Autumn will bring new possibilities for experiencing nature hands-on

Rainbow Garden Kindercamper Max Morscher of Bay Village gets a hand from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Camp Instructor Amy Leamon, also from Bay. Although camps are still in full swing, the Center is beginning Fall Session registration this month with a variety of new classes and programs planned.

Although summer camp is still in full swing, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is already beginning registration for the fall session! A host of timely and brand new programs for families and adults are planned for the autumn season along with tried and true fall favorites.

Two opportunities for guided family exploration – one close to “home” and one at a seldom explored nature preserve are on the newly published fall program calendar. Lake Erie Family Day, for families with children ages 5 and up, takes place Sunday, September 19 from 1-3 p.m. Veteran instructor Bev Walborn will lead the exploration and introduce live animals that depend on the lake ecosystems for survival. "We'll be hiking to the beach along Porter Creek, searching for mussels, feathers and beach glass at the shore and testing water samples," Walborn said.

The gated Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (formerly Dike 14) is rarely open to the public, but families with children age 5 and up can also explore this hidden gem with Walborn during the Center’s Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve Family Day on Sunday, October 17 from 1-3 p.m. Walborn says participants will learn how the preserve was created, demystify “lake effect” weather, search for animal tracks and discover unique plant and animal life during a 1.5 mile hike that crosses Doan Brook. The fee for either of these family days is $7 per person or $35 for a family of five or more and pre-registration is required.

The Center is also extending its successful summer partnership with BAYarts by offering three Nature’s Art workshops for children in Grades 5–8 this fall. In Clay Art, Nature Prints and Nature Journaling, kids will discover natural elements that can inspire and even be blended into hands-on artistic projects. Each workshop costs $30 - $40 per child and the required pre-registration takes place at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ONLY. Details are on the web at

In the first of three new programs just for adults, Dave Kelch, Associate Professor and Ohio Sea Grant Extension Specialist presents the very latest information on a hot topic in the news recently - the impact and potential effect of invasive species, including Asian carp, on Lake Erie and inland tributaries. Lake Erie Invasive Species - What’s Next? takes place Wednesday, September 1 from 7-8:30 p.m. The program fee is $5 per adult and pre-registration is required.

Adults can celebrate the upcoming Bay Village Bicentennial with a "hike through history" on Wednesday, October 6 from 6-7 p.m. Adults will "time travel" from the glaciers to the Native Americans, all the way to Bay’s first family, the Cahoons. A trek under the second longest trestle on the Interurban Electric Railway to the site of John Huntington’s farm completes the one-mile guided Huntington History Hike. Pre-registration is required at $5 per adult.

Popular programs returning to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center this fall include Animals a la Mode, an interactive, live animal show for families of all ages that includes ice cream for everyone, and two October Fall Family Hayride Nights, one with costumes and trick or treating.

Fall Registration started on Saturday, July 24 when Center Members began signing up for the full school year in four popular programs: Frogs and Polliwogs parent & tot classes, Nature Nuts preschool, Log Cabin Explorers for Kindergartners (and Pre-K) and After School Adventures Club for grades 1-2 and 3-4. Registration for the complete roster of Fall programs and classes opens to Members on Saturday, July 31 and to everyone on Monday, August 2. All registration begins at 9 a.m.

For more information log onto, call 440-871-2900 or stop by the Center at 28728 Wolf Road in Bay Village.

Shawn Salamone is Community Relations Manager at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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Volume 2, Issue 15, Posted 2:46 PM, 07.21.2010