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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 Yearlong (30 Week) Session
Date: September 16, 2016 - May 12, 2017 Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  For children ages 4 - 6 years Fee: Fridays

Forest Friends 30 – week Session

For children ages 4 – 6

Bring along your lunch and a sense of adventure for fun-filled Friday mornings in the Center's Log Cabin! This expanded format allows for all of our favorite activities with more time for exploration, adventure and longer hikes.

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman

Fridays

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Fee (30-week 2016-17 session): $1,200/child; members $900/child

This special Advance Registration rate is available beginning April 4 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!

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Fall 2016 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from September 12 – November 18

Winter 2016-17 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from November 28 – February 17 (no classes the weeks of December 19 and 26 for Winter Break)

Spring 2017 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from February 27 – May 12 (no classes the week of April 17 for Spring Break)

Registration for individual sessions begins with the fall season, starting in August.

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



Project Wildlife - Winter and Spring
Date: Applications for spring semester accepted through January 31 Time/Duration: Sunday meetings are 1 - 3 p.m.
  High School Students Fee: $150/semester

This distinctive teen program offers opportunities for students to learn about wildlife education and animal care. Members of Project Wildlife will learn from our expert staff while meeting peers with similar interests. In addition to monthly meetings and activities, limited opportunities will be offered for participants to gain service learning experiences in areas such as animal care, wildlife training and handling, wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife research.

Instructor: Christine Cain

Must be available to attend monthly meetings; Sundays March 13, April 10 and May 8

For more information or to apply, please contact wildlife@lensc.org



EDventures with Animals Spring
Date: Each Sunday in Spring, March 6 - May 29 Time/Duration: 12:15 p.m.
  For all Ages Fee: $3/person

We welcome you each Sunday afternoon to spend a half hour with some of the Center's favorite animals. Get a chance to see them in person and learn about what makes them special.

Instructor: Zack Winiasz; Wildlife Staff

Advance registration is not required for this program.



Forest Friends on Fridays
Date: Winter 2015-16 classes will take place weekly from December 4 - February 19.
No classes the weeks of December 21 & 28 for Winter Break.
Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  Ages 4 - 6 years Fee: Winter: $400/child; members receive 10% discount
Spring $400/child; members $350/child

Bring along a lunch and a sense of adventure for fun-filled Friday mornings in the Center's Log Cabin! New this year, the expanded format allows for all our favorite activities with more time for explorations, adventures and longer hikes.

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman

Advance registration is required for this program.

Click here to register


Log Cabin Explorer's Club Yearlong (30-Week) Session
Date: September 12, 2016 through May 8, 2017 Time/Duration:
  Ages 4 - 6 years Fee: $960; members $750

Log Cabin Explorer's Club 30 – Week Session

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. OR 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Fee (30-week 2016 -17 session): $960/child; members $750/child

This special Advance Registration rate is available beginning April  4 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 for the year!

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

Click here to register

Fall 2016 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from September 12 – November 18

Winter 2016-17 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from November 28 – February 17 (no classes the weeks of December 19 and 26 for Winter Break)

Spring 2017 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from February 27 – May 12 (no classes the week of April 17 for Spring Break)

Registration for individual sessions begins with the fall season and starts in August.

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: September 12, 2016 through May 11, 2017 Time/Duration:
  Ages 18 - 36 months with one adult Fee: $570; member $400

Frogs & Polliwogs 30 – week Session

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee (30-week 2016 - 17 session): $570/child; members $400/child

This special Advance Registration rate is available beginning April 4 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.

Click here to register

Fall 2016 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from September 12 – November 18

Winter 2016-17 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from November 28 – February 17 (no classes the weeks of December 19 and 26 for Winter Break)

Spring 2017 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from February 27 – May 12 (no classes the week of April 17 for Spring Break)

Registration for individual sessions begins with the fall season, starting in August.

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

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

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Tuesdays or Thursdays: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Fee (30-week 2015-16 session): $960/child; members $750/child

This special Advance Registration rate is available beginning April 4 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.

Click here to register

Fall 2016 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from September 12 – November 18

Winter 2016-17 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from November 28 – February 17 (no classes the weeks of December 19 and 26 for Winter Break)

Spring 2017 Session (10-weeks) - classes take place weekly from February 27 – May 12 (no classes the week of April 17 for Spring Break)

Registration for individual sessions begins with the fall season, starting in August.

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



Registration Helpful Tips
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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.



Birds of Lake Erie Day
Date: Saturday April 30 Time/Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  For adults and youth ages 10+ Fee: $8/person

We'll celebrate our nation's 100th year of migratory bird conservation with our first annual Birds of Lake Erie event. Join us for a variety of presentations from our expert staff, partners and students. Meet some of the Center's ambassador animals, take a bird hike through Huntington Reservation and enjoy a dark skies planetarium show. There will be something for everyone from the beginning birder to the expert conservationist.

Advance registration is not required.



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 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
*new time
  For children ages 5 and 6 Fee: Winter 10-week session:
$320/child; members receive 10% discount
Spring 10-week session:
$320/child; members $270/child

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

Advance registration is required for this program.

