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Public Programs for Ages 1-5
LSNC offers three types of programs for children ages 1-5 to learn and explore in an outdoor setting. Join us as we meet animals up close, hike in Black Pond Woods, play educational games, and make friends.
Who: Toddlers ages 1-3 and their caregivers
When: Every other Wednesday from 10-11am
How to join: See dates below and register online or walk up in the morning to sign up
Who: Children ages 1-5 and their caregivers
When: Every other Thursday or Saturday from 10-11
How to join: See the themes and dates below, and register online or walk up in the morning to sign up
Who: Drop-off program for children ages 4 and 5
When: Weekly on Tuesdays from 10-11:30
How to join: Registration is by the month, and pre-registraion is required - see below for themes and dates
These forms are required for children attending Tykes Preschool Program
Outdoor environments are a great way to engage all of your toddler’s developing senses, and get a bit of exercise! Join us every other week as we come together for a mix of guided and self-guided outdoor activities that allow parents, caregivers, and children to explore, engage with, and experience the outdoors. Programs will take place outdoors, please dress appropriately.
Nature Playgroup will take place on the following days:
Join us on select Thursday and Saturday mornings for outdoor and nature-based activities that inspire you and your child to explore and appreciate the out of doors in Ann Arbor’s very own backyard (Leslie!). Each session will be centered around a specific theme and include a variety of hands-on activities, like live animal encounters, guided hikes, group games, and enticing stories. Programs will take place outdoors, please dress appropriately.
Nature Tales will take place on following dates from 10:00-11:00am:
Oct. 1st - Exploring Turtles
Oct. 13th and 15th - Crunchy, Colorful Leaves
Oct. 27th and 29th - Animal Skulls
Nov. 10th and 12th - All About Owls
Dec. 1st and 3rd - Wiggly Worms
Dec. 15th and 17th - Animal Tracks
Jan. 19th and 21st - Terrific Trees
Feb. 16th and 18th - Sounds of Nature
Mar. 2nd and 4th - Furry Friends
Mar. 16th and 18th - Squirrels, Oh My!
Mar. 30th and Apr. 1st - Sensational Spring!
Apr. 13th - Extravagant Eggs
Apr. 27th and 29th - Earth Helpers
May 11th and 13th - In the Garden
May 25th and 27th - In the Sky
Nature Tykes Preschool Program
Our Nature Tykes programs are designed for your 4-5 year old in mind. Each 1.5 hour session allows your early learner to have authentic, age-appropriate nature-based experiences. Monthly themes will help guide activities that include live animal presentations, hikes in Black Pond Woods, natural crafts, and hands-on experiments. This drop-off program is designed to encourage participants to feel comfortable asking questions, exploring, and engaging with the natural world.
Required Forms - for Tykes Preschool
If you are completing your form on the computer, please download and use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to fill in form fields or your information may not be captured. Be sure to close the document and re-open before sending to make sure your information was saved. Do not complete forms in your web browser. Detailed instructions are below.
Completed forms should be sent to: email@example.com.
This form is required for every child in Tykes Preschool. It includes family contact information, general health information, insurance information, food needs, permission to release children to specific individuals, and a photo release.
This form is required for any child in Tykes Preschool who needs to take medication while at LSNC. This includes emergency medication (inhalers, EpiPens), prescription medication, and over-the-counter medication (such as Lactaid).
LSNC welcomes neurodiversity in programs and strives to make reasonable accommodations whenever possible. Please use this form to supplement information on the Emergency & Release form by telling us how our staff can support the learning and success of your child while at Tykes Preschool. For example, if your child uses anxiety-reducing techniques, a visual schedule, a reward system, extra processing time, planned breaks, or structured transitions, we would love to hear how you’ve implemented these ideas in the past.
How to Complete a Form on Your Computer
Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC here, and install it on your computer. This should take two minutes. Download the form you wish to complete. Do not complete it in your web browser or your information may not be saved. Open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Complete all of the fields in the form and choose File->Save As and save the completed form with the child's full name and the phrase "emergency form" so it looks like "Emily Leslie Emergency Form.pdf." Send the form as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "[Child's Name] Emergency Form.pdf"
Completed forms should be sent to: email@example.com. If you do not have access to email, you may fax your child’s forms to 734-997-1072, mail them to: LSNC, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, or drop them off during our regular office hours. Please note: We cannot accept photographs of emergency forms.