Summer Camps

From the shores of Lake Erie to the launching pad of a rocket, amazing adventures in the great outdoors await!

Our summer camps offer preschoolers and students the opportunity to explore and connect with the outdoors, meet new friends, encounter local wildlife and discover the wonders of the sky in Schuele Planetarium. Campers will engage in hands-on, nature-based activities that integrate science, math, literacy and the arts as they discover their backyard and beyond at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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.

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.

2022 Summer Camps

Preschool Summer Camps

SUMMER NATURE NUTS (ages 3–6)

SOLD OUT

Adventure awaits! Explore the outdoors, make crafts, meet live animals and discover the joys of nature.

We will provide water breaks, please do not send water bottles or snacks with your child. Children must be fully bathroom independent.

June 20 – August 19 | Mondays or Fridays (8-week session)
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.                     
Fee: $440

KINDERCAMPS (ages 4–6)

SOLD OUT

The wonder of nature is at your fingertips! Explore the outdoors, make crafts and meet live animals. Dress for messy fun and wear your favorite hiking shoes. With a different and exciting theme each week, you can sign up for one or all of these camps.

We will provide water breaks, please do not send water bottles or snacks with your child. Sunscreen is recommended.

Camp 1: June 21-23
Camp 2: June 28-30
Camp 3: July 12-14

Camp 4: July 19-21

Camp 5: July 26-28
Camp 6: August 2-4
Camp 7: August 9-11

Tuesday–Thursday
9:30–11:30 a.m. or 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Fee $165

PARENT & PRESCHOOL FIREFLY GARDENS (ages 3-6 with one adult)

Just imagine a fairy garden for fireflies! Join us for a magical three-day nature camp featuring these nighttime sparklers. You and your child will paint and decorate miniature décor and use real plants to create your very own mini garden. Come join the fun and learn all about fireflies and bioluminescence!

We will provide water breaks. 

May 24 – 26 | Tuesday – Thursday
9:00 – 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Fee $95

FIREFLY GARDENS (ages 4–8)

Just imagine a fairy garden for fireflies! Join us for a magical three-day nature camp featuring these nighttime sparklers. Each child will paint and decorate miniature décor and use real plants to create their very own mini garden. Come join the fun and learn all about fireflies and bioluminescence!

We will provide water breaks, please do not send water bottles or snacks with your child.

June 7 – 9 | Tuesday – Thursday
9:00 – 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Fee $95

School Age Summer Camps

Back to Nature: We Are Builders! (For girls who have completed grades K–5)

Calling all girl builders and explorers! Learn how animals and humans construct the things they need to survive. Get up close with a bird nest, explore the International Space Station in the planetarium, learn about beavers and their dams, and try your hand at making your own structures in this classic all girls camp. Every day we will explore builders and their world in nature class, games, arts and crafts, and a STEM Challenge.

Campers will spend time inside and outside, please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Please bring a packed lunch and a water bottle.

June 13 – 16 | Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $300

STEM Camp: Elemental Explorers (For students who have completed grades K-5)

Explore the elements of planet Earth! Go on a rock adventure, spend part of the day at the beach testing water quality, study temperature differences all over inside and outside, and explore weather and air. Visit the planetarium and take part in an Engineering Design Challenge.

Campers will spend time inside and outside, please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Please bring a packed lunch and a water bottle.

June 27 – 30 | Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $300

Summer Explorers STEM Camp (For students who have completed grades K-5)

From bugs to stars, birds, rocks, and more, join us for a full or half day summer camp experience! We will explore different topics daily, so sign up for one or a few. Want to stay the whole day? Pack a lunch and join us for Lunch Bunch which includes a nature hike in between camp sessions.

Please bring a reusable water bottle and dress for outside adventure with sturdy shoes. No flip flops or sandals please, socks recommended (especially on bug day).

Full or half day camp sessions are available in July and August 2022. Scroll down or click “Register” to view schedule.

Fee: $35/child per half day session

Additional Fee: $15/child per Lunch Bunch session (takes place 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

Climate Quest (For students entering grades 6-8 or 9–12)

Join us for an action-packed, hands-on summer program focused on regional environmental changes that come with a changing climate. You will be in the field taking measurements that may predict the future of the species found around the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. In addition, you will:

  • Enjoy up-close encounters with animals
  • Explore regional effects of climate change
  • Investigate how we know what we know
  • Seek out what we don’t know
  • Discover possible career paths related to a changing climate

At the end of your quest you will be empowered in your understanding of climate fundamentals and your ability to take action in your community!

