Fetchin’ Fun, Pawesome Play at the Oakland County Waterparks

It wasn’t just another day at the park.

Oakland County Waterparks are officially closed for the summer. The closed sign prominent at the front gate, but last weekend families and their dogs were invited in for a little fetch and a lot of fun.

Tennis balls littered the pool as dozens of dogs dove in from all sides, using their best doggy-paddle to reach the closest one.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation‘s Waterford Oaks Waterpark and Red Oaks Waterpark hosted the 11th annual dog swim on September 10th and 11th; and it was clear, all dogs were in heaven dipping and diving into the blue water of the park’s wave pool.

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RED OAKS NATURE CENTER: An Oasis of Green in Madison Heights

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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The small waterfall outside the nature center entrance is a focal point of this oasis of green

There is a pleasing oasis of green hidden away in the bustling urban world of the City of Madison Heights; a city that does not usually come to mind when thinking about trails, nature recreation, outdoor education, wildlife habitat or bird migration. Oakland County Parks and Recreation states correctly, “Red Oaks Nature Center is where imagination, creativity and education meet to create a unique outdoor experience year round.” Some might also claim a visit to the 38 acres of the nature center is for the birds, and they are right about that too. Continue reading

It’s a Fetchin’ Good Time

Fetch is the game, dog park is the name! Whether your four-legged friends are putting their doggy-paddling skills to the test, or racing for a sailing tennis ball, Oakland County Dog Parks provide three locations where all dogs can run, jump and play.

Vast open spaces, complete with trails, lakes and fields, give way to an earthly heaven for all dogs (and their owners). It’s the perfect place for you and your pooch to exercise and socialize.

All Oakland County Dog Parks, including Red Oaks Dog Park, located in Madison Heights, Lyon Oaks Dog Park, located in Wixom and Orion Oaks Dog Park, located in Lake Orion are open to the public.

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Take a Swing at it!

It’s quiet. The whip of the golf club is sharp.

If that quick sound gets you swinging, you don’t need us to tell you that it’s golf season.

With nearly 6,700 acres of natural landscape, Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers many ways for residents to get outside and play, along with swimming, camping, hiking boating, picnicking and dog parks, are golf courses.

Home to five award-winning golf courses, Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers public access to:

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Dark Sky Week is ‘Out of this World’

The air is damp and the night is clear. When the sun finally retires, it gives way to billions of stars that illuminate the dark night sky. When the clouds clear, take time to recognize International Dark Sky Week, April 4-10, 2016.

This worldwide event takes place around Earth Day and Astronomy Day. Those who celebrate, aim to shed light on the issues associated with light pollution, while promoting easy ways to correct it. It’s also a great time to learn about our world, and the universe around it.

Take a peek through a telescope, hone in on your craft skills and learn a few things about light pollution. Don’t miss an opportunity to peer up at the Milky Way galaxy, trace the constellations or wait for a shooting star. Whatever you hope to do, you can do right in your own backyard.

Oakland County is home to many observatories and astronomy clubs where you can snag a front row seat to an “Out of this World Experience.

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