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

Summer 2024 Classes

View our summer camp offerings for more preschool programming this summer.

Summer Wild Things

For children ages 1 – 6 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!

Mondays
June 3, July 15 and August 5
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Fee: $30/child per class

2024-2025 Session Classes

Registration is open and ongoing for 2024-2025 preschool sessions. Please email info@lensc.org or call 440-871-2900 to be added to a waitlist.

Forest Friends

For children ages 1 – 2 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. Forest Friends is a great introduction to the Center’s preschool programs. 

Fall 2024:

Mondays
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

Frogs & Polliwogs

For children ages 2 – 3 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!

Fall 2024:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays
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

This 2-hour program introduces children to the wonders of science and nature! Our play-based nature and science themed curriculum includes social skill development, hands-on activities, math and literacy skill building, animal encounters, hikes, story time, crafts and planetarium visits. 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 – 2:30 p.m.

30-week session: Classes take place weekly
Fee: $1,260/child

Earthlings

For children ages 4 – 6

This 2 ½-hour class is full of hands-on adventures in our classroom, planetarium and the great outdoors! We will investigate the wonders of Earth and the sky above by exploring science, literacy, math, technology, engineering, art and nature, creating the foundation for a love of learning in a fun and natural environment. 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: $1,575/child

2024-2025 Preschool Session Dates

15-week Sessions: Classes take place weekly September 9, 2024 – January 18, 2025

30-week Sessions: Classes take place weekly September 9, 2024 – May 9, 2025

No classes: November 24 – 30, 2024; December 16, 2024 – January 6, 2025; or April 20 – 26, 2025

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. Please note there are no refunds for missed classes and make-up classes are not provided.

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

Current Month

July 2024

tue16jul(jul 16)9:30 amthu18(jul 18)11:30 amKindercamp - Camp 4For children ages 4 - 69:30 am - 11:30 am (18)

tue16jul(jul 16)12:30 pmthu18(jul 18)2:30 pmKindercamp - Camp 4For children ages 4 - 612:30 pm - 2:30 pm (18)

wed17jul9:30 amwed11:30 amSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 69:30 am - 11:30 am

mon22jul9:30 ammon11:30 amSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 69:30 am - 11:30 am

mon22jul12:30 pmmon2:30 pmSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 612:30 pm - 2:30 pm

tue23jul9:30 amtue11:30 amSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 69:30 am - 11:30 am

tue23jul(jul 23)9:30 amthu25(jul 25)11:30 amKindercamp - Camp 5For children ages 4 - 69:30 am - 11:30 am (25)

tue23jul12:30 pmtue2:30 pmSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 612:30 pm - 2:30 pm

tue23jul(jul 23)12:30 pmthu25(jul 25)2:30 pmKindercamp - Camp 5For children ages 4 - 612:30 pm - 2:30 pm (25)

tue30julthu01augKindercamp - Camp 6For children ages 4 - 69:30 am - (August 1) 11:30 am

tue30julthu01augKindercamp - Camp 6For children ages 4 - 612:30 pm - (August 1) 2:30 pm

August 2024

mon05aug9:30 ammon10:30 amSummer Wild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 6 years with one adult9:30 am - 10:30 am

September 2024

mon09sep9:30 ammon10:30 amForest Friends - Mon. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 1 – 2 years with one adult9:30 am - 10:30 am

mon09sep11:00 ammon12:00 amForest Friends - Mon. 11 A.M.For children ages 1 – 2 years with one adult11:00 am - 12:00 am

tue10sep9:30 amtue11:30 amNature Nuts - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 am - 11:30 am

tue10sep9:30 amtue10:30 amFrogs & Polliwogs - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 2 – 3 with one adult9:30 am - 10:30 am

tue10sep11:00 amtue12:00 pmFrogs & Polliwogs - Tue. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 am - 12:00 pm

wed11sep9:30 amwed10:30 amFrogs & Polliwogs - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 2 – 3 with one adult9:30 am - 10:30 am

wed11sep9:30 amwed11:30 amNature Nuts - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 am - 11:30 am

wed11sep9:30 amwed12:00 pmEarthlings - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 am - 12:00 pm

wed11sep11:00 amwed12:00 pmFrogs & Polliwogs - Wed. 11 A.M.For children ages 2 – 3 with one adult11:00 am - 12:00 pm

wed11sep12:30 pmwed2:30 pmNature Nuts - Wed. 12:30 P.M.For children ages 3 - 512:30 pm - 2:30 pm

thu12sep9:30 amthu10:30 amFrogs & Polliwogs - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 2 – 3 with one adult9:30 am - 10:30 am

thu12sep9:30 amthu11:30 amNature Nuts - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 am - 11:30 am

thu12sep9:30 amthu12:00 pmEarthlings - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 am - 12:00 pm

thu12sep11:00 amthu12:00 pmFrogs & Polliwogs - Thurs. 11 A.M.For children ages 2 – 3 with one adult11:00 am - 12:00 pm

thu12sep12:30 pmthu2:30 pmNature Nuts - Thu. 12:30 P.M.For children ages 3 - 512:30 pm - 2:30 pm

fri13sep9:30 amfri10:30 amFrogs & Polliwogs - Fri. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 2 – 3 with one adult9:30 am - 10:30 am

fri13sep9:30 amfri11:30 amNature Nuts - Fri. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 am - 11:30 am

fri13sep9:30 amfri12:00 pmEarthlings - Fri. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 am - 12:00 pm

fri13sep11:00 amfri12:00 pmFrogs & Polliwogs - Fri. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 2 – 3 with one adult11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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