June 11, 18, and 25 | Saturday

Grades 6-8: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Grades 9-12:
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $175


may 2022

tue24may(may 24)9:00 AMthu26(may 26)10:00 AMParent & Preschool Firefly Gardens!For children ages 3-6 with one adult9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (26) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue24may(may 24)11:00 AMthu26(may 26)12:00 PMParent & Preschool Firefly Gardens!For children ages 3-6 with one adult11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (26) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue24may(may 24)1:00 PMthu26(may 26)2:00 PMParent & Preschool Firefly Gardens!For children ages 3-6 with one adult1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (26) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

june 2022

tue07jun(jun 7)9:00 AMthu09(jun 9)10:00 AMFirefly Gardens!For children ages 4-89:00 AM - 10:00 AM (9) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue07jun(jun 7)11:00 AMthu09(jun 9)12:00 PMFirefly Gardens!For children ages 4-811:00 AM - 12:00 PM (9) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue07jun(jun 7)1:00 PMthu09(jun 9)2:00 PMFirefly Gardens!For children ages 4-81:00 PM - 2:00 PM (9) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

sat11jun10:00 AM12:00 PMClimate QuestFor students entering grades 6 – 8 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

sat11jun1:00 PM3:00 PMClimate QuestFor students entering grades 9 – 12 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

mon13jun(jun 13)9:00 AMthu16(jun 16)3:00 PMBack to Nature: We Are Builders!For girls who have completed grades K–59:00 AM - 3:00 PM (16) Subject:Girl Scouts,Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon20jun9:30 AM11:30 AMSOLD OUTSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

mon20jun12:30 PM2:30 PMSOLD OUTSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue21jun(jun 21)9:30 AMthu23(jun 23)11:30 AMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 1 (AM)For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (23) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue21jun(jun 21)12:30 PMthu23(jun 23)2:30 PMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 1 (PM)For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (23) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

fri24jun9:30 AM11:30 AMSOLD OUTSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

fri24jun12:30 PM2:30 PMSOLD OUTSummer Nature Nuts CampFor children ages 3 – 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

mon27jun(jun 27)9:00 AMthu30(jun 30)3:00 PMSTEM Camp: Elemental ExplorersFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 3:00 PM (30) Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue28jun(jun 28)9:30 AMthu30(jun 30)11:30 AMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 2 (AM)For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (30) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue28jun(jun 28)12:30 PMthu30(jun 30)2:30 PMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 2 (PM)For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (30) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

july 2022

thu07jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: BugsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu07jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu07jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: OwlsFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri08jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Stream StompersFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri08jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri08jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: FlightFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon11jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Our Great Lake ErieFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon11jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon11jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Digging in the DirtFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue12jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: StarsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue12jul(jul 12)9:30 AMthu14(jul 14)11:30 AMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 3 (AM)For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (14) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue12jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue12jul(jul 12)12:30 PMthu14(jul 14)2:30 PMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 3 (PM)For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (14) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue12jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: SunFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed13jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Animal SurvivorsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed13jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed13jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Rocks Rock!For students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu14jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Stream StompersFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu14jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu14jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: BugsFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon18jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: BugsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon18jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon18jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: FlightFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue19jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Map and CompassFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue19jul9:30 AM11:30 AMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 4 (AM)For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue19jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue19jul(jul 19)12:30 PMthu21(jul 21)2:30 PMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 4 (PM)For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (21) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue19jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: BugsFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed20jul9:00 AM12:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: SunFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 12:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed20jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed20jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: StarsFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu21jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Our Great Lake ErieFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu21jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu21jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Digging in the DirtFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri22jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: FlightFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri22jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri22jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Stream StompersFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon25jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Our Great Lake ErieFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon25jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon25jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Rocks Rock!For students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue26jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: BugsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue26jul(jul 26)9:30 AMthu28(jul 28)11:30 AMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 5 (AM)For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (28) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue26jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue26jul(jul 26)12:30 PMthu28(jul 28)2:30 PMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 5 (PM)For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (28) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue26jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: StarsFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed27jul9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Digging in the DirtFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed27jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed27jul1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Animal SurvivorsFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu28jul9:00 AM12:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: SunFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 12:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

thu28jul11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

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august 2022

mon01aug9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: OwlsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon01aug11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon01aug1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: StarsFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue02aug9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Our Great Lake ErieFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue02aug(aug 2)9:30 AMthu04(aug 4)11:30 AMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 6 (AM)For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (4) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue02aug11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue02aug(aug 2)12:30 PMthu04(aug 4)2:30 PMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 6 (PM)For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (4) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue02aug1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Map and CompassFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed03aug9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Stream StompersFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed03aug11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed03aug1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: FlightFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri05aug9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: BugsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri05aug11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri05aug1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: SunFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon08aug9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: Stream StompersFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon08aug11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon08aug1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: BugsFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

tue09aug(aug 9)9:30 AMthu11(aug 11)11:30 AMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 7 (AM)For children ages 4 - 69:30 AM - 11:30 AM (11) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

tue09aug(aug 9)12:30 PMthu11(aug 11)2:30 PMSOLD OUTKindercamp - Camp 7 (PM)For children ages 4 - 612:30 PM - 2:30 PM (11) Subject:Preschool Programs,Summer Camps

wed10aug9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: FlightFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed10aug11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

wed10aug1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: SunFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri12aug9:00 AM11:00 AMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: OwlsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 11:00 AM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri12aug11:00 AM1:00 PMLunch BunchFor students who have completed grades K-511:00 AM - 1:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

fri12aug1:00 PM3:00 PMSummer Explorers STEM Camp: StarsFor students who have completed grades K-51:00 PM - 3:00 PM Subject:Summer Camps,Youth Programs

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