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Summer 2018 NATURE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

LRC Summer Hours: M-F 10am-5pm, Sat. 10-2 unless otherwise noted.  Closed M-F 12:30-1:30.
Please Note that the Learning Resource Center will be closed on May 28 in observance of Memorial Day and July 4 in Observance of Independence Day.


FREE ON-GOING DROP IN PROGRAMS

Yoga (Adults), Every Wednesday, 10:00am,  Bring your own mat.  Through the end of May.

-Ology Days, First and Third Fridays of the month, 3:30pm. (For school age children 6 and up).  Each session will cover a different -ology topic (i.e. Biology, Geology, Cosmology, etc.)

Nature Hikes will take place as part of scheduled programs, at random (will be posted on Facebook), or upon request for families or groups of 5 or more.

Garlic Mustard Pulls, Second and Fourth Fridays of the month; call for times.  Please come help us pull and control this invasive plant.  Families, scouts, and other groups welcome.

Please register for all programs listed by clicking the link below this line. Or go to www.activityreg.com to register.

FREE & PAID PROGRAMS CAN BE FOUND HERE

May Programs:

-Ology Day, May 18, 3:30-4:30pm, Free.

Nature Hikes, May 25, 11:00-12:00pm, Free.

Garlic Mustard Pulls, May 25, 3:00-4:00, Free.

Spring Campfire & S'mores, May 18, 6:00pm, Free.  Registration required to guarantee materials.  Registration deadline is May 17.
Description:  Celebrate spring and the approach of summer solstice with our first campfire of the season.  Be ready for some trivia, games, and fun!  Weather permitting.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs or lawn blankets.

Passport to Fishing Program, May 26, 12:00-2:00pm, Ages 6-15, Free.  Registration required.  Registration deadline is May 24.  Minimum of 5 participants, maximum of 15 participants.  Register early to secure your spot!
Description:  We will teach our youth participants about the fun sport of fishing and how to be a responsible and well-informed fisher.  Four topics are covered including fish and habitat handling, fishing knots and rigging, casting, local information and rules.  Participants will received hands-on practice with fishing poles (provided).  Bring your own bag lunch.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to remain with their children to also learn and make this a fun family event!  Anyone over 16 is required to have their own fishing license to fish.

June Programs:


-Ology Days, June 1 and June 15, 3:30-4:30pm,  Free.

Introduction to Birding, June 2, 11:00am, Free. 
Description:  Participants of all ages will learn about birding, including basic bird biology and behavior, equipment and identification.  We will be out in the field looking for birds, observing their behavior and learning how to identify them by their markings and sounds.  If you have your own binoculars please bring them.  We have some child ones.  Weather permitting.  Register by June 1.

Sand Art, June 8, 2:00-3:00pm, $2/$1 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Participants of all ages will make a fun piece of art with different colors of sand in a variety of bottle shapes.  Register by June 7.

June Campfire & S'mores, June 8, 6:00pm, Free.  Registration required to guarantee materials.  Registration deadline is June 7.
Description:  Celebrate spring and the approach of summer solstice with our first campfire of the season.  Be ready for some trivia, games, and fun!  Weather permitting.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs or lawn blankets.

Garlic Mustard Pulls and Park Cleanup, June 8 and June 22, Call for times, Free.

Go Wild Camp, June 11-14, 10:30am-12:30pm, Ages 4-6, $12/$10 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Go Wild Camp is a fun adventure into the basics of nature.  We will study mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians.  Register by June 8.

Leaf Art, June 16, 12:00-2:00pm, All ages, Free.
Description:  Make something special using real leaves as templates and paint then press them on paper to make beautiful art.  Register by June 15.

Introduction to Archery, June 18-22, 10:30am-12:00pm, Ages 10 and up, $30/$25 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Beginners and those who have minimal archery experience will learn the rules, skills, and have hands-on target practice.  Equipment provided.  Certificates of completion will be awarded to those who attend all 5 class sessions.  Adults welcome!  Register by June 15.

Astronomy Night: Saturn at Opposition, June 27, 9:30pm, All ages, Free.
Description:  This is an opportunity to learn about the early summer night sky and tonight's feature - Saturn!  Register by June 26.

