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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.

Space Nuts! New Program Offering!
Date: Fall 2017 classes take place weekly from September 11 through November 17 Time/Duration: Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  For children ages 4 - 5 Fee: $320/child; Members $275/child

It's all about outer space in this new offering! Your little aspiring astronomer or astronaut will meet in our Log Cabin classroom and also enjoy a lesson in our state of the art planetarium! Each week they will explore a new astronomy topic, enjoy stories, make a craft and more!

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman & Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this program.

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Critter Encounters
Date: Saturdays 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: Education Staff

Advance registration is not required for this program.



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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: Sundays
June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10
Time/Duration: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  For students in grades 9 - 12 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

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



Keeper for a Day- Summer
Date: Tuesdays
June 20 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22
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.



You & Me Naturally
Date: Tuesday through Thursday July 25 - 27 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! A great precursor to Nature Nuts, You & Me Naturally will get those little feet moving while building the foundation for a lifelong love of the outdoors.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

Advance registration is required for this camp.

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Space Exploration Rocket Camp: Advanced
Date: Tuesday, August 15 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  Advanced: For students who have completed grades 6 - 12 Fee: $60/child

Blast off to a whole new level with rockets as we learn about space missions and astronauts, explore the history of space flight and build and launch a rocket - twice!

Boy Scouts working on the Space Exploration Merit Badge: participants in this camp will complete requirements 1 – 4. All other requirements must be completed independently before or after camp.

Family members are encouraged to attend the final rocket launch at 4:00 p.m.

Instructor: Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this camp.

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Rocket Camps - Levels 1 & 2
Date: Levels 1 & 2 (Beginner): Friday, June 16 and Thursday, July 6
Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  Beginner: For children who have completed grades 3 - 6
Fee: $50/child

Learn all about rockets in this brand new, one day rocket adventure! Explore NASA’s rockets and view footage on the planetarium dome of historic launches, then assemble and safely launch your own rocket. Levels 1 and 2 will build different rockets based on experience. Campers please bring a packed lunch, snack and water bottle.

Family members are encouraged to attend the rocket launch at 3:00 p.m.

Pre-registrations is required for these camps.

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Space Camp
Date: Monday - Thursday, July 10 - 13 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  For children ages 6 - 12 who have completed Grades 1 - 6 Fee: $275/child

Space isn't just for humans! This year enjoy a different theme each day that leads you toward your ultimate goal of building your own space probe. Learn about electricity, the dangers of interstellar travel and NASA's practices.

Instructors: Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this camp.

Due to popular demand we have expanded the age group for this camp to include students who have completed grades 1 - 6!

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Log Cabin Camps
Date: See Description Time/Duration: See Description
  Full Day: For children ages 5-6
Part Day, Mornings: For children ages 5-6
Part Day, Afternoons: For children ages 6-8
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, encounter live wildlife, play games, craft and more. Join us for one or all – each camp will be a unique experience! Please bring a reusable water bottle each day.

Four Hour Log Cabin Kindercamps for Children Ages 5 - 6

Tuesday through Thursday

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (please pack a lunch)

Camp 1: June 6 - 8 for Children Ages 5 - 6

Camp 2: June 13 - 15 for Children Ages 5 - 6

Camp 3: June 20 - 22 for Children Ages 5 - 6

Fee per camp: $200/child; Members receive 10% discount

Instructor: Education Program Staff

Log Cabin Science of Wizardry - use link below for Children Ages 6-8 & special pricing

June 26 - 30

Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (please pack a lunch) 

Fee: $300/child; Members receive 10% discount

Instructor: Education Program Staff

Part Day Log Cabin Camps

Mornings  9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. for children ages 5-6

Afternoons 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. for children ages 6-8

Tuesday through Thursday

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

Camp 5: July 11 - 13

Camp 6: July 18 - 20

Camp 7: July 25 -27

Camp 8: August 1 - 3

Camp 9: August 8 - 10

Camp 10: August 15 - 17

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

Instructor: Education Program Staff

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

Advance Registration is required for all camps.

Click here to register for camps for Children Ages 5-6

Click here to register for camps for Children Ages 6-8



Nature Nuts Preschool Camps
Date: See Description Time/Duration: See Description
  For potty-trained 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. Children must be potty-trained

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

Advance registration is required for these camps

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Nature Nuts - 10-Week Sessions
Date: Fall 2017 classes will take place weekly from September 11 - November 17.

Winter 2017-18 classes take place weekly from November 27 through February 23 (No classes December 18 - January 5 for Winter Break)

Spring 2018 classes take place weekly from March 5 through May 18 (No classes April 2 - 6 for Spring Break)
Time/Duration: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays OR Fridays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.


  For children ages 3 - 5 Fee: 10-week session:
$325/child; members $275/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 2017 classes will take place weekly from September 11 - November 17.

Winter 2017-18 classes take place weekly from November 27 through February 23 (No classes December 18 - January 5 for Winter Break)

Spring 2018 classes take place weekly from March 5 through May 18 (No classes April 2 - 6 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:
$200/child; members $160/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: Dawn Galang

Advance registration is required for this program.

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Wild Things - Summer
Date: Fridays:
June 23, July 14, August 18
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

or

Saturdays
June 24, July 15, August 19
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Time/Duration: .

  For children ages 1 - 5 years with one adult
Fee: Fee per program: $20/program/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 class.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

Advance registration is required for this program.

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