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Elementary Outreach

K-5 Outreach

Our programs are hands-on, interactive, and innovative. We seek to put participants at the center of learning, giving each student the opportunity to observe wildlife, interact with specimen such as shells and feathers, and learn from their observations. Each program is designed with student engagement in mind, along with complementing the new Michigan Science Standards. If you don't see what you're looking for, we can customize a program for you--just let us know by contacting our office at info@lesliesnc.org or 734-997-1553.

Scheduling Overview

Duration 1 hour; if more than one session is planned, 15 minutes must be scheduled in-between for material resets.
Cost Program fees vary but start at $200 depending on type, audience and content. Please check the website for up-to-date information or call for an exact quote. Variations include: Additional fees for mileage and reduced rates for additional programs scheduled on the same day.
Group Size 30 maximum, unless otherwise noted
Set up and location LSNC staff will arrive at least 15 minutes prior to program to begin setting up. Programs require an open floor space with at least six feet between the staffer and the audience, and a six foot table.

K-5 Program Descriptions

Program Title Grade  Description
What Does that Habitat Need? K-2

After meeting and learning about different species of live insects, students will attempt to determine what they need in their habitat to survive. Based on what they’ve learned, they will then construct a habitat for an insect and observe as it gets to know its new home.

Bat Biology K-5
Meet live bats from around the world. As the only flying mammal, bats have amazed and inspired people for a long time. Learn about the diversity of bats, how they survive and their many roles on our planet. 
Nature's Nightlife K-5
Find out what happens after the sun goes down in this exciting exploration in to the world of nocturnal animals. Meet different live animals such as bats, owls, and arachnids to learn why they choose to work in the dark and how they are adapted for life at night.

Fur, Feathers, and Scales

K-2 Classification made fun! Students will compare, contrast and classify live animals to learn what makes mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians different. They will also identify and learn about their adaptations for survival.

Cold Blooded Classification

3-5 Engage in the world of classification as we focus on a particular cold-blooded animal group: reptiles! By meeting live reptiles, and through hands-on activities, students will explore the adaptations that make them successful, and how scientists compare and contrast these particular cold-blooded creatures.

Bug's Eye View


Discover the importance of insects in our world. Students will explore what makes insects special by meeting live insects, learning about their life cycles, and becoming insects themselves as they waggle their way to collect nectar to surive.

Hunters of the Sky

K-5 It’s all about survival! Three engaging raptors (like hawks and owls) will visit your site to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Hands-on explorations of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts provide a stimulating introduction to the Hunters of the Sky. Program delivery will be modified depending on audience age and requested key concepts.

Understanding Owls


Our owls will engage, delight, and educate your students during a personal visit to your classroom. Classification, conservation, and survival techniques are just a few of the topics we will explore by observing live birds. Students will also get the chance for an up close look at owl pellets through an interactive dissection! New Addition: Optional owl pellet dissection!

This program may accommodate more than 30 students at once.

Life Cycle Strategies K-5
Through observations of live animals and scientific journaling, students will compare and contrast the life cycles and adaptations of different cold-blooded organisms. By analyzing animals at different stages, students will discover the intimate connections between living things and their habitats.
Where Does that Snake Live? 3-5

Practice observation skills to pick up the subtle cues that help us to understand the natural world. After meeting different snakes up close, students will learn to use the scientific method as they attempt to discover one of the snake’s natural habitats. Then we’ll perform an experiment to test the students' hypotheses using live snakes.

Walking Down a Food Chain

K-5 Together we will construct a live food chain as your students meet a raptor, reptile, amphibian, arachnid, and an insect. Along the way we discuss how these animals' lives are connected and learn about the delicate balance that allows them to survive both individually and together as wildlife who share a habitat.

Nature's Recyclers

Available Mar-Nov


While meeting live roaches, rodents and a turkey vulture, your students will learn the important role that scavengers and decomposers play in our everyday lives. Meeting these underappreciated recyclers will prove to be an experience that you and your students will not forget.

Ready to schedule a program?

Fill out this form to arrange a program, or call 734-997-1553. Please have the following information ready before you call:

  • Teacher name & phone number
  • School name & address
  • Ideal dates & class size
  • Program choice

Want more information?

Visit our Outreach Main Page for F.A.Q.

We hope to see you soon!