If you are like me, at times there are so many other things to do each week, that planning an excursion into the outdoors is pushed to the side, but with the Huron Clinton Metroparks, there is always something to become involved in.
In August a lot is planned at Hudson Mills Metropark, so take some time to look over the list below to see if something seems interesting.
Ranging from learning about bats to helping clean up the Huron River, there are events planned at Hudson Mills that can involve everyone in the family. Even if you don’t want to take part in one of the great programs being offered, getting out to any of the Metroparks is a way to spend some time in the natural world.
Kids in the Creek
Aug. 3 at 1 pm, Rapids View Picnic Area. Children and adults alike can learn about the lifted that lives in the Huron River at this event. Using nets to catch the little beasties, those taking part will get a closer look at the different life forms that live in this, part of the name sake of the Huron Clinton Metroparks. There is a $3 per child and preregistration required.
Pottery Workshop: Native American Techniques
On Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Activity Center you will be able to learn about the techniques that were used by the Eastern Woodland Indians when it came to making pottery. You will have the chance to make and paint a pot and take it home to show off. There is a $5 per person fee and this includes supplies. Preregistration is required.
Huron River Clean Up
Aug. 10 beginning at 7:45 a.m. a armada of canoes will head out to help clean up the Huron River. Meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark at the parking lot closest to toll booth where you will board a shuttle bus to be taken up the river to Hudson Mills Metropark. and then you will be shuttled up river to Hudson Mills Metropark. Then on the way back down, it will be time to help out in cleaning up the waterway. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be lunch provided for all those who take part.
Pottery Workshop: Natural Clay Tiles
Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Activity Center. Many different native cultures have expressed their artistic sides by decorating clay tiles and at this workshop, you can do the same. With your imagination and natural objects you can create and decorate a clay tile of your own. There is a $3 fee, which includes all supplies and preregistration is required.
Pottery Workshop: Clay Animals
Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Activity Center. Once again it is pottery madness at Hudson Mills Metropark where you will be able to create an animal decorated clay pot or your own. With some imagination, paint and a few natural tools, you too can create a personal artifact of your own. Fee: $5 per person which includes all supplies.
Bats in the Night Sky
Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Activity Center. If you have ever wondered just what bats really do, then take this chance to join a Metropark interpreter in search of bats in the early nighttime sky. The program will begin in the Activity Center with a presentation that explores the life of bats, their behavior and the importance of conservation. Then it will be time to go outside and see that bats that live in the park and watch them glide through the early night skies.
There is a $5 fee for adults and $3 for child. Preregistration required.
Don’t forget you need a Metroparks vehicle entry permit is needed to enter any Metropark An annual pass is $25, for seniors it is $15 and a day pass is $5.
For more information, check out the Metropark website or call any park at 1-800-47-PARKS.
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