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

Classroom Outreach

Our programs are hands-on, interactive, and innovative. We are able to customize programs to meet your curriculum or grade level needs. As with all of our programs, they are also designed to meet the GLCES and Common Core State Standards.

Are you a teacher? Read more here about how to apply for Adopt-a-Class Scholarship funding.

What you need to know:

  • Duration: 1 hour. If booking more than one session in a day, we need 15 minutes between programs to reset materials.
  • Maximum Group Size: 30 students except where noted.
  • Cost: Our prices start at a base rate of $160 for the first program, and may include a mileage fee depending on your location. Additional programs start at $100, and must be the same program on the same day, with no more than a 45 minute break between programs.
  • LSNC staff will need a safe place for animals if there is a break between programs. All live bird programs require an open floor space with six feet minimum empty space between the audience and presenter, and a six foot table at the front of the presentation area. Programs must be held in a room in which there is no other simultaneous activity. 
  • We will arrive early to set up. To protect the health of our birds and other animals, live animal programs must begin promptly. Any delays of over 15 minutes will be subject to an additional $25 fee.
  • Cancellations: Please see our cancellation policy. Any questions regarding a cancellation can be addressed by emailing info@lesliesnc.org, or by calling 734-997-1553
  • Please call 734-997-1553 for any questions about customizing our programs. 

Plan your program

Use this form to arrange a program, or call 734-997-1553. Please have the following information ready before you call:

  • Teacher Name, Phone Number, & School
  • School Address & Office Phone Number
  • Program Choice & Class Size
  • Ideal Dates

Programs by Grade

Kindergarten

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth - Twelfth 

Program List

Silent Feathered Friends
Available year round
Available for Grades: K
Program length: 1 hour

Young students let their imaginations take flight as we spin an owl tale. After the story, students enjoy hands-on experiences with our specimens and meet a native Michigan owl. 

What Does That Habitat Need?
Available year round
Available for Grades: K – 5
Program length: 1 hour

After meeting and learning about different species of live insects, students will attempt to determine what they need in their habitat to survive. Based on what they’ve learned, they will then construct a habitat for an insect and observe as it gets to know its new home.

Fur, Feathers, and Scales
Available year round
Available for Grades: 1 – 3
Program length: 1 hour

Classification made fun! Students will compare, contrast and classify live animals to learn what makes mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians different. They will also identify and learn about their adaptations for survival.

Cold Blooded Classification
Available year round
Available for Grades: 2 – 5
Program length: 1 hour

We bring live reptiles and amphibians into your class for observation and comparison. Your students will participate in an experiment that will help illustrate the adaptations, behavior, and physical structures of these incredible cold blooded animals

Hunters of the Sky
Available year round
Available for Grades: 1 – 12
Program length: 1 hour

It’s all about survival! Three engaging raptors (such as a hawk, owl, falcon) will visit your site to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Hands-on explorations of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts provide a stimulating introduction to the Hunters of the Sky. Program delivery will be modified depending on audience age and requested key concepts. 

This program may accommodate more than 30 children at once.

Understanding Owls
Available year round
Available for Grades: 1 – 12
Program length: 1 hour

Our owls will engage, delight, and educate your students during a personal visit to your classroom. Classification, conservation, and survival techniques are just a few of the topics we will explore by observing live birds. Students will be amazed as they discover what life is like for a nighttime predator through hands-on activities. This program may accommodate more than 30 children at once.

Where Does that Snake Live?
Available year round
Available for Grades: K – 5
Program length: 1 hour

Practice observation skills to pick up the subtle cues that help us to understand the natural world. After meeting different snakes up close, students will learn to use the scientific method as they attempt to discover one of the snake’s natural habitats. Then we’ll perform an experiment to test the students' hypotheses using live snakes.

Walking Down a Food Chain
Available year round
Available for Grades: K – 12
Program length: 1 hour

Together we will construct a live food chain as your students meet a raptor, reptile, amphibian, arachnid, and an insect. Along the way we discuss how these animals' lives are connected and learn about the delicate balance that allows them to survive both individually and together as wildlife who share a habitat.

Nature’s Recyclers
Not available during summer.
Available for Grades: 4 – 12
Program length: 1 hour

While meeting live roaches, rodents and a turkey vulture, your students will learn the important role that scavengers and decomposers play in our everyday lives. Meeting these underappreciated recyclers will prove to be an experience that you and your students will not forget.