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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.

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Animals Alive
Date: Saturdays and Sundays Time/Duration: 12:00 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $3/person

Join us in the Log Cabin every weekend for a fun and informative animal show. Each week we'll focus on a different topic and Feature animal. You can even collect stickers along the way to earn a fun Center prize bag!

This is a walk-in public program. No pre-registration is available.



Lake Erie Day
Date: May 23 Time/Duration: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  For adults and families with children ages 4 and up Fee: $4/person ages 4 and up

It's a day to celebrate Lake Eriew! Ohio Sea Grant experts will be present to give updates and answer your questions about our great lake. Topics will include fishing, boating, beaches, water quality, Lake Erie Water Snake, algal blooms, Asian Carp, Quagga Mussels, and Sea Lamprey. Learn more about our region of the Great Lakes in a special presentation in our planetarium. There will be lake-related activities for children as well.

Pre-registration is not required but strongly recommended to avoid waiting in line. Activities are on-going, so plan about two hours to complete everything. You will receive a wrist-band at the Center Welcome Desk when you arrive.

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Project Wildlife
Date: Accepted Applicants will meet monthly:
Sunday March 22
Saturday April 18
Sunday May 17
Time/Duration: 3 - 5 p.m.
  High School Students Fee: $150/semester

High school students have the opportunity to learn about wildlife education and animal care with this newly introduced program. Project Wildlife members will learn directly from our expert staff, as well as connect with like-minded peers. 

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

To begin the application process, please contact wildlife@lensc.org or 440-471-8358.



After School Adventures: Butterfly Bash
Date: May 6 and 13 Time/Duration: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  For children in grades 1 – 4 Fee: $40/child; Members receive 10% discount

From creepy crawly caterpillars to delicate winged butterflies, spring is a time of change and beauty. We will create a butterfly home, prepare food for our caterpillars, and take butterfly nets on a hike to search for butterflies and moths. At the end of the second week we will head home with our butterfly or caterpillar friends.

 

Instructor: Angela Yeager*

*There has been an instructor change for this program.

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Log Cabin Explorers Club
Date: Fall 2014 classes will take place weekly from September 8 through the week of November 10.

Winter 2014-15 classes take place weekly from December 1 through the week of February 16, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, the weeks of December 22 and 29. (Classes resume the week of January 5.)

Spring 2015 classes take place weekly from March 2 through the week of May 11 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 6.
Time/Duration: Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. OR 1 - 3 p.m.
  For children ages 5 and 6 Fee: Each 10-week Session:
$300/child; members $270/child

Students in this class receive a backpack they can load full of gear and take on awesome adventures in 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

Pre-registration required.

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Outdoor Explorers: Look Up
Date: April 17 Time/Duration: 7 - 10 p.m.
  For children in grades 5 - 8 Fee: $40/child; Members receive 10% discount

Head outside and test out your telescope* skills on a real 10” telescope! This program will take you into space like never before with the capabilities of our brand new planetarium. Explore the night sky, both under the dome of the planetarium and out in the field in the dark of night.  

*Outdoor telescope viewing is dependent on minimal cloud cover.*

Instructors: Fran Ratka and Bill Reed

This program requires registration in advance.

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You & Me Naturally
Date: Tuesday through Thursday July 21 - 23 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 receive 10% discount

experience together what camp is all about! Enjoy 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.

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*This popular camp filled during member registration. Please check back in case of openings due to cancellations.



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)



Spring Break Camp: Seeds & Salamanders
Date: Monday April 6 Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  For children who are in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $55/child

Spring showers spawn salamanders and flowers. We will delve into the awesome world of amphibians to check out the changes that they make as their young morph into adults. Then head out on a salamander search to see if we can find any of these slippery creatures living right here in Huntington reservation. Make some living jewelry that will sprout before the day is through and check out the differences between seeds and bulbs. Please bring a healthy lunch to eat and be sure to dress for the weather.

Instructors: Amy Leamon and Annette Constantino

Pre-registration is required for this camp.

