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Homeschool Science Series

field trips and group programs

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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Field Trip Teacher Guides


Life Science

Teacher Guide for Animals, Animals

Teacher Guide for Wildlife of Ohio

Teacher Guide for Nature Hike

Teacher Guide for Life’s Energy Hike

Teacher Guide for Habitats

Teacher Guide for Survival of the Fittest

Teacher Guide for Web of Life

Teacher Guide for Our Great Lake Erie

Physical Science

Teacher Guide for Motion & Materials

Teacher Guide for Forces and Motion

Teacher Guide for Energy Causes Change

Teacher Guide for Light, Heat and Electricity


Space Science

Teacher Guide for Stars & Stories

Teacher Guide for Look Up!

Teacher Guide for The Moon

Teacher Guide for Solar System Explorer

Teacher Guide for Reasons for the Seasons

Teacher Guide for Earth, Moon & Sun

Earth Science

Teacher Guide for Weather

Teacher Guide for Be An Earth Rover

Teacher Guide for Power of Water

Teacher Guide for Geology Rocks!


Full Dome Feature Shows for Groups
Date: Available year round Time/Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
  See Descriptions Fee: $3/person

Attend a full dome feature show in the planetarium with your group or add a show to any field trip! See descriptions below:


The Little Star that Could

Target Grades: K-2; 3-6 Running Time: 25 minutes or 35 minute extended version

The Little Start that Could is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars group to form star clusters and galaxies. In the extended version, students will learn about the relationship between star color and temperature. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced with basic information about the planet and our Solar System.


Legend of Perseus and Andromeda

Target Ages: 3-13 years Running Time: 20 minutes

Addressing the significance of mythology, this show is a fun way to get all ages interested in stories of the night sky. By engaging students in the legend of Perseus and Andromeda, students will also learn the related Astronomy behind the story. AT the end of the show we will go over the locations and shapes of the major constellations/characters from the story. This is a great show for mythology classes.


Galileo: The Power of the Telescope Target

Target Ages: Grade: 5 and up Running Time: 30 minutes

This informative program tells Galileo's personal and powerful story, and explores how his discoveries displaced long-held beliefs about the universe. The show takes us back in time to Pisa Italy to experience Galileo's early experiments with gravity and the laws of motion, his advocacy of the idea that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and his work with early telescopes. Learn how his keep observations culminated in The Starry Messenger, an early masterpiece in which Galileo described all his dazzling discoveries in a straightforward, easy to understand way.


IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

Target Grade: 5 and up Running Time: 30 minutes

This show follows the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Get an in depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, you will hear from the scientists and engineers themselves who developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft and get the latest updates on the mission's discoveries.

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