There’s a lot happening at the Leslie Science and Nature Center next month as summer gives way to fall.
Critters Up Close at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 10:00am to Sunday, September 10, 2017 – 4:00pm
Ages: All ages
Free with museum admission! Now you have more opportunities to see Critters Up Close every month at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. We bring a selection of live animals to the Museum and AAHOM offers special animal-oriented hands-on activities. Animals will be meeting and greeting visitors from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday. This month the featured critters are arachnids!
Monarch Migration Festival
Sunday, September 10, 2017 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All ages
$7 per person
Each year, waves of Monarch butterflies travel over mountains, forests, and plains in the United States to reach their southern wintering grounds in Mexico. Join LSNC in preserving butterfly habitats and releasing Monarchs to support national conservation efforts. Learn how butterflies are tagged, get your face painted, and meet local experts and vendors supporting butterfly conservation efforts. For more information: http://www.lesliesnc.org/monarch-migration-festival Pre-registration guarantees a live monarch butterfly to release. Space is limited, so register before September!
Parents’ Night Out: Eco Warriors
Friday, September 15th, 5-10 PM
$30 per child for non-members/$25 per child for members
Open to students currently enrolled in K – 6th grade
It’s a night out for grown-ups while the kids enjoy an exciting evening at LSNC! Learn how to protect habitats from invasive species and defend wildlife from The Most Deadly Animal in the World. Complete group challenges and design your own eco-warrior costume. Parents’ Night Out includes a Panera sandwich box with PB&J or Turkey as well as a late-night popcorn snack. Families are welcome to send their child with a dinner from home. Activities will be outside as much as possible, so please come dressed for the weather
This program coincides with Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Adults Only Night so both adults and kids can have a fun evening out! Registration required by 9/13/2017
Fireside Fun- A Good Old-Fashioned Campfire Circle
Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All ages
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. One Sunday a month, we’ll be stoking the fires here at LSNC. Bring your family, friends, camp chairs, outdoor games, and s’mores fixings. We’ll provide a blazing outdoor campfire and plenty of marshmallows. This event is rain or shine (except for thunder and lightening), so come dressed for the weather.
Register today for our upcoming preschool programs in October:
Select Wednesdays and Sundays 10-11 am, Ages 1-5. Caregiver required and free!
$4/ child for non-members, $3/ child for LSNC members
Outdoor environments are a great way to engage all of your toddler’s developing senses, and get a bit of exercise! LSNC has many opportunities for you and your little one to explore and appreciate the outdoors, such as live animal visits, hikes, stories, and hands-on activities. Nature Storytime takes place Wednesday mornings and every other Sunday for one hour. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!
Nature Storytime will take place on the following days:
Oct 1, 4, 11, 15, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 19, 29; Dec 3, 6, 13, 20.
Nature Tykes Preschool Program
Wednesdays 9:45 – 11:15 am, Ages 4-5 without caregiver.
Cost: varies by month, see lesliesnc.org
Our Nature Tykes Preschool Program gives your 4-5 year old the opportunity to learn and grow independently in this 1.5 hour drop-off program. It is a great supplement to, or step towards, a full-day preschool program. This month we will discover the differences between animals as we compare and contrast mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Registration is by the month, and each session is designed to encourage your little one to ask questions, explore the outdoors, and develop important classroom skills as we hike in Black Pond Woods, meet live animals, make crafts, and run hands-on experiments. Activities are indoors and outdoors – so make sure to dress for the weather!
Oct 4, 11, 18, 25: Animal Differences
Susan Westhoff, Executive Director
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