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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
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

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. Inclement weather, we’ll do our viewing on the planetarium dome!

Advance registration available but not required. Tickets also available 15 minutes prior to show.

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

Full Dome Weekend Feature Shows: April 2017
Date: Weekends only, January 1 - 31
Time/Duration: Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
  See descriptions for age recommendations. Fee: $3/person

Join us for a movie on the planetarium dome!

These programs are approximately 25–30 minutes each.

January 7 & 8: Space Aliens

Follow astrobiological arguments about the existence of life beyond earth. Recommended for ages 10 and up

April 1 & 2: Space Aliens

Follow astrobiological arguments about the existence of life beyond Earth. Recommended for ages 10 and up

April 8 & 9: The Little Star That Could

Join us for a story about Little Star as he searches for planets of his own to protect and warm. Recommended for ages 4 and up

April 15 & 16: Journey to Mars + Mars Talk

Join NASA in preparing for a journey of a lifetime-to Mars! Discussion following short dome feature. Recommended for age 6 and up

April 22 & 23: Galileo-The Power of the Telescope

Go back in time to learn how Galileo revolutionized human understanding by inventing the telescope. Recommended for age 10 and up

April 29 & 30: Chasing the Ghost Particle

Learn about IceCube, the biggest and strangest particle detector in the world. Recommended for age 10 and up

Please note: This schedule is subject to change. We encourage you to contact our Welcome Desk at 440-871-2900 to confirm programming when making your plans or check the home page Alert Box.

Doors close promptly at start time. Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Welcome Desk 30 minutes before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales end five minutes prior to show time. For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is not permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the Schuele Planetarium.

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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.

Birds of Lake Erie Day
Date: Saturday April 29 Time/Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  For adults and youth ages 10+ Fee: $5/person

For the beginning birder to the expert conservationist! Join us for the 2nd annual Birds of Lake Erie Day. The day will be filled with programs and activities for all ages, including wildlife presentations on rehabilitating avian species, a planetarium program discussing the effects of light pollution, a bird hike though Huntington Reservation led by wildlife staff member Tim Jasinski and live animal encounters provided by the Center's Project Wildlife students. Get ready to learn all about our local feathered friends, Lake Erie birding and much more!

Advance registration is available but not required.

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What Do I Do With This Telescope that I Bought?
Date: April 22 Time/Duration: 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  For Adults and families with children ages 10 and up Fee: $30/telescope

Did you buy a great telescope and can’t figure out how to use it?  Seeing nothing but fuzz through the eyepiece?  Not to worry!  Bring your scope to us and our planetarium staff will help you set it up, align it and put it to good use.  Weather permitting, we will take the scopes outside and find out what we can see.

Instructor: Bill Reed, Planetarium Specialist

Pre-registration is required.

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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.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Inner Planets                                                                                      Wednesday March 29, 2017  from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Buckle up as we travel out into space and visit our Solar System's rocky worlds. Well tour each one of these unique planets in unprecedented detail and check out many of the space probes that explore them.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Outer Planets                                                                                      Wednesday April 5, 2017  from 10:00-11:30 a.m

Join us as we depart Earth and visit the gas giant planets of our Solar System. We'll explore many of their distant moons and even take a close look at NASA space probes that have traveled out to these mysterious worlds.

What's so super about a Supernova?                                                                                          Thursday April 13, 2017  from 10:00-11:30 a.m

Join us as we reveal the fascinating ways that stars end their lives. Discover what triggers the energetic explosions known as supernovae. These events, though cataclysmic, have been essential to the formation of life here on Earth and hold the key to uncovering many cosmic mysteries.

Hubble Turns 27                                                                                                                Tuesday April 25, 2017  from 7:00-8:30 p.m

The Hubble Space Telescope has been hovering above the earth for nearly three decades. Celebrate Hubble's many accomplishments and learn about its successor, which will see even further into the depths of space. We'll check out high-resolution models of these engineering feats and journey to the same celestial bodies that space telescopes observe.

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

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.

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)

SkyQuest - Spring
Date: March 9: Year in Space Update
Note that this program is on Thursdays
Time/Duration: 7:30 p.m.
  Recommended for pre-teens through adults Fee: $5/person

Stay up to date on the amazing field of Astronomy with this new SkyQuest format highlighting timely monthly topics. This approximately 45 minute program is followed by a look at what’s up in the current night sky with our starball projector.


Year in Space Update: One Year Later

Astronaut Scott Kelly landed safely back on Earth last March after spending a year aboard the International Space Station. This remarkable feat allowed scientists to study the effects of long-term spaceflight on the human body and mind, paving the way for manned missions to Mars in the future. We will reflect on the accomplishments of Kelly and examine research that was conducted following his return.

Thursday March 9.


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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 on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales end 5 minutes prior to show time. For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is not permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the Schuele Planetarium.

Family Astronomy: Rocket Night
Date: Friday, July 7 Time/Duration: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  For individuals or groups of all ages Fee: $40/family; each additional rocket $35

For individuals or groups of all ages (one adult must be present for each child 8 years and younger) Your whole family can end summer with a bang on this fun night together. You’ll learn about aerodynamics with some cool demos. Work together to build and then launch your own rocket!

Instructors: Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this evening.

Family Fishing Day
Date: Saturday, May 6 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For families with children ages 5 and up Fee: $7/person

Here's your chance to introduce the family to fishing! Learn about the basics at the Center: equipment, how to cast, where to fish and what kind of fish you'll catch. Then head to Lake Erie to throw your line in the water. 

All equipment will be provided.

Adults and teens (ages 16 & up) who wish to fish must possess a valid fishing license.

One adult must accompany every 2 children registered for this program.

Instructor: Sarah Orlando, Ohio Sea Grant Extension Educator

Pre-registration required

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