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 behind the Royal Oak Senior Center (3500 Marais). 

  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 these parks firsthand, 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.

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To get additional information about the Royal Oak Nature Society, Tenhave Woods and Cummingston Park, please go to this link

For more information about the Royal Oak Arboretum, please go to this link.


   The Nature Society needs your help!  We are looking for volunteers to help with Nature Society activities and to help us maintain & improve Tenhave Woods, Cummingston Park and the Royal Oak Arboretum.  If you are interested in helping out your community, please check out our volunteer opportunities link. 



ROAK Logo A Special Thanks to ROAK Brewing Company for Their Very Generous Donation


  Cummingston Fungi Aug 2015Royal 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.  Check out "Royal Oak Nature Society Friends of Fungi" link for more information about them and their program schedule.


Nature Society Native Tree Collection

Tenhave TreesTen years ago we realized that we had 44 of the 86 Michigan's native trees growing in Tenhave Woods.  We can’t plant anything in Tenhave because it is a nature area.  But by adding an arboretum across the street, the Nature Society is attempting to build a collection of all of Michigan's native trees. During the first stages of developing the arboretum, we had to concentrate on removing alot of invasive species.  After 10 years of hard work we now have 65 of Michigan’s native trees in either Tenhave Woods or the arboretum.  There are five more trees in Nature Society member’s gardens waiting to be planted in the arboretum, some of which includes some species that are growing from seed. Please see table that shows the status of those 86 species of Michigan trees.  



RO Farm HouseBehind the natural beauty of Tenhave Woods & Cummingston Park, there is a land history to explore.  Please check out these links to Tenhave Woods & Cummingston Park to learn about the people who once lived on these lands. 

The Goodwin family was the first owner of the land that now includes Tenhave Woods.  The photo on the right is of Samuel Volney Goodwin's family & farmhouse during the middle 1880's.  Samuel is the 3rd generation of Goodwins to own this piece of land.





   Check out the links in left column under "Nature Society" for more Nature Society & parks information.



    The following Nature Society board of director position (volunteer) is 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. If you might be interested in this position, 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 pagel.

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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.






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