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

From Baskets to Pots and Pans: Material Culture of the Woodland Native-Americans of the Upper Ohio Valley (NEW!)
Wheeling Historian Alan Fitzpatrick presents this informative lecture on the Native Americans who lived in the upper Ohio Valley in the 1700’s, with in-depth hands-on comparison of replica tools, jewelry, clothing, hunting, and weapons. Alan will portray an 18th Century adopted white son of the Wyandot tribe. Native American books and prints will be available for purchase after the program.

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Ages: Adults
Meets: 6:30-7:30pm Tuesday, November 6
Begins: Tues., Nov. 6
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Alan Fitzpatrick

$10/$8 OI members

Fungus Among Us
Mushrooms are extraordinary organisms that come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Learn about the different classifications that can be used to identify fungi, and then head outside to see how many kinds we can find.

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Ages: Adults
Meets: 6-7pm Tuesday, October 9
Begins: Tues., Oct. 9
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$10/$8 OI members

Soap Making Workshop (NEW!)
Learn the steps of old-fashioned soap making! This hands-on program walks you through each step as you make shampoo, hand-soap, lard and suet cakes to take home. Participants will need to bring an apron, two quart containers with screw-on lids, and a bag to take your handmade products home. Dress for the weather – we will be outside for at least one hour. Lunch is included. Pre-registration required, space is limited.

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Ages: Adults
Meets: 9am-2pm Saturday, September 8
Begins: Sat., Sept. 8
Duration: 5 hours
Instructor(s): Cindy & Molly Check

$30/$25 OI members (lunch provided)

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.

Candy Cane Hunt
Craft a holiday bag and then explore the nature trails around the Schrader Center to see how many candy canes you can find. Certain ones may win you a prize! Bundle up and bring a flashlight, too. If you get a little chilly on your hike, don’t worry. After you return, enjoy hot chocolate to warm you up. Adults must accompany their children.

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Ages: 3-10 with accompanying adult
Meets: 4-5pm Saturday, December 8 OR December 15
Begins: Sat., Dec. 8 or 15
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$7/$6 OI members (per child with accompanying adult)

Brownie Badge Fest
Join us for a fun and exciting day of badge work! The morning session (9:30am-12:30pm) will cover the Hiker, Bugs, and Brownie 1st Aid badges. The afternoon session (1-4pm) will cover the Outdoor Adventurer, Outdoor Art Creator, and Home Scientist badges. Sign up for one or both sessions! If you come to both sessions, please bring your own lunch. Morning check-in begins at 9am; afternoon check-in begins at 12:30pm.

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Ages: Brownie Girl Scouts
Meets: 9:30am-4pm Saturday, November 10
Begins: Sat., Nov. 10
Duration: 6 hours (full day) or 3 hours (half day)
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

$15 per scout, per session OR $25 per scout for both sessions.

Nature Story Time: Slithering Snakes
Some people think that snakes are spooky but we know better! Learn all about these incredible reptiles as you listen to a book about snakes in our Children’s Library, meet one of our live snake ambassadors, and make a fun craft to take home with you. Parents are welcome to stay or drop off their children for the program.

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Ages: 4-10
Meets: 10-11am Saturday, November 3
Begins: Sat., Nov. 3
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$5/$4 OI members

Nurturing Naturalists Homeschool Program
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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Sept. 7: Super Seeds
Sept. 21: Caching In, Squirrel Style!
Oct. 5: Is it Bird or is it Beast?
Oct 19: What Lurks in the Night?
Nov. 2: A Day in the Life of An Animal Keeper
Nov. 16: Migration Nation

Ages: 5-8 (without an adult)
Meets: 1-2pm Friday Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2 & Nov. 16
Begins: Fri., Sept. 7
Duration: 1 hour sessions, for 6 alternating weeks
Instructor(s): Courtney Comack

$60/$45 OI members ($30 for each additional child)
Limited Walk-ins: $14/$12 OI members; $4 for each additional child

Call 304-242-6855 to register.

