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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.

Outdoor Explorers: Night Hiker
Date: November 21, Friday Time/Duration: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  For children ages 10 - 14 and in grades 5 - 8 Fee: $40/child, members $35/child

No flashlights allowed on this nighttime trek into the forest! Work on improving your night vision, learn what tricks your eyes can play on you, and build the confidence you need to be out on your own after dark.

Instructor: Christine Cain

This program requires advance registration.



Outdoor Explorers: Treasure Hunter
Date: October 18, Saturday Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For children ages 10 - 14 and in grades 5 - 8 Fee: $40/child; members $35/child

Do you like to solve riddles? Can you spot what others just pass by? Follow clues and use your power of observation to search  for small treasures. Learn map and compass skills, brush up on GPS and traverse the woods during this fun filled treasure hunt.

Instructor: Christine Cain

This program requires registration in advance.



After School Adventures: Cookie Craziness
Date: December 3 & 10 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in grades 1 - 4 Fee: $40/child; member $35/child

You know cookies are yummy. But, do you know how they get that way? Learn the chemistry that makes them taste so good. We'll experiment with missing ingredients, find  out what happens when they get all mixed up and see what else you can use for "frosting".

This class includes potential food allergies, including nuts.

Instructor: Christine Cain

This program requires registration.



After School Adventures: Fire Starters
Date: November 5 & 12 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $40/child; members $35/child

Did you know that there is more than one kind of campfire? Learn about the types of fires, all about safety, the basics of building, actually starting a campfire and creating fire starters you can use to help Mom and Dad at home!

Instructor: Christine Cain

Pre-registration is required for this program.



Rockin' on the Moon: Family Astronomy Day
Date: November 15, Saturday Time/Duration: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  For famillies with children of all ages Fee: $4/person
Bring the whole family to the Center for a very "rocky" day. Learn about what makes up the rocky planets and more than 175 known moons orbiting the planets of our Solar System. See how craters happen on rocky worlds, touch a real Moon rock, see a special planetarium show and so much more!



Pre-registration required.


Keeper for a Day Fall 2014
Date: Sunday September 28
Friday October 17
Sunday October 26 or
Wednesday November 26
Time/Duration: 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 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 Rehabilitation Staff

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



Weekend Wild Things! Fall 2014
Date: September 20, October 18 AND November 15 Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 with one adult Fee: $20/child per program; members $15/child per program
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 date.







Instructor: Maggie Watson or Mandy Kolonick







These programs require advance registration.


Wild Things! - Fall 2014
Date: Session I: September 12, 19 & 26
Session II: October 10, 17 & 24
Session III: November 7, 14 & 21
Time/Duration: 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: $50/child per session; members $40/child 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 or Mandy Kolonick



These session programs require advance registration.


After School Art & Nature Club with BAYarts
Date: Wednesdays October 1 & 8
Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For Children in Grades 1 - 4 Fee: $35/two-day session

Monster Bash!

Art and nature meet in this collaboration with BAYarts. While at the Center, you'll release your inner monster and enjoy a day of balancing on logs, hiking the trails of the forest and building your monster an outdoor shelter of sticks and stones. On your afternoon with BAYarts, give your monster a name and a face with a one-of-a-kind clay mask.







These programs require advance registration at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ONLY.





Cabin Critters
Date: Fall 2014 classes will take place weekly from September 8 through the week of November 10.

Winter 2014-15 classes take place weekly from December 1 through the week of February 16, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, the weeks of December 22 and 29. (Classes resume the week of January 5.)

Spring 2015 classes take place weekly from March 2 through the week of May 11 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 6.
Time/Duration: Mondays or Tuesdays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  For children ages 4-6 Fee: 10-week Fall 2014 session:
$300/child; members $270/child

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







This session program requires advance registration.


Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society - Birding
Date: September 28, Sunday Time/Duration: 8:30 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. A seasoned birder from the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society will be our guide as we keep an eye out for hawks an d other migrating species.


Halloween Hayride Night
Date: October 24, 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.



Please pre-register early for this popular program, as spaces fill up quickly!


Howling Halloween Day Camp: NEOEA Day with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and BAYarts!
Date: Friday, October 17 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For children who have completed Grades 1 - 4 and are ages 6-10 years Fee: Fee: $55/child (includes all art supplies)

Your day off of school should be a howling good time of Halloween fun! Start your morning at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center to explore werewolves, swamp monsters, mummies and other creepy creatures in the light of day. Then head up to BAYarts for an afternoon of painting and pottery with a spooky Halloween twist.


Pack a healthy lunch and make sure to dress for the weather.



Pick up at BAYarts at 4 p.m.



Registration for this camp takes place at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ONLY.



Fall Family Night & Hayrides
Date: October 10, Friday 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.



Pre-registration required.





You-niverse!
Date: September 1 through November 30, 2014 Time/Duration: Saturday, Sunday: 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 2:30 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $3/person

Locate the Moon, find the planets, identify the constellations and more with the whole family.



This program lasts approximately 20 minutes.


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.




Nature Nuts
Date: Fall 2014 classes will take place weekly from September 8 through the week of November 10.

Winter 2014-15 classes take place weekly from December 1 through the week of February 16, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, the weeks of December 22 and 29. (Classes resume the week of January 5.)

Spring 2015 classes take place weekly from March 2 through the week of May 11 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 6.

Time/Duration: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  For children ages 3 - 5 Fee: 10-week Fall 2014 session:
$300/child; members $270/child;

30-week Fall 2014-Spring 2015 session:
$750 Members Only


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

Pre-registration required.





Log Cabin Explorers Club
Date: Fall 2014 classes will take place weekly from September 8 through the week of November 10.

Winter 2014-15 classes take place weekly from December 1 through the week of February 16, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, the weeks of December 22 and 29. (Classes resume the week of January 5.)

Spring 2015 classes take place weekly from March 2 through the week of May 11 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 6.
Time/Duration: Wednesdays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.
  For children ages 5 and 6
Fee: 10-week Fall 2014 session:
$300/child; members $270/child
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







Pre-registration required.





Frogs & Polliwogs
Date: Fall 2014 classes will take place weekly from September 8 through the week of November 10.

Winter 2014-15 classes take place weekly from December 1 through the week of February 16, EXCEPT for the 2-week Winter Break, the weeks of December 22 and 29. (Classes resume the week of January 5.)

Spring 2015 classes take place weekly from March 2 through the week of May 11 EXCEPT for Spring Break, the week of April 6.
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: 10-week Fall 2014 session:
$165/child; members $135/child

30-week Fall, Winter Spring 2014-15:
$375/child; Members only
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



Pre-registration required.





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