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Nature Center

Logo - Nature Center24915 Farmington Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Phone: (248) 477-1135
Fax: (248) 477-1134

Heritage Park Map

COVID-19 Updated Information (beginning Jan 16, 2021):

The Farmington Hills Nature Center is OPEN to the public with modifications for health and safety due to the pandemic.Nature Display

Farmington Hills Special Services is committed to the health and safety all participants, staff and community members. We will continue to follow proper safety, cleaning, and social distancing guidelines as provided by the CDC, State of Michigan and Oakland County.

The Nature Center will offer Exclusive Nature Center Experiences (private appointments):
  • Appointments can be made Tue-Sun from 10am-NOON ONLY through March 31.
  • Appointments must be made in advance online or by calling the Main Office (248) 473-1800.
  • Up to 8 people allowed per appointment.
  • A staff person will meet visitors at the entrance and escort them into the building. Groups will sign-in and visit the hand sanitizing station upon arrival.
  • The fee is $10 per time slot. There is no limit on how many time slots can be reserved.
  • For your protection and ours, ALL visitors are required to wear face masks that cover their mouth and nose for the duration of the appointment.
  • Nature and STEM activity bins will be provided during appointments
FREE Public Drop-in Hours are now available:
  • Tue-Sun from Noon-4pm
  • limited to 2 households OR a max of 10 people at a time
  • No appointments or fees during drop-in hours
  • Masks and social distancing are required
  • First come, first served
  • If capacity is reached, the door will be locked and visitors will be added to a wait list to enter.
  • Visitors are required to sign-in upon arrival
  • Activity bins will NOT be available during drop-in hours
The Nature Center is CLOSED on City Holidays and Mondays through March 31.

Exclusive Nature Center Experience

Nature programs are offered year-round and change seasonally. Our nature interpretive staff is happy to assist you any questions you may have.

The Nature Center is located at 24915 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills, 48336 in beautiful Heritage Park, adjacent to the Day Camp building.

Nature Program Offerings

Nature Center Newsletter

Nature Center Activities Guide

Snowshoe Rental Info:
Thanks to a partnership with Heavner Canoe and Kayak Rental snowshoes are available to rent at the Nature Center Front Desk for $7 per pair (ages 5-Adult) during the Nature Center's open hours: Tue-Sun from 10am-4pm. First come, first served through March 31. Explore the trails on your own self-guided snowshoe trek adventure or register for a guided program. For questions, advanced reservations, guided-group reservations or for overnight rentals please call the Nature Center (248) 477-113. 
Reserve the Fire Pit/Gathering Area
Folks can reserve the fire pit and gathering area for $30/2 hours ($10 for each additional hour) year-round! The Park Ranger can help start the fire or groups can start it on their own. Wood provided. The Nature Center also offers add-ons to fire pit reservations including guided campfire programs, sunset strolls, night hikes or general nature tours. Call the Nature Center (248) 477-1135 for more info, reservations and pricing.
Bluebird Monitor Training - Thur. March 4 from 6-8pm
Monitoring bluebirds in Heritage Park is an important program that tracks nesting songbirds in the park's meadow habitats. New and returning volunteers can register for this year's VIRTUAL training HERE. A link will be emailed, once registered. The training is FREE. New monitors MUST attend in order to be assigned a nesting box for the summer season.

School/Youth Program OfferingsSchool Group Outside

Call the Nature Center (248) 477-1135 or email for updated info and reservations

Self-Guided Nature Walks/Scavenger Hunts
Make Learning Fun During Winter Break

Farmington Public Schools have partnered with the Farmington Hills Nature Center to create grade-level specific nature walks and scavenger hunts that provide fun and learning over the winter break.
The Self-Guided Nature Walks align with FPS curriculum and focus on lessons that students are currently learning in science classes. Each walk has a guide featuring a map and questions that can be asked along the way to support science classroom learning. Plus, it’s a great way to get outside and combine family fun with science lessons!

 FPS Kindergarten Self-Guided Nature Walk - Living it Up
 FPS 1st Grade Self-Guided Nature Walk - Feature Factor
 FPS 2nd Grade Self-Guided Nature Walk - Shifting Sands
 FPS 3rd Grade Self-Guided Nature Walk - No Place Like Home
 FPS 4th Grade Self-Guided Nature Walk - Energy Scavenger Hunt
 FPS 5th Grade Self-Guided Nature Walk - Changes

Nature Center Volunteers

Volunteer Days Schedule

Interested in becoming a Volunteer Nature Guide? Fill out the Volunteer Application and email.

Call (248) 477-1135 for more info or to organize a private volunteer day for your business or organization

STEM in NatureSTEM

The Farmington Hills Nature Center is excited to offer "STEM in Nature" experiences, with support from the Bosch Community Fund. Nature is a compelling context, as it provides a diverse range of real world challenges that engage kids in hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM skills.

Pic-Nature Discovery Trial

Nature Discovery Trail

Explore nature using your senses along the Nature discover Trail! Next to the Nature Center you'll find a Native American Longhouse, Mystery Smell Boxes, a Rocks & Fossil dig pit and much more to discover along the trail!

Nature in the Hills