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.

2021-2022 Preschool Programs

Registration opens on May 11 for 2021–2022 sessions

Frogs & Polliwogs 

For children ages 18 – 36 months with one adult

Introducing children to the wonders of nature in the Rocky River Room with hands-on activities, crafts, music, games, stories, live animal encounters and planetarium shows. Come dressed for the weather as we head out on mini-explorations!

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

Nature Nuts

For children ages 3 – 5

Introducing children to the wonders of science and nature in Porter Creek room with hands-on activities, crafts, music, games, live animal encounters and planetarium shows. Come dressed for outdoor hikes on the nearby trail! 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, Thursdays or Fridays
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

30-week session: Classes take place weekly
Fee: $1,080/child

Earthlings

For children ages 4 – 6

This 2 ½ hour adventure is full of hands-on fun in our real Log Cabin, planetarium and the great outdoors! Whether preparing for kindergarten or already attending, your little earthling will love exploring science, technology, engineering, the arts, math and the natural world! 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: $1,350/child

Preschool Programs 2021-2022 Session Dates

Fall 2021: Classes take place weekly September 14, 2021 to January 21, 2022

Spring 2022: Classes take place weekly January 25, 2022 to May 13, 2022  

No classes: November 23 – 26, 2021; December 21, 2021 – January 7, 2022; April 19 – 22, 2022

Masks will be worn by instructor. Masks required for children age 2 and above and adults.

2021 Summer Camps

We remain committed to the safety of visitors, employees, and volunteers and continue to follow health guidelines recommended by the state of Ohio and the Centers for Disease Control.


Upcoming Programs

may 2021

tue11may9:30 AM11:30 AMSOLD OUTMuddy Boots SessionFor ages 4–69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Age:4-6Subject:Preschool Programs

fri14may9:30 AM11:30 AMSOLD OUTNature Nuts SessionFor ages 3–69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Age:3-6Subject:Preschool Programs

sat15may9:30 AM11:30 AMSOLD OUTWeekend Muddy BootsFor ages 4–69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Age:4-6Subject:Preschool Programs

tue25may9:30 AM11:30 AMSOLD OUTMuddy Boots SessionFor ages 4–69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Age:4-6Subject:Preschool Programs

june 2021

fri04jun9:30 AM11:30 AMSOLD OUTSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

fri04jun12:30 PM2:30 PMSOLD OUTSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue08jun(jun 8)9:00 AMthu10(jun 10)10:00 AMSOLD OUTBee Happy!For children ages 4 - 89:00 AM - 10:00 AM (10) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-8Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue08jun(jun 8)11:00 AMthu10(jun 10)12:00 PMSOLD OUTBee Happy!For children ages 4 - 811:00 AM - 12:00 PM (10) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-8Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue08jun(jun 8)1:00 PMthu10(jun 10)2:00 PMSOLD OUTBee Happy!For children ages 4 - 81:00 PM - 2:00 PM (10) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-8Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue22jun(jun 22)9:30 AMthu24(jun 24)11:30 AMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (24) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue22jun(jun 22)12:30 PMthu24(jun 24)2:30 PMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (24) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue29junthu01julSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 6(june 29) 9:30 AM - (july 1) 11:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue29junthu01julSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 6(june 29) 12:30 PM - (july 1) 2:30 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

july 2021

tue13jul(jul 13)9:00 AMthu15(jul 15)10:00 AMSOLD OUTBee Happy!For children ages 4 - 89:00 AM - 10:00 AM (15) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-8Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue13jul(jul 13)11:00 AMthu15(jul 15)12:00 PMSOLD OUTBee Happy!For children ages 4 - 811:00 AM - 12:00 PM (15) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-8Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue13jul(jul 13)1:00 PMthu15(jul 15)2:00 PMSOLD OUTBee Happy!For children ages 4 - 81:00 PM - 2:00 PM (15) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-8Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue20jul(jul 20)9:30 AMthu22(jul 22)11:30 AMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (22) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue20jul(jul 20)12:30 PMthu22(jul 22)2:30 PMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (22) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue27jul(jul 27)9:30 AMthu29(jul 29)11:30 AMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (29) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue27jul(jul 27)12:30 PMthu29(jul 29)2:30 PMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (29) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

august 2021

tue03aug(aug 3)9:30 AMthu05(aug 5)11:30 AMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (5) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue03aug(aug 3)12:30 PMthu05(aug 5)2:30 PMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (5) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue10aug(aug 10)9:30 AMthu12(aug 12)11:30 AMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (12) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue10aug(aug 10)12:30 PMthu12(aug 12)2:30 PMSOLD OUTSummer KindercampFor children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (12) Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

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