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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 registration option allows you to lock in your spot for the entire year and gives members the best deal available! Please call the Center to take advantage at 440.871.2900.

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.



Project Wildlife - Fall 2016
Date: October 9
November 13
December 11
January 8
Time/Duration: Sunday meetings are 1 - 3 p.m.
  High School Students Fee: $150/semester

This distinctive program offers opportunities for students to learn about wildlife education and animal care. Members of Project Wildlife are hand-selected to participate in the program with like-minded peers and learn from our expert staff. 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

Monthly meetings are required.

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



Forest Friends on Fridays - Fall Session
Date: Fall 2016 Classes will take place weekly from September 16 through November 18 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.

Click here to register


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 registration option allows you to lock in your spot for the entire year and gives members the best deal available! Please call the Center to take advantage at 440.871.2900.

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.



Frogs & Polliwogs Year-long (30 week) Registration
Date: September 12, 2016 through May 11, 2017 Time/Duration:
  Ages 18 - 36 months with one adult Fee: $570; member $400

Frogs & Polliwogs 30 – week Session

For children ages 18 – 36 months with one adult

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fee (30-week 2016 - 17 session): $570/child; members $400/child

This registration option allows you to lock in your spot for the entire year and gives members the best deal available! Please call the Center to take advantage at 440.871.2900.

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.



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 registration option allows you to lock in your spot for the entire year and gives members the best deal available! Please call the Center to take advantage at 440.871.2900.

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.



Holiday Walk-In Programming for Thanksgiving Break
Date: Wednesday & Friday, November 23 & 25 Time/Duration: Programming begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends by about 4 p.m. each day
  For all ages Fee: $5/person or less, depending on the program

November 23 and 25 (Wednesday and Friday)

10:30 Critter Encounters

11:00 Rusty Rocket's Last Blast; 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  You-niverse; Critter Encounters

2:30   Full Dome Show: Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

3:00   Feed &Follow

 

No registration required for these programs.



Full Dome Children's Feature Show: Perseus and Andromeda
Date: October 1 - 31, 2016 Time/Duration: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 12 noon; Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m.
  Recommended for families with children ages 4 - 12 years Fee: $3/person

Owl and Socrates tell the fairy tale legend of brave Prince Perseus and beautiful Princess Andromeda in a fun way, even though there is a monster or two to look out for.

This full dome feature is about 18 minutes long.

Due to Programs and Field Trips, this schedule is subject to change. Please check our Alert Box and call the Center at 440-871-2900 to confirm programming when making your plans. Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time. For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.

Due to field trips, camps and other group events, this schedule is subject to change. We encourage you to check the alert box on the upper left corner of our home page or contact us at 440-871-2900 to confirm programming when making your plans.



Log Cabin Explorers Club - Fall Session
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 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. OR 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  For children ages 4 - 6 Fee: Fall 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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Full Dome Children's Feature Show: The Little Star That Could
Date: September 1 - 30, 2016 Time/Duration: Tuesday & Thursday at 12 noon; Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
  Recommended for children ages 4 - 12 Fee: $3/person

Join us for a story about Little Star, a star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. On his adventure, he'll meet other stars and learn what makes each star special.

This full dome "movie" is 25 minutes long.

Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time. For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.

Due to field trips, camps and other group events, this schedule is subject to change. We encourage you to check the alert box on the upper left corner of our home page or contact us at 440-871-2900 to confirm programming when making your plans.



Keeper for a Day - Fall 2016
Date: Wednesday September 21
Wednesday October 26
Monday November 21
Tuesday November 22
Wednesday November 23

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.

Click here to register


Halloween Celebration & Hayrides
Date: October 28, Friday Time/Duration: 6 - 9 p.m.
  Families of all ages Fee: Fee: $12/adults; $8/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 un-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 14 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: Fee: $60/child (includes all art supplies)

Your day begins at BAYarts where you'll awaken your creativity with fall-inspired ceramic and printing projects. Afternoon is at the Center where you'll discover how animals and plants prepare for winter, participate in exciting experiments, learn the science of candied apples and more. Drop off for the day is at BAYarts and pick up is at the Center.

Pack a healthy lunch to eat!

Instructors: Angela Yeager and BAYarts Staff

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 8, Saturday Time/Duration: 6 - 9 p.m.
  Famillies Fee: $12/adults; $8/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 10
Saturday, October 15
Saturday, November 12
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 and Angela Yeager

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

Click here to register


Grandparents Day
Date: Saturday September 17 Time/Duration: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  For grandparents and their grandchildren, ages 0 - 7 Fee: $5/person (children 1 and under free); FREE to Members (advance registration required)

Grandparents and their grandchildren will enjoy celebrating autumn together. Meet some of the Center's animals then journey to the planetarium for a special program.

Advance registration is required for this program.

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Explorer's Club
Date: Wednesdays September 28, October 26 & November 30 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $60/child for session; member receive 10% discount

Get together this fall for a different scientific exploration each month. Go behind the scenes with the care, enrichment and feeding of the Center's animals. Try your hand with scientific equipment such as microscopes, GPS and dissecting tools. Make your own exploration kit that includes field guides, hand lens, waterproof journal and more. 

Instructors: Angela Yeager, Nick Anderson & Katy Accetta

Advance registration required for this session program.

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Nature Nuts - Fall Session
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.

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

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

Registration still available. Call the Center to register: 440-871-2900



Frogs & Polliwogs - Fall Session
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.

Registration still available. Call the Center at 440-871-2900



Wild Things! - Fall
Date: Friday Sessions
I: September 9, 16 and 23
II: October 7, 14 and 21
III: November 4, 11 and 18
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: $50/child; members receive 10% discount

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 and Angela Yeager

Advance registration is required for this program.

Click here to register




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