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Bring your class to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for a field trip unlike any other! Our Field Trip Programs cover the Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science with hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning experiences. Expect more activities, less lecture! Come prepared to engage in the wonder of scientific discovery.

Living "Wildlife of Ohio" (red fox, skunk, raccoon, birds of prey, snakes, waterfowl and more!) provide students with up-close encounters in our Life Science field trip programs. Varied habitats in the Huntington Reservation enhance our exploration of the “Habitats of Ohio” and beyond. Water and Sand tables, rock and mineral specimens and identification kits provide exciting hands-on experiences in our "Power of Water" and Geology field trip programs. The Space Science Ohio Content Standards come to life in our world-class Walter R. Schuele Planetarium.

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Motion & Materials
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grade 1 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs- physical science, natural science or space science (planetarium)

In this hands-on inquiry field students will work together to solve a set of motion challenges using exciting and educational materials.

Teacher Guide for Motion & Materials


Energy Causes Change
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grade 3 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs- physical science, natural science or space science (planetarium)

In this hands-on field trip students explore “investigation stations” to learn about how energy can cause change on Earth. Topics to explore will include thermal, electrical and magnetic energy.

Teacher Guide for Energy Causes Change


Be an Earth Rover
Date: Available Time/Duration: 90 minutes
  Grade 3 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science

This inquiry-based field trip allows students to get their hands dirty exploring the soil and rocks that make up our planet Earth. Students explore “investigation stations” and head out on a hike to conduct core sampling in this survey of the non-living world.

Teacher Guide for Be An Earth Rover


Life's Energy Hike
Date: Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May
(hike)
Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grade 1 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science

This outdoor, inquiry-based field trip explores where living things get the energy they need to survive, while helping develop the scientific skill of observation. Students explore the Huntington Reservation and record seasonal observations and collect data about living things, all while learning about how energy flows through a food chain.

Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May.

Teacher Guide for Life’s Energy Hike


Weather
Date: Available October, November, April, or May
(Includes Outdoor Weather Data Collection)
Time/Duration: 90 minutes
  Grades 1 - 3 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 Hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science or planetarium

Why does our weather constantly change? In this field trip students will participate in exciting weather demonstrations and use tools to observe and record current weather conditions. We'll learn many facts and dispel some weather fiction in this fun, engaging class.

Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May.

Teacher Guide for Weather


Light, Heat & Electricity
Date: Available School Year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grade 4 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs- physical science, natural science or space science (planetarium)

In this inquiry-based field trip students experiment with heat, light and electricity to explore energy transformation. Learn about circuits and what acts as a conductor of heat and electricity. Build your own circuits, experiment with heat and ice, and see how light makes things move. Demonstrations included.

Teacher Guide for Light, Heat and Electricity


Forces & Motion
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grade 2 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs- physical science, natural science or space science (planetarium)

In this hands-on, inquiry based field trip, students will conduct experiments at investigation stations to learn about how changing forces changes the motion of objects.

Teacher Guide for Forces and Motion


Animals, Animals
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 30 or 60 minutes
  Grades Pre-K and Up
Fee: 30-Minute Program: $3/ student
$40/minimum/deposit

1 to 2 Hour Program: $5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs: $8.00/student
$100.00 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-Science or Planetarium

What makes animals unique? Students will find out in this unique program that provides an opportunity to interact with the resident Center critters. This is our traditional animal program that provides up-close encounters with a variety of animals, including mammals, reptiles and birds of prey in a classroom setting (approximately 5 animals). Students may then choose to tour the Center’s indoor exhibits, or observe the wildlife exhibits in the Center’s Wildlife Gardens. Please reserve extra time for your group after their program if you wish to explore all of the Center’s wildlife exhibits. Content is tailored to the age level participating in the program and may vary with the availability of Center animals.

Teacher Guide for Animals, Animals


Nature Hike
Date: Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May
(Includes hike)
Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grades Pre-K and Up Fee: One Program (1 -2 hours)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs:
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit

What are the native plants and animals of Ohio’s fields and forests? The outdoors is our classroom as we explore and discover the habitats of Huntington Reservation. This class provides a great introduction to the Ohio wildlife and native species science content standards.

Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May.

Teacher Guide for Nature Hike


Survival of the Fittest
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grades 2 - 4 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science
or planetarium

In this exciting field trip, students will investigate how animals in the wild survive. Students will observe the Center’s wildlife and natural artifacts, and will participate in our “Adaptation Investigation” inquiry activity to see, first-hand, some of the amazing adaptations that help animals “make a living."

Teacher Guide for Survival of the Fittest


Wildlife of Ohio
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grades Pre-K and Up Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science
or planetarium

This traditional animal program includes a classroom session featuring up-close encounters with local Ohio wildlife. A walk in the Wildlife Gardens will also highlight the many resident Ohio animals that are on exhibit at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Content is tailored to the age level participating in the program and may vary with the availability of Center animals.

Teacher Guide for Wildlife of Ohio


Habitats
Date: Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May
(Includes Hike)
Time/Duration: 90 minutes
  Grades K - 2 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science or planetarium

This inquiry-based field trip examines how plants, animals and nonliving things interact within a habitat. Students explore “investigation stations” and head out on a guided hike in the Huntington Reservation. Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May.

Teacher Guide for Habitats


The Power of Water
Date: Available in selected weeks in January and February Time/Duration: 2 hours
  Grades 3 - 5 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science
or planetarium

In this wet, wild, inquiry-based field trip students will investigate how Earth’s surface has been shaped by water. Students will get their hands wet using stream tables to create their own landforms.

Available in selected weeks in January and early February.

Teacher Guide for Power of Water


Web of Life
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 90 minutes
  Grades 4 - 5
Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science
or planetarium

In this fun, active class, we’ll focus on the basic principles of ecology, learn how living organisms depend on one another for survival, and discuss how humans interact with the natural world. During the numerous hands-on activities, students will create food chains, become a member of one, and finally, determine how to distribute the resources of our planet in an eye-opening simulation.

Teacher Guide for Web of Life


Geology
Date: Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May
(Includes: Hike, weather permitting)
Time/Duration: 2 hours
  Grades 4 - 6 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs):
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs:
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-Science or Planetarium

Hands-on investigations will help students gain an understanding of the “rock cycle” and the earth’s composition. Students will try their hand at rock and mineral identification. We will also study Ohio geology and hike to explore the geological features of Huntington Reservation.

Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May.

Teacher Guide for Geology


Our Great Lake Erie
Date: Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May
(Includes: Hike)
Time/Duration: 2 hours
  Grades 4 and up Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science
or planetarium

Test your Lake Erie I.Q.! How much do you know about the great freshwater resource at your doorstep? Learn about how we rely on our Great Lake Erie and what makes Lake Erie special. We will hike to the lake and explore our north coast shoreline, conduct water sampling and survey the local beach flora and fauna.

Please arrange for school field trip buses to pick you up at the east end of the Lake Erie parking lot in Huntington Reservation at the conclusion of your field trip time. Available during the school year in the months of September, October, April or May.

Teacher Guide for Our Great Lake Erie




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