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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.

You & Me Naturally
Date: Tuesday through Thursday July 29-31 Time/Duration: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 with one adult Fee: $45/child; members $35/child
Now together you and your little one can experience what camp is all about! Enjoy the simple things in nature on our daily outdoor exploration. Maybe we'll find a salamander under a rock or a woodpecker in the trees. If you love Wild Things or Frogs & Polliwogs, this camp is for you, and is a great precursor to Nature Nuts! We'll get those little feet moving while building the foundation for a lifelong love of the outdoors.

Pre-registration is required.


Daddy & Me Day
Date: Sunday March 9 Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  For fathers and their children ages 0 - 7 Fee: $5/person (children 1 and under free); FREE to members (advance registration required)
Join us for a special morning devoted to Dads and their children! We'll get buggy meeting some of our crawly critters, create a creepy craft, search the Center for strange specimens and more.

Advance registration is required for this program.


Eggstravaganza!
Date: See below Time/Duration: See below
  for children ages 1 - 8 years with an adult: see times for age groups Fee: $7/child; members $5/child

Hop around the Center's beautiful grounds for our popular egg hunt. Our resident bunnies will be on hand to help and hand out some eggscellent prizes. Weather not cooperating? We'll move our hunt inside.


Sunday April 13
Ages 1 - 5 at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Ages 5 - 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Thursday April 17 OR Friday April 18 OR Saturday April 19
Ages 1 - 5 at 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Ages 5 - 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Advance registration is required for this popular program.



Spring Break Camp with BAYarts: Where the Wild Things Are
Date: Monday April 21 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  For children who are in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $65/child (includes all art supplies)
Let the wild rumpus start with this daylong camp! It's animals and adventures at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in the morning. Campers will move to BAYarts in the afternoon to create creatures and crowns in their pottery and art studios. Bring a healthy lunch and dress for the weather. Drop-off at the Center at 9:00 a.m. and pick up at BAYarts at 4:00 p.m.

Advance registration required for this camp takes place at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.


Keeper for a Day (Spring)
Date: Mondays March 24, April 14 or April 21 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  For students ages 13+ Fee: $50/person for each session
This unique opportunity allows students to work alongside our expert wildlife staff. Experience first hand how we care for our resident animals and the wildlife patients in our rehabilitation center. Learn about animal husbandry, diet and wildlife medicine.

This is a great hands-on career shadowing experience! Please dress for the weather and outside activity.

This program requires advance registration.


Weekend Wild Things! Spring
Date: March 15, April 5 AND May 24 Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 with one adult Fee: $15/child per program; members $10/child per program
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; Education Staff

These programs require advance registration.


Wild Things! - Spring
Date: Session I: March 7, 14 & 21
Session II: April 4, 11 & 18
Session III: May 9, 16 & 23
Time/Duration: 9:30-10:30 a.m. OR
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 years with one adult Fee: $45/child per session; members $35/child per session
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 sessions.

Instructor: Maggie Watson; Education Staff

These session programs require advance registration.


Log Cabin Day Camp: Bug Diaries NEW OFFERING!
Date: March 6, 13 and 20 Time/Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  For children ages 4 - 6 Fee: $150/child
members $120/child
Join us for three weeks of Log Cabin fun! With this specially themed camp, we will get down and dirty with bugs and other small critters, exploring their amazing secret lives. We'll be venturing outside so please dress for the weather and bring along a healthy lunch.

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman

This program requires advance registration.


After School Art & Nature Club - NEW OFFERINGS!
Date: March 5 & 12
April 2 & 9
May 7 & 14
Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For Children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $35/two-day session or $90 for all three 2-day sessions
Art and nature meet in these unique 2-week collaborations. Each includes one day at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and one day at BAYarts. Students will join their friends in either the first and second grad group OR the third and fourth grade section.

Starry Night March 5 & 12
Create star-studded works of art at BAYarts and experience the night sky in Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's inflatable StarLab planetarium.

Flower Power April 2 & 9
Put on your hiking boots as we go exploring in the woods and fields of Huntington Reservation for early buds and blooms. Capture their beauty and practice your artistic skills in the art studio.

River Monsters May 7 & 14
Rivers and streams are full of creatures seldom seen...and waiting your discovery. Create creatures of your own at BAYarts and go stream stomping with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. (Please wear water shoes, no flipflops or sandals.)

These programs require advance registration.


Cabin Critters
Date: Fall 2013 classes will take place weekly from September 9 through the week of November 11.

