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Our Philosophy

Our preschool programs build on children’s inherent curiosity about the world by using hands-on nature-based activities to foster social, physical and academic development.

Our experienced teachers encourage children to develop an attitude of inquiry and respect for the natural world. They do this through dynamic, age-appropriate activities that integrate science, math, literacy and the arts while encouraging cooperative learning and social competence.

Our preschool programs are designed to be taken in combination with each other as a stand-alone preschool experience. We cover all Ohio’s early learning standards and perfectly prepare your child for Kindergarten – naturally!

Programs are also extremely effective and enjoyable when taken as a complement to traditional preschool or kindergarten. For more information, to discuss the best fit for your child or with questions about programs, please contact Teece Lester at 440-871-2900 x214 or Teece@lensc.org.


30-Week Preschool Registration Frogs & Polliwogs 30-Week Registration Nature Nuts 30-Week Registration Earthlings 30-Week Registration

academic year 2018–2019

Member Registration begins Monday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m. for 30-Week Preschool Programs. 30-Week registration provides members with the best price for Lake Erie Nature & Science Center preschool programming including Frogs & Polliwogs, Nature Nuts and our new offering, Earthlings!

2018 – 2019 Session Dates

2018 – 2019 30-Week Session: September 17, 2018 - May 17, 2019

Fall 2018 15-Week Session: September 17, 2018 - January 25, 2019

Winter Break: December 17, 2018 – January 5, 2019 (no classes)

Spring 2019 15-Week Session: January 28, 2019 - May 17, 2019
Spring Break: April 22 
27, 2019 (no classes)



Frogs & Polliwogs – New Times!

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!

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for 15-week or 30-Week Session


Nature Nuts – New Times!

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 fully bathroom independent.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Mondays and Wednesdays
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Register for 15-week or 30-Week Session



Earthlings – New Offering!

For children ages 4 – 6
This 3-hour adventure is full of hands-on fun in our Log Cabin classroom, planetarium and the great outdoors! Whether preparing for Kindergarten or already attending, your little earthling will love this program where we investigate the wonders of Earth and the sky above. Children will receive a backpack they can load with gear to explore science, technology, engineering, the arts, math and nature.

Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Register for 15-week or 30-Week Session





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