Nature Education Programs


LRC Winter Hours M-F 10am-5pm, Sat. 10-2 unless otherwise noted. Closed M-F 12:30-1:30. The LRC will be closed in observance of the following: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 20 and President's Day on Feb. 17.  The Classroom and/or building is closed during scheduled classes, programs, hikes 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!  Your Yoga Instructor is RYT-200 Certified.

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.


Oct-Jan Home School Science Thursdays, Beginning Thursday, October 10 and every other Thursday thereafter, 10:45am-12:00pm, Free, Registration Required and will remain open.  Come to any or all of the classes you want.  Throughout the fall and winter this home school science class will cover general topics in biology, chemistry, natural science, environmental science, ecology, and other related topics.  Each lesson will be accompanied by a hands-on activity and/or an associated craft.  Lessons will be in line with Department of Education guidelines for science grades 1 through 6. 


Growing Up Wild Winter Edition, Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:00-11:00am, Ages 3-7, Free, Registration Required.  This is a 4-week class that will target some basic concepts in nature, especially as it relates to the winter months.  We will explore winter animals, hibernation, animal tracks, over-wintering birds, tree shapes and those that lose and hold on to their leaves, and more!

Winter Star Gazing, Friday, January 17, 6:30pm, Free, Registration Required.  While northern hemisphere observers can observe a total of 30 constellations at various times of the year, there are seven constellations traditionally associated with the winter months, headed by Orion, with its nearby constellations including Canis Major, Gemini, Taurus, Perseus, Eridanus, and Cetus.  In addition, there are five constellations that are visible throughout the whole year because they are north circumpolar and therefore appear to be orbiting the North Star (Polaris), these being Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Draco, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor.  Bring your own telescope or use one of ours.  Weather permitting.


Hibernation Station!  Tuesday, February 4, 2:00-3:00pm, Free, no registration required.  Stop in this afternoon for a free mini-class about winter animals and to learn about hibernation, which animals truly hibernate in winter, how and why they hibernate, hear a story, and make a craft.

Full Moon/Supermoon Hike (Snow Moon), Monday, February 10, 5:30pm, Free, Registration Required.  Come learn about what Native Americans refer to as the Full Snow Moon while taking a winter evening stroll through the park with the Natualists.  We'll end our hike with a cup of Hot Chocolate topped with marshmallows.

Valentine's Craft Day, Friday, February 14, 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:45pm, Free, no registration required.  Looking to make something special for someone you care about or just want to do something fun?  You can come to the LRC today and make a Valentine's Day related craft.  A variety of supplies will be available in the classroom, just bring your imagination and some love!

Spring 2020 Programs will be posted soon!  Please check back regularly.




Did you know...

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.