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.
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.
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.
This program requires registration in advance.
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.
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!
Pre-registration is required for this program.
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 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.
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.
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
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 is required and takes place at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ONLY.
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.
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
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
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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