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

Adopt-A-Critter

Leslie Science & Nature Center's animal adoption programs give you an opportunity to provide direct support to the animals in our Critter House. Our education animals are non-releasable and need permanent care. Your adoption ensures that these animals continue to inspire and educate our visitors.

Your adoption gifts are put to work immediately

  • Feeding and caring for our animals
  • Providing medical treatment when needed
  • Conducting training of animals and our staff
  • Defraying costs for schools that cannot afford our educational programs otherwise
  • Inspiring our visitors and community through educational programs

We have four adoption levels. The first three are as follows:

  • Gold: $220 - Two year adoption
  • Silver: $120 - One year adoption
  • Bronze: $50 - One year adoption - reserved for schools and youth groups

With your Gold, Silver, or Bronze adoption, you receive by mail:

  • A certificate recognizing your adoption
  • A color photograph of the critter you adopted
  • A fact sheet about the species
  • Your name posted in the Critter House
  • A thank you letter that explains the significance of your gift

When you adopt a critter at the levels above as a gift, they will receive the adoption packet, and you will receive our warmest thanks and a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

Choose a critter to adopt from the list below
Cecropia Moth Common Snapping Turtle Eastern American Toad
Eastern Box Turtle Eastern Tiger Salamander Green Frog
Painted Turtle    

We offer one special adoption level:

  • Copper: $25 - One year adoption available as a gift for your teacher

Copper level adoption materials are delivered via email for you to present to your teacher; you will receive:

  • A certificate featuring a color photograph of the animal you adopted
  • A fact sheet about the species
  • Your teacher's name posted in the Critter House

You will also receive our warmest thanks and a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

Choose a critter to adopt from the list below
Cecropia Moth Common Snapping Turtle Eastern American Toad
Eastern Box Turtle Eastern Tiger Salamander Green Frog
Painted Turtle    

Please call 734-997-1553 for more information or to adopt a critter over the phone.

Go to our main adoption page to learn more about how you can support our programs and resources.