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.
"Citizen Scientist” is is a new program that will help us with research within Tenhave Woods. With your help, we will be searching for and counting Giant Swallowtail butterfly larva on Prickly ash in order to get information on their population. We may also continue our search for Shumard Oak which we believe is in Tenhave but we haven’t located yet. If found, this would be the furthest north any have been found in the state. If you are interested in participating in this program, please join us on Sunday, September 7th 2014 beginning at 2:00 pm at Tenhave Woods. Park at the Lexington & Marais lot & meet at the Lexington entrance.
Royal Oak Nature Society Trails Committee: The Nature Society is seeking 15 to 20 individuals willing to work on maintenance of the trail system at both parks. Much of the work is simply moving logs and branches of fallen trees. No special skills are needed except the willingness to spend a few hours in the park and drag branches. Anyone high school age or older is welcome. We do this work mainly on weekends and in the evening. If you are willing to work, please send Don Drife an email at email@example.com. When a tree comes down, we will send out an email with the date and time of the work session. Please consider helping us.
Check out the links to the left for additional information!
The following Nature Society board of director positions 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.
- Stewardship (Cummingston Nature Park): Organizes maintenance, protection & improvements for Cummingston Nature Park which will in turn enhance the overall park experience there.
- Stewardship (Tenhave Woods): Organizes maintenance, protection & improvements for Tenhave Woods which will in turn enhance the overall park experience there.
If you might be interested in one of these positions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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