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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.

Project Wildlife Winter/Spring Trimester 2017
Date: Sunday required meetings:
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 7
Time/Duration: Sunday meetings are 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  For students in grades 9 - 12 Fee: $150/trimester

This distinctive program offers opportunities for students to learn about wildlife education and animal care. Members of Project Wildlife will learn from our expert staff while meeting peers with similar interests. In addition to monthly meetings and activities, opportunities will be offered for participants to gain service learning in areas such as animal care, wildlife training and handling, wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife research.

Instructor: Christine Cain

Monthly meetings are required.

Application process required. To apply email: wildlife@lensc.org.

Applications for the Winter/Spring Trimester due by January 15, 2017



Explorer's Club Spring Session
Date: Wednesdays
March 22, April 26 and May 24
Time/Duration: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 1 - 4
(There are two different groups based on age each session)
Fee: $60/child; Members receive 10% discount

Every month a new exploration awaits you! Get hands on and behind the scenes with animal care, enrichment and feeding demonstrations. Explore space using our planetarium dome and a video game controller! Use scientific equipment at the Center such as microscopes, GPS and dissecting equipment to enhance your investigations. Collect data that will be used in Citizen Science projects. Take home real scientist's tools including field guides, star charts, planet maps and a handheld microscope to continue your exploration at home. 

Instructors: Angela Yeager, Josh Matson & Katy Accetta

Advance registration required for this session program.

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Forest Friends on Fridays - 10-Week Sessions
Date: 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: 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.



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Registration Hints and Tips!

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.



Birds of Lake Erie Day
Date: Saturday April 29 Time/Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  For adults and youth ages 10+ Fee: $5/person

For the beginning birder to the expert conservationist! Join us for the 2nd annual Birds of Lake Erie Day. The day will be filled with programs and activities for all ages, including wildlife presentations on rehabilitating avian species, a planetarium program discussing the effects of light pollution, a bird hike though Huntington Reservation led by wildlife staff member Tim Jasinski and live animal encounters provided by the Center's Project Wildlife students. Get ready to learn all about our local feathered friends, Lake Erie birding and much more!

Advance registration is available but not required.

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Project Wildlife - Summer
Date: Sundays
June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10
Time/Duration: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  For students in grades 9 - 12 Fee: $150/semester

This distinctive teen program offers opportunities for students to learn about wildlife education and animal care. Members of Project Wildlife will learn from our expert staff while meeting peers with similar interests. 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

Must be available to attend monthly meetings

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



Log Cabin Explorers Club - 10-Week Sessions
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 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  For children ages 4 - 6 Fee: 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.



Keeper for a Day- Summer
Date: Tuesdays
June 20 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22
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 learn about 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. Gain incredible career shadowing experience.

Limited to 2 participants per session.

Advance registration is required.



You & Me Naturally
Date: Tuesday through Thursday July 25 - 27 Time/Duration: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 with one adult Fee: $50/child; members receive 10% discount

Experience together what camp is all about! Enjoy nature on our daily outdoor exploration – maybe we’ll find a salamander under a rock or a woodpecker in the trees. If you love Wild things or Frogs & Polliwogs, this camp is for you! A great precursor to Nature Nuts, You & Me Naturally will get those little feet moving while building the foundation for a lifelong love of the outdoors.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

Advance registration is required for this camp.



Daddy & Me Day
Date: Saturday, June 10 Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  For fathers and their children ages 0 - 7 Fee: $5/person (children 1 and under free);
FREE to members (advance registration required)

Celebrate Father's Day nature’s way with a special morning of fun for daddy and the kids. See the stars with Dad in our planetarium, meet some creepy crawlers, go on a bug hunt and make a special critter craft to take home.



Eggstravaganza!
Date: See description Time/Duration: See description
  for children ages 1 - 8 years with an adult: see times for age groups Fee: $7/child

Hop on over for our popular Spring seasonal program! Learn about eggs, bunnies and things about Spring. This educational program includes a small, kid-friendly egg hunt with allergy-conscious take-homes. The eggs stay here to be reused each year!

Friday April 7 and Sunday April 9 

Ages 1 - 5 at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. 

Ages 5 - 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday April 8 or 15; Friday April 14

Ages 1 - 5 at 10:00 a.m., 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.

Advance registration is required for this popular program.

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Weekend Wild Things! Spring 2017
Date: March 18
April 8
May 6
Time/Duration: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  For children ages 1 - 5 with one adult Fee: $20/child per program; members receive 10% discount

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 dates.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

These programs require advance registration.

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Wild Things! - Spring 2017
Date: Session I: March 10, 17 &24
Session II: April 7, 14 & 28
Session III: May 5, 12 & 19
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 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.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

These session programs require advance registration.

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Space Camp
Date: Monday - Thursday, July 10 - 13 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  For children ages 9 - 12 who have completed Grades 3 - 6 Fee: $275/child

Space isn't just for humans! This year enjoy a different theme each day that leads you toward your ultimate goal of building your own space probe. Learn about electricity, the dangers of interstellar travel and NASA's practices.

Instructors: Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this camp.



Science of Wizardry
Date: Monday - Friday, June 26 - 30 Time/Duration: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  For children ages 8 - 11 who have completed grades 2 - 6 Fee: $310/child

A magical summer starts here! First you’ll be sorted into your “House” by age. Each day you’ll traverse the Center “campus” and parklands as you learn the basics of chemistry in “Potions” class, practice the art of “Divination” in the planetarium, learn the ways of wildlife in the “Care of Magical Creatures” class and find your way through the forest in “Herbology.” New activities this year!

Instructors: Education and Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is required for this camp.



Log Cabin Camps
Date: See Description Time/Duration: See Description
  Full Day: For children ages 5-6
Part Day, Mornings: For children ages 5-6
Part Day, Afternoons: For children ages 6-8
Fee: See Description

Each week a new, natural adventure awaits to get you out into the fresh air! Head out with your friends as you blaze trails, comb the beach, encounter live wildlife, play games, craft and more. Join us for one or all – each camp will be a unique experience! Please bring a drink each day.

Full Day

Tuesday through Thursday

 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (please pack a lunch)

Camp 1: June 6 - 8

Camp 2: June 13 - 15

Camp 3: June 20 - 22

Camp 4: (See Log Cabin Science of Wizardry)

Fee per camp: $200/child; Members receive 10% discount

Instructor: Preschool Education Staff

Part Day

Mornings for children ages 5-6

Afternoons for children ages 6-8

Tuesday through Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Camp 5: July 11 - 13

Camp 6: July 18 - 20

Camp 7: July 25 -27

Camp 8: August 1 - 3

Camp 9: August 8 - 10

Camp 10: August 15 - 17

Fee per program: $150/child; Members receive 10% discount

Instructor: Early Childhood Education Staff

Applies to all above camps: - Sunscreen and sturdy shoes are a must. Bug spray is recommended.

Advance Registration is required for all camps.



Family Fishing Day
Date: Saturday, May 6 Time/Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  For families with children ages 5 and up Fee: $7/person

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

Pre-registration required

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Nature Nuts - 10-Week Sessions
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.

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

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

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Frogs & Polliwogs - 10-Week Sessions
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.

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Wild Things - Summer
Date: Fridays:
June 23, July 14, August 18
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

or

Saturdays
June 24, July 15, August 19
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Time/Duration: .

  For children ages 1 - 5 years with one adult
Fee: Fee per program: $20/program/child;
Members receive 10% discount

Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond! Each time you will meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature. Choose one day each month. Fridays and following Saturdays are the same class.

Instructor: Maggie Watson

Advance registration is required for this program.





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