There is normally at least one naturalist lead walk per month with additional ones added during the spring wildflower and fall color seasons. An emphasis is put on understanding the different forest types found in our parks. Further information is given on individual plant and animal species, geology and human history of the area.
There is no cost for our public nature walks. Preregistration is no longer required.
There will be a Royal Oak Nature Society Owl Hoot on Thursday, February 16th at Cummingston Park beginning at 7:30 pm. We will walk into the woods and attempt to lure in or have screech & great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls.
There will be a Royal Oak Nature Society Winter Wildflower Walk on Saturday, February 18th at Tenhave Woods beginning at 2:00 pm. Winter wildflowers are the remains of the capsules, seed heads, and pods from the last growing season. Some are quite beautiful. We will identify these remnants and talk about their uses as food sources and over-wintering sites for wildlife.
There will be a Royal Oak Nature Society Owl Hoot on Friday, March 3rd at Tenhave Woods beginning at 7:30 pm. We will walk into the woods and attempt to lure in or have screech & great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls. For more nature walk information, please check out the following link: https://www.romi.gov/411/Nature-Walks
There will be a Royal Oak Nature Society Tree Bark Walk on Saturday, March 11th at Cummingston Park beginning at 2:00 pm. Learn the differences of bark on different species of trees and the changes in the looks of the bark as the tree ages. Why are some barks smooth and others deeply furrowed? Which patterns in the furrows help to identify the tree species? For more nature walk information, please check out the following link: https://www.romi.gov/411/Nature-Walks
- For Cummingston Walks & Owl Hoots, park & meet at the Torquay & Leafdale intersection (just east of Meijer)
- For Tenhave Woods Walks, park at the Marais/Lexington lot (just east of the High School) and walk about 300’ east to the entrance. For Owl Hoots, park & meet at the Marais/Lexington lot.
- For the Royal Oak Arboretum, park & meet at the Royal Oak Senior Center (3500 Marais) at the north end of the lot.
For park location maps, please see following link: https://www.romi.gov/1013/Park-Locations-Trail-Maps
FYI: Wearing boots while in the parks is recommended during the winter and spring months. Dressing appropriately for bugs and using insect repellant is advised from late spring through the end of summer. Dogs are not allowed inside either Tenhave Woods or Cummingston Park.