Lake Erie Nature & Science Center kicks off adult program season

In 2011, the nonprofit Lake Erie Nature & Science Center introduced “Second Nature,” a new monthly series of programs designed to engage the lifelong learner with a variety of science and nature-based topics presented by educators and leaders in their fields. This September, the Center is pleased to kick off its autumn season of adult programming with the debut of the second season of "Second Nature."

For the first in the new season of programs, the Center welcomes Dr. Jeff Opperman of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Program. In "From Burning Rivers to Living Rivers" on Thursday, Sept. 13, he will discuss the challenges and opportunities for global water sustainability. Calling upon knowledge and experiences gathered in his nearly 15-year history of working to protect rivers and lakes around the world, Dr. Opperman will address different facets of the global water crisis and some emerging solutions for attaining balanced use of water.

Using the Great Lakes and Cuyahoga River as compelling illustrations, he will also describe how sustained efforts can reverse decades of degradation and restore freshwater systems. A question and answer session with Dr. Opperman will follow the presentation.

“Second Nature” continues on Thursday, Oct. 11, as George Ryan and Rob Catalano return to present "Passenger Ships of the Great Lakes," a follow-up to their popular offering "A Brief History of Great Lakes Shipping." This time, they will be embarking on a time-travelling journey that will explore pleasure cruises, industry and maritime disasters over the past 200 years.

The next entry in the series sees Jennifer Hillmer, Invasive Plant Management Coordinator for Cleveland Metroparks, tackling "In Your Face Nature" on Nov. 8. She will present a rogue’s gallery of Ohio’s invasive plants and the habitats they affect, as well as help you to avoid going to war with the great outdoors by learning how to strategize and stave off the rampaging vegetable hordes and take back your garden!

Each program in the “Second Nature” series starts at 7 p.m. – advance tickets are available now for $7/person (remaining tickets will be available at door for $10/person). Visit for updates as the monthly series develops across the 2012-13 season.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is located at 28728 Wolf Rd. in Bay Village. Please call 440-871-2900 with questions.



Also in September:

  • Steelhead Seminar, Sunday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Fly-fishing expertise from local pros and presented by The Backpackers Shop ($15 tickets on sale now, call 440-871-2900)
  • A Walk in the Park, Thursday, Sept. 13, 8:30-9:30 a.m. – Explore the flora and fauna of Huntington Reservation, led by experts from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center ($5 tickets on sale at the door)
  • Birding, Sunday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. – A FREE bird hike across Huntington Reservation, led by experts from Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society (RSVP to 440-871-2900)

Frank Colosimo

Frank A Colosimo Visitor Experience & Communications Coordinator Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

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