Rochester Hills Hosts Eighth Annual Discovery Hike

Community is Invited to Experience Nature

The Rochester Hills Green Space Advisory Board (GSAB) will host the Eighth Annual Discovery Hike on Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. One hour guided hikes are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and will showcase the Harding Greenspace along the Clinton River Trail north of Avon Rd. There is no cost for this event.

This family fun hike is a educational opportunity for adults and children of all ages. Rather than just a walk through the woods, information stations will be available for hikers to learn about plants, animals, ecology, and the history of the city-owned open spaces.

A three-person family walks down a dirt road in the forest

Rochester Hills Hosts Eighth Annual Discovery Hike

The Harding Greenspace consists of twenty seven beautiful acres of upland woods, rolling fields and forested wetlands. Thanks to the Green Space Fund, the featured land will be protected, maintained, and restored in perpetuity.

“This hike is the perfect opportunity for families to explore all of the beautiful green spaces Rochester Hills has to offer,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “Thanks to the support of our residents, these spaces will be preserved and protected for generations to come.”

Hike leaders will also share the history of the land and how these properties influence the health of the Clinton River. Niswander Environmental will be on hand to provide a live stewardship demonstration and present the brand new Monarch Butterfly way station located on the property.

Those interested in attending can begin the hike in the parking lot north of the medical offices at 950 W Avon Rd. Park on the northeast side of the offices and check in at the registration tent. As an added bonus, participants can test their keen observation skills by competing in the “I Spy” Nature Challenge. Maps and fun giveaways will be raffled off during the event.

If you have any questions, please contact the Parks & Forestry Department at 248-656-4673 or e-mail parks@rochesterhills.org.

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