Hey! It’s me … PlayDrMom again! This time I’m here to share another one of my favorite places to go with the kids … Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, in Troy, Michigan.
It’s been a couple of weeks since our last visit to this local Nature Center … and I’m sure, by now, the leaves have all changed colors and many more have fallen. This is one of the reasons why I love having places like this close by so that the kids and I can return and observe the adaptations as we travel through the seasons.
The Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center is operated by the Troy Nature Society. Along with the small Nature Center building, there are 4 trails that “wind through 100 acres of natural communities including forest, meadow, marsh, pond, and stream.”Sugar Maple Loop (.4 miles) Blackbird Loop (.7 Miles) Bluebird Trail (.13 Miles) Fox Trail (.35)
I love to wander and explore the trails with the kids; each time we find something different. This time it was Honor pointing out 3 young deer that were grazing silently as we were quietly walking by! We talk about the colors and shapes of the leaves … marvel in their height as the sun shines through the leaves. We take in the sounds and smells. We pay attention to how the ground feels under our feet. We get excited to get great views of so many different animals … birds, squirrels, chipmunks, insects … and the deer!
If the building is open when we are there to visit the kids love to hunt for “fossils” in the excavation area and look around the kids area to see what else we can learn about nature.
And before it’s time to go, we ALWAYS have to climb on the rock structures in front. Nothing like feeling your the king or queen of the world after exploring some nature.
If you are in the area … it’s definitely worth a trip! The trails are open daily until 8pm. and the Building (has a public restroom) is open Tuesday to Friday 9am to 3pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, but is closed on holidays. The Nature Center also has many fun events throughout the year to encourage nature lovers of all ages.Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center 6685 Coolidge Highway Troy, MI 48098 phone: 248-688-9703 www.troynaturesociety.org