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After School Adventures: Nature Play in May
Date: May 11 & 18 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in grades 1 - 4 Fee: $40/child; Members $35/child

Get outside and moving in the great outdoors with this playful adventure. Make friends and play games while exploring nature and learning about the creatures that live here. You will create your own games to take home and play with friends and family!

Instructors: Angela Yeager and Zack Winiasz

Advance registration is required for this program.

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You & Me Naturally
Date: Tuesday through Thursday July 26 - 28 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: $50/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.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

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Advance registration is required for this camp.



Keeper for a Day Spring 2016
Date: Tuesday March 29
Wednesday March 30
Tuesday April 5
Wednesday April 6
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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Weekend Wild Things! Spring 2016
Date: March 12
April 30
May 21
Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 with one adult Fee: $20/child per program; members receive 10% discount

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: Maggie Watson

These programs require advance registration.

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Wild Things! - Spring 2016
Date: Session I: March 4, 11 &18
Session II: April 15, 22 & 29
Session III: May 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
Date: March 2 & 9
April 13 & 20
Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For Children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $35/two-day session

Go Nuts with Squirrels!

March 2 and 9

In this collaboration with BAYarts, we'll explore squirrels like never before! You'll spend your first day at the Center getting to know our resident squirrel and conducting an experiment. On the second day, head to BAYarts to create your very own squirrel using clay and your imagination.

Instructors: Angela Yeager & Zack Winiasz at the Center and BAYarts staff

Plant Detectives

April 13 and 20

We've partnered with BAYarts to provide two days of investigation and creation. While at the Center you'll participate in a real plant study while hiking and exploring the plants native environment. At BAYarts on the second day, create cool prints using plants and leaves.

Instructors: Angela Yeager & Zack Winiasz at the Center and BAYarts staff

These programs both 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
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  For children ages 4-6 Fee: Winter 10-week session:
$320/child; members receive 10% discount
Spring 10-week session:
$320/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

Advance registration is required for this program.

Click here to register


Space Camp
Date: Monday - Friday, June 27 - July 1, 2016 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  For children ages 7 - 11 years and who have completed Grades 1 - 5 Fee: $306/child

We’ll spend the week exploring space, right here on Earth! Look at light like you never have before, learn about the lives of astronauts, design and build your own moon base and so much more. Bring a water bottle, dress for adventures (indoors and out) and don’t forget your imagination!

Instructors: Planetarium Staff

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Advance registration is required for this camp.



The Science of Soaring
Date: July 5 - 7, 2016 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For students ages 12 - 15 who have completed Grades 6 - 9 Fee: $250/student

You’ll be flying high all week as we explore the forces that allow aircrafts to fly, apply engineering skills to build gliders and attempt test flights. Join forces with NASA for their “Let It Glide” challenge, speak with their Subject Matter Experts to discuss your designs and hear about their research on planes at NASA’s Glenn Research Center.

Instructors: Planetarium Staff

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Advance registration is required for this camp.



Science of Wizardry
Date: Monday - Friday, July 11 - 15 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For children ages 7 - 11 years who have completed Grades 1 - 5 Fee: $306/child

We’ve got five days of magical summer fun for you! First you’ll be sorted into your “House” by age. Each day you’ll traverse the Center “campus” and parklands as you learn the basics of chemistry in “Potions” class, practice the art of “Divination” in the planetarium, learn the ways of wildlife in the “Care of Magical Creatures” class and find your way through the forest in “Herbology.”

Instructors: Education and Planetarium Staff

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Advance registration is required for this camp.



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 into the fresh air! Head out with your friends as you blaze trails, comb the beach, encounter live wildlife, play games, craft and more. Join us for one or all – each camp will be a unique experience! Please bring a drink each day.

Tuesdays through Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Camp 1: June 7 - 9

Camp 2: June 14 - 16

Camp 3: June 21 - 23

Camp 4: June 28 – 30 (Space Kindercamp)

Camp 5: July 5 – 7

Camp 6: July 12 – 14 (Science of Wizardry)

Fee per program: $200/child; Members receive 10% discount (Please pack a lunch)

Instructor: Early Childhood Education Staff

Tuesdays through Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Camp 7: July 19 - 21

Camp 8: July 26 - 28

Camp 9: August 2 - 4

Camp 10: August 9 - 11

Fee per program: $150/child; Members receive 10% discount

Instructor: Early Childhood Education Staff

Applies to all above camps: - Sunscreen and sturdy shoes are a must. Bug spray is recommended.

Advance Registration is required for all camps.

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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. All camps meet four days in a row. With a different and exciting theme each week, you can sign up for one or all of these camps.

Mondays through Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Camp 1: June 6 - 9

Camp 2: June 13 - 16

Camp 3: June 27 - 30

Camp 4: July 11 -14

Camp 5: July 18 - 21

Camp 6: August 1 - 4

Camp 7: August 8 - 11

Instructors: Teece Lester and Amy Leamon

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Advance registration is required for these camps



Family Fishing Day
Date: Saturday, May 7 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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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: Winter 10-week session:
$320/child; members receive 10% discount
Spring 10-week session:
$320/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.

Instructors: Teece Lester and Amy Leamon

Advance registration is required for this program.

Click here to register


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: Winter 10-week session:
$165/child; members receive a 10% discount
Spring 10-week Session:
$165/child; members $145/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

Advance registration is required for this program.

Click here to register




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