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Public Programs for Ages 1-5

Nature Playgroup

Outdoor environments are a great way to engage all of your toddler’s developing senses, and get a bit of exercise! Join us every other week as we come together for a mix of guided and self-guided outdoor activities that allow parents, caregivers, and children to explore, engage with, and experience the outdoors. Programs will take place outdoors, please dress appropriately.

Nature Playgroup will take place on the following days:  Oct. 12,  Oct. 26,  Nov. 9,  Nov. 30,  Dec. 14, Jan 18,  Feb. 15,  Mar. 1,  Mar 15, Mar. 29,  Apr. 12,  Apr. 26,  May 10, and  May 24

Nature Tales

Join us on select Thursday and Saturday mornings for outdoor and nature-based activities that inspire you and your child to explore and appreciate the out of doors in Ann Arbor’s very own backyard (Leslie!). 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, please dress appropriately.

Nature Tales will take place on following dates from 10:00-11:00am:

LSNC Educator reading a book to two children

Oct. 1st - Exploring Turtles
Oct. 13th and 15th - Crunchy, Colorful Leaves
Oct. 27th and 29th - Animal Skulls 
Nov. 10th and 12th - All About Owls
Dec. 1st and 3rd - Wiggly Worms
Dec. 15th and 17th - Animal Tracks
Jan. 19th and 21st - Terrific Trees
Feb. 16th and 18th - Sounds of Nature
Mar. 2nd and 4th - Furry Friends
Mar. 16th and 18th - Squirrels, Oh MY!
Mar. 30th - Oh, Deer!
Apr. 1st - Sensational Spring
Apr. 13th - Extravagent Eggs
Apr. 27th and 29th -  Earth Helpers
May 11th and 13th - In the Garden
May 25th and 27th - In the Sky

Nature Tykes Preschool Program

Our Nature Tykes programs are designed for your 4-5 year old in mind.  Each 1.5 hour session allows your early learner to have authentic, age-appropriate nature-based experiences. Monthly themes will help guide activities that include live animal presentations, hikes in Black Pond Woods, natural crafts, and hands-on experiments. This state licensed drop-off program is designed to encourage participants to feel comfortable asking questions, exploring, and engaging with the natural world.

Oct. - Fall into Autumn
Nov. - Nature's Decomposers
Dec. - What's Wild?
Jan. - Winter Woods
Feb. - Natural Expressions
Mar. - Mammal Madness
Apr. - Sensing Spring