All 13 of southeastern Michigan’s Huron-Clinton Metroparks have scheduled and ongoing activities in the works.
This April the White Lake-based Indian Springs Metropark has plenty of interpretive fun planned for park-goers.
Highlights for April 2013 are as follows:
- Tot Time: Eggs: 10 a.m. April 6, at the Environmental Discovery Center. Kids will learn what hatches from all those eggs each spring. Cost is $5 per person. Preregistration is required.
- Orienteering: 10 a.m. April 6, at the Environmental Discovery Center. Those who sign up will learn how to use a compass to find their way around in this 2-1/2-hour program. They’ll learn how to orienteer indoors, and then work their way through an outdoor course. Cost is $5 per person, or $8 if one is taking part in both mapping (see next entry) and orienteering sessions that same day. (Scouts can use the activity to earn badge credits.) Participants should dress for the weather.
- Map an Orienteering Course, 1:30 p.m. April 6, at the Environmental Discovery Center. Participants will make use of their freshly learned orienteering skills by mapping a cross-country course. Cost is $5 per person, or $8 if combined with the above orienteering session. Be sure to dress for the weather and to wear hiking boots. Preregistration is required.
- GPS Scavenger Hunt, 1 p.m. April 13, at the Environmental Discovery Center. Everyone who registers will learn about longitude and latitude so they’ll know how GPS works. Then they’ll use a GPS device to find practice geocaches hidden in the park. Cost is $5 per person.
- Green Schools – Successful Nestboxes, 11 a.m. April 20, Environmental Discovery Center. Learn how to make an inviting home for chickadees, bluebirds, tree swallows and other native birds at your school or home. Those who sign up will learn how to make a good nest box that appeals to birds. Cost is $3 per person.
- Keep It Clean for Earth Day, 1 p.m. April 20, Environmental Discovery Center. The park celebrates Earth Day with a clean-up. Volunteer and do some good for Mother Nature.
- Timberland’s Spring Wildflower Walk, 11 a.m. April 21, Environmental Discovery Center. Take a walk through Timberland Swamp and learn about wildflowers in the woodland. Preregistration is required. Cost is $3 per person. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear the right hiking shoes/boots.
- Woodcock Waltz, 8:30 p.m. April 26, Environmental Discovery Center. It’s a full moon, and the woodcocks are sure to display themselves, with a bit of patience and quiet from observers. Cost is $5 per person. Preregistration required.
- Webelos Badge Day: Forester, Naturalist and Geologist, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 27, Environmental Discovery Center. Scouts can earn up to three badges this day, and each program — for Forester, Naturalist and Geologist badges — lasts 1-1/2 hours. Call ahead for cost of badge and to make reservations. Fees will be due at time of registration.
Indian Springs Metropark is located at 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, Mich. Call 248-625-6640 to register for any programs, or visit www.metroparks.com to learn more.
All Huron-Clinton Metroparks require a vehicle pass to enter. Cost is $25 for an annual pass, or $15 annually for senior citizens, or $5 for a one-day pass. Passes are good at all 13 southeastern Michigan Metroparks.