Roots ‘N Shoots Fall 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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Sept. 7: Metamorphic Munchers
Sept. 21: Furry Forest Foragers
Oct. 5: Leaves on the Breeze
Oct 19: I’m Not Scared, Not Really
Nov. 2: Oh for the Love of…Turtles?
Nov. 16: Night Tree

Ages: 2-4 with an adult
Meets: 9:15-10:15am Friday Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2 & Nov. 16
Begins: Fri., Sept. 7
Duration: 1 hour sessions, for 6 alternating weeks
Instructor(s): Courtney Comack

$60/$45 OI members ($30 for each additional child)
Limited Walk-ins: $14/$12 OI members; $4 for each additional child

Call 304-242-6855 to register.

School’s Out Child Care: Snow Creatures (Dec. 28)
Give your kids the outdoor time that they crave at the Schrader Center. We’ll learn about the wild animals that share our forests and fields, and how the cold snow and ice affects their lifestyles in the wintertime. Play nature games, explore the forest, meet with our animal ambassadors, build forts, and enjoy marshmallows and hot cocoa around the fire. Dress for the weather and bring a bagged lunch if you’re staying for the full day. Pre-registration required.

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Ages: Grades 1-6
Meets: 9am-4pm, Friday, December 28 (full day or half day options)
Begins: 9am Fri., Dec. 28
Duration: 7 hours (full day) or 3 1/2 hours (half day)
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

Full day (9am-4pm): $30 child, $10 additional child / $25 child, $8 additional child OI members
Half day (9am-12:30pm or 12:30-4pm): $20 child, $7 additional child / $15 child, $5 additional child OI members

Call 304-242-6855 to register.

Who Were the Native Americans Who Lived Here Long Ago?
Wheeling Historian Alan Fitzpatrick presents this hands-on children’s program on the Native Americans who lived in our area. Join us for an engaging and fun program that provides up-close looks at artifact replicas! Alan will portray an 18th century adopted white son of the Wyandot tribe. Native American books and prints will be available for purchase after the program.

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Ages: 6-12
Meets: 11-11:30am Saturday, November 3
Begins: Sat., Nov. 3
Duration: 30 minutes
Instructor(s): Alan Fitzpatrick

$5/$4 OI members

Nature Programs for Families

Campfire Cooking
Cooking with a campfire is a life skill that connects you to the natural world. Learn the basics of cooking around, in, and over the campfire. We’ll make Cajun shrimp, foil packet potatoes, dutch oven BBQ chicken, pizza & dessert mountain pies, and s’mores! Pre-registration required.

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Ages: Adults and Families with children ages 6+
Meets: 5:30-7pm Monday, Sept. 17 OR Tuesday, Sept. 25
Begins: Mon., Sept. 17 OR Tues., Sept. 25
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$18/$15 OI members (adult); $7/$5 OI members (child)

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, October 13
Begins: 1-4pm (solar observing) and/or 8-11pm (constellations)
Duration: 2 sessions, 3 hours each
Instructors: Oglebay Astronomy Club

Free

Ecofest
Celebrate the earth with live animal presentations, exhibits from conservation groups, tie-dye, a scavenger hunt, bird watching, games, nature crafts, and a campfire with hotdogs, marshmallows & cider! 

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Ages: All
Meets: 10am-3pm Saturday, October 6
Begins: Sat., Oct. 6
Duration: 5 hours
Instructors: Schrader Center Naturalists

Free admission (food and tie-dye shirts available for extra cost)

Full Harvest Moon Walk
Celebrate the beginning of the fall season and harvest time! Watch the full moon rise as you enjoy a relaxing nature walk along the trails of the Schrader Environmental Education Center.

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Ages: All
Meets: 6:45-7:45pm Monday, September 24
Begins: Mon., Sept. 24
Duration: 1 hour
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$5 (Free to 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)