Oakland County, Michigan/Oakland County Parks/Recreation/School, Scout and Group Programs

School, Scout and Group Programs

​​​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 program.  Plan your next group picnic at one of eight parks or two waterparks.

​Field Trips, Nature Presentations and Nature Tables

Schools, Scout groups, senior centers and other groups can schedule nature center field trips, including the StarLab experience, and tailor the program content to specific topics. School programs are designed to meet Michigan Science Standards. 

Traveling outreach programs include nature presentations, nature tables and virtual take and learn field trips. StarLab, an inflatable planetarium, is offered as a program at the nature centers or as an outreach experience.

Scout Badge Days

Badge Days for 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. Badge Days can be planned for Cub and Girl Scouts as well as other scouting agencies like American Heritage Girls, Trail Life USA, Girl Guards or Sunbeam Scouts. Scheduled Badge Days don't fit your calendar? Schedule a customized field trip for your group.

Camp Wilderness

Designed with youth groups in mind, Camp Wilderness at Independence Oaks County Park offers two adjacent campgrounds accommodating 60 campers and 100 campers, respectively.

  • Site 1 has one platform tent (four beds); Site 2 has two platform tents (eight beds)
  • Each area features a pavilion with water and electricity, accommodating up to 100
  • Sites include fire rings, benches, grills and picnic tables
  • A shared heated, modern bathhouse offers showers and restrooms (Located on Site 2)
  • Camping is open April-November. (Special arrangements for winter camping)
  • Minimum of 10 youth and two adults required
  • Camping areas are a two-to-five-minute walk from parking lot. Drive-up and drop-off are not available.

Call Independence Oaks for reservations: 248-625-0877

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?

Is 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!

Waterpark Destinations

Book your group at the Red Oaks or Waterford Oaks​ Waterpark for a day of fun and celebration. With wave-action pools and spray areas for smaller visitors, it's the perfect location. Restrictions, terms and conditions apply.  Click for more group information.  Call 248-858-0916 at least one week in advance to make reservations.