Active Adults

Oakland County Parks offers a variety of programming for active adults. Explore our parks, try a new activity, learn about Oakland County history and enjoy socializing with others in a welcoming, friendly environment. Check back often as programs are added to the calendar and feel free to email or call 248-221-8040 with your questions, comments and suggestions.

Join us at these upcoming programs:

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats are free historical programs hosted by Oakland County Parks Historian Carol Bacak-Egbo. They are held monthly online from 7-8 p.m. There is no need to preregister. Zoom links are available in the event listings on Oakland County Parks' Facebook page. Upcoming topics include:
  • “Those Who Left and Those Left Behind: Civil War Connections to Oakland County Parks” on Wednesday, April 19. The Civil War remains a watershed moment in our history, a time when things changed and would never be the same again. Hear stories of how the war affected people who at the time called our parklands home
  • "Digging into the Past: Archaeology and Oakland County Parks" on Thursday, May 18. Archaeology in Oakland County Parks has included the excavation of a roadside trash dump and an old farm trash pit as well as the search for the Ellis farm outhouse. Come learn about these ‘digs’ and the artifacts we found

Historical Series: Exploring Towns Along the Saginaw Trail

Over time the well-worn Indigenous Saginaw Trail turned into a rough wagon road and towns like Stony Run and Groveland Corners sprouted up along it. Some were mill towns. Some were tavern towns. Some are still there. Some have all but disappeared. Join Oakland County Parks Historian Carol Bacak-Egbo for a trip down the Saginaw Trail and hear those stories. This adventure will include lunch at The Farm House, a house built in the 1860s, and a tour of the historic Ellis Barn. Participants will have a trip-tik to guide them along the way and a bag of goodies to enjoy! This educational tour is scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10 and will include bus transportation to the Farm House and the Ellis Barn and a meal featuring a slider, salad and dessert. Cost is $25/person and the program is limited to 35 participants. Preregister and pay by April 26 by calling 248-858-0916 or completing the mail-in form. For additional information, call 248-221-8040 or email 

Historical Series: The History of Glen Oaks and the Land Around It

It may be a golf course today, but the land that became Glen Oaks Golf Course has a long and rich history. Join Oakland County Parks Historian Carol Bacak-Egbo in the historic 1925 Glen Oaks clubhouse as she shares stories from Glen Oaks County Park's past. This educational presentation is scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 24 and will include a pasta and salad bar luncheon provided by Oak Management. Cost is $38/person and the program is limited to 150 participants. Preregister and pay by May 8 by calling 248-858-0916

or completing the mail-in form. For additional information, call 248-221-8040 or email 

The History of Glen Oaks flyer