Lake Erie Nature & Science Center to close through March 31

UPDATE: Lake Erie Nature & Science Center announced on March 27 that it will extend its temporary closure until Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health provide directives indicating it is safe to repoen.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center sent out a press release on March 12 announcing that its doors will close March 13 in response directives from state and county officials:

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is a top priority of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The Center is taking appropriate action to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Following directives of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Public Health, Cuyahoga Board of Health and the CDC to limit public gatherings, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will close to the public, cancel all classes and programs and halt wildlife rehabilitation services from March 13 through at least March 31.

Beginning March 13, all classes and programs are cancelled until at least March 31 including:

  • Preschool Programs
  • Planetarium Programs
  • Field Trips
  • Scout Programs
  • Birthday Parties and Room Rental Reservations
  • Lights Out Monitoring Training on March 22
  • Understanding the Preschooler’s Perspective on March 30

Visitors who have registered for programs between March 13 and March 31 will be provided a full refund. Program participants enrolled in session classes between March 13 and March 31 will be provided prorated refunds. Please allow 2-4 weeks for refunds to be processed. Registrants with questions or concerns regarding classes and programs may email

The Center will not accept animals into its wildlife rehabilitation program from March 13 through at least March 31. The Center’s resident animals and current wildlife rehabilitation patients will continue to receive high quality care from wildlife staff. Community members with questions about ill or injured wildlife may email

The cleaning of the Center will follow recommended protocols, and staff have been advised about appropriate practices.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 7:52 PM, 03.12.2020