s celebrate the
season with shamrocks! We will plant our own shamrocks to
take home, make a craft, and go on a scavenger hunt! Ages 5
and up are encouraged.
Location: Community Center Craft Studio
Fee: Free Resident / $3 Regular
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Date: Saturday, 3/14/20 #134010

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!

We will bring the following science programs to
your classroom! Each program will take 45 minutes
with your class. All the programs are based on the
Next Generation Science Standards and Michigan’s
Please call Parks & Recreation at 248-370-9353 to
schedule your program and get more information.

This is an early elementary activity wherein students examine
live night crawlers using magnification tools, including a digital
microscope projected on your screen. Groups of two students
will work together to examine the bodies and movement of
worms. We will also discuss the habitat of worms!

Understanding flowers is a critical step in learning about
plants and their role in our ecosystem. We will examine
freshly cut flowers and focus on identifying the different parts
of them.

Explore these fascinating man-made polymers and their
changes from solid to liquid that are invisible in water. Each
student will be able to take their own crystals home with the
possibility of demonstrating this experiment to their parents
and siblings. This activity requires two 45-minute visits to your

Bring excitement to Newton’s theories while students are
challenged to weigh and run their own NEW Hot Wheels Car
on a designed challenge in motion. This is a classic activity
that requires, a few electronic scales, flat tables and space
for the races. We provide NEW cars that the students get to

Join Mr. Mansour as he challenges your students to dissect
Barn Owl pellets and assemble them back into a model
display. This hands-on activity helps students to learn and
understand the food web of a Barn Owl.


Hawk Woods Info Sheet  

Camping Guidelines  

Hawk Woods Trail Map - color