There is normally at least one naturalist lead walk per month with additional ones added during the spring wildflower and fall color seasons. An emphasis is put on understanding the different forest types found in our parks. Further information is given on individual plant and animal species, geology and human history of the area.
There is no cost for our public nature walks and registration is no longer required.
Spring Wildflower Walks are being held at Tenhave Woods on April 8th (Saturday). 15th (Saturday), April 23rd (Sunday), & May 6th (Saturday). All walks begin at 2:00 pm. We will be looking for Red & White Trillium, blue & yellow violets, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Wild Geranium, Spice Bush, Spring Beauty, Wood Poppy, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, & Wood Anemone and more.
Mushroom Walk will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at Cummingston Park beginning at 10:00 am. Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walks. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome.
Royal Oak Nature Society’s “Mushroom Walk” will take place on Saturday, May 27th at Tenhave Woods. Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walks. Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome. There is no registration or cost for these mushroom walks.
- For Cummingston Walks & Owl Hoots, park & meet at the Torquay & Leafdale intersection (just east of Meijer)
- For Tenhave Woods Walks, park at the Marais/Lexington lot (just east of the High School) and walk about 300’ east to the entrance. For Owl Hoots, park & meet at the Marais/Lexington lot.
- For the Royal Oak Arboretum, park & meet at the Royal Oak Senior Center (3500 Marais) at the north end of the lot.
For park location maps, please see following link: https://www.romi.gov/1013/Park-Locations-Trail-Maps
FYI: Wearing boots while in the parks is recommended during the winter and spring months. Dressing appropriately for bugs and using insect repellant is advised from late spring through the end of summer. Dogs are not allowed inside either Tenhave Woods or Cummingston Park.