Animal Haunts - October 29th

Join us for our beloved non-scary fall celebration: Animal Haunts!  Learn More.

THANK YOU for supporting Mayfly!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our two-day Mayfly fundraiser to benefit the LSNC Nature Playscape! Please visit our Playscape page for more information on how YOU can become involved in this project.  Learn More.

Wildlife Zoom Room

Looking to spice up your weekly meetings? Or maybe bring a special guest to your next virtual party or hangout? Then book a time to let our animal ambassadors join your next virtual meeting! Learn More.

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Help us spark curiosity, discovery, and joy across Southeast Michigan and well beyond by giving today. Learn More.

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Playscape Match Challenge
Friday, June 3, 2022 - 8:30am to Friday, September 30, 2022 - 8:30am
We are excited to announce that the LSNC Nature Playscape is the recipient of a $50,000 challenge gift from Linh and Dug Song. This match will be applied to the construction of the Eagle's Nest and Teaching Space. Help us reach our match by making a donation TODAY. Simply tap on the link or scan the QR code below to make your secure donation. It's that easy and quick. https://cbo.io/d/lsnc If you have questions, please reach out to: natureplay@lesliesnc.org


Support the Playscape with taste!
Friday, July 1, 2022 - 6:45am to Friday, September 30, 2022 - 6:45am
Ages: 21+
$32 for 4-pack

Order The Fuzzy Antenna from our friends at Ann Arbor Distilling Co and $5 from every 4-pack you purchase will go towards the building of our Nature Playscape. With cherry and orange highlighting their fall gin, it's the perfect sweet sip on a hot day. You can even order your 4-pack online and drive up to pick up 

Order yours today!

Opportunity for our supporters 21 and older, please drink responsibly, and thank you for your support!


Fireside Fun @ Leslie Science & Nature Center (1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor)
Friday, August 26, 2022 - 5:30pm to Friday, November 25, 2022 - 7:00pm
Ages: All ages
Free, Walk-Ups Permitted

Upcoming Dates:

  • September 30, 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • October 28, 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • November 25, 5:30pm-7:00pm

There's nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. We'll provide a blazing outdoor campfire, you provide the rest! Bring your family, friends, camp chairs, outdoor games, and s'mores fixings if you want them. Outdoor fires are held rain or shine (except for thunder and lightening), so come dressed for the weather.

Because this event takes place entirely outdoors, mask are highly encouraged but not required, for participation in this event. 

Walk-Ups are welcome, pre-registration not required.


Critter House at Leslie Science & Nature Center, Open Hours
Sunday, August 28, 2022 - 1:00pm to Friday, November 25, 2022 - 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Suggested donation: $5/person, $20/family

Upcoming Open Dates & Hours:

  • August 28, 1-4 PM
  • September 25, 1-4 PM
  • October 9, 23, 1-4 PM
  • November 6, 13, 20, 27 1-4 PM

Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes! Our Critter House is the home to many species native to the region. It's a great way to get up close and personal with some adorable and unusual animals, all while developing an appreciation for the incredible diversity of the natural world.

Critter House Open Hours are free, with a suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family. As a non-profit we are sustained by your participation in our programs and your generous donations. Any gift of support is appreciated! Donations can be in person, or online, anytime.

Critter House Open Hours will take place the 2nd and 4th Sundays of most months, from 1-4 PM.


New Moon Night Hike
Friday, October 21, 2022 - 7:00pm to Friday, November 18, 2022 - 8:30pm
Ages: Best suited for Ages 5+ (paths are not stroller accessible)
$5/person

Upcoming Night Hikes: October 21 and November 18

Join us as we explore Black Pond Woods after dark during the week of the New Moon. Learn how nocturnal creatures thrive when the lights go out, walk through our woods with one of our expert night-hike guides, all while practicing ethical hiking skills. Finish off the hike with a warm campfire and share legends about the moon. This event is completely outdoors, so make sure to dress for the weather!

Register and purchase tickets for October 21st Night Hike 

Register and purchase tickets for November 18th Night Hike


Animal Haunts - Oct 29th
Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Ages: all ages
Tickets are $8 for Members and $10 for non-members

Join us for our non-scary fall celebration: Animal Haunts! Click here for more information and to buy your tickets now!


We're Building a Nature Playscape!

Find out how you can support this exciting project here.