Preschool Programs

As the largest nature-based preschool in the region, the Center’s programming is designed to build on children’s inherent curiosity.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s renowned preschool programs serve children ages one to six each year through classes in three specially designed classrooms, where children participate in hands-on, age-appropriate activities to support social, physical and academic development. The surrounding 100-acre parkland and access to Lake Erie serve as an extended outdoor classroom, making the Center uniquely positioned to influence the next generation’s understanding of local wildlife and conservation efforts.

In all of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s preschool programs, highly skilled instructors integrate Ohio Early Learning Standards such as science, math, literacy and the arts into fun learning experiences while fostering cooperative learning and social competence. The result is transformative: the Center fosters a lifelong appreciation for the natural world.

Muddy Boots

This new adventure will be full of fun and discovery in our Porter Creek classroom and the great outdoors! Our small group will investigate the wonders of nature, animals and Planet Earth.

Two-week session: Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Masks are required for instructors. Masks required for children, except children who cannot wear a mask for one of the reasons set out in Ohio’s masking order.

Upcoming Programs

january 2021

tue26jan9:30 AM11:30 AMMuddy BootsFor ages 4–69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Age:4-6Subject:Preschool Programs

february 2021

tue02feb9:30 AM11:30 AMSOLD OUTMuddy BootsFor ages 4–69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Age:4-6Subject:Preschool Programs

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