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Our Philosophy

Our early childhood 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. Participants can begin with Nature Nuts at age three, then add Log Cabin Explorer’s Club and Forest Friends at age four. 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.


Learn more about our 2017-18 Preschool Offerings



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Frogs & Polliwogs

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, Wednesdays or Thursdays
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Space Nuts! – New Offering!

For children ages 4 – 6
It’s all about outer space in this new offering! Your little aspiring astronomer or astronaut will meet in our Log Cabin classroom and also enjoy a lesson inside our state-of-the-art planetarium! Each week they will explore a new astronomy topic, read stories, make a craft and more!

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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Nature Nuts

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.

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

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Log Cabin Explorers Club

For children ages 4 – 6
Bring along a lunch and your sense of adventure! Children in this class receive a backpack they can load full of gear to explore nature and science in our Log Cabin classroom and while hiking outdoors. Whether preparing for Kindergarten or already attending, explorers love this program where we investigate everything from bugs to birds to mammals.

Thursdays or Fridays
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Services for Preschoolers provided by Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center– New Offering!

Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center will be available at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center to provide a variety of speech-language services to help your child develop the communication skills that are essential to academic success.

Speech and Hearing Screenings

September 18 – 22
Times vary

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Look Who’s Talking in the Log Cabin

Mondays, October 16 – November 13
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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2017 – 2018 Session Dates

Classes take place weekly from September 11, 2017 – May 18, 2018
Fall 2017 Session (10 Weeks): September 11 – November 17
Winter 2017-18 Session (10 Weeks): November 27 – February 23
Winter break: December 18–January 5
Spring 2018 Session (10 Weeks): March 5 – May 18
Spring break: April 2 – 6



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