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Please note that many of our wonderful classes and programs require pre-registration. We encourage you to call ahead to confirm availability: 440-871-2900.

Forest Friends on Fridays
Date: Winter 2015-16 classes will take place weekly from December 4 - February 19.
No classes the weeks of December 21 & 28 for Winter Break.
Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  Ages 4 - 6 years Fee: Winter: $400/child; members receive 10% discount
Spring $400/child; members $350/child

Bring along a lunch and a sense of adventure for fun-filled Friday mornings in the Center's Log Cabin! New this year, the expanded format allows for all our favorite activities with more time for explorations, adventures and longer hikes.

Instructor: Annemarie Slyman

Advance registration is required for this program.



Project Wildlife
Date: Applications for spring semester accepted through January 31 Time/Duration: Meetings are Sundays 1 - 3 p.m.
  High School Students Fee: $150/semester

This distinctive teen program offers opportunities for students to learn about wildlife education and animal care. Members of Project Wildlife will learn from our expert staff while meeting peers with similar interests.

In addition to monthly meetings and activities, limited opportunities will be offered for participants to gain service learning experiences in areas such as animal care, wildlife training and handling, wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife research.  

Instructors: Christine Cain & wildlife staff

Required Monthly Meetings;

Sundays March 13, April 10 and May 8

For more information or to apply, please contact wildlife@lensc.org



Weekend Wild Things! - Winter 2015-16
Date: January 23 and February 13 Time/Duration: 10 - 11 a.m.
  For children ages 1-5 years with an adult Fee: $20/child per program; members receive 10% discount

Explore the wild things in your backyard and beyond! Each week you will meet a different animal, make a craft and get wild with nature. Choose one or more date.

Instructor: Maggie Watson or Education Staff

These programs require advance registration. Please call for availability.



After School Adventures: Migration Madness
Date: Wednesdays February 10 and 17 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $40/child; members receive 10% discount

Why is it that some birds stay in Ohio's winter cold and others make long journeys to avoid it? Let's explore this question and even help bird researchers with a real scientific experiment. Leave with an understanding of how to get your whole family involved.

Instructor: Angela Yeager and Zack Winiasz

Advance registration is required for this program.

Click here to register


Log Cabin Explorers Club
Date: Fall 2015 classes will take place weekly from September 14 - November 20.

Winter 2015-16 classes take place weekly from November 29 through February 19 (No classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break) (Classes resume the week of January 4.)

Spring 2016 classes take place weekly from February 29 through May 13 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of March 28.
Time/Duration: Wednesdays 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
*new time
  For children ages 5 and 6 Fee: Winter 10-week session:
$320/child; members receive 10% discount
Spring 10-week session:
$320/child; members $270/child

Students in this class receive a backpack they can load full of gear and take on awesome adventures from our Log Cabin classroom. Whether preparing for Kindergarten or already attending, explorers love this program where we investigate everything from bugs to birds to mammals.

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman

Advance registration is required for this program.



Wildlife Insider
Date: To schedule please contact wildlife@lensc.org or 440-471-8358 Time/Duration: One hour program
  For families with children of 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)



Cabin Critters
Date: Fall 2015 classes will take place weekly from September 14 - November 20.

Winter 2015-16 classes take place weekly from November 29 through February 19 (No classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break) (Classes resume the week of January 4.)

Spring 2016 classes take place weekly from February 29 through May 13 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of March 28.
Time/Duration: Mondays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  For children ages 4-6 Fee: Winter 10-week session:
$320/child; members receive 10% discount
Spring 10-week session:
$320/child; members $270/child

Children take their enthusiasm and energy out to our Log Cabin classroom, a smaller group setting. There they'll continue to develop social, physical and academic skills while investigating the great outdoors!

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman

Advance registration is required for this program.



Nature Nuts
Date: Fall 2015 classes will take place weekly from September 14 - November 20.

Winter 2015-16 classes take place weekly from November 29 through February 19 (No classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break) (Classes resume the week of January 4.)

Spring 2016 classes take place weekly from February 29 through May 13 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of March 28.

Time/Duration: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  For children ages 3 - 5 Fee: Winter 10-week session:
$320/child; members receive 10% discount
Spring 10-week session:
$320/child; members $270/child




This hallmark program in our beautiful Porter Creek facility introduces children to the classroom. Through live animal encounters, outdoor hikes, stories, crafts, games and planetarium shows, the children discover something different each week.

Children must be potty trained.

Instructors: Teece Lester and Amy Leamon

Advance registration is required for this program.



Frogs & Polliwogs
Date: Fall 2015 classes will take place weekly from September 14 - November 20.

Winter 2015-16 classes take place weekly from November 29 through February 19 (No classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break) (Classes resume the week of January 4.)

Spring 2016 classes take place weekly from February 29 through May 13 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of March 28.
Time/Duration: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays:
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. - Noon
  For children ages 18 - 36 months with ONE adult Fee: Winter 10-week session:
$165/child; members receive a 10% discount
Spring 10-week Session:
$165/child; members $145/child


Hands on activities, music, games and simple crafts are just the beginning of a different nature or science-based theme every week. Get ready for live animal encounters and come dressed for the weather as we head out on mini-explorations!

Instructor: Andrea Schwartz

Advance registration is required for this program.



Wild Things! - Winter
Date: Friday Sessions
I: January 8, 15 and 22
II: February 5, 12 and 19
Time/Duration: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. - Noon
  For children ages 1 - 5 years with ONE adult Fee: Fee per session: $50/child; members receive 10% discount

Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond! Each week you will meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature. Choose one or more sessions.

Instructors: Maggie Watson or Education Staff

Advance registration is required for this program. Please call Center for assistance.





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