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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 Tales

Join us every other Thursday morning 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 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. Tykes will take place on the following dates:
  • October (Fall into Autumn): 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 10-11:30am.
  • November (Nature's Decomposers): 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 10-11:30am
  • December (What's Wild): 6th, 13th, and 20th from 10-11:30.
Nature Tales: Turtles
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Saturday morning 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. This program’s theme is Turtles.

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

Nature Tykes: Fall Into Autumn
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 10:00am to Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 11:30am
Ages 4-5
$38 per child ($36 for members)

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. . October's theme is Fall into Autumn.

Programs will take place on October 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 10:00-11:30am.

Registration is required before October 4th. Register this program online, or call 734-997-1553.

Nature Playgroup
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-3 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 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.

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

Nature Tales: Leaves
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Thursday morning 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. This program’s theme is Leaves.

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

Nature Tales: Leaves
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Saturday morning 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. This program’s theme is Leaves.

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

Nature Playgroup
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-3 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 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.

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

Nature Tales: Skulls
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Thursday morning 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. This program’s theme is Skulls.

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

Nature Tales: Skulls
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Saturday morning 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. This program’s theme is Skulls.

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

Nature Tykes: Nature's Decomposers
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 10:00am to Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 11:30am
Ages 4-5
$38 per child ($36 for members)

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. November's theme is Nature's Decomposers.

Programs will take place on November 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 10-11:30am.

Registration is required before November 1st.  Register for this program online, or call 734-997-1553.

Nature Playgroup
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-3 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 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

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

Nature Tales: Owls
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Thursday morning 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. This program’s theme is Owls.

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

Nature Tales: Owls
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Saturday morning 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. This program’s theme is Owls.

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

Nature Playgroup
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-3 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 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.

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

Nature Tales: Wiggly Worms
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Thursday morning 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. This program’s theme is Wiggly Worms.

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

Nature Tales: Wiggly Worms
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Saturday morning 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. This program’s theme is Wiggly Worms.

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

Nature Tykes: What's Wild
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:00am to Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 11:30am
Ages 4-5
$38 per child ($36 for members)

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. December's theme is What's Wild.

Programs will take place on Decmeber 6th, 13th, and 20th from 10-11:30am.

Registration is required before December 6th.  Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.

Nature Playgroup
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 1-3 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 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.

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

Nature Tales: Tracks
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Thursday morning 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. This program’s theme is Tracks.

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

Nature Tales: Tracks
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages 5 and younger
$4 per child ($3 per member), adults are free

Join us every other Saturday morning 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. This program’s theme is Tracks.

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