a group of children and adults, seen from behind as they walk across Black Pond's bridge

Upcoming Events

Nature Playgroup
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 1-3 years with an adult
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Outdoor environments are a great way to engage all of your toddler's developing senses, and give kids a bit of exercise, too! Join us select on Wednesdays as we come together for a mix of guided and self-guided outdoor activities that allow 1-3 year olds and their grown-ups to explore, engage with, and experience the outdoors.  Programs take place outdoors rain or shine--please dress for the weather.

Registration is recommended.  Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.

Nature Tales: In the Sky
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 5 years and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us select Thursday mornings for outdoor and nature-based activities that inspire you and your preschoolers and their grown-ups to explore and appreciate the out of doors at LSNC—Ann  Arbor’s very own backyard. Each session will be centered around a specific theme and include a variety of hands-on activities, like live animal encounters, guided hikes, group games, and enticing stories. Programs will take place outdoors rain or shine—please dress for the weather. This program’s theme is In the Sky.

Registration is recommended. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 

Nature Tales: In the Sky
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 5 years and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us select Saturday mornings for outdoor and nature-based activities that inspire you and your preschoolers and their grown-ups to explore and appreciate the out of doors at LSNC—Ann  Arbor’s very own backyard. Each session will be centered around a specific theme and include a variety of hands-on activities, like live animal encounters, guided hikes, group games, and enticing stories. Programs will take place outdoors rain or shine—please dress for the weather. This program’s theme is In the Sky.

Registration is recommended. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 

Critters Up Close
Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
Ages: All ages
Free with museum admission

Now you have more opportunities to see Critters Up Close every month at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum! We bring a selection of live animals to the Museum and AAHOM offers special animal-oriented hands-on activities. Animals will be meeting and greeting visitors from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday.  This month's featured critters are Turtles!

Nature Tales: Animal Homes
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 1-5 years old with an adult
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults and children under 1 are free

Join us Wednesday mornings for outdoor and nature-based activities that inspire you and your preschoolers to explore and appreciate the out of doors at LSNC. Each session will be centered around a specific theme and include a variety of hands-on activities, like live animal encounters, guided hikes, group games, and enticing stories. Programs will take place outdoors rain or shine—please dress for the weather. This program’s theme is Animal Homes.

Registration is recommended, but not required.  Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 

Fireside Fun- A Good Old-Fashioned Campfire Circle
Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All ages
Free

There's nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. One Sunday a month, we'll be stoking the fires here at LSNC. Bring your family, friends, camp chairs, outdoor games, and s'mores fixings. We'll provide a blazing outdoor campfire and plenty of marshmallows. This event is rain or shine (except for thunder and lightening), so come dressed for the weather.

International Mud Day with Apple Playschools
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: All ages
$5 per child, adults are free

Join Apple Playschools for a celebration of International Mud Day at Leslie Science and Nature Center!

International Mud Day is a day for children around the world to connect with the earth through mud play and exploration. At Apple Playschools, everyday is mud day, but on this particular day, we get messy to the extreme!  Dive into the wonders of mud in our mud pit, make mud pies, explore mud paint, build mud sculptures, nibble on mud pudding and explore the many uses of mud throughout the world.
Come prepared to get muddy! Mud Day t-shirts and wet bags for muddy clothes will be available for sale.  We can’t wait to see you!    

Please register for this event online.

Apple Playschools is a local nonprofit providing progressive early childhood education in order to facilitate social responsibility, diversity, global and environmental awareness. We operate two unique preschool programs for infants through kindergarten: Green Apple Garden Playschool  and Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool. Our Reggio-inspired programs celebrate and empower the whole child through outdoor exploration, language immersion, and the arts. Learn more at www.appleplayschools.org

Great American Backyard Campout
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 4:00pm to Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:00am
Ages: All ages
$50 per family

Pitch your tent with our resident raptors and critters! Be part of a nation-wide event; enjoy nature-based programs, campfires, and much more! At your leisure, eat your picnic dinner (not provided) either at LSNC's picnic tables or at your campsite. Breakfast will be provided. Read about all the scheduled activities here! Minimum of one adult per family is required.

LSNC is excited to host a Bat Night at the camp out through the Organization for Bat Conservation, sponsored by Critter Catchers, Inc. 

Registration is required by June 16th. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.

Nature Tales: Explore Outside!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 1-5 years old with an adult
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free

Join us Wednesday mornings for outdoor and nature-based activities that inspire you and your preschoolers to explore and appreciate the out of doors at LSNC. Each session will be centered around a specific theme and include a variety of hands-on activities, like live animal encounters, guided hikes, group games, and enticing stories. Programs will take place outdoors rain or shine—please dress for the weather. This program’s theme is Explore Outside!

Registration is recommended, but not required.  Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 

Critters Up Close
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
Ages: All ages
Free with museum admission

Now you have more opportunities to see Critters Up Close every month at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum! We bring a selection of live animals to the Museum and AAHOM offers special animal-oriented hands-on activities. Animals will be meeting and greeting visitors from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday.  This month the featured critters are insects!

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