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Solar Outdoors is a Southeast Michigan based club with more than 400 members. Founded in 1975, Solar Outdoors remains dedicated to helping its members enjoy nature and outdoor activities.

Membership in the club is required for full access to our Meetup site. Annual dues are $40 for individuals and $55 for families. Please read further if you are interested in becoming a club member. Questions about membership can be directed to solarmembership@solaroutdoors.org .

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Solar Outdoors members themselves organize classes and events in which other members can participate. Whether you are a beginner or experienced wilderness enthusiast, you will find classes, activities, and trips for all skill levels and many different interests including--but certainly not limited to!--backpacking, day hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, paddling, winter camping, orienteering, wilderness first aid, adventure racing, wildflower and tree identification, dogsledding, whitewater rafting, and geocaching. Solar Outdoors members can also borrow gear from our store of packs, sleeping bags and pads, stoves, and other outdoor equipment.

To learn more about Solar Outdoors and its activities we encourage you to visit our website, www.solaroutdoors.org (http://www.solaroutdoors.org/). There you will find a calendar of upcoming classes and events, and newsletter (SOLAR Ray) archives. These sources give more information about who we are, what we do, and how we do it. We also welcome anyone interested in the club to attend our monthly meetings, held at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 27475 Five Mile Road, just west of Inkster Road, in Livonia on the last Tuesday of every month (except December). SOLAR is not affiliated with St. Paul's or any other religious institution. Directions are available here: http://solaroutdoors.com/solarmeetings.html (http://solaroutdoors.org/About/Meetings.aspx). The business meeting is followed by a program on a topic of general interest to our members.

Solar Outdoors uses Meetup as a tool of convenience for our members to quickly get information about upcoming classes and activities and to sign up and pay for these events online. That's why our Meetup group is restricted to paid members of the club and non-members have very limited access.

Once you have checked us out online and, we hope, in person by attending one of our monthly meetings, you can decide if becoming a member is right for you. If so, you can join the club by downloading the membership form (http://solaroutdoors.com/downloads/S.O.L.A.... (http://solaroutdoors.com/downloads/S.O.L.A.R_Membership_Application.pdf)), filling it out, and either submitting it with a check for the dues payment at one of the meetings or mailing both to the address listed on the bottom of the membership form. Once you are a club member we can grant you access into this Meetup group.

Thank you for your interest in Solar Outdoors. We hope to meet you soon.

Upcoming events (5)

Bicycling at Stony Creek Metropark

Stony Creek Metropark

Please join me this Tuesday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the boat launch at Stony Creek Metropark. We will bicycle around the lake on the paved path. The path around the lake is 6 miles, so you can do one lap, two laps, or as many as you want. This will be my first time out on a bicycle this year, so I will probably just do one or two laps around the lake.

Please let me know if you plan to meet us there so I know to look for you.

Bicycling at Stony Creek Metropark

Stony Creek Metropark

Please join me this Tuesday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the boat launch at Stony Creek Metropark. We will bicycle around the lake on the paved path. The path around the lake is 6 miles, so you can do one lap, two laps, or as many as you want. This will be my first time out on a bicycle this year, so I will probably just do one or two laps around the lake.

Please let me know if you plan to meet us there so I know to look for you.

Hike at Independence Oaks County Park(11AM)

Independence Oaks County Park

Hike this Wednesday, April 14 at Independence Oaks County Park. Meeting place: Wint Nature Center.
We'll hike about 6 miles with a few hills along the way.
Address for the park: 9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston 48348.
A 2021 Oakland County Parks vehicle permit is required (you can get at the park office).

Maintain at least 6 ft distance from individuals not in your Pod. Always carry a mask or bandana for situations where you cannot maintain these distances.

Bicycling Along Clinton River Starting at Dodge Park

Please join me for a bicycle ride along the Clinton River Trail. We will meet at Dodge Park in Sterling Heights at 1:00 p.m. The paved trail along the Clinton River is beautiful.

We will meet in the parking lot at Dodge Park. Please let me know if you will be joining us so I can watch for you.

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Hike at Holly Rec. Area -Heron Lake Boat Launch

Heron Lake Boat Launch

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