Get Involved

The Royal Oak Nature Society is a non-profit volunteer organization established to protect, promote, maintain, and make improvements in Royal Oak’s two nature parks, Tenhave Woods and Cummingston Park.  We are also in the process of developing the Royal Oak Arboretum which is located behind the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center. Listed below are different ways that you can help us.

Volunteer Activities

Patrolling the Parks 

This is a good activity for families to do together.  It entails:
  • Cleaning up litter within the park and along the outside of the fence
  • Walking the trails in order to report on any obstacles blocking them
  • Walking along the Tenhave fence line in order to report any fence breaches or gaps under it

Park Maintenance/Projects

Volunteers must be high school age or older. 
  • Assisting in the battle to remove invasive species
  • Maintain a path inside part of the Tenhave Woods fence line and repair fence breaches
  • Keeping trails clear of encroaching weeds
  • Removing fallen trees and branches from the trails and fences
  • Lining trails with logs

Gardening in the Arboretum- May - September

A crew works in the arboretum in order to keep the trails cleared of encroaching weeds, and to remove invasive plants and other plant debris from the park.

Annual Fundraiser

Our next fundraiser will be held at the Royal Oak Elks Club on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 7 to 10 pm. We need help in setting up for the fundraiser in the afternoon. During the event, we need help busing tables and keeping the banquet hall cleaned up.  Towards the end, we will need help with final clean up.  We are also looking for sponsors and items from businesses that we can use as auction items.

Dream Cruise Parking at Gunn Dyer Park

We need volunteers to help us collect parking fees and to find spaces for the cars to be parked in.  A portion of the parking fees goes to the Nature Society. Volunteers must be adults.

Join One or More of Our Teams



The Communication team publicizes organizational activities to the general membership and public through various mediums and performs any other forms of communications required by the board. The team also publishes a newsletter, the Chinquapin, four times a year.


The Education team provides outreach and liaison to outside individuals, groups and schools to promote environmental education.


The Fundraiser team leads the fund-raising efforts of the Royal Oak Nature Society, which includes the coordinating and organizing of the Annual Fundraiser in April and other fund-raiser programs approved by the board.


The Programming team is responsible for setting up the speaker programs, workshops and all of the nature programs within Cummingston Park, Tenhave Woods and the Royal Oak Arboretum.


The Stewardship team organizes the maintenance and improvement of Cummingston Park, Tenhave Woods and the Royal Oak Arboretum (located behind the Senior Center). 

Ways & Means

The Ways and Means team investigates means of grant solicitation and then follows through accordingly.

Getting Started
To get started as a Nature Society volunteer or to join one or more of our teams, please contact us by email or by phone at 248-246-3380 (leave a message) and let us know what you might be interested in doing..