West Bloomfield’s Wilder Side

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

The wilder side of nature is often thought to be found only in faraway places, destinations that take hours of travel and detailed planning to get to. Henry David Thoreau sought out the wilder side and wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” In reality, pockets of wild nature not only survive in Oakland County, but often thrive, making the division between wild nature and suburban living blurry at times. Continue reading

Run or Walk “The Brooksie Way” on September 23rd in Oakland County!

A group of runners, men and women, cross the starting line at the 2017 Brooksie Way Half Marathon race. Bystanders watch and cheer them as they stand under trees in the background. The sun is shining.

Will you be one of the thousands of walkers and runners participating in the 11th Annual McLaren Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10k and 5k? This year’s Brooksie Way will take place on Sunday, September 23rd on the beautiful grounds of Oakland University.

This family friendly event offers fun race options for your little ones too. Sign them up for the Diaper Dash, Toddler Trot, or Big Kids Race, on Saturday, September 22nd at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and give them the same race experience as Mom and Dad!

Register for The Brooksie Way!

Check out our video and see how much fun there is to be had at The Brooksie Way!

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Season of the Spittlebugs

Spittlebug

Wilder Side of Oakland County

Strange frothy bubbles are appearing on the stems of meadow wildflowers and garden plantings. They shimmer in summer sunlight and appear in mass along the uncut edge zones of sun-soaked trails, including the big three trail favorites of Oakland County: Paint Creek, Polly Ann, and Clinton River. Walk the shoreline of any lake in Oakland County that has a wild weedy edge and they are nearly impossible to miss. Little kids are not shy about describing what those whitish bubbles look like, or feel like, when inquisitive young fingers explore and poke into the mysterious frothy mass.

Giggles follow the finger poke and some take delight in squealing loudly, “It looks like spit!” They are right, it does, but the details of where that froth really comes from is something I sometimes refrain from sharing with little ones on the trails. The answer would make their giggles totally uncontrollable and confused parents might cringe and say, “Really?” I’ll save the answer on the creation of the spittle for the end.

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Rochester College: Oakland County College Connections

Rochester College is a four-year liberal arts college in Rochester Hills, Michigan that offers challenging academics within an inclusive christian community. Curriculum is focused on academic excellence, principled character, servant leadership, and global awareness. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered, as well as athletics and specialty programs that include studying abroad, honors programs, and more.

The college sits on a beautiful 80-acre suburban campus that’s nestled along the Clinton River Trail and overlooks the scenic Clinton River and Lake Norcentra Park. The natural setting provides students with ample opportunities for biking, walking, running, relaxing, and other activities. Nearby Downtown Rochester offers a small town, community feel with shopping, restaurants, trails, holiday events, and more. Students living on or off campus can become involved in campus ministry, theatre, music, student publications, Greek Life, and more.

See what awaits you as a Rochester College student in our video:

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The Magic of May: A Time to Discover Nature’s Way

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Rains on the first day of May accelerated the growth of delicate woodland wildflowers and the spring prize of the fungi world, morel mushrooms. It sent frogs to every puddle and pond, and skunks meandering for grubs at dusk. May sees Sandhill Cranes and Osprey back on their nests. Turkey Vultures now perch on rural barn roofs to catch the morning sun. Turtles bask on logs and goslings explore their shoreline world. Snapping turtles and northern water snakes swim through the shallows. Fawns wobble in dappled sunlight, and beavers come on shore in the cover of darkness to fell trees for their home improvement projects. This is the way of the magical month of growth and birth and renewal, a month we call May, a time to discover and share nature’s way. Continue reading