Nature Society


 The Royal Oak Nature Society is a volunteer group working with the City to protect and promote the usage of Royal Oak's two nature preserves, Cummingston Park & Tenhave Woods.  We are also in the process of developing an arboretum & wildflower garden in the northern half of Worden Park East.  Go to the "Announcements" link for more information about the arboretum & wildflower garden.

 Both Cummingston Park & Tenhave Woods are nature areas that are over 20 acres in size and are heavily wooded with lined trails. They are open daily to the public from dawn to dusk. Dogs are not allowed inside either nature area. To learn more about why dogs are not allowed in these parks, please link on to "Why Dogs Are Not Allowed In Our Nature Parks".

Wearing boots while in the parks is recommended during the winter and spring months. Using insect repellant and dressing appropriately is advised from late spring through the end of summer.

To learn more about the parks, please come to our naturalist led nature walks. To find out when & where they are scheduled, link on to "Nature Walks". Park locations can be found by linking on to "Park Locations" and from that page, there are links to trail maps of the two nature parks.

Check out information about our next Citizen Scientist program (September, 2015) that can be found on our "Announcements" page.

The Nature Society could use your help!   Please check out our Volunteer Opportunities page

Royal Oak Nature Society Friends of Fungi    Friends of Fungi promotes the understanding of, and an appreciation for, fungi in general and those fungi found in Tenhave Woods, Cummingston Park, and other local urban woods. 

Royal Oak Arboretum July 1 Handout

Royal Oak Arboretum July 15 Handout

Royal Oak Arboretum July 23 Handout

Royal Oak Arboretum August 5 Handout

Royal Oak Arboretum August 19 Handout

Check out the links to the left for additional information!

The following Nature Society board of director positions (volunteer) are open:

  • Fundraising: Leads the fund-raising efforts of the Royal Oak Nature Society, which includes the coordinating and organizing of the Annual Spring Fundraiser and other fund-raiser programs approved by the board. 
  • Three Stewardship positions are open.  They include Cummingston Nature Park, Tenhave Woods and the Nature Society's Arboretum.  Each steward organizes maintenance, makes sure that their area is protected & plans park improvements. 
  • If you might be interested in one of these above positions, please e-mail us at or phone us at 248-246-3380 & leave a message.

 Membership. There are 4 types of membership.  General is free, Associate cost $5/yr, Supporting is $10/year and a Patron membership is $50/yr.  Please see "Membership" link for more information.   

The Nature Society has a Facebook page. Please check us out & become a fan. Feel free to add nature related items & photos to our Wall. us on facebook882566



The Nature Society is a member of the Royal Oak Opportunity To Serve (ROOTS) Foundation, established by the city to accept donations and endowments for the improvement of civic institutions.  Donations and bequests may be designated for specific Nature Society projects. Check here for further information on the ROOTS Foundation.


[file] 2014 Fundraiser Flyer for Public.pdf01/28/14 3:02 pm62.08 KB
[file] Giant Swallowtail Butterfly.pdf09/02/14 7:02 pm1.23 MB
[file] Royal Oak Arboretum July 1 Handout.pdf06/30/15 8:50 am2.64 MB
[file] Royal Oak Arboretum July 23 Handout.pdf08/04/15 2:21 pm1.91 MB
[file] Royal Oak Arboretum August 5 Handout.pdf08/04/15 2:23 pm2.62 MB
[file] Royal Oak Arboretum August 19 Handout.pdf08/18/15 9:21 am2.1 MB

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