Winter 2013-14 classes take place weekly from December 2 through the week of February 17, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, beginning the week of December 23. (Classes resume the week of January 6.)

Spring 2014 classes take place weekly from March 3 through the week of May 12 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 21.

Time/Duration: Tuesdays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
(Mondays Waiting List ONLY)
  For children ages 4-6 Fee: 10-week Fall 2013, Winter or Spring 2014 session:
$300/child; members $250/child

20-week Winter and Spring Sessions
$600/child; members $500/child
This is our newest preschool program, providing a transition from Nature Nuts to Log Cabin Explorer's Club! The Log Cabin offers a smaller group setting in a fun, cozy environment. Your preschooler will continue to work on social skills while investgating the "Great Outdoors" through live animal encounters, hikes, planetarium shows and other science fun!

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman

This session program requires advance registration.


Holiday Walk-In Programming for Spring Break
Date: April 21-25 Time/Duration: Programs start at 11:30 a.m. and continue to 2:30 p.m.
  All ages Fee: $3/person or less, depending on the program
Join us for a fabulous day of creatures that creep, hop and slither along with a Universe of fun in StarLab:

Weekday Schedule:

11:30    Stellar Stars
12:00    Mainly Mammals
12:30    You-niverse
1:00      Reptile Review
1:30      You-niverse
2:00      Animals, Animals
2:30      You-niverse

These are walk-in programs, so no registration is required.


Space Camp
Date: Monday - Friday, July 7 - 11 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  For children who have completed Grades K - 6 Fee: $350/child; members $300/child
Be one of the very first groups to experience all of the amazing things we can do in the transformed planetarium! Take a 3D trip from the center of the Solar System to the edge of the Universe, stopping at each planet along the way. Find out how astronauts live in space for long periods of time. Design and build your own parachute to land a rover on Mars and so much more!

Pre-registration is required.


Wildlife Camp NEW FOR TEENS!
Date: Monday - Friday, August 11 - 15 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  For students who have completed Grade 9 Fee: $400/child; members $350/child
This all-new camp provides those with a passion for wildlife the opportunity to spend a full week alongside Lake Erie Nature & Science Center wildlife staff. Participants will learn to care for native wildlife, explore their natural history and have the chance to see the animals both in the wild and in captivity. Gain hands-on experience, learn about the field as a career path and create memories.

Pre-registration required.


Wilderness Adventure Camp with BAYarts
Date: Monday - Thursday, June 16 - 19 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For children who have completed Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $250/child
Kick off your summer with your friends at the Center and BAYarts! You'll begin your day at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center where you'll practice your wilderness skills and spend a morning learning to cook your own snack over the campfire. Then head up the hill to BAYarts for an afternoon of creativity - one day you'll make a mask with items collected on a nature hike.

Pack a healthy lunch each day.

Pre-registration required.


Log Cabin Kindercamps
Date: See Description Time/Duration: See Description
  For children ages 5 and 6 (Pre- AND Post-Kindergartners welcome) Fee: See Description
Each week a new natural adventure awaits, but whichever week you choose, you will spend time in the fresh air – trail blazing, beach combing, encountering live wildlife and enjoying games, crafts, stories and more! Join us for one or all – each camp will be a unique experience!

Group sizes are limited to 12 campers to ensure that every child gets plenty of attention.

All Camps meet Tuesday - Thursday, unless otherwise specified

4-Hour Camps*
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Camp 1: June 10 - 12
Camp 2: June 17 - 19
Camp 4: July 1 - 3
Fee per 4-hour Camp: $170/child; members $150/child

3-Hour Camps**
Choose either 9 a.m. - Noon OR 1 - 4 p.m.
Camp 3: June 24 - 26
Camp 5: July 8 - 10 (Space Kindercamp)
Camp 6: July 15 - 17
Camp 7: July 22 - 24 
Camp 8: July 29 - 31 
Camp 9: August 5 - 7
Camp 10: August 12 -14
Fee per 3-hour Camp: $140/child; members $120/child

*Pack a lunch for all 4-Hour Camps
**Snack provided for all 3-Hour Camps

All campers should bring a drink each day to camp!
Sunscreen and sturdy shoes are a must! Bug spray is suggested.

Pre-registration required.


Nature Nuts Preschool Camps
Date: See Description Time/Duration: See Description
  For children ages 3 - 5* Fee: Fee per camp: $125/child; members $100/child
The wonder of nature is at your fingertips. Explore outside, paint, dance and meet live animals up close! Dress for messy fun and wear your favorite hiking shoes! This year, all camps meet four days in a row – and with a different theme each week, you can sign up for one or all of these camps.

