Choose from two nature centers
with customizable program offerings, or campgrounds and volunteer opportunities. Oakland County Parks can even get your group from Point A to Point B with our Mobile Recreation
Field Trips and Nature Discovery
Schools can schedule nature center field trips, including the StarLab
experience, and tailor the program content to specific topics. Age-appropriate programs satisfy Michigan grade level standards.
Naturalists can also bring interpretive programs, including StarLab, for all ages to your group year-round, depending on staff availability.
Do your kids love adventures and exploring new places? Our adventure day camp consists of county park tours, spending their time in the great outdoors! Possible camper activities may be: making waves at our waterparks, strolling trails through guided nature hikes, lying under the stars in our star lab, shooting archery, scaling a rock wall and soaring through the air with a free standing zip-line! Campers will also spend their days running through inflatable obstacle courses, riding the BMX track, doing crafts, and participating in wacky games to name a few! Trained summer camp staff and Oakland County Parks and Recreation bus drivers will pick up participants and transport to and from our parks each day.
2019 activity schedule:
Mondays –Use of mobile recreation units (climbing tower, zip line), visit Waterford Oaks Waterpark.
Tuesdays – Visit Red Oaks Nature Center, Red Oaks Soccer Complex, use of inflatable obstacle courses.
Wednesdays – Visit Red Oaks Waterpark and Red Oaks Soccer Complex.
Thursdays – Visit Independence Oaks: activities include shooting archery, fishing, nature hike, nature exhibits. Activities that will rotate each week at Independence Oaks include Starlab, Archelogy Dig, Talks with a Naturalist.
Fridays – Visit Waterford Oaks BMX track, use of giant board games.
Other activities may include miniature golf, disc golf, lawn games, structured group games, crafts and nature education.
*Please note that this is a template of a general week of OakVentures. Due to park schedules and unique special event opportunities, the week may vary slightly to offer the best experience for the campers.
2019 dates and transportation sites:
June 24-28, July 22-26, Aug. 12-16
Berkley – (Berkley Ice Arena, 2300 Robina Ave, Berkley, MI 48072) – Pick Up at 7:40a, Drop Off at 4:10p – To register, call 248-658-3470
Clawson – (Hunter Comm Center, 509 Fisher Ct, Clawson, MI 48017) Pick Up at 7:35a, Drop Off at 4p – To register, call 248-589-0334
Huntington Woods – (Gillham Recreation Center, 26325 Scotia, Huntington Woods, MI 48070) Pick Up at 8:00a, Drop Off at 4:25p – To register, call 248-541-3030
Madison Heights – (Hunter Comm Center, 509 Fisher Ct, Clawson, MI 48017) Pick Up at 7:35a, Drop Off at 4p – To register, call 248-589-2294
Oak Park – (Berkley Ice Arena, 2300 Robina Ave, Berkley, MI 48072) – Pick Up at 7:40a, Drop Off at 4:10p – To register, call 248-691-2357
Pleasant Ridge – (Gillham Recreation Center, 26325 Scotia, Huntington Woods, MI 48070) Pick Up at 8:00a, Drop Off at 4:25p – To register, call 248-541-2902 ext 0
Southfield – (Southfield Civic Center, 26000 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48076) – Pick Up at 8:00a, Drop Off at 4:35p – To register, call 248-796-4620 (Southfield is not offering June 24-June 28)
June 17-21; July 8-12; Aug. 5-9
Holly Township – (5142 E Holly Rd, Holly, MI 48442) – Pick Up at 7:50a, Drop Off at 4:10a –To Register, 248 -634-1758
Independence Twp – (Clintonwood Park, 6000 Clarkston Rd, Clarkston, MI 48348) – Pick Up at 8:10a, Drop Off at 4:40a – To register, 248-625-8223
Orion Twp – (Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48360) – Pick Up at 7:40a, Drop Off at 4:10p – To register, 248-391-0304
Waterford – (Paradise Pavilion at Waterford Oaks, 1702 Scott Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328) – Pick Up at 7:40a, Drop Off at 4:20p – To register, 248-674-5441 (Waterford is also offering June 24-28, in addition to dates above)
Cost: $140 per camper and includes T-shirt and all park entries and tickets throughout week of camp. Registration deadline is the Monday prior to the first day of camp.
Age: 6-12 by first day of camp. Must have completed kindergarten by first day of camp.
Campers are required to bring each day a lunch, two snacks, refillable water bottle, sunscreen, socks, tennis shoes, bathing suit and towel. Camp is held rain or shine.
Camp OakVentures is a state licensed day camp program. All abilities are welcome to attend camps. Please call 248-858-7759, 48 hours in advance if your child requires special accommodations.
Scout Badge DaysBadge Days
for Cub and Girl scouts of all levels are offered at Red Oaks and Wint nature centers. The interactive, hands-on programs allow scouts to satisfy all requirements for various badges.
Eagle Scout Projects
The parks are a great location for Eagle Scout projects. From bluebird nest boxes to trail enhancements, Eagle Scout candidates can make a real contribution to the local community. Contact the park supervisor (link to Contacts page) at the location of interest to you.
Can't Get Here from There?
Use an Oakland County Parks & Recreation bus. Special bus rental rates are available to school groups. Book buses for your next field trip by calling 248-858-0916.
Are you in charge of the picnic this year?
As an end-of the-school-year/season picnic in your future? Addison Oaks, Groveland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Lyon Oaks and Red Oaks feature picnic shelters with cooking grills as well as playgrounds, hiking trails, swimming beach, boating, fishing and even nature centers. Two waterparks
offer a splashing good time as well as picnic areas. Consider adding a Mobile Recreation
unit for loads of supervised fun!
Book your group at the Red Oaks
or Waterford Oaks
Waterpark for a day of fun and celebration. With giant waterslides, wave-action pools and spray areas for smaller visitors, it's the perfect location. Reserve a picnic shelter and even grab your favorite Blue Water Grill concession. Call 248-858-0916 at least one week in advance to make reservations.