An image of the Nature House, from the outside

Elementary Field Trips

Due to ongoing site maintenance, onsite field trips are temporarily unavailable.  We are able to provide field trips at a nearby City of Ann Arbor park and welcome your inquiry. Please email info@lesliesnc.org or call 734-997-1553 for more information. You can also book an outreach program that brings our staff and wildlife to your school or community institution.

Our fantastic kindergarten through fifth grade programs are designed to intrigue and excite young minds. We strive to provide students with experiences that foster curiosity about the natural world and promote environmental literacy through the lens of Michigan’s natural history and resources.

Scheduling Overview

  • Duration: 1.5-2 hours
  • Cost: $7/child (including siblings), no charge for adults
    • $120 minimum for 1.5 hours
    • $140 minimum for 2 hours
  • Maximum group size: 60 children for most programs, 75 children for programs marked (*)
  • Booking a program: Fill out the Field Trip Request Form, call 734.997.1553, or e-mail info@lesliesnc.org

Please review our Field Trip F.A.Q. for more information about our site and being prepared for your program.

Program Descriptions

Program Title Length Grade  Description

Sensing Nature*

1.5 hrs  K

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 outdoor “Sensory Nature Trail,” and much more! Your students’ senses are sure to be engaged!

Seeds, Sprouts, Stems 1.5 hrs K-2

Explore up close the living things all around us: Plants! This program features hands-on activities, a hike, and an up close look at how plants photosynthesize, grow, and more. Students will walk away understanding what plants need to thrive, obtain nutrients, and provide resources for all other living things!

Insect Investigations*

Offered April-Sept.

1.5 or 2 hrs K-2 After building a bug, meeting live insects, and taking a rare look into an active bee hive, students will learn what it's like to be a bee as they attempt to gather enough nectar for the winter.

Habitat Hunt*

1.5 or 2 hrs K-5

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.

Beaks, Feathers, Talons

2 hrs K-5

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!

Tremendous Trees

2 hrs 3-5 

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!

The Nature of Water

Offered March - Nov.

2 hrs 3-5 What is Black Pond? Through hands-on exploration, inquiry, and observation students will discover what unique organisms call Black Pond home. Students will hike to our vernal pond and explore the macroinvertebrates that live there.

Ready to schedule a program?

Need more information? Visit our Field Trip Main Page.

We hope to see you soon!