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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.



Critter Encounters
Date: June 1 - August 31
Saturdays and Sundays
Time/Duration: 10:30 am. and 11:00 am.
  For all Ages Fee: $3/person

We welcome you each weekend morning 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: Annette Constantino; Susan Ballard

Advance registration is not required for this program.



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.

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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 and starts 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 $750/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
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.



Project Wildlife - Summer
Date: See description Time/Duration: Meetings are Sundays 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 June 12, July 10 and August 14

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



Keeper for a Day- Summer
Date: Tuesdays June 21 & 28, July 19, August 2 & 16 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.

Advance registration is required.

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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.



Daddy & Me Day
Date: Saturday June 18 Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  For fathers and their children ages 0 - 7 Fee: $5/person (children 1 and under free); FREE to members (advance registration required)

Celebrate Father's Day nature’s way with a special morning of fun for daddy and the kids. See the stars with Dad in our planetarium, meet some creepy crawlers, go on a bug hunt and make a special critter craft to take home.

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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.



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



Wild Things Summer
Date: Fridays
June 24, July 15, August 12
Saturdays
June 25, July 16, August 13
Time/Duration: Fridays 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10 - 11 a.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 years with ONE adult
Fee: Fee per program: $20/child; Members receive 10% discount

Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond! Each time you will meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature. Choose one day each month. Fridays and following Saturdays are the same.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

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Advance registration is required for this program.





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