Natural Resources Classes & Activities
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Natural Resources Classes & Activities

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June 13 - September 19, 2015:  2015 Summer Discovery Cruises
Summer Discovery Cruises offer anyone interested in exploring Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair the opportunity to get out on the water for an educational experience. Cruisers can learn about many aspects of the lakes, from lighthouses, shipwrecks, bootleggers and history and culture of the region to fish, ecology, restoration and wind, waves and water — and much more, depending on the cruise theme.

There are more than 20 cruise themes to choose from. Most cruises range from 2.5 hours to 4 hours on the water and range in price from $15-$30 per person. Ages six and older are welcome on the cruises.

July 18, 2015:  Investigating Lake Ecology

Oakland County has more inland lakes than any other county in Michigan. Each lake has unique ecological properties which people influence by their activities on the land and in the water.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will investigate lakes, common aquatic vegetation and their role in keeping lakes healthy, aquatic invasive species that threaten lakes, the effects of seasonal changes on lakes, as well as the physical, chemical and biological properties of the water. Participants will have the opportunity to explore Independence Oaks County Park's Crooked Lake via rowboats and a pontoon boat.  Activities will also take place inside the Wint Nature Center inside the park.

This Saturday program will be held at Independence Oaks County Park in the Wint Nature Center, 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, Michigan 48348.

Please note there is limited space available and spots will fill quickly. Pre-registration required. Register online:

Registration cost is $25/person on or before July 10, 2015. The cost is $35/person on or after July 11, 2015. Deadline to register is July 15, 2015

If you have questions, please contact:

Workshop questions— Bindu Bhakta: (248) 858-5198 or

Registration questions— Cathy Morris: (248) 858-1639 or

August 3, 2015:  Protecting Michigan's Inland Lakes

This workshop will help local officials and concerned citizens understand the benefits of inland lakes to communities, the regulations that govern them, and the opportunities for enhancing protection at the local level. Lunch provided.  Registration required by July 23.  Click here for more information or to register.

For further information about all natural resources classes and activities, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0887.