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

Exploring the Lower Peninsula's National Lakeshore” presentation is being held on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).  Did you know that there is a beautiful national park only four hours from Royal Oak?  The Sleeping Bear is an area unlike any other, over 50,000 acres along Lake Michigan replete with hills and forests of birch, pine, beech and maple.  The Lakeshore encompasses numerous small lakes and rivers, sugar sand beaches and, massive coastal sand dunes and bluffs.  Join park ranger Stephanie Schneider to learn about the beautiful perched dune ecosystem of the Leelenau Peninsula's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

“Holland Ponds Park” presentation is being held on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).   In 2001, the State of Michigan deeded the 200-acre parcel now known as Holland Ponds to Shelby Township.  Part of a clean-up project by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this area which is adjacent to the former G & H Landfill and backs up to Yates Cider Mill, was once considered lost because of toxic waste. Due to the clean-up efforts, it has made a tremendous come-back, and is now home to a number of thriving animals, fish, and plant-life. Visitors regularly see proof of its success in the variety of flourishing wildlife such as Blue Heron, Green heron, Great Blue Heron, Little Green Heron & Great Egret that choose Holland Ponds to make their nests.  Jim Gammicchia, coordinator-of the Burgess Shadbush Nature Center and River Bends Park located in Shelby Township, will do a talk about Holland Ponds Park.  He will also talk about parts of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal that are still visible at this site and will give an explanation and history of its importance and influence in the community.

“Ferns of Michigan”
presentation is being held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).   Most ferns are leafy plants that grow in moist areas under forest canopy.   They are some of the oldest plant species on earth and one of the more difficult groups of plants to tell apart.  Join Carol Clements, recently retired as manager of Nankin Mills Interpretive Center for Wayne County Parks, as she will be talking about Michigan ferns.  She will be discussing their unique characteristics that will help you to recognize some of these beautiful botanical treasures!