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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.

Keeper for a Day Summer
Date: June 3, 17, July 1, 15, August 15, 26 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  For students ages 13 + Fee: $65/person for each session
This program gives those wild about wildlife the chance to see (and touch!) all that's involved in caring for our resident animals and rehabilitation patients. Participants will go behind the scenes alongside our Wildlife Specialists as they care for, assess and treat the animals. Learn about animal husbandry, diet, wildlife medicine and more. This is a great hands-on career shadowing experience. Please wear "work" clothes as you'll be dealing directly with the animals both indoors and out.

Limited to 2 participants per session.

Pre-registration is required.



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.


Wildlife Insider
Date: Wednesday June 11
Saturday July 12
Tuesday August 19
Time/Duration: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
  For families with children of all ages Fee: $7/person; $35/family of 5 or more
What do we use to bandage a broken wing? How do we keep our ducks safe at night? How does our staff train the resident raccoon? This behind-the-scenes look will show how our wildlife staff not only care for the wide variety of animals at the Center but also how they work to enrich the animals' lives. Tours (both insdie and out), special feedings, unique interaction with the animals and more will provide everyone with a wild experience.

Pre-registration is required.


Full Dome Children's Feature Show: The Little Star That Could
Date: Beginning June 15, 2014 Time/Duration: Tusdays and Thursdays at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Mondays through Fridays at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3 - 12 Fee: $5/person
Join us for a story about Little Star, a star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. On his adventure, he'll meet other stars, learn what makes each star special and discover what happens when stars combine. This full dome "movie" is 25 minutes long.


Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time.

For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted.

No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.



You-niverse Summer
Date: Beginning June 15, 2014 Time/Duration: Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 2 p.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3+ Fee: $3/person
Find out what's up in tonight's sky and have fun under the stars with the whole family! Locate the Moon, find the planets, identify constellations and learn how they got their names and more. This program is approximately 20 minutes.

Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time.

For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted.

No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.


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.


Wild Things Summer
Date: Fridays
June 6, July 18, August 22
Saturdays
June 7, July 19, August 23
Time/Duration: Fridays 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10 - 11 a.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 years with ONE adult
Fee: Fee per program: $15/child; members $10/child
Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond! Each program, you will meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

Pre-registration required.

Please Note:
Fridays and following Saturdays are the same program. Each Friday program is unique. Summer Wild Things are all individual programs.




Twinkle Tots Summer
Date: Beginning June 15, 2014 Time/Duration: Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 A.M.
  for ages 0 - 3 Fee: $2/person (including infants)
This is a program designed to delight the toddler in your family. Hear some fun music and learn what we can see up in the sky. Find out how fun (not scary!) it is to be in the dark, because that’s when we can see the stars. See some pictures made out of stars and moving lights in the sky.

Children should be able to sit for about 15 minutes.

Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time.

For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted.

No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.




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