• STEM at Home

    Discover science and connect to the natural world while staying safe and healthy at home!

    Check out our virtual programming schedule and browse through our list of resources, activities, crafts, videos, and more to help continue to bring science into your world.

  • Summer 2021

    Let our in-person virtual distance learning programs and family experiences provide a COVID-safe educational experience for your school or community group! We have modified some of our most popular programs to address the health and safety of all our community. 

  • Field Trip

    More than 250 interactive science, technology, energy and health exhibits await students of all ages.  We’re experts at making sure that bringing your group to the Museum is smooth sailing all the way. Discounted admission for groups of 15 children or more!

  • ScienceWorks

    Your students become scientists during our ScienceWorks Labs. All programs align with National Science Education Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core State Standards. Labs are available year-round for preschool to middle school students and are led by an instructor.

  • Outreach

    Our Outreach staff brings the Museum to you—at schools, libraries, community centers, and festivals—by delivering hands-on programming customized to your schedule and curriculum interests.

  • Distance Learning

    Experience live, interactive Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum programs right in your classroom! Our educators use videoconferencing technology to share science and math activities with your students, engaging them in a dynamic, hands-on learning experience.

  • Scouts

    The best place for Scouts to explore STEAM! 

  • Summer Camp

    Through the Unity in Learning partnership, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science & Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum now offer families incredible day camps at two fantastic locations in Ann Arbor and Belleville.

  • Birthday Parties

    Have a STEM-tastic birthday party with us at the museum! Join us on Saturdays as we help you and your guests celebrate your special day at the museum.

Back to Programs

Family Experiences

Join us at Leslie Science & Nature Center for the new programs designed for families, pods and homeschools!

Choose one of the following activities to be led by one of our educators for an outdoor hands-on engaging time. Up to 6 people can attend of all ages. Parents need to stay with the children participating for the entirety of the program.

Click here to request your Family Experience!


  • Minimum cost of $30 for up to 6 people
  • 2 years old and under are free


  • Tuesdays - Fridays, 9am-5pm
  • 45 minutes
  • Must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance
  • If interested in other times, please email info@lesliesnc.org for availability


  • Water Cycle: From a droplet underground, to a raindrop in the sky, water is one of our most vital resources. We'll take a closer look how other organisms rely on water, take our own, incredible water journey, and discover how we as citizen scientists can help keep our waterways clean!
  • Birding 101: What better way to explore the outdoors than to pick up the hobby of birdwatching! Through our hike in the woods, we'll learn how to identify common, Michigan birds, while demonstrating tips & tricks to help find different species. Folks will also learn how to use some of the best tools made to help you enjoy your new hobby! This experience is best suited for families, or beginner birdwatchers. Mornings only (9am-12pm)
  • Tree ID: There are living giants among us, and boy do they have a story to tell! Learn how to identify common, Michigan trees in every season. We'll hike through the woods as we practice our new, tree ID skills. All while learning why trees are so important for our ecosystems, as well as our human way of life.
  • Animal Engineering: Brainstorm, plan, build, and test! Learn how engineers gained inspiration on ​some of today’s technology thanks by being inspired by natural wonders. We'll explore how different animals survive using engineering and test our skills by building our own bird nests.
  • Fractions: Get outside to practice your fraction skills as we explore the hiking trails at the Leslie Science and Nature Center. We'll discover how to compare fractions and use the birds in the Raptor Loop to create our own fractions.
  • Seasonal Surroundings (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer): Take a walk through the woods as explore the signs of changing seasons! Learn how organisms adapt to an ever-changing pattern of weather, temperature, and resources. We'll also discover more ways to interact with nature in each season: fall, winter, spring, and summer!
  • Senses: Ever wish you had a bat's ability to hear or a star-nosed mole's ability to smell? Learn with us how these animals and more use their senses to explore the world. We'll even have a chance to test our own senses through a series of interactive activities!
  • States of Matter: Matter is all around us! Come explore the three states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) we see in nature every day and discover how animals use each to survive in the wild. Then, join us in making slime to see if we can identify which state of matter our slime is most like.
Family Experiences

Summer 2021

Family, School

General Audience, PreK, K-2nd, 3-5th, 6-8th, 9-12th

Still not sure we have the experience you want?

Visit unityinlearning.org to open a gateway to hands-on discovery, exploration of the natural world, and experiences that take flight.

Through the Unity in Learning partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-On MuseumLeslie Science and Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum we provide over 100 different  programs at our facilities, on site at your location, or through interactive video conferencing.