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Public Programs for Ages 1-5

Tiny Tots

A hands-on carnival of activities to help your 1-3 year-old begin learning about nature! Each session features a unique theme and includes both indoor and outdoor discovery opportunities. Puppet shows, engaging songs, stories, nature walks, crafts, and more will be utilized throughout the series so that each session is new and exciting.

Nature Tales

Join us each month for this naturally unique story time for 1-5 year-olds. We accompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed activities that will include live animal visits and an outdoor activity.

Tykes Preschool Program

A special program for 4-5 year-olds that lasts a whole month, Tykes is two hours of educational fun every week - and adults are free to leave (though welcomed to stay)! This program features a variety of activities including animal presentations, hikes in Black Pond Woods, crafts, experiments, and a snack. As our Tykes program relies on building camaraderie as a group, space is limited and preregistration is required. If minimum registration is not reached by the Friday prior to the initial session, the program may be canceled.

Nature Tales - A Nutty Tale
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-5; caregiver required.
$4/child non-member; $3/child for LSNC members.

Join us for this naturally unique story time! "Nuts to You!" by Lois Ehlert is about watching a very curious squirrel. Come for the story, then stay to learn about different ways we can watch wildlife that live in our backyards. Each month we accompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed pursuits that will include live animal visits and an outdoor activity. Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tykes Preschool Program - Fall Frenzy
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages 4-5, caregivers welcome but not required.
$50/child non-member; $45/child for LSNC members for the whole month!

This program includes four weeks of Tykes sessions, including 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28/14.

Fall is the perfect time to jump into the cycle of the seasons. Weather and colors are just two of the changes we'll explore through hands-on activities, hikes, experiments, and stories. Come prepared to jump in leaves and play outside while we watch the seasons change together! Space is limited, so preregistration is required.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553. We require an emergency form on file for this program; if your child attended a summer camp at LSNC in June-August 2014, you already have one on file. If not, please download it by clicking here and submit.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tiny Tots: Fall Fun
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 9:15am to 10:45am
Ages 1-3; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$8/child non-member; $7/child for LSNC members.

Leaves are changing, animals are preparing for winter, and the air is feeling cooler. We'll explore the changes taking place in Black Pond Woods and all around our site through games, crafts, and outdoor activities for you and your child. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Nature Tales - An Animal Tale
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-5; caregiver required.
$4/child non-member; $3/child for LSNC members.

Join us for this naturally unique story time! We will read "Forest Bright Forest Night" by Jennifer Ward and learn about the animals that are awake during the day and those that are active on "the night shift." Each month we accompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed pursuits that will include live animal visits and an outdoor activity. Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tykes Preschool Program - Frog, Toad, and Friends
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages 4-5, caregivers welcome but not required.
$38/child non-member; $33/child for LSNC members for the whole month!

This program includes three weeks of Tykes sessions, including 11/11, 11/18, 11/25/14.

Come celebrate Arnold Lobel's books about Frog and Toad, Owl, and others all month long! We'll be reading his stores and learning more about these characters through hikes, crafts, and activities. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553. We require an emergency form on file for this program; if your child attended a summer camp at LSNC in June-August 2014, you already have one on file. If not, please download it by clicking here and submit.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tiny Tots: Shapes In Nature
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 9:15am to 10:45am
Ages 1-3; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$8/child non-member; $7/child for LSNC members.

Squares, triangles, circles, and rectangles! Help your little one discover the shapes that we find in nature as we explore our trails and visit our resident critters. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Nature Tales - A Rockin' Tale
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-5; caregiver required.
$4/child non-member; $3/child for LSNC members.

Join us for this naturally unique story time! There are so many different kinds of rocks and so many ways that people and animals use them! We will read "If you find a rock" by Peggy Christian and then we'll explore our trails to see how many kinds we can find. Each month weaccompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed pursuits that will include live animal visits and an outdoor activity. Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tykes Preschool Program - Animals in Winter
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages 4-5, caregivers welcome but not required.
$38/child non-member; $33/child for LSNC members for the whole month!

