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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.

Weekend Wild Things! - Winter 2014-15
Date: January 17 and February 14 Time/Duration: 10 - 11 a.m.
  For children ages 1-5 years with an adult Fee: $17/child; members 10% off

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: Annmarie Slyman

These programs require advance registration.

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Holiday Walk-In Programming for Winter Break
Date: Saturday December 20 through Sunday January 4 Time/Duration: Programming begins at 11 a.m. and ends by about 3 p.m. each day
  For all ages Fee: $5/person or less, depending on the program

Saturday, Sunday, & Monday

Dec. 20-22, 27-29, & Jan. 3-4

11:00 Twinkle Tots

11:30 Stellar Stars

12:00 Animals Alive

12:30 Legends of Perseus and Andromeda

1:00   Furry Friends

1:30  You-niverse*

2:00 Animals, Animals*

2:30 You-niverse*

*On Mondays You-niverse will be shown at 2:00 only and the Animals, Animals program will be at 1:30.

 

Tuesday & Wednesday

Dec. 23-24, 30-31

11:00 Furry Friends

11:30 Legends of Perseus and Andromeda

12:00 Animals Alive

12:30 You-niverse

1:00 Back to the Moon for Good*

1:30 Animals, Animals*

2:00 You-niverse*

*Please note the Center closes at 1:00 p.m. December 24 and 31

No registration required for these programs.































 



Outdoor Explorers: Hoot and Hike
Date: February 20, Friday Time/Duration: 7 - 10 p.m.
  For students in grades 5 - 8 Fee: $40/student; members $35/student

Put on your warm winter clothes and get ready to head off into the night-time forest once again! This time we will be in search of owls. Practice your owl calls and learn what to look for that might help you spot and identify owls during the day and at night. We will end the evening with hot chocolate and a visit with some of our resident owls.

Instructor: Christine Cain

This program requires advance registration.

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Outdoor Explorers: Wildlife Shadowing Experience
Date: January 17, Saturday Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  For students in Grades 5 - 8 Fee: $40/student; members $35/student

This is your chance to go behind the scenes and check out where our program animals live. Visit the areas of the Center where our resident wildlife spend their days. Learn about the needs and habits of some of our wild animals and get to shadow the dedicated people who care for these amazing creatures.

Instructor: Christine Cain & Wildlife Staff

This program requires advance registration.

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After School Adventures: A-MAZE-ing Animals
Date: February 4 and 11 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $40/child; members $35/child

Do you know how animals find their way across fields, through tunnels, or in the dark of the night? Meet animals with huge whiskers, a great sense of smell, and extraordinary eyesight. Get lost & found again in mazes, tunnels and other obstacle courses set up inside and outside of the Center. Work with friends to create your own maze and see who gets to test it out.

Instructor: Christine Cain

Pre-registration required.

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After School Art & Nature Club with BAYarts - Winter 2015
Date: Wednesdays, January 7 and 14 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $35/child for 2-day session

Fire & Ice 

Art and nature meet in this collaboration with BAYarts. While at the Center, you'll explore icicles, perform ice experiments, and check out the fiery sparkle that ice gives off when it is hit by light. If it is snowing we will head outdoors to explore ice crystals in the form of snowflakes. On your afternoon with BAYarts you will work in the ceramics studio creating COOL ice fish!

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

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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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After School Adventures: Cookie Craziness
Date: December 3 & 10 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in grades 1 - 4 Fee: $40/child; member $35/child

You know cookies are yummy. But, do you know how they get that way? Learn the chemistry that makes them taste so good. We'll experiment with missing ingredients, find  out what happens when they get all mixed up and see what else you can use for "frosting".

This class includes potential food allergies, including nuts.

Instructor: Christine Cain

Pre-registration required.

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Get Ready for Groundhog Day
Date: February 1, 2015 Time/Duration: 1:00 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $4/person, ages 2 and up

Whether you call them Groundhogs, Woodchucks, or Whistle Pigs, join us to learn more about the rodent that has its own holiday. Special Guest Molly Ryan will be here with some of her groundhog friends to teach you more about these den dwelling hibernators. Children will have a chance to make a groundhog craft, test their groundhog spotting abilities, and visit with even more furry rodents. Everyone will love seeing these awesome animals and get closer to a live groundhog than you ever have before!

Registration is available but not required for this program.

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2:00 – 3:00 Additional Afternoon Groundhog Activities: Check out the kids corner this day for more Groundhog fun and visit with Molly and maybe a groundhog in the hallway one on one for free.



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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Keeper for a Day Winter 2014-15
Date: December 22, 23, 29 or 30 Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  For students ages 13 and up. Limit of 4 students per session Fee: $75/person per 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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Winter Solstice Celebration
Date: Sunday, December 21 Time/Duration: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  For adults and families of all ages Fee: $7/person ages 5 and up; $35/family of 5 or more

Celebrate both night and day on the longest night of the year! Learn what a solstice is and experience the night sky in the new planetarium. Come dressed to hike a candlelit trail. Warm up by the fire and visit with night-time animals. Create a decorative yule log* for your home and hear about other solstice traditions.

*Yule Logs are one per registered family and will be available on a first come basis to those families who choose not to pre-register.

Pre-registration available, but not required.*

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New Years Eve Camp
Date: December 31 Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  For children who have completed Grades 1 - 4
Fee: Fee: $55/child

Party People! Join us for an exciting program to say goodbye to the past year and Welcome the adventures that the New Year will bring. The day will be filled with animal encounters, chemistry experiments, and “fire works” that don’t catch fire. We will grab our party hats & noise makers and head down to end our day with a light show “Party in the Planetarium” New Years Eve style.

Bring a healthy lunch to eat and make sure to dress for the weather.

Please register in advance for this program.

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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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Wild Things! - Winter
Date: Friday Sessions
I: January 9, 16 and 23
II: February 6, 13 and 20
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: $45/child; members $35/child

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

Pre-registration required.

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