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Adult activities include sustainability workshops, fishing programs, planetarium events, and special events. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center hosts numerous events and welcomes more than 50,000 guests each year. Please join us and learn, share, and enjoy!


Telescope Night Summer
Date: June 24, July 22, August 19 Time/Duration: 8:30 p.m.
  Adults and families with children ages 6 and up Fee: $5/person

Telescope Night

For adults and children ages 6+

Join our resident telescope expert, Bill Reed, a former docent at Mt. Wilson and leader of classes on telescope building, for evenings under the stars.  We will begin in the planetarium for an update on the sky tonight then head out to see the view.  In case of inclement weather, viewing will be done inside on the planetarium dome.

Planetarium portion of the program lasts approximately 45 minutes in the dark.

Saturdays, June 24, July 22, August 19

8:30 p.m.

Fee: $5/person

Advance registration is available but not required for this program.

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Live at the Hive
Date: Monday, July 31 Time/Duration: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $5/person

Get sticky with beekeeper Christine Cain as we open up our beehives to extract honey! Learn about the life cycle of the bees, their contribution to our environment and how they create honey. Opening of the hives is weather dependent but an extraction demonstration and honey tasting will still take place as a part of the program.

Instructor: Christine Cain

Registration is required for this event.

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Feed & Follow
Date: Mondays Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  For all ages Fee: $5/person

Meet a Wildlife Specialist to learn about how we care for our resident animals. Join them on a guided tour to watch them in action as they feed some of our special educational animals and share their knowledge.

Instructor: Wildlife Staff

Critter Encounters
Date: Saturdays Time/Duration: 10:30 am. and 11:00 am.
  For all ages Fee: $3/person

We welcome you each weekend morning to spend a half hour with some of the Center's favorite animals. Get a chance to see them in person and learn about what makes them special.

Instructor: Education Staff

Advance registration is not required for this program.

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Registration Hints and Tips!

For your best shopping experience here are some tips:

1.    Use the Back and Forward Arrows of your web browser to fill your Center "cart" with all of your program selections so that you only have to check out once! You can both arrow back and forth between our website and your Center "cart" and between programs in the drop-down menu and your cart. Only the most recent cart will be saved!

2.    Sign in as a User if you want your automatic discount-and be sure you use the parent's name under Personal Information so that your membership account can be accessed. If you are registering as a "User" (different than registering for a Program) for the very first time, please create your account first and log back in for your member information to be accessed properly.

Continuing Education Programs with Tri-C Westshore
Date: See Descriptions Time/Duration: See Descriptions
  For Adults Fee: $15/person per program

These fun and informative programs take place in the Center's planetarium and all include a night sky talk using both planetarium projectors.

Ask an Astronomer                                                                                                               Wednesday September 6, 2017  from 10:00-11:30 a.m OR 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Do you have space questions that need to be answered? Join us in Schuele Planetarium for a discussion! This program is dedicated to you, the curious listener. Our astronomers will be prepared to talk all abut the history and future of manned space flight, the Solar System, satellites, telescopes and more. Bring your questions and your curiosity!

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Solar System                                                                                    Wednesday September 20, 2017  from 10:00-11:30 a.m OR 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Hitch a ride on our planetarium "space ship" as we journey through our very own Solar System! We will take an in-depth look at what we know about these alien worlds and how we have come to know it. Using our state of the art planetarium and current computer modeling, you won't want to miss this journey into nearby space!

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe                                                                                        Thursday September 28, 2017  from 10:00-11:30 a.m OR 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Buckle up as we depart Earth and visit our neighbors in the Solar System. We will then travel beyond the edge of the Milky Way Galaxy and to galaxies beyond. At the edge of the observable Universe we will take a look at how far we have come and travel faster than light back to Earth.

Advance registration is now available but not required for these programs.

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Please note: Doors close promptly at start time. Tickets for all star shows are available at the front desk 30 minutes before the program begins on a first-come, first-served basis. All shows include an overview of the current night sky and any news from the space agencies. For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is not permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.

Wildlife Insider
Date: To schedule please contact wildlife@lensc.org or 440-471-8358 Time/Duration: One hour program
  For all ages Fee: $15/person

Do you have a favorite animal or special interests that you wish to learn more about from our expert staff? Do you ever wonder what it takes to care for all of our resident and rehabilitation animals? Are you interested in how we provide medical treatments, training and enrichment to our animals?

This behind-the scenes program is tailor made by our wildlife staff to provide your family with a one of a kind experience full of "wild" memories.

Please contact Director of Wildlife for scheduling at wildlife@lensc.org or 440.471.8358.

$15 per person minimum of 4 participants (max 10)

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