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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.

Project Wildlife Winter/Spring Trimester 2017
Date: Sunday required meetings:
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 7
Time/Duration: Sunday meetings are 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  For students in grades 9 - 12 Fee: $150/trimester

This distinctive 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, opportunities will be offered for participants to gain service learning in areas such as animal care, wildlife training and handling, wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife research.

Instructor: Christine Cain

Monthly meetings are required.

Application process required. To apply email: wildlife@lensc.org.

Applications for the Winter/Spring Trimester due by January 15, 2017



Explorer's Club Winter Session
Date: Wednesdays
December 21, January 25 and February 22
Time/Duration: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4
(There are two different groups based on age each session)
Fee: $60/child; Members receive 10% discount

Every month a new exploration awaits you! Get hands on and behind the scenes with animal care, enrichment and feeding demonstrations. Explore space using our planetarium dome and a video game controller! Use scientific equipment at the Center such as microscopes, GPS and dissecting equipment to enhance your investigations. Collect data that will be used in Citizen Science projects. Take home real scientist's tools including field guides, star charts, planet maps and a handheld microscope to continue your exploration at home. 

Instructors: Angela Yeager, Nick Anderson & Katy Accetta

Advance registration required for this session program.

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Forest Friends on Fridays - 10-Week Sessions
Date: Winter 2016-17 classes take place weekly from November 28 through February 17 (No classes December 19 - 30 for Winter Break)

Spring 2017 classes take place weekly from February 27 through May 12 (No classes April 17 - 21 for Spring Break)
Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  Ages 4 - 6 years Fee: Fall: $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! With a little more time in our morning our activities, investigations and hikes will be enhanced. We will also visit the planetarium during one class each season!

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman

Advance registration is required for this program.

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Holiday Walk-In Programming for Winter Breaks
Date: December 21-24 and 28-31 Time/Duration: Programming begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends by 3:30 p.m.
  For all Ages Fee: $5/person or less depending on program

December 19 - 23 and 26 - 30 (Monday through Friday)

Mondays January 16 and February 20

10:30  Critter Encounters

11:00  Full Dome Show; Critter Encounters

11:30  Twinkle Tots; Critter Encounters 

12:00  Stellar Stars

12:30  Critter Encounters

1:00    Family Adventures in Space; Critter Encounters

1:30    Sky Tonight; Critter Encounters

2:30    Full Dome Show

 

No registration required for these programs.



Weekend Wild Things! - Winter 2016-17
Date: January 14 and February 18 Time/Duration: 10 - 11 a.m.
  For children ages 1-5 years with an 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 dates.

Instructor: Maggie Watson and Angela Yeager

These programs require advance registration.

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Log Cabin Explorers Club - 10-Week Sessions
Date: Fall 2016 classes will take place weekly from September 12 - November 18.

Winter 2016-17 classes take place weekly from November 28 through February 17 (No classes December 19 - 30 for Winter Break)

Spring 2017 classes take place weekly from February 27 through May 12 (No classes April 17 - 21 for Spring Break)
Time/Duration: Mondays 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  For children ages 4 - 6 Fee: 10-week session:
$320/child; members $270/child

Children 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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Keeper for a Day Winter 2016-17
Date: December 26, 27, 28
January 2, 3
February 10
Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  For students ages 13 and up. Limit of 2 students per session 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 Staff

This program requires advance registration. Limited to 2 students per session.

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Nature Nuts - 10-Week Sessions
Date: Fall 2016 classes will take place weekly from September 12 - November 18.

Winter 2016-17 classes take place weekly from November 28 through February 17 (No classes December 19 - 30 for Winter Break)

Spring 2017 classes take place weekly from February 27 through May 12 (No classes April 17 - 21 for Spring Break)
Time/Duration: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays OR Fridays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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

Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  For children ages 3 - 5 Fee: 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.

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Frogs & Polliwogs - 10-Week Sessions
Date: Fall 2016 classes will take place weekly from September 12 - November 18.

Winter 2016-17 classes take place weekly from November 28 through February 17 (No classes December 19 - 30 for Winter Break)

Spring 2017 classes take place weekly from February 27 through May 12 (No classes April 17 - 21 for Spring Break)
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: Fall 10-week session:
$190/child; members $150/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.

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Wild Things Winter
Date: Session I: January 13, 20 and 27
Session II: February 10, 17 and 24
Time/Duration: Fridays 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: Fee per program: $50/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 and Angela Yeager

Advance registration is required for this program.

Click here to register




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