‘Not So Spooky’ Halloween Happenings & Fall Fun!

It’s the perfect time to get your little ones outdoors to enjoy the ‘not so spooky’ side of Halloween and fall fun! There are a TON of family activities for you and your little ones to enjoy through the month of October, in and around Oakland County. You’ll find all kinds of things to do from pony rides, corn mazes, hayrides, face painting, inflatables, petting zoos, straw mountains and the list goes on…and on!

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Here is our 2014 (not so spooky) list for Halloween & Fall fun.

Armada

Blake’s Barnyard Funland

Bloomfield Hills

Franklin Cider Mill

Bowers Farm Corn Maze

Commerce

Long Family Orchard

Dearborn

Halloween in Greenfield Village

Farmington Hills

Heritage Park – Hayrides

Fenton

Spicer Orchards and Cider Mill

Holly

Diehl’s Cider Mill

Oakhaven Farm

Leonard

Addison Oaks – Boo Bash Camping

Livonia

Wilson Barn

Milford

Kensington Metropark – Pick Your Pumpkin Hayrides

Northville

Maybury Farm

Three Cedars Farm

Rochester

Yates Cider Mill

Romeo

Stony Creek Orchard & Cider Mill

Royal Oak

Detroit Zoo Boo

South Lyon

Erwin Orchards

Washington Twp.

Miller’s Big Red

Westview Orchards

Ypsilanti

Wiards

We hope you enjoy this fantastic fall season and all of the fabulous fun that comes with it!

Please be sure to check websites for times, pricing and specific activities.

A Head Start Program for Turtles

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The Detroit Zoo (located in Royal Oak) is 90 miles south of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County.  But for 27 young Blanding’s turtles that slid from warm human hands into the cool duckweed-coated backwaters of the Shiawassee at the end of August, that journey to freedom took two years. These turtles were saved from near certain consumption by raccoons when they were still yummy munchies in their eggs. Multiple agencies worked on the project, a reminder to all who appreciate the wilder side of nature that all things are connected.

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Poison Sumac: Our Wetland Beauty with a Dark Secret

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Erika Cole Pratt of Ann Arbor Parks admires a beautiful poison sumac tree in a Rose Township wetland.

Swamp walkers and wetland trail hikers need to keep a sharp lookout for one of the most beautiful plants of our wetlands: Toxicodendron vernix, better known as poison sumac. This scraggly, shrub-like small tree thrives in the swamps, bogs, marshes and other wetlands of Oakland County. It is one of the first plants to dress in spectacular autumn colors that can best be described as flaming orange with a dark red hue. Poison sumac, as alluring and beautiful as it may be, presents a far more prevalent hazard to hikers than an encounter with Michigan’s only venomous snake, the massasauga rattlesnake. In these early days of September, poison sumac stands out drastically among the trailside – let the color and leaf pattern be a warning of its clear and present danger.

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New Program Announced to Improve Downtowns

 

mainstreet_logoThis week, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced a new three-tiered program that will prepare more communities for entry into the Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program and the economic benefits of utilizing the nationally-recognized program.

MSOC is an unique economic development program with a historic preservation philosophy and an emphasis on “sense of place.” The program helps local governments develop their downtowns as vibrant, successful districts that serve as the heart of their communities.

“Nineteen downtowns are in the Main Street program,” Patterson said at a press conference in downtown Farmington. “My goal is to bring many more communities into the fold as soon as possible. I want all the downtowns to enjoy the benefits we see now in Ferndale, Holly, Oxford and all the Main Street communities.”

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