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Parks & Recreation Events

  1. Halloween Hootenanny

    October 6, 2019, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Independence Lake County Park

    Looking for a little mystery this fall? Come to Independence Lake County Park and visit Scarecrow Lane, where you can solve the great mystery of the Blue Heron Scarecrow, and enjoy family friendly activities! Activities include: building your own scarecrow, participating in crafts, conquering the Halloween obstacle course, competing in games, getting your face painted, and enjoying delicious cider & doughnuts.

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  2. Parker Mill Open House

    October 6, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Parker Mill County Park

    Learn how the Parker family used waterpower in the 1870s to grind flour, turn a lathe, and run other machines in this fully operational pioneer grist mill.

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  3. Junior Naturalist: Fire & Shelter

    October 6, 2019, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM @ Independence Lake County Park

    Learn how to build a campfire with only materials you find in nature. Fire lays, tinder bundles and kindling will all be demonstrated and practiced. Learn the rule of 3’s and how they relate to fires and forts. Then enjoy a peaceful afternoon learning and implementing primitive skills like debris hut building. Meet at the beach pavilion. Led by Elle Bogle. For ages 7-12, Vehicle entry fee required. Pre-registration is required, maximum of 12 children. Pre-registration is required - 12 children maximum. To register your child, visit parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. (Registration #811004, Section B).

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  4. Hike West Lake

    October 6, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ West Lake Preserve

    Join naturalist Faye Stoner on a hike through the fields and forests to the shoreline of West Lake. Explore these different habitats and observe the creatures and plants residing and utilizing the landscape. Hike will cover 1-2 miles of trails, please come prepared by bringing water and wearing sturdy shoes.

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  5. Smell & Tell | Autumn Scent Hike

    October 6, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ County Farm Park

    Refresh your soul and raise your spirits as we follow the October scent trail at County Farm Park, where plants, fruits, roots and trees that shape the autumn scentscape are waiting to be discovered. Follow your nose and learn how to describe smells in nature using “scent mapping” a sensory evaluation technique used by perfumers. Experience natural essences used in fine fragrance that echo the honeyed amberesque redolence of fall. Seasonal tastes on the sensory menu may include: American persimmon, autumn olive jam, black walnuts, Mohawk red corn, Osmanthus tea, birch bark syrup, and possibly other surprises, Mother Nature permitting - limited to 24 attendees per day - Event geared towards adults. To register please email your name, phone # and your chosen DATE to registrations@aadl.org. You will receive a confirmation email (check your spam if you don't see it). Comfortable shoes that are for walking in the woods highly recommended. This event takes place rain or shine.

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