Fetchin’ Fun, Pawesome Play at the Oakland County Waterparks

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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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Indian Springs Metropark: It’s all about habitat for three species

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

IMG_3336Indian Springs Metropark sparkles with adventure during the sultry days of summer. The “Spray ‘n’ Play” area keeps toddlers and children cool – and mom and dad happy.   Beautiful picnic areas are abundant.  Golfers purse their passion on a challenging 18-hole course.  A paved bike trail embraces prairie areas and woodlands.

The Environmental Discovery Center is a nature-lovers delight rich with nature displays and scientific facts.  This 2,215 acre parkland located just nine miles northwest of Pontiac, managed by Huron-Clinton Metroparks, has excellent habitat for the Compass Plant, the 13-lined Ground Squirrel and the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake.

This is their habitat story from the “Wilder Side Of Oakland County“:

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IMG_3349Indian Springs provides more than just a glimpse of what the landscape of Oakland County and much of Southeast Michigan looked like more than a century ago; it has tall grass, prairie remnants, with perhaps the Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum ) being the most obvious species.   This sunflower-like plant grows 10 to 12 feet tall and towers over other flora in the Environmental Discovery Center prairie area, a restored landscape managed with carefully planned, prescribed fires.

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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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Oakland County Master Gardener Program

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Oakland County gardeners can sign up now to participate in the Master Gardener Program through Michigan State University Extension. The program provides adult horticultural education and volunteer leader training to anyone with an enthusiasm for gardening, along with a willingness and commitment to volunteer in the community. Register for the Fall 2016 class by July 29th and learn more about the Master Gardener program in the Oakland County video.

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The 2016 Oakland County Fair – Fillies, Fare and Fireworks

Take a ride on the Ferris wheel or roller-coaster, pop over to visit the science tent, visit the goats or ride the ponies. It’s a 4-H dream complete with pig races, a birthing tent and horseback riding.

From July 8-17, Springfield Oaks County Park, located at 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg, Mich. 48350, will transform its sprawling 332-acre space into a carnival, competitions, shows and other 4-H events. The Oakland County Fair will set up shop, providing entertainment and learning opportunities for all ages.

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Wristbands are available for purchase online, however guests can also purchase tickets at the gate. Tickets will grant guests access to all parts of the fair, including a visit with the chickens, cows, goats and even tigers!

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