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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.

Cabin Critters Year-long (30 Week) Registration
Date: Time/Duration:
  Ages 4 - 6 years Fee: $960; members $800

Cabin Critters 30 – week Session: Monday

For children ages 4 – 6

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

Mondays

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Fee (30-week 2015-16 session): $960/child; members $800/child

This special Advance Registration rate is available from June 13 – August 7 for both members and non-members. Advance registration allows you to lock in your spot for the entire year and gives members the best deal available!

This program is eligible for a member discount. Active members, sign in to receive the reduced rate. To become a member, visit here.

Click here to register

Fall 2015 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from September 14 – November 20

Winter 2015-16 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from November 30 – February 19 (no classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break)

Spring 2016 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from February 29 – May 13

Registration for individual sessions begins with the fall season. Member registration begins August 15, 2015 and open registration begins August 22, 2015.

If the program is full please call 440-871-2900 to be added to a waiting list.



Log Cabin Explorer's Club Year-long (30 Week) Registration
Date: Time/Duration:
  Ages 4 - 6 years Fee: $960; member $800

Log Cabin Explorer’s Club 30 – week Session: Wednesday AM

For children ages 5 – 6

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

Wednesdays

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Fee (30-week 2015-16 session): $960/child; members $800/child

This special Advance Registration rate is available from June 13 – August 7 for both members and non-members. Advance registration allows you to lock in your spot for the entire year and gives members the best deal available!

This program is eligible for a member discount. Active members, sign in to receive the reduced rate. To become a member, visit here.

Click here to register

Fall 2015 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from September 14 – November 20

Winter 2015-16 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from November 30 – February 19 (no classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break)

Spring 2016 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from February 29 – May 13

Registration for individual sessions begins with the fall season. Member registration begins August 15, 2015 and open registration begins August 22, 2015.

If the program is full please call 440-871-2900 to be added to a waiting list.



Frogs & Polliwogs Year-long (30 week) Registration
Date: Time/Duration:
  Ages 18 - 36 months with one adult Fee: $495; member $425

Frogs & Polliwogs 30 – week Session: Monday 9:30

For children ages 18 – 36 months with one adult

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

Mondays

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Fee (30-week 2015-16 session): $495/child; members $425/child

This special Advance Registration rate is available from June 13 – August 7 for both members and non-members. Advance registration allows you to lock in your spot for the entire year and gives members the best deal available!

This program is eligible for a member discount. Active members, sign in to receive the reduced rate. To become a member, visit here.

Click here to register

Fall 2015 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from September 14 – November 20

Winter 2015-16 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from November 30 – February 19 (no classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break)

Spring 2016 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from February 29 – May 13

Registration for individual sessions begins with the fall season. Member registration begins August 15, 2015 and open registration begins August 22, 2015.

If the program is full please call 440-871-2900 to be added to a waiting list.



Nature Nuts Year-long (30 Week) Registration
Date: Time/Duration:
  Ages 3 - 5 years
Children must be potty trained
Fee: $960/child; members $800/child

Nature Nuts 30 – week Session: Tuesday PM

For children ages 3 – 5

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.

Instructors: Teece Lester and Amy Leamon

Tuesdays

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Fee (30-week 2015-16 session): $960/child; members $800/child

This special Advance Registration rate is available from June 13 – August 7 for both members and non-members. Advance registration allows you to lock in your spot for the entire year and gives members the best deal available!

This program is eligible for a member discount. Active members, sign in to receive the reduced rate. To become a member, visit here.

Click here to register

Fall 2015 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from September 14 – November 20

Winter 2015-16 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from November 30 – February 19 (no classes the weeks of December 21 and 28 for Winter Break)

Spring 2016 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from February 29 – May 13

Registration for individual sessions begins with the fall season. Member registration begins August 15, 2015 and open registration begins August 22, 2015.

If the program is full please call 440-871-2900 to be added to a waiting list.



Registration Helpful Tips
Date: Time/Duration:
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Registration Hints and Tips!

For your best shopping experience here are some tips:

1.    Use the Back and Forward Arrows of your web browser to fill your Center "cart" with all of your program selections so that you only have to check out once! You can both arrow back and forth between our website and your Center "cart" and between programs in the drop-down menu and your cart. Only the most recent cart will be saved!

2.    Sign in as a User if you want your automatic discount-and be sure you use the parent's name under Personal Information so that your membership account can be accessed. If you are registering as a "User" (different than registering for a Program) for the very first time, please create your account first and log back in for your member information to be accessed properly.



Keeper for a Day Summer
Date: June 10 & 24, July 8 & 22, August 5 & 19 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 learn about 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. Gain incredible career shadowing experience.



Limited to 2 participants per session.



Pre-registration is required.

Click here to register


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.

Click here to register*

*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)



You-niverse Summer
Date: June 1 - August 31 Time/Duration: Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
  For all Ages Fee: $3/person
Locate the Moon, find the planets, identify constellations in the night sky and more with the whole family. This program is approximately 20-30 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.


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.

Click here to register


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.

Click here to register




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