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Public Programs for Ages 1-5

LSNC offers two types of programs for children ages 1-5 to learn and explore in an outdoor setting. Join us as we meet animals up close, hike in Black Pond Woods, play educational games, and make friends. 

Nature Storytime

Who: Children ages 1-5 and their caregivers
When: Every Wednesday and every other Sunday from 10:00-11:00 AM! Wednesdays only in the summer.
How to join: See the themes and dates below, and register online or walk up in the morning to sign up

Nature Tykes Preschool Program

Who: Drop-off program for children ages 4 and 5
When: Weekly on Wednesdays from 9:45-11:15 am October through May
How to join: Registration is by the month, and pre-registration is required - see below for themes and dates
Policies: We are working to get all of our program policies online. Families are invited to review the Nature Tykes Behavior Policy when enrolling their child in the program.

Required forms

Tykes Preschool Program has required paperwork that is due before the first class.


Nature Storytime 

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.  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!
LSNC Educator reading a book to two children
Summer Storytime
June 6 - Explore Outside!
June 13 - Animal Homes
June 20 - Campfires
June 27 - Shelter Exploration
July 11 - Water, Water Everywhere
July 18 - Mud Day
July 25 - Life in the Pond
August 1 - Insect Explorers
August 8 - Buzzin' Buggs
August 15 - Caterpillar Crawl
August 22 - Beautiful Butterflies

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 drop-off program is designed to encourage participants to feel comfortable asking questions, exploring, and engaging with the natural world.

Register for all Nature Tykes sessions from January through May to receive a discount.  For more information and to register, please click here

Required Forms - for Tykes Preschool

If you are completing your form on the computer, please download and use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to fill in form fields or your information may not be captured. Be sure to close the document and re-open before sending to make sure your information was saved. Do not complete forms in your web browser. Detailed instructions are below.

Completed forms should be sent to:

Emergency & Release Form

This form is required for every child in Tykes Preschool. It includes family contact information, general health information, insurance information, food needs, permission to release children to specific individuals, and a photo release.

Medication Authorization Form

This form is required for any child in Tykes Preschool who needs to take medication while at LSNC. This includes emergency medication (inhalers, EpiPens), prescription medication, and over-the-counter medication (such as Lactaid).

Neurodiversity Support Plan

LSNC welcomes neurodiversity in programs and strives to make reasonable accommodations whenever possible. Please use this form to supplement information on the Emergency & Release form by telling us how our staff can support the learning and success of your child while at Tykes Preschool. For example, if your child uses anxiety-reducing techniques, a visual schedule, a reward system, extra processing time, planned breaks, or structured transitions, we would love to hear how you’ve implemented these ideas in the past.

How to Complete a Form on Your Computer

Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC here, and install it on your computer. This should take two minutes. Download the form you wish to complete. Do not complete it in your web browser or your information may not be saved. Open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Complete all of the fields in the form and choose File->Save As and save the completed form with the child's full name and the phrase "emergency form" so it looks like "Emily Leslie Emergency Form.pdf." Send the form as an email attachment to with the subject "[Child's Name] Emergency Form.pdf"

Completed forms should be sent to: If you do not have access to email, you may fax your child’s forms to 734-997-1072, mail them to: LSNC, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, or drop them off during our regular office hours. Please note: We cannot accept photographs of emergency forms.