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.

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Preschool Programs

2022-2023 Session Programs

Registration for current preschool sessions is open and ongoing for with prorated fees. Please call 440-871-2900 or email info@lensc.org for availability and registration.
To register for Wild Things or Frogs & Polliwogs Saturday classes, please click the registration buttons below.

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
February 4, March 11, April 29 and May 13
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Fee: $30/child per class

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 Spring 2023 Session Dates

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

No classes: 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.

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Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is a registered service provider of the Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) educational savings account program. The Ohio ACE program provides funds for students and families to use on various enrichment and educational activities, including tutoring, day camps, music lessons, study skills services and field trips. Learn more at aceohio.org.

Upcoming Programs

february 2023

tue07feb9:30 AMtue10:30 AMFrogs & Polliwogs - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

tue07feb9:30 AMtue10:30 AMForest Friends - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 12– 24 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

tue07feb9:30 AMtue11:30 AMNature Nuts - Tue. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

tue07feb11:00 AMtue12:00 PMFrogs & Polliwogs - Tue. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

wed08feb9:30 AMwed10:30 AMFrogs & Polliwogs - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

wed08feb9:30 AMwed11:30 AMNature Nuts - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

wed08feb9:30 AMwed12:00 PMEarthlings - Wed. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 12:00 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

wed08feb11:00 AMwed12:00 PMFrogs & Polliwogs - Wed. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

wed08feb12:30 PMwed2:30 PMNature Nuts - Wed. 12:30 P.M.For children ages 3 - 512:30 PM - 2:30 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

thu09feb9:30 AMthu12:00 PMEarthlings - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 12:00 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

thu09feb9:30 AMthu11:30 AMNature Nuts - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

thu09feb9:30 AMthu10:30 AMFrogs & Polliwogs - Thu. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

thu09feb11:00 AMthu12:00 PMFrogs & Polliwogs - Thu. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

thu09feb12:30 PMthu2:30 PMNature Nuts - Thu. 12:30 P.M.For children ages 3 - 512:30 PM - 2:30 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

fri10feb9:30 AMfri11:30 AMNature Nuts - Fri. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 3 - 59:30 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

fri10feb9:30 AMfri12:00 PMEarthlings - Fri. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 12:00 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

sat11feb9:30 AMsat10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

mon13feb9:30 AMmon10:30 AMFrogs & Polliwogs - Mon. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

mon13feb9:30 AMmon10:30 AMForest Friends - Mon. 9:30 A.M.For children ages 12 – 24 months with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectAll Programs,Preschool Programs

mon13feb11:00 AMmon12:00 PMForest Friends - Mon. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 12 – 24 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM SubjectAll Programs,Preschool Programs

mon13feb11:00 AMmon12:00 PMFrogs & Polliwogs - Mon. 11:00 A.M.For children ages 24 – 36 months with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

march 2023

sat11mar9:30 AMsat10:30 AMSaturday Frogs & PolliwogsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

sat18mar9:30 AMsat10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

april 2023

sat01apr9:30 AMsat10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

sat29apr9:30 AMsat10:30 AMSaturday Frogs & PolliwogsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

may 2023

sat06may9:30 AMsat10:30 AMWild ThingsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

sat13may9:30 AMsat10:30 AMSaturday Frogs & PolliwogsFor children ages 1 – 5 years with one adult9:30 AM - 10:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs

tue16may(may 16)9:00 AMthu18(may 18)10:00 AMParent & Preschool Dragonfly GardensFor children ages 3-6 with one adult9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (18) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue16may(may 16)11:00 AMthu18(may 18)12:00 PMParent & Preschool Dragonfly GardensFor children ages 3-6 with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (18) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue16may(may 16)1:00 PMthu18(may 18)2:00 PMParent & Preschool Dragonfly GardensFor children ages 3-6 with one adult1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (18) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

mon22may(may 22)9:00 AMwed24(may 24)10:00 AMDragonfly GardensFor children ages 4 – 89:00 AM - 10:00 AM (24) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

mon22may(may 22)11:00 AMwed24(may 24)12:00 PMDragonfly GardensFor children ages 4 – 811:00 AM - 12:00 PM (24) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

mon22may(may 22)1:00 PMwed24(may 24)2:00 PMDragonfly GardensFor children ages 4 – 81:00 PM - 2:00 PM (24) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

june 2023

mon12jun9:30 AMmon11:30 AMSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

mon12jun12:30 PMmon2:30 PMSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue13jun9:30 AMtue11:30 AMSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue13jun12:30 PMtue2:30 PMSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed14jun(jun 14)9:30 AMfri16(jun 16)11:30 AMKindercamp - Camp 1For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (16) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed14jun(jun 14)12:30 PMfri16(jun 16)2:30 PMKindercamp - Camp 1For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (16) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed21jun(jun 21)9:30 AMfri23(jun 23)11:30 AMKindercamp - Camp 2For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (23) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed21jun(jun 21)12:30 PMfri23(jun 23)2:30 PMKindercamp - Camp 2For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (23) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed28jun(jun 28)9:30 AMfri30(jun 30)11:30 AMKindercamp - Camp 3For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (30) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed28jun(jun 28)12:30 PMfri30(jun 30)2:30 PMKindercamp - Camp 3For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (30) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

july 2023

wed12jul(jul 12)9:30 AMfri14(jul 14)11:30 AMKindercamp - Camp 4For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (14) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed12jul(jul 12)12:30 PMfri14(jul 14)2:30 PMKindercamp - Camp 4For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (14) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed19jul(jul 19)9:30 AMfri21(jul 21)11:30 AMKindercamp - Camp 5For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (21) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed19jul(jul 19)12:30 PMfri21(jul 21)2:30 PMKindercamp - Camp 5For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (21) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed26jul(jul 26)9:30 AMfri28(jul 28)11:30 AMKindercamp - Camp 6For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (28) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed26jul(jul 26)12:30 PMfri28(jul 28)2:30 PMKindercamp - Camp 6For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (28) SubjectPreschool Programs,Summer Camps