Wildlife Camp, June 28-29, 10:30am-12:30pm, Ages 5-9, $5/$4 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  We will focus on wildlife common to Ohio and our own Fort Island Park.  After discussing wildlife conservation and protection of natural resources, participants will create a conservation plan for your favorite species.  Register by June 27.


July Programs:


Tree Workshop for Educators and Other Interested Adults, July 2, 9:00am-12:00pm, $7/$5 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Participants will learn basics of tree biology and tree ecology as found at Fort Island Park.  Tree identification by leaf and leaf arrangement, seed, and bark will be our focus, as well as learning how to utilize field guides for proper identification.  Some tree diseases and ID will also be discussed.  Most of our time will be out in the field collecting samples and then returning to the classroom for study and identification practice.  Dress appropriately for the weather, bring a water bottle, and bring a tree ID field guide if you have one.  Register by June 29.  Maximum of 20 participants.

July Campfire & S'mores, July 5, 6:00pm, Free.  Registration required to guarantee materials.  Registration deadline is July 4.
Description:  Celebrate spring and the approach of summer solstice with our first campfire of the season.  Be ready for some trivia, games, and fun!  Weather permitting.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs or lawn blankets.

-Ology Days, July 6 and July 20, 3:30-4:30pm, Free.

Garlic Mustard Pulls and Park Cleanup, July 13 and July 27, Call for times, Free.

Extinct Animals of a Bygone Era, July 7, 12:00-2:00pm, Free.
Description:  This is your chance to learn about animals other than dinosaurs that are extinct:  what they were, where they lived, and what happened to them.  All ages welcome.  Register by July 6.

Intermediate Archery, July 9-13, 10:30am-12:00pm, Ages 10 and up, $30/$25 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Students who either successfully completed the Introduction to Archery class or have had previous archery experience will focus on improving techniques, shooting precision and lots more target practice.  Certificates of completion will be awarded to those who attend all 5 class sessions.  Adults welcome.  Register by July 6.

Bird Feeder Making, July 13, 3:00-4:30pm, Ages 8 and up, $2/$1 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Make a variety of bird feeders for your spring garden out of everyday household materials while emphasizing recycling, reducing, and reusing.  Register by July 12.

Creepy Crawley Bug Camp, July 16-19, 10:30am-12:30pm, Ages 8 and up, $12/$10 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Participants will learn some of the basic taxonomic orders of terrestrial and aquatic insects, will go insect hunting with nets and traps, and learn how to make their own collection.  They will learn how to catch, keep, identify, pin and preserve their very own insect collection!  All registered participants will get to make and keep their own insect collection boxes.  Register by July 13.  Limited to first 12 registrants.

Insect Diversity Workshop for Educators and Other Interested Adults, July 21, 10:00am-2:00pm, $10/$8 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Participants will learn basic concepts such as insect anatomy, biology, ecology, and identification.  Participants will spend time outdoors collecting specimens, then we will have classroom time to identify, pin, label, and properly create an insect collection.  All materials provided.  Bringing your own insect identification guide is recommended; any of the beginner's guides found at any bookstore will work fine. 
Register by July 20.  Maximum of 20 participants.

Tree and Plant Camp, July 23-24, 10:30am-12:30pm, Ages 6 and up, $5/$4 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Learn to identify the trees and plants of Fort Island Park by making your own botanical field guide.  Day one will focus on trees by spending time out in the field learning how to identify trees and make a collection of pressed leaves, seeds, and bark samples.  Day two will focus on identifying flowering plants in the field, making a collection, and learning about the lore and kitchen value of edible plants.  Register by July 20.

Flying Wild Camp, July 26-27, 10:30am-12:30pm, Ages 6 and up, $5/$4 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  We will focus on flying critters such as birds, bats and butterflies/moths in this fun camp.  Register by July 25.

Astronomy Night: Mars at Opposition/Full Moon, July 27, 9:30pm, Free.
Description:  Learn about the summer night sky, current constellations and tonight's feature plants - Mars!  Register by July 26.

Survival Skills Camp, July 28, 2:30-5:30pm, Ages 8 and up, $5/$4 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  We will teach what to do and what not to do while waiting to be found if lost outside.  Concepts include what to pack in your backpack for a hike, how to use a compass, identification of edible and poisonous plants, basic first aid skills, how to make a fire, how to erect a shelter and how to filter water.  Register by July 27.

