a group of children and adults, seen from behind as they walk across Black Pond's bridge

All public operations are limited to select programming until further notice. Check this page for the latest information.

Preschool Field Trips

Due to ongoing site maintenance, we are hosting field trips at nearby Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area. Students have the opportunity to explore prairie, woods, and wetlands, participate in engaging activities and meet live animals up close.

Please email info@lesliesnc.org or call 734-997-1553 for more information.

Outreach programs that bring wildlife and hands-on activities to your school or community organization are also available year-round!

Our preschool programs have been carefully designed for the active and exciting world of the three to five year old. We combine engaging hands-on activities, hikes in our woods and prairies, creative play and movement, and a close look at our live animals.

Scheduling Overview

Duration 1.5 hrs
Cost $6 per child (including siblings); $90 minimum required
Max. Group Size 60 children

Program Descriptions

Sensing Nature

How do animals use their sense of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing? Students will discover how animals and humans use their senses to survive by observing a live animal, exploring stops along our outdoor “Sensing Nature Trail,” and much more! Your preschoolers’ five senses are sure to be engaged! 

Offered year-round.


Explore fields and forests to learn how plants and animals prepare for winter with an enchanting autumn puppet show. Through games, a live animal encounter and discovery hike, your students will truly experience the joys of fall.

Offered September - November.

Winter Woods

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.

Offered December - February.


Celebrate the birth of spring! A fun-filled puppet show will captivate and educate your youngsters about animal life in springtime. Visit a live animal and enjoy an outdoor walk while discovering the eagerly anticipated signs of spring.

Offered March - June.

Ready to schedule a program?

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

We hope to see you soon!