Leslie Science and Nature Center

Ann Arbor, MI
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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The longest, and best trail you’ll find is the Black Trail (only 1 mile) where you’ll find a vernal pond (visit in the spring to find frogs and salamanders) and encounter hills to run up and down. When the vernal pond dries up in late summer, you’ll find a decrease in mosquitos. One of the shorter hikes that may be of interest to your toddler and preschooler is the Sensory Trail where you can discover how deer use their sense of hearing and you use your sense of sight to find a camouflage owl. Speaking of owls, don’t forget to visit the raptor enclosures at the end of the hike to meet eagles, owls, and turkey vultures! There is also a small adventure/nature playground at the trailhead!

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Vernal Pond, Sensory Trail, Raptor Enclosures (open at all times), Critter House (open at select times), some hills, wildflowers in spring

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking free and onsite

Trail Contributor

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Born, raised, and rooted in the GREAT state of Michigan and adventure mom to Neko and Levi, I’ve been involved with the Hike it Baby organization since 2014. I currently work as the Data and Social Media Coordinator for the Hike it Baby National Team, a Branch Ambassador for Hike it Baby Ann Arbor, and a fulltime employee with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. I have a passion for the outdoors and am so grateful to have the opportunity to carry on that passion. Thanks to HiB, I was also elected as Pittsfield Township Park Commissioner in 2018, which allows me to be a voice for my community. When I’m not on the trails or working, I enjoy traveling, kayaking, social justice, baseball, vegan food, and cheering on Neko at all of his sporting events!