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Posted on: July 8, 2022

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center


Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

Located at 28728 Wolf Road is open 7 days a week with FREE general admission. Plan your next visit today! 

CLICK HERE for hours and to check out all they have to offer!

  • Wonders of Wildlife (All ages) Learn about the wonders of wildlife through up close encounters with a variety of the Center’s resident animals in this 30 minute program. Please note: Ticket sales end 15 minutes before start time. $5/person. Children 6 months and under are free. 
  • Telescope Night (Adults and children ages 12 and up) Join our resident telescope expert and NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Bill Reed for an evening under the stars. We will begin in the planetarium for an overview of the constellations and planets, then review the current events happening in our night sky. Weather permitting, we will head outdoors for telescope viewing through our 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Fee $10/person. 
  • Astronomy Club (Adults and children ages 12 and up) Calling all local sky enthusiasts! Join us for Astronomy Club and explore the world of astronomy in a fun, social environment. Planetarium Specialist and NASA Solar System Ambassador Bill Reed will share what’s new in space, the latest gadgets, “astro-tainment,” and mind-blowing facts. Astronomy Club meets at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Those interested in Astronomy Club are welcome to enjoy their first meeting at no cost. Annual household membership includes access to: Monthly meetings and newsletters, Telescope Night programs, Telescope rentals, Volunteer opportunities, Additional events including movie nights, workshops, and more. 

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 three 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. 

Fall 2022 (classes are weekly) September 12, 2022 - January 21, 2023. No class Nov. 20-26 and Dec. 18-Jan 7
Spring 2023 (classes are weekly) January 22- May 13, 2023. No class April 9 – 15
  • Forest Friends (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. 15-week session offered Mondays 9:30am - 10:30am or 11am - 12pm Fee $330/child
  • Frogs & Polliwogs (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! 15-week session offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 9:30am - 10:30am or 11am - 12pm Fee $330/child
  • Nature Nuts (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. 30-week session offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 9:30am - 11:30am or Wednesdays, Thursdays 12:30pm - 2:30pm Fee $1,140/child
  • Earthlings (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. 30-week session offered Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 9:30am - 12pm Fee $1,425/child
CLICK HERE to learn more about Preschool Programs at LENSC!

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