Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve

Crosswinds Marsh is a 1,050 acre Wetland Interpretive Preserve which offers a unique opportunity to observe a variety of wetland environments, including forested wetlands, wet meadows, shallow water wetlands and shallow water emergent wetlands. Crosswinds Marsh offers a blend of wetlands, wildflower meadows and upland forests, attracting over 200 species of birds, 30 species of mammals and a variety of reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Take I-275 to Will-Carleton Road (Exit #8). Take Will-Carleton/Oakville Waltz Road west 3 ½-miles to Haggerty Road. Take Haggerty Road ½-mile north to park entrance on the west side of the road.

Crosswinds Marsh Wetland Interpretive Preserve offers School Programs, Outreach Programs, Family Programs and Scout Badge Workshops focusing on the natural and cultural history of our area. Interpretive programs designed specifically for schools, scouts and families, feature hands-on activities, hikes, games and crafts to foster fun and informative learning experiences. We offer a variety of programs, but other topics can be provided upon request. On-site programs are offered April through October and outreach programs are offered throughout the year. The Parks Millage made these programs possible.

Detroit Science Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy

The Detroit Science Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy SEMAA Program services over 1500 students per year. It is an innovative program designed to reach K-12 grade students that are traditionally underrepresented in careers involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is the only program in the metro area for the state of Michigan. The goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue STEM related majors and careers closing the gap of falling behind to prepare our next generation for the STEM workforce. With a curriculum planned by NASA, students meet regularly to engage in interactive learning sessions that are specifically designed for each grade level. We also feature an Aeronautics Educational Laboratory, complete with a flight simulator, wind tunnel, and over 10 computer stations that touch on subjects such as weather patterns to Bernoulli's principles.

SEMAA is located on Wayne State University Campus at 4841 Cass, Room 1174 Old Main Building, Detroit, MI 48201. You may contact our office at (313) 313-577-3209 or visit NASA's national website for further information on our program.


Exchange City in Taylor provides students with a wonderful hands-on experience in both science and social studies. To learn more, contact Stacey Mehler at:

View recent press release on the Michigan Department of Education visit to Earthworks.

Engineering Society of Detroit

The Engineering Society of Detroit has partnered with the Wayne County Math and Science Center to foster excitement in math and science among young people in Wayne County. For more information, please contact Ron Smith at

Friends of the Rouge

Friends of the Rouge promotes the restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River. For more information, please contact Kathy Milberg at:

Heritage Park Petting Farm in Taylor

Please click HERE to listen to a podcast about the Heritage Park Petting Farm in Taylor, MI. Included in the podcast is an interview with the director of the Farm, Sharon Vespremi.

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center

The Nankin Mills Interpretive Center is now open to the public and offers cultural, historical and natural science educational programming and exhibits for schools, scout groups and families. Nankin Mills Interpretive Center is located on Hines Drive, just east of Ann Arbor Trail in Westland, Michigan. Wayne County Parks is pleased to open the doors of Nankin Mills Interpretive Center to the public with exciting and informative exhibits for the whole family. Come visit their displays and explore the natural and cultural history of the Rouge River watershed. You will discover which animals still call our area home, and learn how the first people of Michigan lived closely with the land. The Rouge River was an important resource to the first settlers in the area and a gristmill was located here for 100 years. Henry Ford continued to utilize the water power on our site for one of his first Village Industry projects. So much local history to discover! Tour on your own, or call for a guided group tour appointment. To schedule a School Field Trip or Outreach Program, please call 734-261-1850.

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation's mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. The NWF Great Lakes Natural Resource Center regularly works with Wayne county educators, organizations, and the public to provide educational resources on schoolyard habitats, wildlife, climate change, and the Great Lakes. For more information, please contact Regional Education Manager, Rebecca Nielsen at:

Orion's Quest

The Wayne County Math and Science Center is very lucky to be affiliated with Orion's Quest. This project provides students with the opportunity to do space research. The project was developed in Wayne County. It's director is Pete Lawrie. You can contact Pete at:

Rouge Education Project

The Wayne County Math and Science Center is a proud sponsor of the Friends of the Rouge/Rouge Education Project. Over 100 schools from Wayne and Oakland Counties participate in this water quality project. For more information, please contact Emily Hughes at:  If you would like to view the data that students have collected on water quality parameters, please click HERE .

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is interested in partnering with Wayne County schools to do service-learning projects at the Refuge on invasive species removal, trail building and posting refuge signs. For more information, please send an email to:

The Greening of Detroit

One of our newest partners is The Greening of Detroit. Their mission is to guide and inspire the growth of a "greener" Detroit through planting and educational programs, environmental leadership, advocacy and by building community capacity. For more information, please contact Sarah Haller at:

Simply Science for Preschoolers

"Simply Science for Preschoolers" is a parent education booklet to help parents interact with their young children and support early science learning in playful ways. Just click HERE to download the "Simply Science for Pre-Schoolers"  booklet.  Just click on the links below to listen to podcasts on:

Podcast Document  Creating a Science Friendly Home for Preschoolers

Podcast Document  Parents and Preschoolers

Wayne County Health and Family Services Head Start and three of its delegates, Starfish Family Services Head Start,  The Guidance Center Head Start, and Wayne Westland Head Start, collaborated with Wayne RESA and the HighScope
Educational Research Foundation to produce "Simply Science for Pre-Schoolers."