This program includes three weeks of Tykes sessions, including 12/2, 12/9, 12/16/14.

Did you ever notice that you see fewer animals in the winter? Where do you think they go? We'll learn about how animals prepare for and survive the winter season through migration, hibernation, and adaptation. Space is limited, and preregistration is required.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553. We require an emergency form on file for this program; if your child attended a summer camp at LSNC in June-August 2014, you already have one on file. If not, please download it by clicking here and submit.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tiny Tots: Rockin' Rocks & Fossils
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 9:15am to 10:45am
Ages 1-3; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$8/child non-member; $7/child for LSNC members.

Calling all curious kids! We will dust off rocks, skulls, and bones and look at fossils, then hop along dinosaur tracks and search for rocks along our trails. Join us for a rockin' good time! Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Nature Tales - A Chilly Tale
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-5; caregiver required.
$4/child non-member; $3/child for LSNC members.

Join us for this naturally unique story time!  It's a cold time of year and it can be hard to find ways to stay warm. "A Warm Winter Tale" by Carrie A. Pearson will reveal the ways different animals adapt to those cold temperatures. After the story, we'll have games and activities to help us keep warm! Each month we accompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed pursuits that will include live animal visits and an outdoor activity. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tykes Preschool Program - Hop, Flap, Walk, Crawl, and Slither
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages 4-5, caregivers welcome but not required.
$50/child non-member; $45/child for LSNC members for the whole month!

This program includes four weeks of Tykes sessions, including 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27/15.

Different animals move their bodies in different ways. Through animal visits, stories, crafts, and activities we’ll discover why they move the way they do then see if we can move in the same way! Space is limited, so preregistration is required.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553. We require an emergency form on file for this program; if your child attended a summer camp at LSNC in June-August 2014, you already have one on file. If not, please download it by clicking here and submit.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tiny Tots: Creatures of the Night
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 9:15am to 10:45am
Ages 1-3; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$8/child non-member; $7/child for LSNC members.

When the sun goes down we start getting sleepy, but many creatures are just waking up. Join us as we learn about these animals and the wonderful world of LSNC after dark! Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Nature Tales - A Snowy Tale
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-5; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$4/child non-member; $3/child for LSNC members.

Join us for this naturally unique story time! We will read the classic "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats and learn about snow, snowflakes, ice, and cold. Come prepared to go outside and enjoy the snow! Each month we accompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed pursuits that will include live animal visits and an outdoor activity. Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tiny Tots: Winter Adventure
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 9:15am to 10:45am
Ages 1-3; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$8/child non-member; $7/child for LSNC members.

Winter brings a lot of changes to our landscape and to the animals and plants that live here. Join us to explore all about winter, and if there is snow, stay to help your little one create their own snowman or snow angel! Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tykes Preschool Program - Sensational Senses
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages 4-5, caregivers welcome but not required.
$38/child non-member; $33/child for LSNC members for the whole month!

Join us as we discover the world of LSNC using all of our senses! We will learn about a different sense each week and use it to discover more about the plants and animals that call LSNC and Black Pond Woods home. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. This program includes 3 weeks of Tykes sessions, including February 3, 10, & 24/15.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553.   We require an emergency form on file for this program; if your child attended a summer camp at LSNC in June-August 2014, you already have one on file. If not, please download it by clicking here and submit.  

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Nature Tales - A Nighttime Tale
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-5; caregiver required.
$4/child non-member; $3/child for LSNC members.

Join us for this naturally unique story time! "Little Owl's Night" by Divya Srinivasan is the story of a little owl that is discovering how his animal friends are enjoying the nighttime. Come and find out who his friends are and learn about the adaptations these animals have to "living the nightlife." Each month we accompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed pursuits that will include live animal visits and an outdoor activity. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tykes Preschool Program - Dr Seuss Adventures
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages 4-5, caregivers welcome but not required.
$50/child non-member; $45/child for LSNC members for the whole month!

This program includes four weeks of Tykes sessions, including 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24/15.

