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 for 2021-2022 preschool programs is open and ongoing.

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

Sold Out

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.

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, with the exception of COVID-19-related absences and/or cancellations.

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.

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

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

fri06aug9:30 AM11:30 AMSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-6Season:SummerSubject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

fri06aug12:30 PM2:30 PMSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-6Season: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

september 2021

fri10sep11:00 AM12:00 PMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:1-2,3-5Subject:Preschool Programs

sat11sep9:30 AM10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:1-2,3-5Subject:Preschool Programs

tue14sep9:30 AM10:30 AMSOLD OUTFrogs & Polliwogs - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 18 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:1-3Season:Fall,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

tue14sep9:30 AM11:30 AMNature Nuts - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-5Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

tue14sep11:00 AM12:00 PMSOLD OUTFrogs & Polliwogs - Tue. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 18 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:1-3Season:Fall,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

wed15sep9:30 AM12:00 PMSOLD OUTEarthlings - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 12:00 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

wed15sep9:30 AM11:30 AMNature Nuts - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-5Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

wed15sep9:30 AM10:30 AMSOLD OUTFrogs & Polliwogs - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 18 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:1-3Season:Fall,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

wed15sep11:00 AM12:00 PMSOLD OUTFrogs & Polliwogs - Wed. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 18 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:1-3Season:Fall,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

wed15sep12:30 PM2:30 PMNature Nuts - Wed. 12:30 P.M.For children ages 3 - 512:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-5Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

thu16sep9:30 AM10:30 AMSOLD OUTFrogs & Polliwogs - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 18 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:1-3Season:Fall,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

thu16sep9:30 AM11:30 AMNature Nuts - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-5Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

thu16sep9:30 AM12:00 PMEarthlings - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 12:00 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

thu16sep11:00 AM12:00 PMSOLD OUTFrogs & Polliwogs - Thu. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 18 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:1-3Season:Fall,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

thu16sep12:30 PM2:30 PMNature Nuts - Thu. 12:30 P.M.For children ages 3 - 512:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-5Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

fri17sep9:30 AM11:30 AMNature Nuts - Fri. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-5Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

fri17sep9:30 AM12:00 PMSOLD OUTEarthlings - Fri. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 12:00 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:4-6Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

fri17sep12:30 PM2:30 PMNature Nuts - Fri. 12:30 P.M.For children ages 3 - 512:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lake Erie Nature & Science CenterAge:3-5Season:Fall,Spring,WinterSubject:Preschool Programs

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