Instructor: Teece Lester

All camps meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday AND Thursday
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Choose from:
Camp 1: June 2 - 5
Camp 2: June 9 - 12
Camp 3: June 23 - 26
Camp 4: July 14 - 17
Camp 5: July 21 - 24
Camp 6: August 4 - 7
Camp 7: August 11 - 14

*All children must be potty-trained.

Pre-registration required.


You-niverse!
Date: Saturdays and Sundays Time/Duration: 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.

  For all ages Fee: $3/person
What’s up in tonight’s sky? Have fun under the stars with the whole family! Locate the Moon! Find the planets! Identify the constellations and find out how they got their names.

Homework after the show: Discover the universe in your own backyard.

This program lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Please note: During our Planetarium Renovation, beginning February 5, The You-niverse will take place in our inflatable StarLab Planetarium when it is available. Otherwise, activities may occur throughout the Center. Please call ahead to plan your visit, and see Information Desk for details when you arrive.


Grandparents Day
Date: Saturday, April 12 Time/Duration: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  For grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 0 - 7 Fee: $5/person (children 1 and under free); FREE to Members (advance registration required)
Join us for a special afternoon devoted to grandparents and their grandchildren! Hop on in for hands-on rabbit themed activities and crafts. You'll also meet some of our resident rabbits and other springtime animals.

Pre-registration required.


Family Fishing Day
Date: Sunday, May 11 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For families with children ages 5 and up Fee: $7/person; $35/family of 5 or more
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.


Junior Naturalists: Level 1
Date: See description Time/Duration: Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Noon
  For children in Grades 5 - 8 Fee: Fee per program: $40/child; members $30/child
Members Only Special: Get all 6 programs offered in level of your choice for $160/child
Get closer than ever to our Center animals, learning about their needs and habits, with opoortunities to hold and interact with animals in most classes. Get outside to explore Huntington Reservation and learn to recognize and identify the plants and animals that thrive here.

Shadow our Wildlife Staff and high school Naturalist Assistants (NAs) behind the scenes of our Center’s animal care facilities.

Check out the universe and learn to navigate the stars in our inflatable StarLab. 

Build on your knowledge at each level and gain the tools you need for a deeper understanding of our natural world.

Progress through 3 levels by completing 4 of 6 programs offered at each level during the school year and receive a certificate to mark your achievement.

Level 1 2013-14 School Year Programs:

FALL         September 21: Explore the Center & Huntington Reservation, Past & Present
                    November 9: Forest Ecosystem, Trees of Northeast Ohio

WINTER   January 4: Seeing Animal Signs 1: Tracks
                    February 8: Planetarium 1: A Trip to the Moon
 
SPRING     March 1: Raptor Hunter
                    April 5: Exploring Wildflowers  

Instructor: Christine Cain; Shadowing supervised by Center Wildlife Staff

Pre-registration required.


Junior Naturalists: Level 2
Date: See description Time/Duration: Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Noon
  For children in Grades 6 - 8 Fee: Fee per program: $40/child; members $30/child
Members Only Special: Get all 6 programs offered in level of your choice for $160/child
Get closer than ever to our Center animals, learning about their needs and habits, with opoortunities to hold and interact with animals in most classes. Get outside to explore Huntington Reservation and learn to recognize and identify the plants and animals that thrive here.

Shadow our Wildlife Staff and high school Naturalist Assistants (NAs) behind the scenes of our Center’s animal care facilities.

Check out the universe and learn to navigate the stars in our inflatable StarLab. 

Build on your knowledge at each level and gain the tools you need for a deeper understanding of our natural world.

Progress through 3 levels by completing 4 of 6 programs offered at each level during the school year and receive a certificate to mark your achievement.

Level 2 2013-14 School Year Programs:

FALL         September 28: Lake Erie Ecosystems Exploration
                    December 7: Fish, Reptiles and Amphibians, Oh My!

WINTER   January 25: Stream Table Exploration/NA Shadowing
                    February 22: Planetarium 3: Out in the Universe-Deep Sky Objects

SPRING     May 10: Lake Erie Fishing Technique

Instructor: Christine Cain; Shadowing supervised by Center Wildlife Staff

Pre-registration required.


