Nature Education Programs


LRC Fall-Winter Hours M-F 10am-5pm, Sat. 10-2 unless otherwise noted. Closed M-F 12:30-1:30. The LRC will be closed Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.  The Classroom and/or building is closed during scheduled classes, programs, and camps. Please refer to the Program Guide and Calendar for these event times.


Yoga, Every Wednesday, 10-11:10am at the Kiwanis Community Center in Fairlawn, lower level.  You can buy a 5 class pass or a 10 class pass.  You may buy a pass and join the class anytime.  Attend when you can and get your card punched at each visit.  Registration is ongoing.  You may buy a pass online or in person.  Your first class is free!  You also get a free class once your card is fully punched!

Nature Hikes will take place as part of scheduled programs, at random (will be posted on Facebook), or upon request for families or groups of 5 or more.  If your group would like to schedule a general or specific hike with a Naturalist please call the Learning Resource Center or email to schedule your hike.

Please register for all programs listed by clicking the following link. Go to to register or click free & paid programs link below.



After School Archery, 6 weeks, Mondays, September 9-October 14, 4:15-5:45pm, ages 8+, $35/$30 Fairlawn Residents.  Registration Required.  If you've attended our previous archery classes this year or in years past or you have some experience with a bow and arrow from somewhere else consider signing up for this after school opportunity to practice with others, learn more techniques, and hone your skills.  All equipment provided or bring your own.  Adults welcome.

Early Fall Bird Hike, Friday, September 6, 10:00am, FREE.  No registration required.  Fall migration will be in full swing so this will be a good time to not only see some birds that occupy Fort Island Park in the early fall, but to catch a glimpse of some birds that only pass through here on their migration routes.  Bring your binoculars, and of course your love of birds!

Little Sprouts, Tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24, 10:30am-11:45am, ages 3-6, $4/$3 Fairlawn Residents.  Registration Required.  We'll spend time outdoors exploring the park and taking a closer look at the natural world that surrounds us in the fall.  Full of discovery, activities, and crafts.

Fall Wildflower Hike, Friday, September 20, 3:45pm, FREE.  No registration required.  Hike through the park with a Naturalist to search out and identify some of the beautiful fall plants and wildflowers found blooming this time of year.  You will especially learn the differences among several different species of Goldenrods that grows around the park.

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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.