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Keeper for a Day Spring
Date: Monday, March 30
Tuesday March 31
Monday, April 6
Tuesday April 7
Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  For students ages 13+ Fee: $75/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 dress for the weather and outside activity.

Leaders for the day: Wildlife Rehabilitation Staff

This program requires advance registration. Limited to 2 students per session.

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Wild Things! - Spring 2015
Date: Session I: March 13, 20 & 27
Session II: April 10, 17 & 24
Session III: May 8, 15 & 22
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: $45/child per session; Members receive 10$ 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.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

These session programs require advance registration.

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After School Art & Nature Club with BAYarts: Moon Shadow
Date: April 1 & 15
Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For Children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $35/two-day session

Moon Shadow

Art and nature meet in this cool collaboration with BAYarts. While at the Center, you'll explore the moon, try a space experiment, and check out our brand new planetarium. On the second day, head over to BAYarts NEW Ceramic Studio to build a lantern out of clay.

Center Instructors: Katy Accetta & Fran Ratka

These programs require advance registration at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ONLY.

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Cabin Critters
Date: Fall 2014 classes will take place weekly from September 8 through the week of November 10.

Winter 2014-15 classes take place weekly from December 1 through the week of February 16, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, the weeks of December 22 and 29. (Classes resume the week of January 5.)

Spring 2015 classes take place weekly from March 2 through the week of May 11 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 6.
Time/Duration: Mondays or Tuesdays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  For children ages 4-6 Fee: Each 10-week session:
$300/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

Pre-registration required.

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Weekend Wild Things! - Spring 2015
Date: Saturday March 21
Saturday April 18
Time/Duration: 10-11 a.m.
  For children ages 1-5 with ONE adult Fee: $17/child; Members receive 10% discount

Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond!  Meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature. 

Choose one or both dates above.

Pre-registration required.

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Space Camp
Date: Monday - Friday, July 6 - 10 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  For children ages 9 - 12 years and who have completed Grades 3 - 6 Fee: $306/child

This camp is out of this world! Separate starlight with a spectroscope, build a simple telescope, "drive" the new planetarium projector with a game controller, build and launch two different kinds of rockets (water and engine powered) and much more. Each day has a different theme and all will be a blast!



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This camp is being offered in partnership with Tri-C Westshore as part of their Summer STEM Camps. You may also call Tri-C at 866-933-5175 to register instead of online.

Pre-registration is required.




Engineering Mars STEM Camp
Date: Monday - Friday, June 29 - July 3 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For students ages 12 - 15 who have completed Grades 6 - 9 Fee: $306/child

Are you interested in space exploration? Have you wondered how unmanned space craft and rovers explore other worlds? Are you brave enough to be an engineer? This is the camp for you! Learn about electricity and motors by working with them. Participate in NASA's "Gaining Traction on Mars" challenge by building a rover and testing different wheel designs for traction and stability. Design and test a parachute to land a rover safely on Mars and more.



This camp will meet at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and at the Tri-C Westshore Physics Lab.

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This camp is being offered in partnership with Tri-C Westshore as part of their Summer STEM Camps. You may also call Tri-C at 866-933-5175 to register, instead of registering online.

Pre-registration is required.



Wild, Wild World STEM Camp
Date: Monday - Friday, June 15 - 19 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For children ages 8-10 years who have completed Grades 2-4 Fee: $306/child
Become a scientist this summer! Get outside and trek down trails that wander through forest and field and even up to Lake Erie, collecting water chemistry data as you go. Get up close with live animals as we discover what makes each one unique and how we use technology and locally captured data to care for them all. Chill out with interactive activities under the stars in our brand new planetarium, and finish the week off with a wet and wild day of water games.







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This camp is being offered in partnership with Tri-C Westshore as part of their Summer STEM Camps. You nay also call Tri-C at 866-933-5175 to register instead of registering online.

Pre-registration is required.



Log Cabin Kindercamps
Date: See Description Time/Duration: See Description
  For children ages 5-7 (Preschool OR completed Kindergarten or First Grade) Fee: See Description

Each week a new natural adventure awaits to get you out in the fresh air! Head out with your friends as you blaze trails, come the beach, encounter live wildlife, play games, craft, stories and more! Join us for one or all – each camp will be a unique experience!

