Dear Friend, 

Do you remember when you were first inspired to plant a seed, explore how things float, or investigate the mysteries of the world around you? At the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and the Leslie Science & Nature Center, this is the work we do every day. Whether at Hands-On, Leslie, or out in our community, we bring science and the amazement around our natural world to life - creating moments of discovery that inspire kids - young and old - to discover, explore, and learn.

We know that you appreciate what we do and we are so grateful for the support you provide through your membership and program attendance. We rely on this support as it allows us to continue to provide unique program options and experiences to our visitors. Honestly, though, we want to do even more. Currently, individual donations (outside of membership and program fees) make up 4% of annual revenue and this specific support has allowed us to expand program offerings, invest in local school districts, create new exhibits, provide additional scholarships so that even more school children can visit us, and start a nature playscape.

As the graph below illustrates - our revenue comes to us from multiple sources. We rely on individual support to make us whole. We need this support to do even more!

To make it easier to show your support, you can now provide a monthly gift by becoming a Monthly Moment Maker. Monthly gifts provide a sustainable investment in our one-of-a-kind programming and dedicated staff furthering our mission of creating moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world.

Won’t YOU become a Moment Maker today? Even small gifts make a big impact!

Together we'll make more moments for our community. Thank you for your support.


  • $ 30 provides a scholarship for 3 students to visit us through our Discover Science Assistance Fund (DSAF)
  • $ 75 feeds our fruit bats for a week
  • $ 300 provides filters for our multiple water exhibits at the Museum for a year
  • $ 550 provides a year’s worth of bubble fluid in the World Around You Gallery
  • $ 1,310 allows Leslie to host its monthly fireside fun activity and keep it FREE for the community for an entire year


  • Tax-deductible support to two local 501(c)(3) organizations

  • Easy automatic monthly* donations

  • Flexibility to change or suspend your donation at any time

  • Invitation to special behind-the-scenes donor appreciation events

  • Knowledge that you are providing vital support to two treasured community nonprofits

To make your monthly gift by check, please send this pledge form along with your donation as indicated below:

  • Check made payable to: “Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum”, 220 E. Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (On memo line, please designate monthly donation for “AAHOM” or “AAHOM/LSNC” supporting both organizations.)

  • Check made payable to: “Leslie Science & Nature Center”, 1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Questions? Please reach out to Sara Brintnall, Development Manager, at 734.205.9553 or