Be Thankful – Opt Outside!

lake with some snow on it with snow-covered trees on the shore

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Fall and winter hiking is an exhilarating experience, especially after a blanket of fresh snow. Don’t let the chilly weather hold you back; unless perhaps you are visiting snowbound Buffalo. The important thing is to be thankful that you have the opportunity to “Opt OutSide.” Make the day after Thanksgiving, a day to embrace the concept of Opt Outside! I’ll be out there too, not long after sunrise. I might even have a turkey sandwich stashed in my day pack along with a mug of hot cocoa.

The #OptOutside movement was started in 2015 by the outdoor retail company REI. The basic meaning of Opt Outside is to enjoy the outdoors on Black Friday instead of a crowded shopping frenzy. Since 2015, REI has closed its doors on Black Friday—inviting employees and members to spend time outside rather than shopping. This year, REI just announced their Opt Outside movement will be permanent for all their employees.

Many other retailers have joined a similar movement to close their doors on Thanksgiving Day to encourage employees and early bird shoppers to stay at home with their loved ones. In addition, Oakland County Parks and Recreation also hosts one of their Park Appreciation Days on Thanksgiving, when visitors can enjoy free daily park entry with access to natural areas, trails, playgrounds, dog parks and all park amenities.

There are plenty of adventures on the wilder side of Oakland County this season, whether you are taking advantage of Oakland County Parks Appreciation Day on Thursday, or Opting Outside on Friday (or both)!

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Oakland County Veterans Day Events

Oakland County Veterans Memorial

On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served America in both war and peace, and have made incredible sacrifices to protect our nation. Many Oakland County cities, villages, and townships host Veterans Day events to honor America’s armed forces. Use our list below to observe Veterans Day 2022 and pay tribute at an event near you. There is also a list of Veteran and military discounts available on Veterans Day and all year long, as well as services and events available from the Oakland County Veterans’ Services team.

Birmingham

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Celebration at Shain Park

Farmington

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Celebration at the Costick Center

Highland Township

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Celebration at Veteran’s Park on the corner of W. Livingston and N. John St

Holly

Nov. 11: Great Lakes National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony

Lake Orion

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Orion Center

Lyon Township

Nov. 2: Michigan War Dog Memorial presentation at the Lyon Township Public Library

Novi

Nov. 10: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Novi Civic Center

Nov. 11: Veteran Salute Presentation at the Novi Police Training Center

Oakland County Parks

Nov. 11: Free Park Entry for ALL to Oakland County Parks: Addison Oaks County Park, Highland Oaks County Park, Independence Oaks County Park, Lyon Oaks County Park and Lyon Oaks Dog Park, Orion Oaks County Park, Orion Oaks Dog Park, Red Oaks Dog Park and Rose Oaks County Park.

Oakland Township

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veteran’s Tribute of Oakland Township

Rochester

Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day Breakfast at the Rochester Community House

Rochester Hills

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Pointe Park

Royal Oak

Nov. 5: 2.2 Mile Ruck March

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Royal Oak Veterans War Memorial in Centennial Common

Southfield

Nov. 10: Veterans Day Ceremony at Southfield City Hall

Troy

Nov. 11: Troy Veterans Day Ceremony at Troy Veterans Plaza

West Bloomfield

Nov. 8: Heroes Appreciation Breakfast at the West Bloomfield Middle School

Do you know of any other Veterans Day events taking place in the Oakland County area? Let us know about them; contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com.

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Dog Parks in Oakland County

Dog plays with owner at Orion Oaks Dog Park

Looking for a fun place to spend time with your pup? You’re in luck! Oakland County offers a variety of dog parks for you and your furry friend to have a great time playing, socializing, and exercising. View all the dog parks in Oakland County below on our new interactive map, or checking out our list of parks.

Map of dog parks in Oakland County

Farmington Hills

William Grace Dog Park (Farmington and Farmington Hills residents only)
29040 Shiawassee Road,  48336
248-473-1800

Ferndale

Ferndale Dog Park (residents only)
Hilton Road, just south of Nine Mile Road, 48220
248-544-6767

Hazel Park

Hazel Park Dog Park
Couzens Avenue, 48030
248-546-7000

Lake Orion

Orion Oaks Dog Park
1200 Joslyn Road, 48360
248-625-0877

Madison Heights

Red Oaks Dog Park
31353 Dequindre, 48071
248-585-0100

Milford

Milford Dog Park
Adjacent to Milford Trail, near General Motors Road trailhead and parking lot
248-684-1515

Novi

Novi Dog Park
42390 Nick Lidstrom Drive, 48375
248-347-0400

Pleasant Ridge

Pleasant Ridge Dog Park (residents only)
north end of Gainsboro Park, 48069
248-451-2902

Royal Oak

Mark Twain Dog Park
4600 N Campbell Road, 48067
248-246-3000

Shelby Township

Stony Creek Metropark
4300 Main Park Road, 48316
586-781-4242

Troy

Daisy Knight Dog Park
3410 Livernois, 48084
248-524-3484

West Bloomfield

West Bloomfield Dog Park (residents only)
5911 Halsted Road, 48322
248-451-1900

Wixom

Lyon Oaks Dog Park
52221 Pontiac Trail, 48393
248-858-0906

Do you know of any other pet parks in the Oakland County area? Let us know by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com or leaving a comment below.

Photo courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation.


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Situational Awareness Adventures

person riding bike on trail through with orange tree on side of trail

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

October, the golden month, has almost arrived. It’s also the month we should not forget the need for situational awareness. A few years ago I failed miserably at practicing situational awareness, and things could have ended badly for me. Keep reading for that informative misadventure. I’ll also share a few words on poison sumac, Eastern massasauga rattlesnakes, and weather awareness.

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