Group sizes are limited to 10 campers to ensure that every child gets plenty of attention.

These camps are now open to children who have completed First Grade!

All Camps meet Tuesday - Thursday

4-Hour Camps* 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Pack a lunch, water and snack!

Camp 1: June 2 - 4 with Andrea Schwartz

Camp 2: June 9 - 11 with Andrea Schwartz

Camp 3: June 23 - 25 with Annmarie Slyman

Camp 4: June 30 - July 2 with Andrea Schwartz

Camp 5: July 7 - 9 (Space Kindercamp) with Andrea Schwartz

Fee per 4-hour Camp: $200/child; members receive 10% discount

3-Hour Camps** Choose either 9 a.m. - Noon OR 1 - 4 p.m.

Pack water and a snack!

Camp 6: July 14 - 16 with Angela Yeager

Camp 7: July 21 - 23 with Angela Yeager

Camp 8: July 28 - 30 with Angela Yeager

Camp 9: August 4 - 6 with Angela Yeager

Camp 10: August 11 - 13 with Angela Yeager

Fee per 3-hour Camp: $150/child; members receive 10% discount

*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.

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Nature Nuts Preschool Camps
Date: See Description Time/Duration: See Description
  For children ages 3 - 5* Fee: Fee per camp: $135/child; members receive 10% discount

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! *

There is a different camp theme each week, so sign up for one or all of these camps.

Instructors: Teece Lester and Amy Leamon

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 8 - 11

Camp 2: June 15 - 18

Camp 3: June 29 - July 2

Camp 4: July 13 - 16

Camp 5: July 27 - 30

Camp 6: August 3 - 6

Camp 7: August 10 - 13

*All children must be potty-trained.

Pre-registration required.

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Grandparents Day: Gone Fishing
Date: Sunday April 26 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 morning devoted to grandparents and their grandchildren. Swim on in for a day filled with fishes! Meet some animals that like to eat fish as much as we do, then take Grandma & Grandpa to see the new planetarium. We will play a fish game, make a fishy craft, and go on a scavenger hunt to check out all of the fish that the Center has on display!

Pre-registration is required for this event.

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Family Fishing Day
Date: Sunday, May 17 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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Astronomy Club
Date: March 19, 26, April 23, 30, May 21 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 4 - 6 Fee: Package Registration: Sign up for all 5 programs from February 14 – March 6:
$80/child; Members receive 10% discount

Individual Registration: Open registration for individual programs begins March 7:
$20/person per program

Get together and explore current NASA missions and the latest astronomical discoveries.  At each meeting, learn about different NASA missions (past, present and future) on and around different objects in our Solar System.  Get the opportunity to play with and discover three-dimensional models on our band new planetarium dome that you can control! There will be no shortage of hands on activities!

March 19: Mission: Mars

March 26: Journey to Jupiter

April 23: Satellites of Saturn

April 30: Close to Home

May 21: The Final Frontier   

Instructor: Katy Accetta

Pre-registration required.



Nature Nuts
Date: Fall 2014 classes will take place weekly from September 8 through the week of November 10.

Winter 2014-15 classes take place weekly from December 1 through the week of February 16, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, the weeks of December 22 and 29. (Classes resume the week of January 5.)

Spring 2015 classes take place weekly from March 2 through the week of May 11 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 6.

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: Each 10-week session:
$300/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.

Instructor: Teece Lester

Assistant Instructor: Amy Leamon

Pre-registration required.

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Frogs & Polliwogs
Date: Fall 2014 classes will take place weekly from September 8 through the week of November 10.

Winter 2014-15 classes take place weekly from December 1 through the week of February 16, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, the weeks of December 22 and 29. (Classes resume the week of January 5.)

Spring 2015 classes take place weekly from March 2 through the week of May 11 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 6.
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: Each 10-week session:
$165/child; members $135/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.

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