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Mammal Walk Dec 4 2021

Mammal Walk in Tenhave Woods in early December

Woody Plants in Winter

Zoom Talks and Winter Walks

Have you ever wondered how to identify common southern Michigan trees by their twigs or bark?  Some species are easier to identify in the winter than they are when they just have their leaves and others are more of a challenge. Join Don Drife, botanist, and Bob Muller, Nature Society naturalist, for a series of zoom talks and winter walks as they look at Michigan trees and shrubs. They will be referencing the book Michigan Trees by Burton Barnes and Warren Wagner (second edition). You might wish to purchase a copy if you don't already have one.

Looking at trees is a great reason to get out into the woods in the winter.  For more information about our Woody Plants in Winter zoom talks and nature walks, please click here: 

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Tree First has installed a QR code sign on the fence just outside the Tenhave Lexington Entrance.  There are also 4 QR code signs attached to 4-inch square posts located along the Sandbar Trail (west side) with the last one being located just beyond the large oak in the center of the park.  If you are in Tenhave sometime, you might want to check them out.  



WHO ARE WE: The Royal Oak Nature Society is a volunteer group working with the City of Royal Oak to protect, maintain and promote the usage of Royal Oak's two nature preserves, Cummingston Park and Tenhave Woods.  We are also in the process of developing an arboretum and wildflower garden (Royal Oak Arboretum) behind the Royal Oak Senior Center (3500 Marais).  Go to the Nature Society page to learn more about us. 

ABOUT OUR PARKS: Both Cummingston Park and Tenhave Woods are nature preserves that are over 20 acres in size and are heavily wooded with lined trails.  They are designated by the city of Royal Oak as conservancy parks where the protection and management of the animal and plant/tree life in the parks is the primary concern.  They are open daily to the public from dawn to dusk.  Click here to find out why dogs are not allowed inside either nature preserve.  Go to Nature Preserves page to learn more about Cummingston Park and Tenhave Woods. 

The Royal Oak Arboretum is a park located behind the Senior Center.  It has been under development since 2007.  The long range plan for our arboretum is to create a collection of native trees/plants that are not found in Tenhave Woods.  Link on to Royal Oak Arboretum to learn about its history and progress. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  To find out where these parks are located on a map and a map of their trail systems, click here.  Wearing boots while in the parks is recommended during the winter and spring months. Using insect repellent and dressing appropriately is advised from late spring through the end of summer.  To learn more about these parks firsthand, check out our Naturalist Led Nature Walks schedule.

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The Nature Society is now on YouTube!  Check out our first virtual Fungi Walk hosted by Nature Society mycologist, Mary Fredricks.   See some of the fungi (and more) that was in Cummingston Woods in July 2020.  Just go to YouTube and search for "Royal Oak Nature Society" to find our channel.   You can Subscribe to our channel and get notifications when new content is added.  It is free!  You can also click here:

In the Spring of 2021, there were two excellent talks about fish in Michigan. Missed them? No problem. You can view both on the Nature Society's YouTube Channel.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Nature Society is always looking for volunteers to help us in many different ways. Please click "Volunteer Opportunities" button (right)  to check out volunteer opportunities that are available and that you might be interested in getting involved with.    

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To access the Nature Society calendar, please click the "CALENDAR" button on your right.

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General Membership (No Cost)

If you would like to be on the Nature Society’s e-mail blast list, please sign up to be a General Member.  It is free!  Just send us an e-mail stating that you would like to be a General Member along with your name, complete street address including zip code and e-mail address.  Our e-mail blast includes program/walk schedules and other current information.  Click here for more information about our associate, supporting & patron memberships.

Friends of Fungi Mycology Club

This group promotes the understanding of, and an appreciation for, fungi in general and those fungi found in Tenhave Woods, Cummingston Park, and other local urban woods. The group is open to anyone who wants to learn more about fungi which includes mushrooms. Check out this link for more information including program schedule.

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Problems in the Parks

 If you are near Tenhave Woods, Cummingston Park or the Royal Oak Arboretum and see or hear suspicious or unlawful behavior, please help by calling the Royal Oak Police Department’s non-emergency number, 248-246-3500 and inform them of the problem.  We would also appreciate it if you could also let us know about the problem by contacting us at 248-246-3380 & leave a message or by e-mail.

Land History

Behind the natural beauty of Tenhave Woods and Cummingston Park, there is a land history to explore. Please check out these links to Tenhave Woods (PDF) and Cummingston Park (PDF) to learn about the people who once lived on these lands.

The Goodwin family was the first owner of the land that now includes Tenhave Woods and Royal Oak High School. The below photo is of Samuel Volney Goodwin's family and farmhouse during the middle 1880s. Samuel was the third generation of Goodwins to own this piece of land.  The house was located just south of Normandy Rd. & just east of Crooks.
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Royal Oak Foundation

The Nature Society is a member of the Royal Oak Foundation, established by the city to accept donations and endowments for the improvement of civic institutions.  Donations and bequests may be designated for specific Nature Society projects, activities or events.  Click "Make a Donation" button on your right if you would like to make a direct donation to the Royal Oak Nature Society using PayPal, credit or debit card.  If you would like to donate by writing a check, please make it payable to the “Royal Oak Nature Society.”  Record “donation” on the memo line and send the check to the Royal Oak Nature Society, 1600 N. Campbell Rd., Royal Oak, MI   48067.

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The Nature Society is a member of the Royal Oak Inter-Club Council.  To learn more about the Inter-Club, please click here: