Farmington Hills Nature Center offers “Thanksgiving for Nature” program


November 19, 2011
Farmington Hills Nature Center,
Cost: $5

This Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? Your health? Your family? How about nature?

The Farmington Hills Nature Center, part of the city’s Special Services division, is hosting an event on Nov. 19 to help people of all ages recognize all the things nature gives us. Held at the Nature Center near Heritage Park on Farmington Road between 10 and 11 Mile Roads, the event runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a scavenger hunt inside and around the Nature Center, and Native American stories, songs and games.

“It’s going to be really fun,” said Ashlie Simons, Nature Center supervisor. “It’s a nice way to gather as a family before Thanksgiving and be thankful for nature. People often forget that everything we have comes from nature.”

Inside the Nature Center, which includes a life-sized animal habitat and other interpretive nature exhibits, Genot “Winter Elk” Picor will lead Native American games, songs and storytelling throughout the event. People can drop in anytime between11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and receive their clues for the scavenger hunt. Whether permitting, the bulk of the items to find will be outside, in the Nature Center’s beautiful surroundings.

Once they turn in their completed scavenger hunt sheets, participants will be eligible for a special Thanksgiving prize.

The cost for the event is $5 per person, and children 5 and under can participate for free. The celebration of nature is fit for kids of all ages and adults too, Simons said, adding that she hopes this will be an annual celebration.

Participants can pay at the event or pay ahead of time at the Costick Center, 31555 West Eleven Mile Road in Farmington Hills, or at www.fhgov.com. For more information about this event, contact the Nature center at (248) 477-1135.

 The Nature Center is free to explore and open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.The center offers many programs for children and adults, including classes, and guided walking tours. Visit www.fhgov.com for more information.