Junior Naturalists: Level 3
Date: See description Time/Duration: Saturdays, 9 a.m. - Noon
  For children in Grades 7 - 8 Fee: Fee per program: $40/child; members $30/child
Members Only Special: Get all 6 programs offered in level of your choice for $160/child
Get closer than ever to our Center animals, learning about their needs and habits in-depth. Get outside to explore Huntington Reservation and learn to recognize and identify the plants and animals that thrive here.

Shadow our Wildlife Staff and high school Naturalist Assistants (NAs) behind the scenes of our Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation program and be some of the first to experience our new rehabilitation facility!

Build on your knowledge at each level and gain the tools you need for a deeper understanding of our natural world. Previous "graduates" of the program are encouraged to sign up for this year’s new topics!

Completing all 3 levels of the Junior Naturalist program has the potential to raise your application to volunteer at the Center to the "top of the pile." (Children ages 13 & up eligible for volunteer service.)

Level 3 2012-13 School Year Programs:

FALL         September 28: Lake Erie Ecosystems Exploration
                    December 7: Fish and Reptiles & Amphibians, Oh My!

WINTER    January 25: Stream Table Exploration/NA Shadowing
                    February 22: Planetarium 3 - Out in the Universe-Deep Sky Objects
 
SPRING     May 17: Animal Program Presentation and Graduation  

Instructor: Christine Cain; Shadowing supervised by Center Wildlife Staff

*Note: This program is for graduating Level 3 students only. The Animal Presentation and Graduation will take place on Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m.

Pre-registration required.


Nature Nuts
Date: Fall 2013 classes will take place weekly from September 9 through the week of November 11.

Winter 2013-14 classes take place weekly from December 2 through the week of February 17, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, beginning the week of December 23. (Classes resume the week of January 6.)

Spring 2014 classes take place weekly from March 3 through the week of May 12 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 21.

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: 10-week Fall 2013, Winter or Spring 2014 session:
$300/child; members $250/child

20-week Winter and Spring Sessions
$600/child; members $500/child

Join us for a fun-filled introduction to nature and science! Encounter live animals, hike outdoors, learn to focus with our latest dance moves, get used to the “dark” in the planetarium and have plenty of time to play! Enjoy games, stories, crafts and a new nature topic each week! Enroll as an exciting alternative or supplement to traditional preschool.
Children must be potty trained.

Instructor: Teece Lester

Pre-registration required.



Log Cabin Explorers Club
Date: Fall 2013 classes will take place weekly from September 9 through the week of November 11.

Winter 2013-14 classes take place weekly from December 2 through the week of February 17, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, beginning the week of December 23. (Classes resume the week of January 6.)

Spring 2014 classes take place weekly from March 3 through the week of May 12 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 21.

Time/Duration: Wednesdays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.
  For children ages 5 and 6
Fee: 10-week Fall 2013, Winter or Spring 2014 session:
$300/child; members $250/child

20-week Winter and Spring Sessions
$600/child; members $500/child
Grab your backpack full of gear and investigate Huntington Reservation: look at bugs up close and identify native Ohio birds and mammals! Star shows, crafts, science experiments, live wildlife encounters and journaling also help to build important school skills, whether you’re preparing for or already in Kindergarten.

Choose from five backpack colors while supplies last: forest green, red, navy blue, light blue or pink. Indicate your color choice at time of registration.

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman

Pre-registration required.


Frogs & Polliwogs
Date: Fall 2013 classes will take place weekly from September 9 through the week of November 11.

Winter 2013-14 classes take place weekly from December 2 through the week of February 17, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, beginning the week of December 23. (Classes resume the week of January 6.)

Spring 2014 classes take place weekly from March 3 through the week of May 12 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 21.

Time/Duration: Mondays: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Tuesdays: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
or 11 a.m. - Noon
Wednesdays: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
or 11 a.m. - Noon
Thursdays: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
or 11 a.m. - Noon
  For children ages 18 - 36 months with ONE adult Fee: 10-week Fall 2013 session:
$155/child; members $125/child

10-week Winter 2013-14 session:
$155/child; members $125/child

10-week Spring 2014 session:
$155/child; members $125/child

20-week Winter/Spring 2013-14:
$310/child; members $250/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

Pre-registration required.



Telescope Viewing
Date: Please see the SkyQuest Schedule for this detailed information Time/Duration: Immediately following the evening SkyQuest Program
  All Ages Welcome Fee: Free
Join us in the field across from the Center for FREE telescope viewing following our evening SkyQuest programs. Please check the SkyQuest schedule for more information.

Telescope viewing requires a clear sky, so is always "weather permitting!"




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