Offering Guided Tours and Resuming Wildlife Intakes Beginning July 7

June 30, 2020

Posted by Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

Visitors, Donors, Volunteers, and Friends:

Thank you for your involvement and interest, especially these past few months. Your support at this important time makes it possible for Lake Erie Nature & Science Center to continue serving the community with wildlife information and responses to public inquiries, care for resident animals and transferred patients, virtual learning resources, and nature activity kits for children and families. Again, thank you!

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is pleased to announce that pre-registered guided tours and pre-scheduled wildlife rehabilitation services will be offered to the public beginning July 7. We care about you, your family, and our employees, and we are following protocols recommended by the State of Ohio and Ohio Department of Health to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus:

  • face masks are worn by our employees and we require that all visitors over the age of 7 wear face masks.
  • face masks are strongly recommended for children ages 3 – 6
  • visitors are encouraged to bring their own masks, or will be provided one to wear
  • hand sanitizing stations and hand washing facilities are available throughout the building
  • physical distances of 6 feet will be maintained at all times
  • indoor public areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitized
  • visitors are asked to self-monitor for virus symptoms prior to arrival
  • visitors are asked to stay home if they are ill, if diagnosed with COVID-19, or if residing with someone diagnosed with the virus

Visitors to the Center will see facility and exhibit changes that help to protect people and animals, and to allow for recommended cleaning and sanitizing of the facility. Online registration for guided tours and pre-scheduled appointments for wildlife rehabilitation services are required to monitor building capacity.

Come see our resident animals again on a pre-registered guided tour for your group of up to 6 people. Our program specialists will lead the tour of live animal exhibits and tell you how we care for our residents and treat rehabilitation patients. Guided tours cost $75 per family and advance registration is required at

Barred Owl photo

Wildlife intakes of injured animals from members of the public will resume by pre-scheduled appointment. These wildlife services will continue to be offered at no charge. People seeking assistance for wildlife must call 440-871-2900 or email prior to coming to the Center. Due to high demand for our services, please anticipate leaving a message for our wildlife specialists who will return your call. Animals will not be accepted into the facility without a pre-scheduled appointment.  

Registration for 2020-2021 preschool classes has been postponed. Our team is redesigning programs and making preparations to resume general admission and offerings that will also follow recommended health protocols. Please stay tuned for more information at or Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s social media channels. Thank you for your patience.

The mission of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center to connect children and families with nature is more important than ever, and we will continue to deliver our mission in new ways. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on donations, grants, and program fees. Donations may be made at

We are pleased to be able to serve you with wildlife information and virtual resources since our closure in March, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Center soon!


Catherine Timko signature

Catherine Timko

Executive Director

Topic: News, Programs