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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 - Fall 2017
Date: September 23 at 8:30 p.m.; October 14 at 7:30 p.m. Time/Duration:
  Adults and families with children ages 6 and up Fee: $7/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.

Saturday September 23 at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday October 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Telescope nights will resume in March 2018

Fee: $7/person

Advance registration is available but not required for this program.

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Understanding the Preschooler's Perspective
Date: October 2, 2017 Time/Duration: 7-8:30 p.m.
  For Adults
Fee: Free of charge

Understanding the Preschooler's Perspective

With tips and techniques for parents

Why won't my kids listen to me...and how can I make them?

Monday October 2, 2017 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Join us for a free presentation and discussion with Dr. Meghan Barlow and Katherine Greenleaf LPCC at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

• Learn about the underlying causes of noncompliance in preschoolers

• Suggestions for preventing power struggles and maximizing compliance

• Learn how to retain your expectations for child behavior while keeping peace in the home

• Resources to help your child thrive

Space is limited. Please reserve your place now!

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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.

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)

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society - Birding
Date: September 3, Sunday Time/Duration: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
  For adults Fee: Free

Grab your binoculars and join us for a bird hike that will wander through the woods and fields of Huntington reservation. Resident bird expert Tim Jasinski will be your guide and the target species will be early migrants.

Advance registration is not required for this free event.

SkyQuest - FALL
Date: September 13
October 11
November 8

Time/Duration: 7:30 p.m.

  Recommended for preteens through adults
Fee: $7/person

Stay up to date on the amazing field of Astronomy with different monthly topics. This approximately 45-60 minute program is followed by a look at what's up in the current night sky.

Please note, we've switched to Wednesday nights!

Advance registration is available but not required for these programs.

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The Night Sky               September 13

Take an in depth tour of the current night sky as we use both of our star projectors (digital and optical mechanical) to find constellations, planets and review current events.

Exoplanets           October 11

Join us in the planetarium as we take an up close look at the latest research on exoplanets. We will use models of the most recent discovery, the Trappist-1 system, to talk about how other planets are discovered, the possibilities of life on those planets, and the probability of us ever reaching them.

Telescope Night             November 8

Join our resident telescope expert, Bill Reed, a former docent at Mt. Wilson and leader of classes on telescope building, for an evening under the stars. We will begin in the planetarium for an update on the night sky. Weather permitting, we'll follow the tour of the night sky with telescope viewing outside.

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