June 28, 12-3 pm Check out the Township Health Fair next door happening the same day!
July 7, 1-4 pm
July 18, 3-6 pm
August 4, 1-4 pm
August 15, 3-6 pm
Outdoor Natural Play Area - Opening April 21st!
Come out and play in the dirt, create a masterpiece with sticks, hop on log stepping stones, dig in the garden bin, hunt for bugs and have some fun! The area is sensory-rich and a treasure trove of experiential learning, imagination and wonder.
The space features natural elements for play, intentionally designed to engage children with nature. We use the area for various nature programs and it is also be open for public use during select hours.
Research has found that frequent, unstructured play in natural environments is a strong positive influence on the developmental needs of young children. Benches are available for parents while children craft their own activities using natural materials.
Naturalist-guided services are available year-round for your group. We welcome school and youth groups, preschoolers, homeschoolers, boy/girl scouts and other community organizations. We can bring nature to you or your group may visit the Nature Room! There are a variety of topics to choose from and we can customize the topic to fit your group’s needs. Depending on the topic, our nature appointments may include an interactive nature talk, stories, games and hands-on activities.
Nature Appointment Options
Nature Talk; in the Nature Room, 1 hour program, 25 people max, $50 for West Bloomfield Residents, $75 for non WB residents
Nature Talk; at your location,1 hour program, 50 people max, $50 for West Bloomfield Residents, $75 for non WB residents, +$10 travel fee
Nature Talk & Hike (1.5 hrs.), in the Nature Room or other WB Park, 1.5 hour program, 25 people max, $75 for West Bloomfield Residents, $100 for non WB residents
Call our park naturalist at (248) 451-1917 to schedule your nature appointment today!
Hello fellow nature lovers! Please allow me to introduce myself…my name is Lauren Azoury and I am the Naturalist for West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation. I have been teaching nature education programs at Oakland County Parks since 2007. Prior to that I had an amazing experience as a team member of the animal presenter team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. My Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries & Wildlife comes from Michigan State University. (Go Green!)
I am excited to be a part of the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation team and am looking forward to teaching new and innovative nature interpretive programs. I love sharing my passion for the outdoors with others. Please take a look at the Nature Interpretive section on the online registration page to see some of the programs I am teaching this year. I would love for you and your group to come visit me at the Nature Center too! There are lots of options for nature appointments.
I have been involved in nature interpretation since 2010, when I started working for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). I spent five summers as a State Park Explorer Guide at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor in Detroit. In 2015, I was hired as an educational programmer at the new Michigan DNR Outdoor Adventure Center. I established and led all archery programing as well as taught natural and cultural resource programs.
I have been a USA Archery Certified Instructor since 2013. I’m also a certified as a Conservation Steward through Michigan State University Extension. In addition to my work with the Michigan DNR, I was the City of Rochester Hills’ Environmental Educator from 2011 to this past February when I accepted the full time naturalist position with West Bloomfield Parks.
I grew up in Southeast Michigan. I attended Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights and received my bachelor's degree from Wayne State University. When I’m not teaching nature programs, I enjoy practicing archery, taking hikes in nature and going on adventures with friends and family around Michigan. I am so excited to join this outstanding team and look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion of nature with the residents of West Bloomfield.