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Field Trips

Our fantastic kindergarten through fifth grade programs are designed to intrigue and excite young minds.We strive to provide students with experiences that foster curiosity about the natural world and promote environmental literacy through the lens of Michigan’s natural history and resources. 

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What you need to know:

  • Cost: $6/child (including siblings); a minimum payment of $90 is required.
  • Chaperones: Groups must be accompanied by at least one adult for every 15 students. Adults are free. Check out this Guideline for Grown-Ups to know what is expected of your adults chaperones. 
  • Grade: Our school programs are purposefully designed to meet the needs of the grades specified and complement current MI GLCEs, while using both NGSS and DCI as a framework for instruction and learning
  • Maximum Group Size: 60 children.
  • Availability: Field trips are offered all year long. If you are interested in having a program at your site, we can come to you with our outreach programs! 
  • Location: All programs are seasonally appropriate and take place outdoors. Please be prepared for the weather. In the case of extreme weather, we will implement alternate indoor activities focusing on the same themes and concepts.
  • Parking: We have very limited parking; carpooling and busing is encouraged.
  • Be Prepared: Check the weather before your visit to know what weather to expect. We've created this handy Dressing for the Weather Guide that you can print and give to your students and chaperones 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.
  • Lunch: There is a $25 charge to have lunch on-site. Lunch needs to be scheduled ahead of time. Seating is outside on picnic tables and you provide all food and drinks. If groups combine two programs, the lunchtime fee will be waived.
  • Cancellations: Please see our cancellation policy. Any questions regarding a cancellation can be addressed by emailing info@lesliesnc.org, or by calling 734-997-1553.

Plan your 2016-2017 school year field trip!

Use this form to arrange a program, or call 734-997-1553.

Please have the following information ready when you call:

  • Teacher Name & Phone Number
  • School Name, Address, & Phone Number
  • Class Size
  • Program Choice & Ideal Dates

Program List

Sensing Nature
Available: All year
Grades: K – 1
Program length: 1.5 hours

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 up close, exploring stops along our outdoor “Sensory Nature Trail,” and much more! Your students’ five senses are sure to be engaged!

Explore Black Pond
Available: April – July
Grades: 1 – 5
Program length: 2 hours

What is Black Pond? Through hands-on exploration, inquiry, and observation students will discover what unique organisms that call Black Pond— and the woods surrounding it—home. Students will hike to our vernal pond and meet an animal that is especially adapted to the habitat. 

Tremendous Trees 
Available: September- November; March – June
Grades: 3 – 5
Program length: 2 hours

What would we be without trees? Students will explore the plant that provides us with life supporting resources through hands-on exploration, identification, and a hike through a place where so many trees call their home—the woods!

Beaks, Feathers, and Talons
Available: All year
Grades: 3 – 5
Program length: 2 hours

LSNC’s resident raptors help us teach this lesson about Michigan’s native birds. Students will learn about bird adaptations, and discover how they help them survive in the wild. They will also take a guided bird hike with binoculars, run an experiment on beak designs, and meet one of our birds up close.

Winter Woods
Available: December-February
Grades: K-4
Program length: 1.5 hours

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. 

Insect Investigations
Available: April – June
Grades: 1 – 3
Program length: 1.5 hours

By exploring and observing specimen and insects, finding insects in their native habitat, and playing interactive games, students will discover what makes an animal an insect.  Students will also discover how our world would look very different without insects around.