Afternoon Adventures for Adults

Older couple explores the campsite exhibit at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

Adult Afternoon Programs application form

Is your senior group looking for a new experience?  We have a great new adventure – for groups of 20 or more – for your consideration. 

Begin your trip with a lunch in Rivertown, then join us at the Michigan DNR Outdoor Adventure Center for a self-guided experience or attend a special program just for your group.  Looking to make a day of it? Spend your morning at beautiful Belle Isle!

The following restaurants are available to book a group dining experience – mention the OAC to get special group rates:

  • Andrew’s on the Corner; 201 Joseph Campau St., Detroit, MI 48207;

  • Atwater Brewery; 237 Joseph Campau St., Detroit, MI 48207;

After lunch, head over to the Outdoor Adventure Center for a self-guided tour for just $2 per person, or add an interesting program (see program options below) for just $2 more per person.  Complete your application form and submit today – these spots will go fast. Arrival times for Afternoon Adventures are 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.  The Outdoor Adventure Center closes at 3 p.m. each weekday. Each class is one hour long.

Program choices include:

Fishing 101

Fishing is a lifetime sport, and it is never too late to try it. If you have never fished –or if you are looking for a chance to refresh your skills – this session will include a discussion of licenses, fish identification and behavior, strategies, and local water to visit and try your luck.

Birding for Beginners

The Detroit River is an amazing place for birders. From our regular friends who live and nest here to the thousands who visit us through fly-ways, we are in a great place to begin a birding hobby.  You will learn the basics of birding and practice some bird identification along the riverfront.  A limited number of binoculars and field guides will be available for loan. Dress for the weather.

Birth of a Land Ethic

Explore Michigan’s White Pine Era and lessons learned about the wise use of natural resources. An interesting travel through Michigan’s history.

City Slickers

Learn the special adaptations of wild mammals in urban environments. Explore the concepts of predator-prey relationships and identify common wild mammals in Detroit. Weather permitting, this could include a walk on the RiverWalk or Dequindre Cut–both are paved and flat, with no steep grades or hills.