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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.

Forest Friends on Fridays NEW!!
Date: Fall 2015 classes will take place weekly from September 18 - November 20.
Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  Ages 4 - 6 years Fee: $400/child; members receive 10% discount

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.

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After School Adventures: Nature's Rock Band
Date: Wednesdays September 23 and 30 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $40/child; members receive 10% discount

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

Pre-registration required.

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Log Cabin Explorers Club
Date: Fall 2015 classes will take place weekly from September 14 - November 20.

Winter 2015-16 classes take place weekly from November 29 through February 19 (No classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break) (Classes resume the week of January 4.)

Spring 2016 classes take place weekly from February 29 through May 13 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of March 28.
Time/Duration: Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.*
*new time
  For children ages 5 and 6 Fee: Each 10-week Session:
$320/child; members receive 10% discount

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

Pre-registration required.

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After School Adventures: Underwater Explorer
Date: November 11 & 18 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $40/child; members receive 10% discount

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!

Instructor: Angela Yeager

Pre-registration is required for this program.

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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)



Full Dome Children's Feature Show: The Little Star That Could
Date: September 1 - 30 Time/Duration: Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3 - 12 Fee: $3/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.


Keeper for a Day Fall 2015
Date: Sunday, September 6
Sunday, October 4
Sunday, November 8
Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 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! - Fall 2015
Date: Session I: September 11, 18 & 25
Session II: October 9, 16 & 23
Session III: November 6, 13 & 20
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: $50/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: It Glows!
Date: Wednesdays October 7 & 14 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For Children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $35/two-day session

It Glows!

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

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Cabin Critters
Date: Fall 2015 classes will take place weekly from September 14 - November 20.

Winter 2015-16 classes take place weekly from November 29 through February 19 (No classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break) (Classes resume the week of January 4.)

Spring 2016 classes take place weekly from February 29 through May 13 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of March 28.
Time/Duration: Mondays or Tuesdays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  For children ages 4-6 Fee: Each 10-week session:
$320/child; members receive 10% discount

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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Halloween Celebration & Hayrides
Date: October 30, Friday Time/Duration: 6 - 9 p.m.
  Families of all ages Fee: Fee: $12/adults; $8/child, ages 2 and up; 1 year and under FREE

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!

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Fall Frenzy: NEOEA Day with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and BAYarts!
Date: Friday, October 16 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: Fee: $60/child (includes all art supplies)

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

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Fall Family Night & Hayrides
Date: October 9, Friday Time/Duration: 6 - 9 p.m.
  Famillies Fee: $12/adults; $8/child, ages 2 and up; 1 year and under FREE

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.



Pre-registration required.



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Weekend Wild Things! - Fall
Date: Saturday, September 19
Saturday, October 10
Saturday, November 14
Time/Duration: 10 - 11 a.m.
  For children ages 1-5 with an adult partner Fee: $20/child; members receive 10% discount

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.

Registration is currently closed for this event


After School Astronomy Club
Date: September 17: Mission to Mars
September 24: Journey to Jupiter
October 15: Satellites of Saturn
October 22: Close to Home
November 19: The Final Frontier
Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 4 - 6 Fee: $20/child per program date; member receive 10% discount

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

Pre-registration required.

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Nature Nuts
Date: Fall 2015 classes will take place weekly from September 14 - November 20.

Winter 2015-16 classes take place weekly from November 29 through February 19 (No classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break) (Classes resume the week of January 4.)

Spring 2016 classes take place weekly from February 29 through May 13 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of March 28.

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:
$320/child; members receive 10% discount




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 2015 classes will take place weekly from September 14 - November 20.

Winter 2015-16 classes take place weekly from November 29 through February 19 (No classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break) (Classes resume the week of January 4.)

Spring 2016 classes take place weekly from February 29 through May 13 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of March 28.
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 receive a 10% discount


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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