School, Scout & 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.

​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.

Scout Badge Days

Badge 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?

A​s 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 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.