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The More You Know:

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is a favorite amongst the kids who explore our Children’s Garden! This herb is in the Mint family and is native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia, but has been naturalized all over the World. In ancient times, Lemon Balm was used to heal wounds and make soothing wines. Today, teas made with Lemon Balm are used to help calm anxiety and promote sleep.

Did you know? The scientific name for Lemon Balm is Melissa officinalis, and the genus name (Melissa) is derived from the Greek word for Honey bee! The ancient Greeks believed there was a strong connection between Lemon Balm and bees, so much that they would rub the herb on hives to make the bees feel welcome.

Friday Full Moon Night Hike

After the sun goes down, Heritage Park comes alive! Join us on a night hike to listen for nocturnal animals, observe the night sky, and heighten your senses along the way! This event will take place on Friday, November 19th at 8:00 PM.

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Your exclusive Nature Center visit awaits! You and your friends and family will have a chance to enjoy the exhibits & live animals without having to share the space with the public. Your group will receive a unique nature activity bin and a STEM Nature challenge.

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Join this active social group EVERY OTHER Wednesday for a naturalist-guided, slow-paced walk along the trails of Heritage Park. Discover new things each season! Afterward, relax with a cup of coffee and catch up with friends.

Connect with nature!

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Farmington Hills, MI 48336



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