a group of children and adults, seen from behind as they walk across Black Pond's bridge

Preschool Classroom Outreach

Let Leslie Science & Nature Center engage your preschoolers' young, curious, and growing minds with programs featuring our amazing animals. Each program includes creative play, a hands-on activity, a close look at one of our live animals, and a favorite children's book.

What you need to know:

  • Duration: 45 minutes.
  • Size: No more than 20 students.
  • Ages: 3-5 years.
  • Note: We may request teacher assistance for some hands-on activities.
  • Cost: Pricing starts at $120, and is based on the distance from LSNC and number of programs. Note: Discounts for multiple programs apply only to programs held on the same day.
  • 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.
  • Please call 734-997-1553 for any questions about customizing our programs.

Plan your 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


Radical Reptiles 
Available year round
Program length: 45 min.

After a reptile story, up close investigations of shells, scales and other specimens will help us see why reptiles are so successful. Then a visit from some live reptiles will captivate and amaze your preschoolers as they learn about these often misunderstood animals.

Silent Feathered Friends
Available year round
Program length: 45 min.

Young students let their imaginations take flight as we spin an owl tale. After the story, students enjoy hands-on experiences with our specimens and meet a native Michigan owl.

Where Animals Winter
Available Nov-Mar
Program length: 45 min.

With a story and a visit from one of our animals, students will learn about how animals survive the winter with hibernation, migration, and staying here and staying active!