We’ll celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday month by reading his books and taking adventures inspired by those stories. Be prepared to discover wacky animals and silly characters that will inspire our walks in Black Pond Woods, help us create Seuss-inspired art, and get us moving in fun and strange ways! Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553. We require an emergency form on file for this program; if your child attended a summer camp at LSNC in June-August 2014, you already have one on file. If not, please download it by clicking here and submit.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tiny Tots: Dr Seuss on the Loose
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 9:15am to 10:45am
Ages 1-3; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$8/child non-member; $7/child for LSNC members.

Help LSNC celebrate Dr. Seuss's birth! We will make a Seuss-themed craft, play games inspired by his books, and take a walk in Black Pond Woods to see if we can find Truffala Trees. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Nature Tales - A Dr Seuss Tale
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-5; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$4/child non-member; $3/child for LSNC members.

Join us for this naturally unique story time! March is National Reading Month, so we are celebrating by reading "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss, one of our favorite authors! Do you know what oobleck is? We'll explore this wonderful substance and have fun with other Seuss-themed activities. Each month we accompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed pursuits that will include live animal visits and an outdoor activity. Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tykes Preschool Program - Nature Detectives
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages 4-5, caregivers welcome but not required.
$38/child non-member; $33/child for LSNC members for the whole month!

This program includes three weeks of Tykes sessions, including 4/14, 4/21, 4/28/2015.

Your child's little hands and little eyes will take a closer look at the little things here at LSNC! Each week will start with a clue that will lead us into our adventure, and using hand lenses, microscopes, stories, and games we’ll decode the meaning of the week’s clues. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553. We require an emergency form on file for this program; if your child attended a summer camp at LSNC in June-August 2014, you already have one on file. If not, please download it by clicking here and submit.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tiny Tots: Rainbow of Colors
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:15am to 10:45am
Ages 1-3; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$8/child non-member; $7/child for LSNC members.

It's so much fun to see rainbows after the rain and count how many colors you can pick out in each one! We will explore the different hues of the rainbow through fun activities, a hike through our forest, and by creating some eye-catching crafts! Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Nature Tales - A Lowly Tale
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-5; caregiver required.
$4/child non-member; $3/child for LSNC members.

Join us for this naturally unique story time! We will read "Under One Rock: Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs" by Anthony Fredericks, then discover the amazing world that lives low to the ground and under our feet. Each month we accompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed pursuits that will include live animal visits and an outdoor activity. Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tykes Preschool Program - Bug Bonanza
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Ages 4-5, caregivers welcome but not required.
$50/child non-member; $45/child for LSNC members for the whole month!

This program includes four weeks of Tykes sessions, including 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26/2015.

Move with moths, crawl with caterpillars, lunch with ladybugs, and spin with spiders all month long! We’ll discover the beautiful world of insects and their relatives during this bug bonanza. After meeting insects through stories we will sweep, shake, dig, and call for our buggy friends in the fields, forest, and pond. Space is limited, and preregistration is required.

Register for this event online or call 734-997-1553. We require an emergency form on file for this program; if your child attended a summer camp at LSNC in June-August 2014, you already have one on file. If not, please download it by clicking here and submit.

This program is discounted for all LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Tiny Tots: Sounds of Nature
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 9:15am to 10:45am
Ages 1-3; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$8/child non-member; $7/child for LSNC members.

Walking through our woods you might hear all kinds of tweets, chirps, screeches, and calls. Come discover the critters behind those sounds, then enjoy listening to the breezes through the springtime leaves! We might even make some critter sounds of our own! Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.

Nature Tales - A Flighty Tale
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-5; siblings welcome, caregiver required.
$4/child non-member; $3/child for LSNC members.

Join us for this naturally unique story time! Before the sun comes up, it is still and quiet outside - then just before sunrise, a chorus of birds erupts and greets the new day. We will read "Birdsongs" by Betsy Franco and learn more about our singing friends. Each month we accompany the story with a selection of hands-on, nature-themed pursuits that include live animal visits and an outdoor activity. Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Register for this event online, call 734-997-1553, or pay at the door.

This program is discounted for LSNC Members - membership is $50 annually, and includes your entire immediate family. Become a member now, or read more about benefits here.