Nature & History Programs

Learn about the nature and history of Washtenaw County through a naturalist-led hike or program. From Summer Butterflies to Tracks in the Snow, we offer programs for all ages and ability levels. 

Learn, play, explore and discover with Washtenaw County Parks!

COVID Safety Guidelines

We are excited to be back in the field and see you again!  There are a few changes we’re making to the way we are doing things, to keep everyone safe and healthy. 

  1. We are limiting registrations to 10 participants per program.  All programs will require registration.

  1. Children’s programs can accept 5 children, each with one caregiver. No unregistered siblings, please!  We will be offering most kids programs 2 times to be able to accommodate more kids to participate.

  1. Please bring a mask with you, ready to use if needed.  As long as we maintain a 6’ distance, masks are not required.

  2. Upon check in for the event, there will be a health sign off form to be completed.

As always, our programs are free and open to all!  Please email the naturalist leading your hike if you have any questions or concerns. 

Monthly Program Offerings

Be sure to check out our list of monthly calendar programs to see what adventures are happening in a park or preserve near you!

Youth Programs

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission offers a variety of programs for the young adventurer. 

  • We even provide nature explorations for children ages 2 to 4 during our Preschool Hikes.
  • Our Nature Explorers program provides outdoor fun for children ages 5 - 7.
  • Junior Naturalist offers hands-on learning about nature for children 7 to 11 years of age.

Historic Mill Tours

We offer two Historic Mills that are open to the public for tours. See the Calendar of Events  for schedules. 

Visit our Mill Tours page to learn more about Parker Mill, a pioneer grist mill, and Sharon Mills, one of Henry Ford’s Village Industry locations. 

Rates & Registration

Programs are free for Washtenaw County residents, and more information can be found on our rates page. 

Not all programs require pre-registration, and within the program description it will indicate if registration is needed. Learn more on our registration page. 

CONTACT US

Kelsey Dehring (she, her, hers)
Parks Naturalist
Email Kelsey
Phone: 734-971-6337, ext 330

Shawn Severance (she, her, hers)
Parks Naturalist
Email Shawn
Phone: 734-971-6337, ext 335

Elle Bogle (she, her, hers)
Parks Naturalist
Email Elle