Summer Outdoor Programs for OAC Field Trips

These programs offer options that groups visiting during the summer may add to their Outdoor Adventure Center field trip experience. Please indicate your program selection on the field trip application form.

The following programs are offered June through August only, and will take place outdoors along the Dequindre Cut alongside the Outdoor Adventure Center and/or at Milliken State Park across the street.  Each includes hands-on exploration and/or activities related to nearby resources and recreation opportunities. These programs would be ideal for groups such as visiting summer day camps. 

Program options are: 

Nature’s Colors and Shapes 
A walk in nature can reveal a variety of colors, shapes, sounds and textures!  We’ll explore the surrounding area and the riverfront with a nature “I spy” activity. 

Maximum 30 students 
Ages 3-6 
45 minutes
Cost: $2 per student


Animal Essentials 
All animals need food, water, shelter and space to survive in their habitat. We’ll meet some local Michigan wildlife species and discover how they get their needs and what makes them special, then do a fun activity focusing on what it’s like to be a raccoon looking for food.   

Maximum 30 students 
Ages 3-6
45 minutes 
Cost: $2 per student


Michigan Predator-Prey
Meet some Michigan mammals! We’ll spend some hands-on time getting up close and personal with some of Michigan’s wildlife and learn what makes them specialized as a predator or a prey species. Then we’ll play an active game that illustrates the importance of predator-prey relationships to wildlife populations. 

Maximum 30 
Age: 6+
1 hour
Cost: $2 per student


Insect Investigations
Nets, bugs, investigations and discovery! After an introduction to insects and their important roles in our ecosystems, participants will search high and low for the different types of insects found in our local habitat. We will take an up-close look at their characteristics and what makes them an insect (or not!).  

Maximum 30 students 
Age: 6+ 
1.5 hours
Cost: $2 per student


Camping 101
Come discover the wonder of camping in Michigan’s great outdoors with a fun, hands-on learning-experience. Participants will learn some about the essential gear for an outdoor campout/hike and discover how to choose a good campsite, pitch and break down a tent, survive the elements, and make the most out of a camping trip. These lessons give students the opportunity to partake in fun and educational games, allowing the children to practice creative thinking, problem-solving and survival skills. 

Maximum 30 students 
Age: 6+ 
1 hour 
Cost: $2 per student


Fantastic Fish!
A great program for those looking to learn more about some of the fish found in Michigan and who want to test their casting skills. In this program, participants will be introduced to the parts of a fish and how to identify fish. Participants will also get to try a fun casting activity that will put their aiming and release skills to the test. Note that this program does not include actual fishing. 

Maximum 30 students 
Age: 6+ 
1 hour
Cost: $2 per student


Let’s Go Fishing!
Discover the rich fish biodiversity on the Detroit river with a fun and educational Outdoor Adventure Center fishing experience! Participants will learn how to identify fish with a fun game, learn how to cast a fishing rod in a safe environment, and lastly try their hand in a fishing derby at the Milliken State Park harbor.  Participants will also learn how to identify various species of fish and find out how they, as anglers, can help in the fight against aquatic invasive species. Fishing equipment is provided free of charge.

Maximum 25 students
Age: 8+
1 hour
Cost: $4 per student


Wetland Wonders
Visit our neighborhood wetland at the Detroit Riverfront and see if you can find the creatures that reside there. Participants will conduct some simple water quality tests, and dive into why wetlands are important to wildlife and to people. Be prepared to get your hands wet! 

Maximum 30 students 
Age: 8+ 
1.5 hours 
Cost: $2 per student


Compass Skills
This program with introduce participants to a very useful instrument – the compass. Participants will learn the parts of a baseplate compass and how to properly use a compass for navigation while reviewing cardinal directions. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their newfound skills in an orienteering activity. 

Maximum 30 students 
Age: 8+ 
1 hour
Cost: $2 per student


Birding the Riverfront
The Detroit River and riverfront area are home to a variety of nesting and migratory bird species – come find out for yourselves! We’ll spend some time learning the basics of bird ID and how to use binoculars.  Then we’ll take a walk through the area to identify some local species in different habitats. We’ll even submit our observations to the citizen science project eBird! 

Maximum 20 students
Age: 8+
1 hour
Cost: $2 per student


Nature Journaling
This program is designed to encourage participants to think creatively in the outdoors! We will identify aspects of nature by drawing, writing or photographing our experience. We may observe types of local plants, leaves, trees, wildlife and historic landmarks. 

Maximum 30 students 
Age: 10+
1 hour 
Cost: $2 per student