Nature Education Programs


Fall hours reflect times the LRC is open to the public.  We are closed during scheduled programs.  The Naturalists are often called away on city business, wildlife calls, vet visits, and for other reasons.  Therefore, hours are subject to change. We will be closed for the following holidays: Veteran's Day Nov 11, Thanksgiving Weekend Nov 24-27, Christmas holiday observance Dec 26.

The LRC is closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 M-F.

(Click the links below for each month's Calendar of activities)

LRC November Calendar 2022

LRC December Calendar 2022

YOGA Practice (All Levels Welcome)

Bring your own Yoga mat, blocks and straps or we will have some extras on hand. Our yoga instructor is a Certified RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). All adults are welcome to attend! The first class is FREE for new students! Enter through the lower level rear doors. Every Wednesday 10:00 am - 11:10 am at the Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center lower level (3486 S Smith Road) Register at

Fairlawn Residents: 5 class card $25 or 10 class card $45

Non-Fairlawn Residents: 5 class card $35 or 10 class card $55

Please register for all programs listed by clicking the following link. Go to to register or click free & paid programs link below.


Dress Requirements: Participants are required to wear shoes or boots, dress appropriately for the weather (programs take place rain or shine) and dress to get messy. Suggestions for outdoor programs are: water-proof shoes or boots, gloves and hats, sunscreen and/or bug spray applied before the program. A water bottle is recommended. Please make arrangements for siblings as only those children registered may attend the program.

ALL PROGRAMS REQUIRE REGISTRATION. Register at  Classes take place at the Learning Resource Center or Fairlawn Park, please see description for location. Refund requests must be made 48 hours prior to start of class, program or activity. Failure to attend a registered class, program or activity will be considered a forfeiture of materials supplied and all money paid.

Seasonal Nature Hikes Meet at the Learning Resource Center

Next Hike - Friday September 30 at 9am.  Senior Citizen bird hike followed by hot tea and discussion.

November 2022 (LRC Closed Nov 11, 24-27)

National Recycle Day: Drop-in for various activities to learn about recycling. Tuesday, November 15 during open hours.  Free.  NO registration required. An assortment of different recycling-themed activities and crafts will be available to complete during open hours today.

Turkey Program and Craft: Wednesday, November 16 at 4-5pm.  Free.  Registration required. Participants will learn about wild turkeys in Ohio and complete a related craft.

National Take a Hike Day:  Thursday, November 17.  Come out and take a hike through Fort Island Park and enjoy the fall scenes, sights, and smells.  The Naturalist will lead a hike at 10am. You may also take a map of the trails and embark on a self-directed hike as well anytime.

December 2022 (LRC Closed Dec 26)

Winter Hike with Hot Chocolate: Friday, December 2 at 10am. Registration required.  Free. Bundle up and come out to see what the park looks like in the winter and the winter wildlife in residence here! Hot chocolate will be served after the hike.

Adult Paint Night: Thursday, December 8 at 6-8pm.  For those ages 16 and up.  Fee: Fairlawn residents $15, non-residents $18.  Registration Required.  Come join in the fun of painting a winter solstice scene!  No painting experience required!

Children's Art Day: Tuesday, December 13 at 10:45am-12pm.  Ages 3-7 years.  Fee: Fairlawn residents $5, non-residents $7.  Registration required.  Participants will get to experience different kinds of art media and take their projects home.

Family Winter Craft Day: Friday, December 16.  Free.  Drop-in program during open hours from 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm.  Registration required (so we know how much craft material to have on hand).

Annual Christmas Bird Count for Audubon: Saturday or Sunday, December 17 & 18, Anytime.  If you would like to participate in our annual December bird count you can count from your backyard or come to one of our parks to aid the Naturalists and other volunteers in looking for, identifying, and counting birds to add to the Audubon database of bird counts.  This is important citizen science as it help science partners determine current bird populations in our immediate area.

Local Winter Solstice History Talk: Wednesday, December 21 at 4pm.  Free.  Registration required. Come learn about the history of the winter solstice and how it has impacted past humans.  Immediately followed by Astronomy Observation Night.  You can attend both the talk and the astronomy program or just one of the two of your choice.

Astronomy Observation Night: Wednesday, December 21 at 5pm.  Free. Registration required.  Immediately following the above Winter Solstice History Talk participants will join the Naturalists outside to view the stars, constellations, and moon on the shortest day of the year!  Dress appropriately.  Weather permitting.

Science Experiment Day: Thursday, December 22 at 2-4pm.  Free.  Registration required. Participants will get to have fun while learning new things through fun science experiments using everyday kitchen items and products.

Did you know...

Fort Island Park and Fairlawn Park (Oxbow) Hikes

The Naturalists will be offering hikes throughout the year as part of scheduled programs and as separate hike events to be posted on our calendar and on social media.  If you have any group of 5 or more that would like to schedule a general or specific hike with a Naturalist please call the Learning Resource Center or email to schedule your personalized hike.

Garlic Mustard Pull Volunteers Needed!

If you, your family, school group, scout troop, or any other group is looking for a volunteer opportunity to help maintain our parks, then we need you!  Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant that is taking over areas of the park and choking out the native plants, and we need you to help us get rid of it so that our native plants can thrive keeping our parks as biologically diverse as possible.  Please contact a Naturalist by phone or email to schedule a Garlic Mustard Pull.

Looking to complete Scout Badge requirements?

If you any scout or scouting troop (daisies, brownies, lion’s den, webelos, girl scouts, cub scouts, boy scouts, etc.) and are looking to fulfill badge requirements we can help with that.  We can help your scout or troop with requirements by providing content for badges such as home scientist, recycling, insects, geology, forestry, and many others.  We have a wonderful resource here with the Learning Resource Center and natural outdoors of Fort Island Park.  Please call or email a Naturalist to schedule your scout or troop.

Home Schoolers

If you have a home school group, consider scheduling your group for a Home School Science Program at the Learning Resource Center/Fort Island Park.  We can accommodate just about any home school science topic upon request.  Also, watch for our variety of nature programs offered every month!  Ask for a program request form today!

The Naturalists travel, too!

The Naturalists will come to you!  We travel to schools, daycares, senior groups, nursing homes, and other formal settings.  Ask for a program request form by calling or emailing a Naturalist and schedule a visit soon!

QUESTIONS: 330-668-9518 Email T Dunn or email the Parks Department

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.