Preschool Programs

As one of the first nature-based preschools in the region, Lake Erie Nature & Science 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 four 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.

Nature Nuts studying forest floor

Preschool Programs

2022-2023 Session Programs

Registration is open and ongoing with prorated fees. Please call 440-871-2900 or email info@lensc.org for availability and registration.

Forest Friends

For children ages 12 – 24 months with one adult

Little ones love nature! Join us for fun and adventure in this 1-hour program which will feature a different nature theme each week. Meet an animal, create a simple craft, enjoy playtime, and experience nature indoors and outdoors.

Mondays
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesdays
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

15-week session: Classes take place weekly
Fee: $330/child

Frogs & Polliwogs 

For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult

Hands-on activities, music, games and simple crafts are just the beginning of a new nature or science-based theme each week. Get ready for live animal encounters and come dressed for the weather as we head out on mini-explorations!

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

15-week session: Classes take place weekly
Fee: $330/child


Saturdays
September 17, October 15, November 12, and December 3
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Monthly session: Classes take place once per month
Fee: $90/child

Wild Things

For children ages 1 – 5 with one adult

Explore the wild things of your backyard and beyond with your little one! Each class you will meet an animal, make a craft and get wild with nature. Topics change weekly, so choose one or more dates!

Select Wednesdays or Saturdays
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Fee: $30/child for each class

Nature Nuts

For children ages 3 – 5

This 2-hour program in our Porter Creek classroom introduces children to the wonders of science and nature!  Through live animal encounters, outdoor hikes, stories, crafts, games and planetarium shows, children discover something new each week. New curriculum offered each year.  Children must be fully bathroom independent.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays or Thursdays
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

30-week session: Classes take place weekly
Fee: $1,140/child

Earthlings

For children ages 4 6

This 2 ½-hour adventure is full of hands-on fun in our Log Cabin classroom, planetarium and the great outdoors! Whether preparing for Kindergarten or already attending, your little earthling will love this program where we investigate the wonders of Earth and the sky above. Children will explore science, technology, engineering, the arts, math and nature! New curriculum offered each year.

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

30-week session: Classes take place weekly
Fee: $1,425/child

Preschool Programs 2022-2023 Session Dates

Fall 2022: Classes take place weekly September 12, 2022 – January 21, 2023

Spring 2023: Classes take place weekly January 22, 2023 – May 13, 2023

No classes: November 20 – 26, 2022; December 18, 2022 – January 7, 2023; April 9 – 15, 2023

Policies and Registration

Refund Policy: Notification is required one week prior to the start of a program to be eligible for a refund. A service fee of 5% will be applied to all refunds.

Switching Classes Policy: Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will assess a service fee of $25 for requests to switch preschool classes. Under special circumstances, the service fee may be waived.

Upcoming Programs

september 2022

mon26sep9:30 AM10:30 AMForest Friends - Mon. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 12 – 24 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:All Programs,Preschool Programs

mon26sep9:30 AM10:30 AMFrogs & Polliwogs - Mon. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

mon26sep11:00 AM12:00 PMForest Friends - Mon. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 12 – 24 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:All Programs,Preschool Programs

mon26sep11:00 AM12:00 PMFrogs & Polliwogs - Mon. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

tue27sep9:30 AM10:30 AMForest Friends - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 12– 24 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

tue27sep9:30 AM10:30 AMFrogs & Polliwogs - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

tue27sep9:30 AM11:30 AMNature Nuts - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

tue27sep11:00 AM12:00 PMFrogs & Polliwogs - Tue. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed28sep9:30 AM12:00 PMEarthlings - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed28sep9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed28sep9:30 AM11:30 AMNature Nuts - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed28sep9:30 AM10:30 AMFrogs & Polliwogs - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed28sep11:00 AM12:00 PMFrogs & Polliwogs - Wed. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed28sep12:30 PM2:30 PMNature Nuts - Wed. 12:30 P.M.For children ages 3 - 512:30 PM - 2:30 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

thu29sep9:30 AM10:30 AMFrogs & Polliwogs - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

thu29sep9:30 AM11:30 AMNature Nuts - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

thu29sep9:30 AM12:00 PMEarthlings - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

thu29sep11:00 AM12:00 PMFrogs & Polliwogs - Thu. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

thu29sep12:30 PM2:30 PMNature Nuts - Thu. 12:30 P.M.For children ages 3 - 512:30 PM - 2:30 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

fri30sep9:30 AM11:30 AMNature Nuts - Fri. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

fri30sep9:30 AM12:00 PMEarthlings - Fri. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

october 2022

wed05oct9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed12oct9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

thu13oct11:00 AM12:00 PMFrogs & Polliwogs - Sat. 9:30 a.m.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed19oct9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed26oct9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

sat29oct9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

november 2022

wed02nov9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed09nov9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed16nov9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

sat19nov9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed30nov9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

december 2022

wed07dec9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

sat10dec9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed14dec9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

january 2023

wed11jan9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

wed18jan9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs

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