October events at Leslie Science & Nature Center
October events at Leslie Science & Nature Center
Immersive Guided Forest Therapy with A2 Shinrin-yoku
Mondays: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1. 9:00 am – 11:30am
$45 per session, or $40 per session if you register for all 3!
Guided Forest therapy is based on the Japanese practice of “Forest bathing” meaning an immersive sensory experience of nature. Unlike a nature hike, forest therapy is a slow, relaxing and interactive experience in nature, covering less than half a mile and focusing on deepening our connections with nature through a series of suggested activities. You are welcome to get your hands dirty and sit on the ground! Since this is a 2.5-hour event, participants are strongly encouraged to bring any medications they might need, water and a snack, weather-appropriate clothing, and comfortable walking shoes. A tea ceremony ends each experience.
Register for all three and receive $5 off each session! Registration is required by the Thursday before each session, and participants should plan on arriving 10 minutes prior to the program start time as the program begins promptly at 9:00 am. Register for this event online. For more information on Certified Forest Therapy Guide Cayla Samano, please visit www.a2shinrinyoku.com. This program may be cancelled if the event registration does not fill. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be contacted and will receive a full refund.
Select Wednesdays and Sundays 10-11 am, Ages 18 months through five years old
Caregiver required and free! Siblings under 18 months, free!
$5/child for non-members, $4/child for LSNC members – Buy the fall bundle and save!
Outdoor environments are a great way to engage all of your toddler’s developing senses, and get a bit of exercise! Join our expert staff as we explore and appreciate the outdoors, including live animal visits, hikes, stories, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Each session includes indoor and outdoor activities – so make sure to dress for the weather!
Nature Storytime will take place on the following days:
October 7 & 10 – Magnificent Mammals
October 17 – Feathered Friends
October 21 & 24 – Rockin’ Reptiles
October 31 – Awesome Amphibians
Have a 4-5 year old that is ready to try a drop-off program? Take a look at our Nature Tykes Preschool Program that also runs on Wednesday mornings.
Nature Tykes Preschool Program
Wednesdays: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 9:45 – 11:15 am
Ages 4-5 without caregiver.
Buy the fall bundle and save!
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. 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. This month we will explore what the season has to offer through using our senses, visiting the garden, and learning about springtime weather. Activities are indoors and outdoors – so make sure to dress for the weather!
Have a 1-3 year old that is not quite old enough to join Nature Tykes? Take a look at our Nature Storytime program that also runs on Wednesday mornings.
Critters Up Close at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, October 14 1-4 PM
Ages: All ages
Free with Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum admission
Every month, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum visitors get up close and personal with some of our favorite critters from the natural world. Join us for hands-on activities and a meet and greet with critters from 10-4:00 pm on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4:00 pm on Sunday. This month we will explore animal diversity!
Fireside Fun: A Good Old-fashioned Campfire Circle
Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Free for all ages!
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring your family, friends, camp chairs, outdoor games, and s’mores fixings. We’ll provide a blazing outdoor campfire and plenty of marshmallows. No registration required.
Animal Haunts: Adults Only
Friday, October 26, 2018 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Ages: 21 years and older
$25 per person ($20 per member)
LSNC’s favorite fall event grows up! Bring a friend (or two) for a fun evening with beer and hard cider, dessert, and a live show. While you’re here, visit creepy crawlies in our Critter House, meet some of our resident owls up close, take a twilight hike through Black Pond Woods, and enjoy an autumn evening in the great outdoors. Participants must be 21 years or older. Feel free to bring a “zero waste” picnic dinner to enjoy in the beer garden.
Registration is required by October 23rd. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.
Animal Haunts: “Underground Adventures”
Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Youth 12 and younger, and their families
$10 person, or $35 per family
Join us for a beloved autumnal celebration at LSNC’s non-scary Animal Haunts! Take a guided hike through Black Pond Woods, where you can watch skits about things that crawl, slither, tunnel, and grow underground. We’ll have festive fun with harvest crafts, a hay jump, live animals, and more. Don’t forget to come in costume! **This is a candy-free, non-scary event for kids age 12 and under and their families. Please be advised that our trails are not stroller or wheelchair accessible. **
Registration is required by October 24th. Register for this event online, or call 734-997-1553.
Critter House Open Hours
Free and open to the public most Sundays, 10 am – 1 pm, see our website for closures.
Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes! Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and have activities or specimens out for you to explore.
Leslie Science & Nature Center educates and inspires children and adults to discover,
understand, and respect their natural environment.
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