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Elementary Field Trips

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 (up to 75 for our Sensing Nature or Insect Investigation program)
  • 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

Offered all year

1.5 hrs  K-1 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!
Habitat Hunt 

Offered all year

1.5 hrs K-2 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.
Exploring Ecosystems 
Offered all year
1.5-2 hrs 3-5 What is an ecosystem? Through guided exploration, a hike through the woods, data collection, and scientific journaling, students will discover what makes Black Pond Woods a special place for the animals that inhabit it.

Tremendous Trees

Offered Mar.-Nov.

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!

Beaks, Feathers, Talons

Offered all year

2 hrs 3-5 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!

Winter Woods

Offered Dec.-Feb.

1.5 hrs K-4 What do animals do in the winter? Students will discover how both plants and animals prepare themselves for survival during Michigan’s harsh winters through hands-on experiments, observations, a hike through the woods, and a closer look at one of Michigan’s native animals. 

Insect Investigations
*New Pollination Edition

Offered April-August

1.5-2 hrs 1-3 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.

Exploring Black Pond

Offered April-June

2 hrs 1-5 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!