Book your fall field trip, outreach, birthday, or scout program today!

Due to ongoing site maintenance, some programs are temporarily unavailable at our site, but there are still lots of ways to join us for a fun and memorable outdoor adventure this fall at your home, school, or at several nearby City of Ann Arbor park. Please email info@lesliesnc.org or call 734-997-1553 to get more information and book your program today. Learn More.

Eco-Travel

Here at Leslie Science & Nature Center, we are all about the exploration of our local ecosystems and our own backyards, but there are also wonderful experiences possible when you go to exotic locations far from home. These two amazing expeditions will help you and your family experience more of what our beautiful planet has to offer. Learn More.

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Nature Storytime - Rockin' Reptiles
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 years old with a caregiver
$5 per child ($4 per child for members)

Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. This week we will explore what makes reptiles unique. Nature Storytime takes place Wednesday mornings and every other Sunday for one hour. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!

This session will take place at Olson Park, 1515 Dhu Varren Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Online registration is now closed.  Please join us at Olson Park the day of the event!


Hike n' Hootenanny
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: Adults 21 years and older
$25 per person ($20 per person for members). Tickets include one drink ticket

Join us for LSNC’s first annual Hike n’ Hootenanny! Bring your friends for a fun evening of music, beer and hard cider, dessert, and square dancing under a beautiful autumn night sky. We’ll meet at Furstenberg Nature Area where you’ll learn about Michigan native wildlife, meet some of our resident raptors up close, take a twilight hike, and enjoy an evening in the great outdoors. Purchase a hot dog, bratwurst, or vegan sausage from Ray’s Red Hots, order delivery to the park, or bring a “zero waste” picnic dinner to enjoy in the beer garden. Participants must be 21 years or older.

Participants must park at Huron High School and use the crosswalk to cross Fuller Rd to the nature area for the event.

Accessibility information:

  • The beer garden and other activities will be located in the grass and in the parking lot.
  • Lighting will be very limited, feel free to bring a flashlight or headlamp if that will make you more comfortable moving on uneven ground.
  • This event happens rain or shine, except thunderstorms, so please come dressed for the weather.
  • A limited number of handicap accessible parking spots will be available in the park for folks who need a closer spot in order to attend the event.
  • Flush toilets are available in the men’s and women’s restrooms at the park. Unfortunately, there are no gender-neutral restrooms at Furstenberg. Please use the restroom that is most comfortable for you, and contact our staff if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Seating will be limited. We encourage people to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Furstenberg Nature Area is located at 2626 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Registration is required by October 17th. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.


Animal Haunts: Sensational Swamps
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Kids 12 years and younger and their families
$10 per person or $35 per family

Get ready because LSNC’s beloved non-scary fall celebration, Animal Haunts, is fast approaching! This year we are hosting Animal Haunts: Sensational Swamps at Furstenberg Nature Area where you and your family can enjoy class-act performances featuring dancing Fairy Shrimp, dramatic frogs, and other swamp characters! We’ll also have festive fun with crafts, games, live birds of prey and more. Don’t forget to come in costume!

This is a candy-free, non-scary event for kids age 12 and under and their families. Participants must park at Huron High School and use the crosswalk to cross Fuller Rd to the nature area for the event.

Accessibility information:

  • Activities will be located in the grass and in the parking lot.
  • Unfortunately, the hiking trail is not safe for wheelchairs or strollers.
  • Lighting will be very limited, feel free to bring a flashlight or headlamp if that will make you more comfortable moving on uneven ground.
  • This event happens rain or shine, except thunderstorms, so please come dressed for the weather.
  • A limited number of handicap accessible parking spots will be available in the park for folks who need a closer spot in order to attend the event.
  • Flush toilets are available in the men’s and women’s restrooms at the park. Unfortunately, there are no gender-neutral restrooms at Furstenberg. Please use the restroom that is most comfortable for you, and contact our staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Furstenberg Nature Area is located at 2626 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Registration is required by October 17th.  Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 


Nature Storytime - Awesome Amphibians
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 years old with a caregiver
$5 per child ($4 per child for members)

Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. This week we will explore what makes amphibians unique. Nature Storytime takes place Wednesday mornings and every other Sunday for one hour. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!