August Programs:

-Ology Days, August 3 and August 17, 3:30-4:30pm, Free.

FUN with FUNgus Summer/Fall Fungi Workshop and Hike, August 4, 11:00am-12:30pm, Free.
Description:  Participants will learn about basic fungi biology and natural history.  Learn identification tips as we explore Fort Island Park hunting for these little treasures.  Fungi craft included.  All ages welcome.  Register by August 3.

Explorer's Camp, August 6-7, 10:30am-12:30pm, Ages 7 and up, $5/$4 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  An in-depth exploration of the park environment and its ecology, bog, wet woodlands, upland forest, marsh, stream, and the mound.  Most of this class time will be outdoors and off-trail throughout Fort Island Park.  Register by August 3.

WOW! Wonders of Wetlands Camp, August 9-10, 10:30am-12:30pm, Ages 5 and up, $5/$4 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Learn the basics of wetland ecology: what is a wetland, the wetland community (animals and plants), the role of water and soil in wetlands and wetland conservation.  Register by August 8.

Garlic Mustard Pulls and Park Cleanup, August 10 and August 24, Call for times, Free.

Pokémon and Magic the Gathering Card Play, August 11, 10am-2pm, Free.
Description:  Card players of all ages - hang out with us today to play, trade, compete, and see who is the Pokémon and Magic champions.  Who knows...there may even be prizes!

August Campfire & S'mores, August 17, 6:00pm, Free.  Registration required to guarantee materials.  Registration deadline is August 16.
Description:  Celebrate spring and the approach of summer solstice with our first campfire of the season.  Be ready for some trivia, games, and fun!  Weather permitting.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs or lawn blankets.


Astronomy Night: Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation, August 17, 9:30pm, Free.
Description:  Learn about the summer night sky, current constellations, and tonight's feature - Venus!  Register by August 16.

Nature Art Series:  Painting with Acrylics, August 23, 6:00pm, Teens and Adults, $15/$12 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Learn and practice how to paint a nature scape with the medium of acrylic paints. Register by August 22.

September Programs:

-Ology Days, September 7 and September 21, 3:30-4:30pm, Free.

Garlic Mustard Pulls and Park Cleanup, September 14 and September 28, Call for times, Free.

Tiny Trekkers, September 4, 6, 11, and 13, 10:30-11:30am, Ages 3-6, $5/$4 Fairlawn Residents.
Description:  Connect children to nature through developmentally appropriate hands-on practice, nature play, and ties to math and literacy connections.  Register by September 1.

Rock Art, September 8, 12-2pm, Free.
Description:  This class combines nature and art by making artwork on our out of rocks.  Use ours or bring your own.  We will use a variety of media to paint and/or decorate them.  All ages welcome.  Register by September 7.

Nature Games Day, September 15, 10:30am-1:30pm, Free.
Description:  Hang out with us and play a variety of nature themed games!  All ages welcome.

LRC Fall Equinox Open House, September 21, 6-8pm, Free.
Description:  This is an opportunity to come together as a community and welcome the season of fall.  It's also a good chance to visit the LRC, visit the animals, and talk to the Naturalists.  Register by September 20.


QUESTIONS:  330-668-9518   or

The Naturalists are proud to offer a variety of free and paid nature education programs for all ages. All Nature Programs are held at Fort Island Park Learning Resource Center and the surrounding park. The Learning Resource Center is located at 413 Trunko Road in Fairlawn. 330.668.9518.  We also visit schools and other places upon request.  Please fill out the online form to request a visit and submit the donation amount.

Have a scout troop working on a merit badge?  We can help with that!  We can help your scout or troop with partial fulfillment of requirements as needed to complete their merit badges (i.e. daisy scout subjects, forestry or geology for boy scouts).  We also welcome scouts who would like to work on a scout project at one of our parks.  Call the number above or email one of the Naturalists to inquire.  Click for more information about Girl Scout Badges, Boy Scout and Cub Scout Badges, and Community and School Visits.

Have questions about after school programs or test prep help in the sciences?  Just contact a Naturalist at the number or email listed above.


We welcome your suggestions as to program ideas that you would like to see us implement.  Stop in, send a note, or give us a call.