Nature Education Programs


Our summer programs and camps are now completed.  Our Oct-Dec 2021 calendars are now posted.  Please remember to register for all programs as space is usually limited.

Our Learning Resource Center hours when we are open for visitors are scheduled around our programs, classes, hikes and camps.  Hours are posted here and on our building doors.  If the LRC is closed it is likely that we are presenting a program or off-site for a program, training, or on a wildlife call.

The LRC will be closed the following dates this fall: October 11, 15, November 5, 6, 11, 18, 25 and 26, December 24-25 and Dec 31-Jan1.


Fall-Winter 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.

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

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

October 2021 LRC Schedule

November 2021 LRC Schedule

December 2021 LRC Calendar

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

11am 1st and 3rd Thursdays October - December (No hike 11/18)

11am 2nd Thursdays January - February

Home School Science classes (8 sessions): Oct-Dec

Mondays 3-4pm on the following dates - Oct 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 22; Dec 6, 13.  Topics will include biology, ecology, physics, geology, natural sciences, etc.  Elementary and middle school aged children.  $2 per student per class.  Registration required.


Little Sprouts (Fall edition): 11am-12:15pm for 4 Tuesdays (Oct 19, 26 and Nov 2, 9). Ages 3-7, $2 per person per session. Topics and crafts will include fall-themed natural park science.

National Reptile Day:  October 21.  Stop by the LRC during open hours to meet our reptiles up close and personal and learn what makes a reptile special!

LRC/Fort Island Halloween Party:  October 28, 5:30-7pm.  Free to all.  Registration is required to help us plan for number of attendees.  We will meet out by the Firepit next to the playground for an evening bonfire with s'mores, a costume contest, short spooky boardwalk hike, and visit the LRC live animals and learn about bats. (Outdoor part weather permitting).  In case of rain, event will be moved indoors at the LRC.


Acrylic Pour Painting Night for teens and adults: Nov 16, 5-7pm, $15 non-Fairlawn Residents/$12 Fairlawn Residents.  Limited to 12 participants.

Growing Up Wild  (Fall edition):  11am-12:15pm for 4 Tuesdays (Nov 23, 30; Dec 7, 14).  Ages 5-10. $2 per student per class.  Topics will include late fall and early winter nature themes and crafts.


Story Time with craft for younger children, but all are welcome. 11:30am, December 9 and 23.

Winter Nature Camp (2 days): 10:30am-12:15pm, December 20-21.  For elementary aged children.  Winter nature themes and activities will be part of the fun!  $6 non-Fairlawn residents/$4 Fairlawn residents

Astronomy Night (meets at Fairlawn Park on Ridgewood Road).  Free! All are welcome!  December 21 at 7pm. Join the Naturalists in celebrating the arrival of the winter solstice by viewing the full moon, winter constellations, and the Ursids meteor shower.  Bring binoculars or a telescope.  Weather permitting.

Kids' Art Camp: All school aged children.  10:30am-12:15pm, December 27-28.  $8 non-Fairlawn residents/$6 Fairlawn Residents.  Various media will be explored including acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and pencil.



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 are a home schooler or have a larger home school group, consider scheduling your child or 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 nature programs and two-day home school science camps offered periodically that may suit your needs.  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.