This session will take place at Olson Park, 1515 Dhu Varren Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. 

Pre-registration is recommended. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 


Parents' Night Out - Night at the Museum
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: Youth currently enrolled in grades K-5
$35 per child ($30 per child for members)
It's a night out for grown-ups while the kids enjoy an exciting evening at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Every Night at the Museum we'll do exciting activities that will explore different science concepts plus we'll spend plenty of time exploring the museum!
 
Parents’ Night Out includes a Panera sandwich box with PB&J or Turkey as well as a late-night popcorn snack. Families are welcome to send their child with a dinner from home.
  • Time: 5:30 - 10:00 pm
  • Location: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Please check your reminder email for drop-off information
Registration is required by 12:00 pm on 10/22 in order to receive a Panera box dinner. If you register after the cut-off date, your child will need to come with a dinner from home. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 

Nature Storytime - Super Spiders
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 years old with a caregiver
$5 per child ($4 per child for members)

Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. This week we will explore what makes spiders and other arachnids unique. Nature Storytime takes place Wednesday mornings and every other Sunday for one hour. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!

This session will take place at Olson Park, 1515 Dhu Varren Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Pre-registration is recommended. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 


Nature Storytime - Super Spiders
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Ages: 2-5 years old with a caregiver
$5 per child ($4 per child for members)

Nature Storytime has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. This week we will explore what makes spiders and other arachnids unique. Nature Storytime takes place Wednesday mornings and every other Sunday for one hour. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!

This session will take place at Olson Park, 1515 Dhu Varren Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. 

Pre-registration is recommended. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 


Day Off at the Museum: Build It!
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:30pm
Ages: Youth currently enrolled in grades K-5
$75 per child ($70 per child for members)
 
Spend this day off from school exploring the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, building structures, testing them out, and of course spending some time in the museum gallery. Every Day Off at the Museum camp includes opportunities to play silly games, make art, and have hands-on experiences with science.
 
• Time: 9:00 - 5:30 (drop off begins at 8:30)
• Location: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 East Ann St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
• Please check for a reminder email one week prior for a packing list and other important information
 
Registration is required by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, November 1st.  Register for this camp online, or call 734-997-1553. 

Parents' Night Out - Night at the Museum
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Ages: Youth currently enrolled in grades K-5
$35 per child ($30 per child for members)
It's a night out for grown-ups while the kids enjoy an exciting evening at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Every Night at the Museum we'll do exciting activities that will explore different science concepts plus we'll spend plenty of time exploring the museum!
 
Parents’ Night Out includes a Panera sandwich box with PB&J or Turkey as well as a late-night popcorn snack. Families are welcome to send their child with a dinner from home.
  • Time: 5:30 - 10:00 pm
  • Location: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Please check your reminder email for drop-off information
Registration is required by 12:00 pm on 11/12 in order to receive a Panera box dinner. If you register after the cut-off date, your child will need to come with a dinner from home. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553. 

Day Off Outdoors: Thankful for Nature
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:30pm
Ages: Youth currently enrolled in grades K-5
$75 per child ($70 per child for members)
 
Explore all of the incredible ways the natural world provides us with food, shelter, energy, and more! Show your gratitude for nature by learning how to reduce waste, conserve pollinator habitats, and care for the amazing planet we call home during this one-day camp. Every LSNC camp includes opportunities to play silly games, make art, spend time outside, and meet some of LSNC’s resident animals up close.
 
• Time: 9:00 - 5:30 PM (drop off begins at 8:30 AM)
• Location: Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
• Please check for a reminder email 1 week prior for packing list and other important information
 
Registration is required by 12:00 PM on Friday November 22nd. Register for this camp online, or by calling 734-997-1553. 

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