Youth and Teen Programs

Meet native wildlife, discover the night sky, and explore nature at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

School age students explore Huntington Reservation, learn from wildlife rehabilitation specialists and tour the universe with resident astronomers in the Center’s youth and teen programs. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience during Junior Keeper or take part in a STEM adventure in the Center’s summer camps. These programs are perfect for students who want to explore and protect our natural world while meeting friends along the way.

Afterschool Programs

Afterschool Adventures

For children in grades K – 1

Join us for afterschool fun! We will explore science, ecosystems, wildlife, and space through animal encounters, hikes, planetarium visits, science experiments, and more! Please dress for the weather and outdoor activities. We will provide a nut-free snack at the beginning of class.

Tuesdays
February 7, 14, 21, and 28
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

4-week session: Classes take place weekly
Fee: $100/child

Dirt Diaries

For children in grades 3 – 5

Join us for outdoor afterschool fun! We will be exploring the forest, animals, and stars, while recording our discoveries in our journals. Dress for the weather, we will be outdoors as much as possible.

Wednesdays
March 1 – April 5
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

5-week session: Classes take place weekly
Fee: $175/child

Wildlife Experiences

Junior Keeper

For ages 8 – 16 with one adult

In this 2 ½ hour program, you will have the unique opportunity to work alongside our wildlife staff and experience first-hand how we care for our resident animals. Behind the scenes, you will learn about native and domestic animals while providing food, clean housing and training. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and close encounters with our animals!

Fee: $175. Adult chaperone is required and included in program cost.

Wild Clues

For ages 8 – 16

Which animal will you meet? Solve the puzzles, follow the clues, decode the lock. As animal keepers, we problem solve and multi-task daily. Can you use these skills to unlock the answer? Once you solve the mystery, our Keeper will bring out the animal for you to enjoy an up-close encounter with plenty of time to take pictures, interact and learn about the Center’s resident wildlife.

Fee: $50/child

Owl Encounter

For ages 8 and up with one adult

This is your opportunity for an up-close and hands-on experience with an owl! In a small group setting, meet the Center’s resident owls, hear their stories, and learn about the unique traits of these nocturnal beauties. Then get your camera ready and capture the experience of YOU holding an owl!

Fee: $100. Adult chaperone is required and included in program cost.

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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.

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.

Upcoming Programs

february 2023

tue07feb3:00 PMtue4:00 PMAfterschool AdventuresFor kindergarten and first grade3:00 PM - 4:00 PM SubjectPreschool Programs

mon20feb9:00 AMmon11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

march 2023

wed01mar3:30 PMwed5:00 PMDirt DiariesFor grades 3-53:30 PM - 5:00 PM SubjectYouth Programs

sat11mar9:00 AMsat11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

april 2023

mon10apr9:00 AMmon11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

thu13apr9:00 AMthu11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

sat29apr9:00 AMsat11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

may 2023

sat13may9:00 AMsat11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

june 2023

fri09jun9:00 AMfri11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

mon12jun(jun 12)9:00 AMthu15(jun 15)3:00 PMBack to Nature: Nature's NeighborhoodsFor girls who have completed grades K–59:00 AM - 3:00 PM (15) SubjectGirl Scouts,Summer Camps,Youth Programs

mon12jun9:00 AMmon11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

mon12jun2:00 PMmon3:00 PMWild CluesFor ages 8 - 162:00 PM - 3:00 PM SubjectTeen Programs,Youth Programs

tue13jun9:00 AMtue11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

wed14jun1:00 PMwed2:00 PMOwl EncounterFor ages 8 and up with one adult1:00 PM - 2:00 PM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

sat17jun9:00 AMsat11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

mon19jun9:00 AMmon11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

tue20jun(jun 20)9:00 AMthu22(jun 22)2:00 PMDiscovery STEM Camp: Animal AmbassadorsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 2:00 PM (22) SubjectSummer Camps,Youth Programs

fri23jun9:00 AMfri11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

mon26jun10:00 AMmon11:00 AMWild CluesFor ages 8 - 1610:00 AM - 11:00 AM SubjectTeen Programs,Youth Programs

mon26jun2:00 PMmon3:00 PMWild CluesFor ages 8 - 162:00 PM - 3:00 PM SubjectTeen Programs,Youth Programs

tue27jun(jun 27)9:00 AMthu29(jun 29)2:00 PMDiscovery STEM Camp: Trees and FlowersFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 2:00 PM (29) SubjectSummer Camps,Youth Programs

tue27jun9:00 AMtue11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

wed28jun1:00 PMwed2:00 PMOwl EncounterFor ages 8 and up with one adult1:00 PM - 2:00 PM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

july 2023

fri07jul9:00 AMfri11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

fri07jul9:00 AMfri4:00 PMRocket CampFor students who have completed grades 3-69:00 AM - 4:00 PM SubjectSummer Camps,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

mon10jul9:00 AMmon11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

tue11jul9:00 AMtue11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

tue11jul(jul 11)9:00 AMthu13(jul 13)2:00 PMDiscovery STEM Camp: Nature's HabitatsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 2:00 PM (13) SubjectSummer Camps,Youth Programs

wed12jul1:00 PMwed2:00 PMOwl EncounterFor ages 8 and up with one adult1:00 PM - 2:00 PM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

fri14jul9:00 AMfri11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

mon17jul10:00 AMmon11:00 AMWild CluesFor ages 8 - 1610:00 AM - 11:00 AM SubjectTeen Programs,Youth Programs

mon17jul2:00 PMmon3:00 PMWild CluesFor ages 8 - 162:00 PM - 3:00 PM SubjectTeen Programs,Youth Programs

tue18jul(jul 18)9:00 AMthu20(jul 20)2:00 PMDiscovery STEM Camp: Space and BeyondFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 2:00 PM (20) SubjectSummer Camps,Youth Programs

fri21jul9:00 AMfri4:00 PMRocket CampFor students who have completed grades 3-69:00 AM - 4:00 PM SubjectSummer Camps,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

sat22jul9:00 AMsat11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

tue25jul9:00 AMtue11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

tue25jul(jul 25)9:00 AMthu27(jul 27)2:00 PMDiscovery STEM Camp: WaterFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 2:00 PM (27) SubjectSummer Camps,Youth Programs

august 2023

tue01aug9:00 AMthu03(aug 3)2:00 PMDiscovery STEM Camp: Earth and SkyFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 2:00 PM (3) SubjectSummer Camps,Youth Programs

fri04aug9:00 AMfri11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

mon07aug2:00 PMmon3:00 PMWild CluesFor ages 8 - 162:00 PM - 3:00 PM SubjectTeen Programs,Youth Programs

tue08aug9:00 AMtue11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

tue08aug(aug 8)9:00 AMthu10(aug 10)2:00 PMDiscovery STEM Camp: BirdsFor students who have completed grades K-59:00 AM - 2:00 PM (10) SubjectSummer Camps,Youth Programs

wed09aug1:00 PMwed2:00 PMOwl EncounterFor ages 8 and up with one adult1:00 PM - 2:00 PM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

fri18aug9:00 AMfri11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs

tue22aug9:00 AMtue11:30 AMJunior KeeperFor ages 8 - 16 with one adult9:00 AM - 11:30 AM SubjectAdult & Family,Teen Programs,Youth Programs