Nature Classes & Public Programs

Schrader

Nature classes and programs at the Schrader Center provide opportunities to celebrate and study the natural world, with a commitment to inspire individuals to develop and maintain a sustainable relationship with the environment.

Youth programs like Roots ‘N Shoots and Budding Naturalists teach children to act in a caring and responsible way towards their environment, themselves and others through hands-on educational activities.

Public programs such as Nature Scavenger Hunts are offered to foster an interest and knowledge of the regional environment while strengthening the relationships of family members to nature.

Nature Programs for Adults

Arbor Day Tree ID Workshop (NEW!)
Learn some tips and tricks for identifying trees by their leaves, bark and seeds. We’ll move slowly down the forest trail, identifying trees and discussing the roles they play in our environment and in our culture.

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Ages: Adults and families with older children
Meets: 6-7pm Friday, April 27
Begins: Fri., Apr. 27
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$8/$5 OI members

Health in Nature Workshop (NEW!)
Learn how being outside in nature can relieve stress, pain, and weariness. Experience the calming sensation of “grounding,” collect herbs from the butterfly garden to make a soothing tea, and engage in natural art activities that calm and focus your energies. Leave feeling refreshed and closer to the Earth!

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Ages: 18 & up
Meets: 9:30-11:30am Saturday, May 19
Begins: Sat., May 19
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

$15/$12 OI members

International Migratory Bird Day (NEW!)
Join us at Bear Rocks Lake WMA as we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. We’ll look for warblers and other returning migrants.

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Ages: Adults and interested children ages 12+
Meets: 8-10am Saturday, May 12
Begins: Sat., May 12
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$5/$4 OI members

Master Gardener Public Lecture Series: Container Gardening (NEW!)
Short on garden space? Learn the secrets behind container gardening, and turn the smallest of spaces into a productive, green, growing area. Includes some great gift ideas for upcoming Mother’s Day!

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Ages: Adults
Meets: 7-8pm Monday, April 30
Begins: Mon., Apr. 30
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Ohio Co. Master Gardeners

$5 suggested donation

Rain Barrel Workshop
Capture those April showers in a rain barrel and discover all the good things “caught water” can do for your garden. You’ll be guided step-by-step to assemble your own rain barrel. All parts, including the barrel, are provided.

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Ages: 15 & up (Ages 14 & under must be accompanied by an adult.)
Meets: 10-11:15am Saturday, April 28
Begins: Sat., Apr. 28
Duration: 1 hour & 15 minutes
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$75/$70 OI members

Nature Programs for Children

Birthday Parties at the Schrader Center
Celebrate your child’s next birthday with a hands-on, nature-themed party at the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Oglebay Park. Themes include Turtle Time, The Painted Lady, Slithering Snakes, The Lorax, Woodland Survival and Dino DiscoveryClick here for information sheet.

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Ages: Parties can be designed for any age, from toddlers to adults.
Guests: Price includes 20 children; additional children are $3 each.
Times: 1 hour of a facilitated program with a Naturalist and 1 hour for presents, food, cake, and activities.

$150 for up to 20 children. ($3 for each additional child.)
$50 non-refundable deposit required at booking. Balance due on day of party.

Call 304-242-6855 for details and inclusions.

Budding Naturalists Spring Series (CANCELLED)
Designed for our littlest independent learners (4 years-1st grade) to explore nature without a parent. Lessons include a hands-on nature craft, story or song and a short walk, weather permitting, to outdoor areas around the Schrader Center. Topics include:

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March 16: FIND Old Man Oak
March 23: A Day in the Life of an Animal Keeper
April 6: So Many Seeds
April 20: Potato Patch Play
May 4: X-Stream Experience
May 18: Amphibian Fun

Ages: 4-6 (without an adult)
Meets: 1-2pm Friday March 16, March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4 and May 18
Begins: Friday, March 16
Duration: 1 hour sessions, for 6 semi-alternating weeks
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$60/$45 OI members ($30 for each additional child.)
Limited Walk-ins: $14/$12 OI members; $5 for each additional child

Call 304-242-6855 to register.

Nature Story Time: Bees (NEW!)
What’s the difference between a honey bee and a mason bee? Learn about these gentle and amazing pollinators as you listen to a book about bees in our new Children’s Library. Then, head outside to explore our bee-friendly garden, and make a bee home out of straws and paper towel rolls. Parents are welcome to stay or drop off their children for the program.

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Ages: 4-10
Meets: 10-11:30am, Saturday, April 21
Begins: Sat., April 21
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Mary Grey, retired reading specialist

$5/$4 OI members, per child (No cost for accompanying adults.)

