George Bedard and the Kingpins get the crowd dancing at Ann Arbor Summer Festival
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Summer Festival hosted a concert by George Bedard and the Kingpins at the Leslie Science and Nature Center Saturday, July 3. One man in particular, David Arsen, from Ann Arbor, has been attending the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for 30 years. “It was so much fun.”Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor NewsGeorge Bedard performs at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor NewsAttendants applaud during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor Newsmlive.com
Spice up your next virtual event with critters from Ann Arbor’s Leslie Science and Nature Center
ANN ARBOR – Tired of the uniformness of virtual meetings? That’s why the Leslie Science and Nature Center has begun offering special appearances from its animal ambassadors to lift the virtual meetup experience. An education staff member will accompany each animal ambassador for 15 to 30 minute sessions that include a Q&A. Below are the available animal ambassadors, with descriptions by LSNC:Barred OwlThe Barred Owl is no stranger to online teaching. Enjoy watching the behavior of these laid-back, powerful creatures as they slide their way into your next virtual hang out.
$535K pollution investigation, cleanup at Ann Arbor nature center completed
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor has completed a cleanup of contaminated soils at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, allowing outdoor programming to resume. The science and nature center sits on property that belonged to Eugene and Emily Leslie from 1923 to 1976 and was gifted to the city when they died. While planning for the playscape, the science and nature center and the city discovered chemicals from Eugene Leslie’s laboratory may have been historically dumped in a section of woods near the proposed playscape. While the city owns the property and buildings, the Leslie Science and Nature Center is a separate nonprofit that operates programming at the site. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Democrats vs. Republicans: 4 state House races in Washtenaw County on Nov. 3 ballotAnn Arbor celebrates launch of city’s first solar-powered ‘resilience hub’Early in-person voting at Ann Arbor city hall, UM campus starts Sept. 24Washtenaw County officials seeking more input on pollution cleanup planPlan to address Ann Arbor pollution ‘unbelievably unacceptable,’ residents arguemlive.com
Leslie Science and Nature Center to host virtual Monarch Migration Festival
Mich. The Leslie Science and Nature Center will be moving the annual Monarch Migration Festival virtual this year, but thats no reason to skip the celebration. The event celebrates the yearly migration of the monarch butterfly across North America, which has recently been threatened by deforestation and the use of herbicides. The event centers around a live broadcast of the butterfly release in the Leslie Science and Nature Centers pollinator garden, and participants will also have access to educational games, videos, and other at-home activities. Registration is $7 for individual admission, or you can opt for the $22 pollinator pack which comes with additional info and seeds to start a pollinator garden at home. For more information and to register for the event, visit Leslie Science and Nature Centers website here.
Annual Monarch Migration Festival coming Sept. 8 to Ann Arbor's Gallup Park
ANN ARBOR - Get ready to celebrate and learn about the annual journey monarch butterflies take each year at the Leslie Science and Nature Center's family-friendly 2019 Annual Monarch Migration Festival at Gallup Park. On Sept. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., enjoy meeting local experts and vendors that help contribute to butterfly conservation efforts. Each year, waves of monarchs migrate across diverse United States terrain to Mexico, where their wintering grounds are located. Admission is $5 per person, and registration for the event is required by Sept. 6. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Ann Arbor park closed over soil contamination concerns
A park in Ann Arbor has fenced off a large section and moved all activities after a troubling discovery Thursday. ORIGINAL STORY: Leslie Science & Nature Center changes programming after soil tests positive for heavy metalsRecent soil samples showed traces of heavy metals, including arsenic and lead. The park is still open to the public, but testing is ongoing throughout the entire park to see if there is any other contamination. Normally you'd see and hear dozens of kids in nature camps running around the Leslie Science and Nature Center, but Thursday afternoon, one would only hear the sounds of nature. Soil samples showed elevated levels of several elements, including lead, arsenic and mercury.