Nature Classes & Public Programs

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 Nurturing Naturalists teach children to act in a caring and responsible way towards their environment, themselves and others through hands-on educational activities.

Our public programs foster an interest and knowledge of the regional environment while strengthening the relationships of family members to nature.

Fall 2022 Class Registration Opens Wednesday, August 3.

Nature Programs for Adults

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Create a beautiful holiday wreath for your home! We’ll provide an assortment of fresh evergreen boughs, berries, pinecones and ribbons, along with the frame and wire. Bring your own ribbon and bows to share. We’ll show you how to craft your wreath and share how to identify different evergreen trees. Coffee, hot cocoa and cookies provided. BYOB. Pre-registration required. While you’re here, shop the Holiday Art Show and check out all the great gifts made by local artists! (Limit 20) 

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Ages: Adults & Families
Meets: Thursday, December 1, 6-8pm
Begins: Thursday, December 1
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$40/$35 OI members

West Virginia Master Naturalist Program
The West Virginia Master Naturalist certification program is now hosted at the Schrader Center. Contact Molly Check at 304-242-6855 or email for details.

Nature Programs for Children

Nurturing Naturalists Fall
Designed for our youngest independent naturalists, who are ready to attend without an adult. Create meaningful connections and memories through hands-on nature activities, crafts, stories, songs and outside exploration.

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Ages: 5-8 (without an adult)
Meets: 1-2pm Saturdays, September 24, October 29, November 19, December 17
Begins: Sat., Sept. 24
Duration: 1 hour sessions

$40/$35 OI members (4 week series) OR $15/$12 OI members (per class)

Call 304-242-6855 to register.

Roots ‘N Shoots Preschool Program Fall Series
The Roots ‘N Shoots series provides adults and their children the opportunity to connect with nature in all seasons. Create meaningful connections and memories through hands-on nature activities, crafts, stories, songs, and outside exploration. 

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Ages: 2-4 with an adult
Meets:  9:30-10:30am Saturdays September 24, October 29, November 19, December 17
Begins: Sat., Sept. 24
Duration: 1 hour sessions
Instructor(s): Courtney Commack

$40/$35 OI members (4 week series) OR $15/$12 OI members (per class)

Call 304-242-6855 to register.

Girls in Science
We’re celebrating all things science with this fabulous hands-on science program for girls only! Each club session will include a snack and a spotlight on a female scientist who made major contributions to her field.

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Ages: grades 4-8
Meets: 10am-Noon Saturday, September 10
Begins: Saturday, September 10
Duration: 2 hours
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

$12/$10 OI members

Archery
Learn the basics of archery from a certified NASP instructor. Learn how to shoot arrows safely on a shooting range and enjoy a friendly competition with fellow archers in a shooting contest! All equipment provided, and safety procedures enforced. Preregistration required. Spaces limited – register early! (Limit 12 per time slot)

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Ages: grades 5-12
Meets: August 18; 10-11:30am
Begins: Thursday August 18, 10am
Duration: 1 ½ hour session
Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalist

$25/$20 OI members

Nature Programs for Families

Halloween Carnival
Admission to our family friendly Halloween Carnival includes a ‘Truck or Treat,’ the Haunted Hallway & Dance Room, live animal meet-and-greet, our Mad Scientist, and the Spooky Spiderweb Challenge!  A Cake Walk and extra Halloween games can be played for 1 ticket each.  Kids are encouraged to dress in costume and enter the costume contest (starts at 5pm) – prizes awarded for Funniest, Scariest, and Most Original!  Concessions and shirts will be available for sale (cash preferred).

Please note that although families are welcome to walk our trails and see the (scarier) decorations for our later event, all Halloween Carnival activities will be in and near the building.  Spaces limited; preregistration strongly encouraged.

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Ages: All
Meets: Saturday, October 8, 3:30pm
Begins: Saturday, October 8
Duration: 2.5 hours
Instructors: Schrader Center Naturalists

$10 per child, adults free. (includes 5 tickets) More tickets available for purchase (4 tickets=$1)

Haunted Trail
Celebrate Halloween with a special, one-night event on our haunted trail! The Haunted Trail is recommended for our older friends (10+) who enjoy a good, dark and spooky trail! Follow the lit pumpkins and torches down the trail for traditional jump scares and spooky fun! The trail has steps, small hills, and sometimes mud. Please dress appropriately, wear sturdy footwear, and bring a flashlight to help along the trail. Trail is NOT accessible with a stroller. Concessions available for sale, cash preferred. Preregistration encouraged; walk-ins welcome.

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Ages: Adults & Families with older children
Meets: Saturday, October 8, 8:30-10pm
Begins: Saturday, October 8
Duration: 1.5 hours
Instructors: Schrader Center Naturalists

$10 per person

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,” explore a scale model of the solar system, 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 1; 1-4pm & 8-11pm
Begins: 1-4pm (solar observing) and/or 8-11pm (constellations)
Duration: 2 sessions, 3 hours each
Instructors: Oglebay Astronomy Club

Free

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)