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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 - 6 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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Look Who's Talking in the Log Cabin NEW OFFERING!
Date: Fall 5-week session will take place Mondays from October 16 - November 13

Time/Duration: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  Ages 15 - 36 months with one adult Fee: $100/child

Look Who's Talking in the Log Cabin

Fall 5-Week Session Monday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Enrichment program for children ages 15 - 36 months with one adult

Build vocabulary and strategies to help your child become a successful communicator. Linda Lange, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), will provide tips and tricks that focus on:

-Language enrichment strategies to use at home during your daily routine                                

-Modeling developmentally appropriate speech sounds

-Identifying social skills needed for play time with peers

-Pre-literacy skills to prepare for preschool

Instructor: Linda Lange, Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center

Advance registration is required for this session program.

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Log Cabin Explorers Club - 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: Thursdays or Fridays 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  For children ages 4 - 6 Fee: 10-week session:
$350/child; members $400/child

Bring along a lunch and your sense of adventure! Children in this class receive a backpack they can load full of gear to explore nature and science in our Log Cabin classroom and while hiking outdoors. Whether preparing for Kindergarten or already attending, explorers love this program where we investigate everything under the Sun-from bugs to birds to mammals.

Instructor: Annmarie Slyman

Advance registration is required for this program.

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Keeper for a Day - Fall 2017
Date: Friday October 13
Friday October 27
Friday November 10
Wednesday November 22
Friday November 24

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 Staff

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

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Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society - Birding
Date: September 3, Sunday Time/Duration: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
  For adults Fee: Free

Grab your binoculars and join us for a bird hike that will wander through the woods and fields of Huntington reservation. Resident bird expert Tim Jasinski will be your guide and the target species will be early migrants.

Advance registration is not required for this free event.



Halloween Celebration & Hayrides
Date: October 27, Friday Time/Duration: 6 - 9 p.m.
  Families of all ages Fee: Fee: $14/adults; $9/child, ages 2 and up; 1 year and under FREE

Put on your costume and trick or treat through our Wildlife Gardens! Make a Halloween craft, hop on a hayride, enjoy a family-friendly holiday show in the planetarium, eat dinner with us and relax by a crackling fireplace at this non-scary celebration. Hayrides run rain or shine.

Advance registration is required for this event.

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Fall Fun!: NEOEA Day with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and BAYarts!
Date: Friday, October 13 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: Fee: $60/child (includes all art supplies)

Your day at BAYarts to awaken your creativity!  Create an owl in the ceramics studio and head outdoors to explore and re-create the art of Andy Goldsworthy. Pack your lunch to eat "picnic style" at BAYarts and then head over to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center where you will play games that celebrate the season, participate in exciting experiments, discover how animals and plants prepare for winter and learn the science of caramel apples. You will even get to make and take one home! Drop off for the day is at BAYarts and pick up is at the Center.

Pack a healthy lunch to eat!

Instructors: Angela Yeager, Jennifer Lee and Jessica Ramage

Registration for this camp is required and takes place at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ONLY

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Fall Family Night & Hayrides
Date: October 7, Saturday Time/Duration: 6 - 9 p.m.
  Famillies Fee: $14/adults; $9/child, ages 2 and up; 1 year and under FREE

Fun for the whole family! Gather everyone up and enjoy hands-on fall activities for the kids; planetarium programs, live wildlife encounters and hayrides for all ages! No need to worry about dinner-we've got it covered. Hayrides run rain or shine.

Advance registration is required for this program.

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Weekend Wild Things! - Fall
Date: Saturday, September 9
Saturday, October 14
Saturday, November 4
Time/Duration: 10 - 11 a.m.
  For children ages 1-5 with an adult partner Fee: $20/child; members receive 10% discount

Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond! Each program you will meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature!

Instructor: Maggie Watson or Dawn Galang

Advance registration is required for this program. Choose one or more dates.

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Grandparents Day
Date: Sunday September 10 Time/Duration: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  For grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 0 - 7 Fee: $7/person (children 1 and under free); FREE to Members (advance registration required)

Celebrate the beauty of autumn! Join us for a special morning devoted to Grandparents and their grandchildren. Meet some of the wonderful Center animals, then take Grandma & Grandpa to see a show in the Center's planetarium.

Advance registration is required for this program.

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Explorer's Club Fall Session
Date: Wednesdays September 27, October 25 & November 29 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $60/child for session; member receive 10% discount

Students get their dose of science and nature in this fun and hands-on monthly club. Explore the Huntington Reservation, learn from wildlife rehabilitation experts and visit space with our resident astronomers. Use scientific equipment such as microscopes, chemistry equipment and forestry tools. Make your own exploration tool kit with field guides, a plant press, and a waterproof journal and continue your investigations at home. 

There are all new activities each year! 

Instructors: Angela Yeager, Katy Accetta & Monica Marshall

Advance registration required for this session program.

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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 OR Thursdays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Mondays OR Wednesdays
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, Wednesdays OR Thursdays:
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. OR 11 a.m. - Noon
Tuesdays OR Fridays: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  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! - Fall
Date: Friday Sessions
I: September 8, 15 and 22
II: October 6, 13 and 20
III: November 3, 10 and 17
Time/Duration: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. - Noon
  For children ages 1 - 5 years with ONE adult Fee: Fee per session: $60/child; members $50/child

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.

Instructors: Maggie Watson or Dawn Galang

Advance registration is required for this program.

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