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field trips and group program faqs

When may I schedule a field trip to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center?
We open scheduling for the school year on August 1st. You may call 440-871-2900 to schedule or leave a message for our scheduler between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. The earlier you schedule, the greater the availability of field trip dates.

When do you schedule field trips?
Each field trip is individual to your school so we can tailor the timing based on our mutual availability. The Center is open seven days a week between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

What field trips are available?
Choose a natural history program, planetarium program or a combination of both by viewing our Field Trip Guide. Field trips can be scheduled for 30 minutes to 120 minutes. .

What field trips are offered in the summer?
We only offer planetarium field trips in the summer. Our animal programs return during the school year.

Do you offer field trips on the weekend?
We offer a very limited number of field trips on the weekend.

How many people can I bring?
The maximum number of students in a natural history program is 30 students.  However, we can accomodate larger groups of students by running two separate programs simultaneously. Our planetarium seats 54 people.

What is the cost for my field trip?

Please find the field trip pricing below for a maximum of 30 students per program. Additional programs may be added for a discounted price.

120 minute program: $175

90 minute program: $150

60 minute program: $125

30 minute program: $75

When do I pay for my field trip?
Purchase orders or payment arrangements must be made upon booking. Field trip payments must be completed 30 days before the scheduled program.

What if I need to cancel my field trip?
Fees will be refunded, minus a $10 Service Fee, only if the Center is notified at least TWO WEEKS prior to the scheduled date of the field trip.

Is there a place to eat lunch?
The Center's Resource Center is available for lunch. Please notify the scheduler if your group plans to eat lunch at the Center so that tables and chairs can be set up prior to the field trip. Groups may also eat outdoors at picnic tables depending on the weather.

What else do I need to do before I come?
If you have a large group, you will receive a personalized schedule from our scheduler. You may need to divide your class(es) into smaller groups and identify them by numbers. Each small group needs to have at least one adult as a chaperone.

What are the clothing requirements?
This depends on the program. Programs including an outdoor hike require the proper footwear and it’s important to dress for the weather. Please read your confirmation comment section for any special requirements.

What do I do when I come to the Center on the day of my field trip?
You will need to pre-divide your group as instructed in the scheduling paperwork. You will check-in with the front desk and they will notify your instructor that you have arrived.  If your organization has not completed the payment process, you will do so then. PLEASE HAVE A COUNT OF THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS ATTENDING THE PROGRAM.  Then, your instructor will take your group to the classroom or planetarium. 

Where does the bus driver take the bus?
The bus drivers need to park their busses in the marked WOLF PICNIC AREA across the field from our Center due to our limited parking availability.

What happens if we arrive late?
If the program starts late, we will do the best we can to complete the program on time. However, we can not guarantee that all the material will be covered due to time restrictions.

Will I receive any paperwork after I schedule my field trip?
You will receive two copies of a confirmation and two copies of a schedule, if required. We ask that you review both copies, sign one and return it to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center with either the purchase order or the minimum payment of $40 or $60. Deposit payments or purchase orders are due two weeks before the program.

How do I schedule my field trip?
After checking the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center website for field trip descriptions and reading the Field Trip FAQ’s, please call the Center at 440-871-2900.  Please have the following information ready:

  • Name of school and contact name
  • School mailing address and phone number
  • Number of classes and number of students per class
  • At least three possible dates
  • Possible field trip title needs
  • Arrival and departure times
  • Lunchroom needs (for combination programs only)
  • Any special needs or requirements


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To make a reservation for School Field Trips call Carole Lynn Stradtman at (440) 871-2900. ext. 211.

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