LSNC & AAHOM Distance Learning Projects

Leslie Science & Nature Center and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum have teamed up to conduct Distance Learning projects. My daughter has enjoyed classes and field trips that she has taken at both locations and seeing both organizations at various events that we have attended over the years. It is great to hear that they are able to bring their programs to more people through the distance learning program.


Leslie Science & Nature Center (LSNC) is proud to announce the beginning of a new season of Distance Learning programming, conducted in partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. This successful programming initiative, entering its eighth year, brings live interactive science programs into classrooms throughout the country.
The past year of LSNC & Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Distance Learning programs was a great success, delivering just under 50 sessions to classrooms in nine states, from Alaska in the north to Arkansas in the south and from New York in the east to Missouri in the west. The three themes currently offered under this partnership capitalize on the expertise and resources available to LSNC, home to a number of non-releasable injured birds of prey and other educational animals.
Themes include Cold Blooded Classification, Walking Up A Food Chain, and Owls From The Inside Out.
Cold Blooded Classification: Reptile Live reptiles visit the Distance Learning lab as students and instructors explore what makes a reptile a reptile. By making observations, students compare and contrast live reptiles in order to classify them. Classes also examine the snake and lizard skins included in the Distance Learning kits in their own classrooms to explore the adaptations that make these animals successful.
Walking Up A Food Chain Working with students, LSNC educators create a food chain using live animals including a hawk or owl, a snake, a frog, a spider, and a roach. In the course of the session, students and instructors will discuss how these animals are all connected and learn about the delicate balance that allows them to survive both individually and as wildlife sharing a habitat.
Owls From The Inside Out Students get the experience of close views of live owls as an avian expert from LSNC uses live birds to compare and contrast the characteristics of different owl species, and museum educators lead the dissection portion of the session. Classes learn how owls have adapted to a predatory way of life, and gain an introduction to skeletal anatomy and prey identification. Students also dissect the real owl pellets provided in the Distance Learning kits to investigate the diet of a barn owl and learn about food chains and the role of avian predators in an ecosystem.
Distance Learning programs use videoconferencing technology to share science and math activities with students, engaging them in a dynamic, hands-on learning experience from anywhere. Kits of instructional materials are provided to classroom teachers for distribution to students, as well as a Teacher’s Guide, and resources for further exploration of the session’s topic. LSNC and museum staff members work in collaboration to tailor the 50-minute programs to meet each class’ grade or age group. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers a wide range of award-winning distance learning programs to schools throughout the world. Sessions are booked through the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum by contacting the Distance Learning Manager at 734-995-5439 or, or through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration at, by searching for Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum.

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Anna Mae


Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.


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