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Scout Programs

Nature exploration, observation, and discovery are key elements to all of our scout programs! Through hands-on activities, guided hikes, games, and journaling, we provide your scouts with the opportunity to learn about wildlife and improve their outdoor skills in an engaging, memorable way! Your troop may choose a two-hour program or an overnight program.

Even more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) scouts programming is available through our Unity in Learning Partnership with Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Yankee Air Museum! View the program brochure or visit the Unity in Learning website to learn more.

Scout 2-Hour Program Overview

Duration 2 hours
Cost $10 per scout
$120 minimum
Maximum Size varies between programs; 17-34
Scout Levels Tigers- Webelos; Daisies-Cadettes

Cub Scouts

Tigers in the Wild, Paws on the Path, Call of the Wild, Bear Necessities, Finding your Way, AOL Camper, Fur, Feathers, Ferns, Into the Wild, and Into the Woods

Girl Scouts

3 Cheers For Animals, Senses, Hiker, Letterboxer, Bugs!, Geocacher, Night Owl, Camper, and Trees

Location Leslie Science & Nature Center--Critter House, Raptor Enclosures, and Black Pond Woods Trails
Parking Limited, carpool if possible
Lunch or dinner add-on $25 flat fee for 30 minutes - Click here to see what's included

Ready to schedule a program?

  • Call 734-997-1553 or e-mail info@lesliesnc.org with the following information:
    • Leader name, phone number, and e-mail
    • Troop name 
    • Group size 
    • Program choice
    • Ideal dates

Want more details? See our F.A.Q. below.

Scout Program F.A.Q.

How should we dress for our program?

Check the weather before your visit to know what to expect. We've created this handy Dressing for the Weather Guide that you can print and give to your scouts and adults before their visit.  

  • We go outside in RAIN or SHINE, WIND or SNOW, and HOT or COLD
  • Kids and adults should be prepared to hike, explore, and play games outside
  • We spend at least half of our time outside for each program; and
  • Inclement weather plans are only instituted for active thunderstorms and extreme cold, wind, or heat.

When should we arrive?

Programs begin promptly at start time. Feel free to arrive 5-10 minutes early to use the bathroom, get a drink, and organize your groups.

How many chaperones can go on a trip?

Scouts must be accompanied by at least one adult for every group. Adults are free to attend. If you're an adult visiting our site with a group, check out this Guidelines for Grown-Ups document to know what is expected of you as an adult participant.

Will our scouts be split into groups?

Scouts may be put into smaller groups to have a more intimate experience and easily rotate through activities. If you have more than 18 scouts, you may be asked to split up into two separate groups. 

What should we do if we need to cancel?

Please see our cancellation policy. Any questions regarding a cancellation can be addressed by emailing info@lesliesnc.org, or by calling 734-997-1553.

What if we're not a scout group? What if we want to do a field trip activity? Can you customize programs for different groups or age-levels? 

All are welcome at LSNC! We are happy to make accomodations if something doesn't seem to fit your specific needs. If you are a school, camp, scout, church, or other community group interested in doing one of our field trip programs, please contact our Program Manager, to see if we can meet your needs.

What is your site and trail like?

LSNC is located on a public park and can be accessed from dawn 'til dusk every day of the year. We have four different buildings that we use as classrooms. Our Black Pond Woods and Prairie trails allow your scouts to explore plants and animals in nature.The dirt trail has gentle slopes but can be slippery if the soil is damp or snowy, so wear shoes with good traction. Check out the LSNC Site and Trail Map for an overview of our site. For select programs, we will also take a visit to our raptor enclosures and Critter House, to get an up close experience with native wildlife. 

Please let us know if your scouts need any accomodations based on our site and trails. We are happy to adapt our programs to ensure they are inclusive for all participants.

What can we expect for our program?

Every one of our programs is a little bit different depending on the theme and content. What is consistent is that  scouts will be active and outside! For each of our programs, scouts will be participating in hands-on activities, making observations, playing games, and taking a hike on one of our trails.

If you think your group may need any accomodations based on the information above, please let us know. We are happy to adapt our programs to ensure they are inclusive for all participants. 

For specific information regarding program content, feel free to contact the Main Office at info@lesliesnc.org

What does lunch or dinner include?

The lunch/dinner add-on is 30 minutes long. For sunny days, seating is outside on picnic tables. Your group will have access to recycling, trash, compost, bathrooms, and a drinking fountain. In the case of inclement weather, you will have an indoor space provided. Lunch needs to be scheduled ahead of time to ensure we can accomodate your group.  We provide space, and you should provide all food and beverages.

I still have questions!

Please contact our Office Manager at 734.997.1553, or by e-mailing info@lesliesnc.org

We hope to see you soon!