Nature Classes & Public Programs

Schrader Environmental Education Center

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

Public Gardening Lecture Series: The Buzz on Bees
The buzz on bees is that they are beneficial to your backyard habitat! This program provides an overview of local bee species, how to attract them to gardens, and the basics on beekeeping. Presented in partnership with the Ohio County Master Gardeners.

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Ages: Adults
Meets: 7-8pm Monday, May 13
Begins: Mon., May 13
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists & Ohio County Master Gardeners

$5 suggested donation

Public Gardening Lecture Series: Bats
Bats are hard-working, mosquito-eating, winged wonders that should be a welcome addition to any neighborhood! Learn all about the benefits of these flying mammals in this informative program. Presented in partnership with the Ohio County Master Gardeners.

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Ages: Adults
Meets: 7-8pm Monday, August 19
Begins: Mon., Aug. 19
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists & Ohio County Master Gardeners

$5 suggested donation

Bat Box Workshop (NEW!)
Build your own bat box that can be hung-up to attract these helpful, flying mammals to your yard. All supplies are provided. Presented in partnership with the Ohio County Master Gardeners. Pre-registration required.

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Ages: adults
Meets: 9-11am Saturday, August 24
Begins: Sat., Aug. 24
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

$15 per person

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.

Nurturing Naturalists Spring Series
Designed for our youngest independent “naturalists” who are ready to attend without an adult. Each session will have an outside component. Please have children dress for the weather. Topics include:

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March 29: FIND Old Man Oak
April 12: So Many Seeds
April 26: Potato Patch Play
May 10: X-Stream Experience
May 17: Amphibian Fun

Ages: 4-6 (without an adult)
Meets: 1-2pm Friday March 29, April 12 & 26; May 10 & 17
Begins: Friday, March 29
Duration: 1 hour sessions, 5 weeks
Instructor(s): Courtney Comack

$55/$40 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.

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 our  weather policy: 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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March 29: “Are You My Mother?”
April 12: Here Comes the Sun
April 26: Sunshine and Sunflowers
May 10: Smells, Sights and Sounds of Nature
May 17: Amphibian Fun

Ages: 2-4 with an adult
Meets: 9:15-10:15am Friday, March 29; April 12 & 26; and May 10 & 17
Begins: Fri., Mar. 29
Duration: One hour session, 5 weeks
Instructor(s): Courtney Comack

$55/$40 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, May 11
Begins: 1-4pm (solar observing) and/or 8-11pm (constellations)
Duration: 2 sessions, 3 hours each
Instructors: Oglebay Astronomy Club

Free

Family Camping Trip (NEW!)
Bring your sleeping bags and tent for an overnight camping experience at the Schrader Center. Activities include a live animal presentation, dinner, s’mores around the campfire and a short night hike. In the morning, enjoy a relaxing bird walk and breakfast before packing up camp. A Schrader Center naturalist will coordinate activities and be on-site for the entire experience.

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Ages: All
Meets: 5pm Friday, June 7-10am Saturday, June 8
Begins: 5pm Fri., June 7
Duration: overnight
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$20/$15 OI members
Group discounts available; call 304-242-6855 for details.

Edible Plants Workshop
Gathering plants from nature was essential for our ancestors, and it can still enrich our lives today. In this class, learn to identify, harvest and consume a variety of wild edibles

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Ages: All
Meets: 1-2:15pm Thursday, June 27
Begins: Thurs., June 27
Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$10/$5 OI members

Moth Madness (NEW!)
It’s National Moth Week! Celebrate these winged wonders as we lure them in with a lighted sheet. Collection jars, microscopes, and field guides provided.

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Ages: All
Meets: 9-10pm Thursday, July 25
Begins: Thurs., July 25
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$5 (Free for OI members,)

National Trails Day Hike
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 1
Begins: Sat., June 1
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$10/$5 OI members

Primitive Fire Building Workshop (NEW!)
Learn how to successfully start a fire flint and steel along with the basics of fire building and fuel gathering in this hands-on program. Later, enjoy some roasted marshmallows over the fire. All materials provided.

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Ages: All
Meets: 2-3:30pm Tuesday, June 11
Begins: Tues., June 11
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$10/$5 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)