Get Ready for the 5th Annual ART FISH FUN Festival!



The 5th Annual ART FISH FUN Festival is on Saturday, June 9th, from 11am to 4pm in Beaudette Park, located at 786 Orchard Lake Road in Pontiac, Michigan. The festival is a free, public event that provides art, environmental, and educational activities for the entire family.

Over thirty activities are scheduled for the day! Events include a puppet show put on by The Detroit Institute of Arts, fishing with the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash, and using super soakers to learn about soil erosion and storm drains.

Lunch begins at 1pm and lasts until 3pm. The menu includes BBQ ribs, chicken, hamburgers, and more. In addition, a Meadowbrook ice cream truck will arrive at 12:00pm and stay until the end of the festival.

Check out the video to see the fun that’s in store at the ART FISH FUN Festival!

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Hiking the “Hiker T. Moose”


Hiker T. Moose, that’s the name of a trail, not a moose that hikes. This was my destination on the wilder side of Oakland County two weeks ago under a quiet gray sky, a scene enlivened by serenading songbirds birds, the emergence of woodland wildflowers, and the overhead flight of Sandhill Cranes. Almost six years had passed since my last trek on that oddly named trail and back then my exploration was on cross-country skis. On that day the shoreline of the Shiawassee River was laced in ice and all but obscured in swirling snows. And just like back then, there were no encounters with moose this time either along that meandering portal to nature’s way known as the “Hiker T. Moose” trail.

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Memorial Day Events in Oakland County

Take time this Memorial Day weekend to honor the lives of those who sacrificed everything for our freedom, and attend one of the many parades, ceremonies, and events throughout Oakland County. From Troy to Holly and Waterford to Ferndale, there’s an activity to help Oakland County remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom.

List of Memorial Day Events in Oakland County

To learn more about each of these events, check out the Memorial Day Events page under the Things to Do section on the Oakland County Blog. There, you’ll find all the information you need to make your Memorial Day plans.

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Turtle Woods Preserve

Turtle Woods Preserve

“Imagine a place within a busy city, where shady swamps harbor endangered spotted turtles, ancient reptiles whose dark shells glow with spots of brilliant yellow, gliding just below the water’s surface. Then imagine moving a short distance into a glacial lakeplain prairie, with fields of native grasses and flowers from the time when the glaciers last melted from the land of Southeast Michigan.”

Turtle Woods Preserve

Those words first appeared in the Summer 2000 issue of the Oakland Land Conservancy newsletter in reference to a parcel of undeveloped land on the north side of Square Lake Road between John R and Dequindre in the highly urbanized City of Troy. Fast forward to May 2018. Efforts of the former Oakland Land Conservancy, which eventually merged with other conservancies, and finally morphed into the Six Rivers Land Conservancy finally bore fruit in the form of the new Turtle Woods Preserve. Continue reading