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.
Welcome to Spring 2015 Registration!
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.
3. If you sign up a child while logged into your User account, you will have to re-type your address and contact information. Sorry for that inconvenience.
Join us in the Log Cabin every weekend for a fun and informative animal show. Each week we'll focus on a different topic and Feature animal. You can even collect stickers along the way to earn a fun Center prize bag!
This is a walk-in public program. No pre-registration is available.
It's a day to celebrate
Lake Eriew! Ohio Sea Grant experts will be present to give updates and
answer your questions about our great lake. Topics will include fishing,
boating, beaches, water quality, Lake
Erie Water Snake, algal blooms, Asian Carp, Quagga Mussels, and Sea Lamprey.
Learn more about our region of the Great Lakes in a special presentation in our
planetarium. There will be lake-related activities for children as well.
Pre-registration is not
required but strongly recommended to avoid waiting in line. Activities are on-going, so plan about two hours to complete everything. You will receive a wrist-band at the Center Welcome Desk when you arrive.
High school students have the opportunity to learn about wildlife
education and animal care with this newly introduced program. Project Wildlife members will learn directly from our expert staff, as well as connect with like-minded peers.
In addition to monthly meetings and activities, participants may gain opportunities for service learning
experiences in areas such as animal care, wildlife training and handling,
rehabilitation and research.
To begin the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-471-8358.
From creepy crawly caterpillars to
delicate winged butterflies, spring is a time of change and beauty. We will
create a butterfly home, prepare food for our caterpillars, and take butterfly
nets on a hike to search for butterflies and moths. At the end of the second
week we will head home with our butterfly or caterpillar friends.
Instructor: Angela Yeager*
*There has been an instructor change for this program.
Students in this class receive a backpack they can load full of gear and take on awesome adventures in 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
Go behind the scenes and shadow the dedicated people who care for the Center's amazing creatures. Find out where our program animals live, visit the areas where our resident wildlife spend their days and learn about the needs and habits of some of our wild animals.
Instructor: Christine Cain & Wildlife Staff
This program requires advance registration.
outside and test out your telescope* skills on a real 10” telescope! This
program will take you into space like never before with the capabilities of our
brand new planetarium. Explore the night sky, both under the dome of the
planetarium and out in the field in the dark of night.
telescope viewing is dependent on minimal cloud cover.*
Instructors: Fran Ratka and Bill Reed
This program requires registration in advance.
From fish to worms to frogs, the world is full of slippery slimy animals. We will go on hikes to the pond and stream, explore the slippery slimy animals that live at the center, and make some slimy concoctions of our own to take home.
Instructor: Christine Cain
Do you have a favorite animal or special interests that you wish to learn more about from our expert staff? Do
you ever wonder what it takes to care for all of our resident and
rehabilitation animals? Are you interested in how we provide medical
treatments, training and enrichment to our animals?
This behind-the scenes program is tailor made by our wildlife staff to provide your family with a one of a kind experience full of "wild" memories.
contact Director of Wildlife for scheduling at email@example.com or 440.471.8358.
$15 per person
minimum of 4 participants (max 10)
It's a special morning devoted to Dads and their children! We’ll play opossum, meet some of
the Center's newest animals, check out the planetarium, create
an opossum pouch, and more.
Advance registration is required for this program.
Hop around the Center's beautiful grounds for our popular egg hunt. Our resident bunnies will be on hand and there will be some eggscellent prizes. Weather not cooperating? We'll move our hunt inside.
Sunday March 29
Ages 1 - 5 at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Ages 5 - 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday April 2
Ages 1 - 5 at 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
Friday April 3 OR Saturday April 4
Ages 1 - 5 at 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Ages 5 - 8 at 3:00 p.m. Advance registration is required for this popular program.
Spring showers spawn salamanders
and flowers. We will delve into the awesome world of amphibians to check out
the changes that they make as their young morph into adults. Then head out on a
salamander search to see if we can find any of these slippery creatures living
right here in Huntington reservation. Make some living jewelry that will sprout
before the day is through and check out the differences between seeds and
bulbs. Please bring a healthy lunch to
eat and be sure to dress for the weather.
Instructors: Amy Leamon and Annette Constantino
Pre-registration is required for this camp.
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.
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.
Art and nature meet in this cool collaboration
with BAYarts. While at the Center, you'll explore the moon, try a space
experiment, and check out our brand new planetarium. On the second day, head over to BAYarts NEW Ceramic Studio to
build a lantern out of clay.
Center Instructors: Katy Accetta & Fran Ratka
These programs require advance registration at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ONLY.
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
Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond! Meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature.
Choose one or both dates above.
Enjoy star shows and animal encounters the whole family will love!
11:00 Furry Friends
11:30 Twinkle Tots
12:00 Stellar Stars
12:30 Animals Alive
1:00 Rusty Rocket's Last Blast
1:30 Animals, Animals
4:00 Space Aliens: Looking for Life in the Universe
These are walk-in programs, so no registration is required.
Join us for a special
morning devoted to grandparents and their grandchildren. Swim on in for a day
filled with fishes! Meet some animals that like to eat fish as much as we do,
then take Grandma & Grandpa to see the new planetarium. We will play a fish
game, make a fishy craft, and go on a scavenger hunt to check out all of the
fish that the Center has on display!
Pre-registration is required for this event.
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
Get together and explore current NASA missions and the latest astronomical discoveries. At each meeting, learn about different NASA missions (past, present and future) on and around different objects in our Solar System. Get the opportunity to play with and discover three-dimensional models on our band new planetarium dome that you can control! There will be no shortage of hands on activities!
March 19: Mission: Mars
March 26: Journey to Jupiter
April 23: Satellites of Saturn
April 30: Close to Home
May 21: The Final Frontier
Instructor: Katy Accetta
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.
Instructor: Teece Lester
Assistant Instructor: Amy Leamon
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
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