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.
Bring along a lunch and a sense of adventure for fun-filled Friday mornings in the Center's Log Cabin! This new expanded format allows for all our favorite activities with more time for explorations, adventures and longer hikes.
Instructor: Annemarie Slyman
Pre-registration is required for this program.
Ever wondered what bird is making that sound? Curious about how animals can hear underwater? Explore the nature of sound and the sounds of nature through hands on experiments and make your own instrument from the natural materials we collect on a hike. Oh, and see how you can turn flowers into a drum set!
Instructor: Angela Yeager
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
Uncover the secrets at the bottom of Lake Erie and investigate the creatures living there. Get up close and personal with the finned friends that live at the Center while learning about how they survive in our Great Lake. You will even create and take home your very own scuba diver!
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.
contact Director of Wildlife for scheduling at email@example.com or 440.471.8358.
$15 per person
minimum of 4 participants (max 10)
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.
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.
Art and nature meet in this workshop collaboration with BAYarts. While at the Center you'll be a Mad Scientist discovering the secret of glowing creatures and experimenting with glow sticks. On the second day, head over to BAYarts new pottery studio to build a cool and creepy creature with eyes that glow in the dark!
Instructors: Angela Yeager at the Center and Jessica Ramage at BAYarts
These programs require advance registration at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ONLY
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
Put on your costume and trick or treat through our Wildlife Gardens! Make a Halloween craft, hop on a hayride, enjoy a family-friendly holiday show in the planetarium, eat dinner with us and relax by a crackling fireplace at this un-scary celebration. Hayrides run rain or shine.
Please pre-register early for this popular program, as spaces fill up quickly!
Why do leaves change color? How do animals get ready for winter? Start your morning at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center to discover how animals and plants prepare for winter on a fun fall hike. Play games that celebrate fall and experiment on plants to discover the mystery behind their fall colors. You will even learn about the science behind candied apples and make one to take home! Then head up to BAYarts for an afternoon of art where you'll print with the leaves you found on your hike and make a tree tile in the ceramic studio.
Pack a healthy lunch to eat; drop campers off at the Center at 9 a.m.
Pick up at BAYarts at 4 p.m.
Instructors: Angela Yeager and BAYarts Staff
Registration for this camp is required and takes place at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ONLY
Fun for the whole family! Gather everyone up and enjoy hands-on fall activities for the kids, planetarium programs, live wildlife encounters and hayrides for all ages! No need to worry about dinner-we've got it covered. Hayrides run rain or shine.
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
Choose one or more dates.
This program requires advance registration.
Get together and explore current NASA missions and the latest astronomical discoveries. Discover different NASA missions (past, present and future) and what we've learned from each. Enjoy the opportunity to discover, play with and control three-dimensional models on the planetarium dome! With a different and exciting focus at each meeting, you can sign up for one or all of these sessions.
September 17: Mission: Mars
September 24: Journey to Jupiter
October 15: Satellites of Saturn
October 22: Close to Home
November 19: The Final Frontier
Instructor: Katy Accetta
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
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
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