Roots ‘N Shoots Spring Series
The Roots ‘N Shoots series provides adults and their children the opportunity to incorporate nature education and fun into all seasons. Lessons include hands-on nature activities, a combination of nature crafts, stories, or songs, and trips outside the nature center, weather permitting. Please note the weather policy for these programs: If Ohio County Schools are cancelled OR on a two hour delay the day of the program, that program will be rescheduled to the following Friday. Topics include:

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April 6: “Are You My Mother?”
April 20: Here Cones the Sun
May 4: Sunshine and Sunflowers
May 11: Smells, Sights and Sounds of Nature
May 18: Amphibian Fun

Ages: 2-4 with an adult
Meets: 9:15-10:15am April 6, April 20, May 4, May 11 and May 18
Begins: Friday, April 6
Duration: 1 hour sessions, for 5 semi-alternating weeks
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$50/$37.50 OI members ($25 for each additional child)
Limited Walk-ins: $12/$10 OI members; $5 for each additional child

Call 304-242-6855 to register.

Nature Programs for Families

Daylight & Nighttime Astronomy
Explore the solar and lunar skies at a special astronomy event at Speidel Observatory in Oglebay Park. Tour the facility, try your eye at “solar observing,” see a meteorite display, and participate in space science activities from 1-4pm. Observe the evening sky through telescopes and learn about the constellations from 8-11pm (weather permitting).

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Ages: All
Meets: Saturday, April 21
Begins: 1-4pm (solar observing) and/or 8-11pm (constellations)
Duration: 2 sessions, 3 hours each
Instructors: Oglebay Astronomy Club

Free

Earth Day Morning Nature Hike (NEW!)
Celebrate Earth Day with a morning nature hike at the Schrader Center. We’ll look for wildflowers, birds, animal tracks and more as we celebrate the Earth with a morning spent in nature. Pace is mild, terrain is easy.

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Ages: All
Meets: 8:30-10am Sunday, April 22
Begins: Sun., April 22
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$5 (Free for OI members)

Earth Day Afternoon Nature Hike (NEW!)
Join us at Bear Rock Lakes Wildlife Management Area for a nature walk along the trails. We’ll look for wildflowers, birds, animal tracks and more as we celebrate the Earth with time spent in nature. Pace is mild, terrain is easy.

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Ages: All
Meets: 1-3pm Sunday, April 22
Begins: Sun., Apr. 22
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$5 (Free for OI members)

National Trails Day Hike (NEW!)
Hit the trail, make new friends, and find an adventure as the Schrader Center celebrates National Trails Day. We’ll explore the waterfall trail while spending a beautiful morning in nature, learning about the local flora and fauna of our area. Be sure to bring your camera for pictures at the falls overlook. Easy to moderate terrain, pace will be slow.

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Ages: All
Meets: 9:30-11am Saturday, June 2
Begins: Sat., June 2
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$5 (Free for OI members)

Salamander Crawl
Search for elusive amphibians in the streams of Oglebay Park. We’ll learn interesting facts about salamanders and what they can tell us about our streams and watersheds. Wear clothes and shoes you are not afraid to get wet or dirty!

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Ages: 8 & up
Meets: 11am-12:30pm Saturday, May 12
Begins: Sat., May 12
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$10/$8 OI members, per child (No cost for accompanying adults.)

Saturday Scavenger Hunts
Discover more about the natural world as you explore the Schrader Center and Oglebay Park as a family. Pick up a packet, learn from Schrader Center naturalists, and apply what you have learned at marked stations on the trail as you complete the outdoor component of the scavenger hunt to receive a prize. Program ongoing 12-3pm.

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Ages: Families
Meets: Saturday Sept. 2, Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, Apr. 7 and May 5
Begins: Sat., Sept. 2
Duration: ongoing
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

$5 per family/Free OI members

Spring Birding (April 7)
The days are getting warmer and the birds are becoming more active. Take a stroll with us as we look for birds along the paved paths of Oglebay Park. Beginner and experienced birders encouraged to join. Binoculars and field guides provided. Meet at the Schrader Center.

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Ages: All
Meets: 1-2pm Saturday, April 7
Begins: Sat., April 7
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$5/$4 OI members

Corporate & Group Programs

A.B. Brooks Nature Hike
Nature Hikes are part of a long tradition of nature study in Oglebay Park. The A.B. Brooks Nature Hike will focus on natural history and serves as a venue for socialization and the sharing of ideas.The Schrader Center staff will lead groups of up to 20 participants through 1 mile of trails around Oglebay. It is recommended to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and clothing that is weather-appropriate. Sunglasses are a plus. Field guides and binoculars will be provided.

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Ages: Adults
Meets: by appointment
Begins: by appointment
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Staff

$25 per person ($125 minimum)