Speaker Programs

Nature Society speaker programs are held from October to May at the Royal Oak Middle School located at 709 North Washington, between 11 Mile Road and Catalpa.  There is a General Meeting of the Nature Society that takes place a few minutes before the speaker program commences. The speaker programs are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted and start at 7:30 pm. The programs are usually slide shows focusing on various natural history topics. If you watch nature programs on PBS or the Discovery channel, our program is better because you can meet afterwards and ask the speakers questions. All Speaker Programs are free and open to everyone. Preregistration is not required.

Upcoming Programs

“Pollinator Garden” presentation is being held on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).  The Pollinator Garden is situated to the west of the Rouge Gateway Trail on the U of M Dearborn campus, just south of the Community Organic Garden. The garden is planted with dozens of native perennials that are used as nectar plants and/or larval hosts for pollinators, such as butterflies.  It is also the site for two other features, a sensory pond and an insect hotel.   David. Susko, Associate Professor of Biology at U of M Dearborn, will show you a step-by-step history of the design and construction of the garden, pond, and insect hotel.  The purpose of all of these elements is to provide aesthetically pleasing habitat for beneficial pollinators like garden insects and invertebrates. 

“Green Fire, Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic For Our Time” award winning film is being shown on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle SchoolThis documentary highlights legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement.  Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. 

"What Lives in the Arboretum" speaker program is being held on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).  Join Nature Society Botanist, Don Drife, for a program on the Royal Oak Arboretum.  Learn about what grows, lives, and visits the arboretum. Copies of the Nature Society's first book, on the plants of the Arboretum, will be available to purchase for $40.