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Our Place: Field Trips!

We strive to provide participants with experiences that foster curiosity about the natural world and promote environmental literacy through the lens of Michigan’s natural history and resources. Our school programs are purposefully designed to complement current Michigan Science Standards, while using both NGSS and DCI as a framework for instruction and learning.

Ready to schedule? Here is what we would need from you:

  • Lead teacher name, phone number, and e-mail
  • School or group name and address
  • Classroom size
  • Number of chaperones
  • Program choice
  • Ideal dates and time

Click here to fill out our Field Trip Request Form!


Overview

Duration 1.5 to 2 hours. Programs occur rain or shine.
Cost $120-$140 starting fee, with additional $7 per child, including siblings. Chaperones and adults are free.
Group Size Up to 30 students.
Availability Most programs can occur all year, with some only available in certain seasons.
COVID-19 Policies All participants 2 and older are required to wear masks when indoors during the program. Masks are highly encouraged when outdoors.

Weather and Location

All of our programs are seasonally appropriate and take place outdoors. Please make sure students and chaperones are properly dressed for the weather. In the case of extreme weather, we will move some activities indoors, focusing in the same themes and concepts.

Cancellations

LSNC program take place rain or shine. If your school is cancelled, or LSNC deems the weather is unsafe, we will work to reschedule your program within the school year based on schedule availability, or refund if necessary.

Non-weather related cancellations must occur 48 hours in advance, or a $75 processing fee will be charged. The $75 fee is applied to any cancellation whether it is an entire organization, or one scheduled class from a multi-class visit.

Final payments must be made the day of the program, unless otherwise arranged by LSNC.


K-5 Field Trip Program Descriptions

Field Trips

Description

Season

Grades

Duration (hours)

Sensing Nature

How do animals use their sense of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing? Students will discover how animals use their senses to survive by observing a live animal up close, exploring stops along our “Sensory Nature Trail,” and much more! Your students’ senses are sure to be engaged! All year K-2 1.5

Habitat Hunt

What is a habitat? Through guided exploration, a hike through the woods, and scientific journaling, students will discover what makes Black Pond Woods a special place for the animals that inhabit it. All Year K-5 1.5

Insect Investigations

After building a bug, meeting live insects, and trying your hand at pollinating plants, students will learn what it's like to be a bee as they attempt to gather enough nectar for the hive. Mar-Sept K-5 1.5

Beaks, Feathers, Talons

LSNC’s resident raptors help us explore bird adaptations and discover what helps them survive in the wild. Students will take a birding hike, run an experiment on beak designs, play a game, and meet one of our birds up close! All year 3-5 2

The Nature of Water

What is a watershed? How does water move throughout our planet? Through hands-on exploration, inquiry, and observation, students will discover the vital role water plays in all our ecosystems. Mar-Nov 3-5 2

Tremendous Trees

What would we be without trees? Students will explore the plant that provides us with life supporting resources through hands-on exploration, identification, and a hike through a place where so many trees call their home—the woods! All year 3-5 2

Please contact us at lsmith@lesliesnc.org, or fill out a program request form to schedule your next field trip program.