Nature Education Programs



Winter hours reflect times the LRC is open to the public.  We are closed during scheduled programs.  The Naturalists are often called away on city business, wildlife calls, vet visits, and for other reasons.  Therefore, hours are subject to change. We will be closed on Monday Feb. 20 in observance of President's Day.

(Click the links below for each month's Calendar of activities)

2023 Monthly Calendars are forthcoming.  Please check back periodically.

LRC Daily open hours are typically 10-4:30 unless otherwise noted, closing for lunch.

Current LRC open hours for the rest of January:

Sat        Jan 28     10am-12:00pm

Mon      Jan 30     10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm

Tues     Jan 31     10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm

Wed      Feb 1        1:30-4:30pm

Thurs    Feb 2        10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm

Fri          Feb 3        10am-12:30pm and 1:30-3:30pm

Sat         Feb 4        10am-12pm

YOGA Practice (All Levels Welcome) No yoga class on Wed, Dec 28.

Bring your own Yoga mat, blocks and straps or we will have some extras on hand. Our yoga instructor is a Certified RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). All adults are welcome to attend! The first class is FREE for new students! Enter through the lower level rear doors. Every Wednesday 10:00 am - 11:10 am at the Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center lower level (3486 S Smith Road) Register at

Fairlawn Residents: 5 class card $25 or 10 class card $45

Non-Fairlawn Residents: 5 class card $35 or 10 class card $55

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


Dress Requirements: Participants are required to wear shoes or boots, dress appropriately for the weather (programs take place rain or shine) and dress to get messy. Suggestions for outdoor programs are: water-proof shoes or boots, gloves and hats, sunscreen and/or bug spray applied before the program. A water bottle is recommended. Please make arrangements for siblings as only those children registered may attend the program.

ALL PROGRAMS REQUIRE REGISTRATION. Register at  Classes take place at the Learning Resource Center or Fairlawn Park, please see description for location. Refund requests must be made 48 hours prior to start of class, program or activity. Failure to attend a registered class, program or activity will be considered a forfeiture of materials supplied and all money paid.

Seasonal Nature Hikes Meet at the Learning Resource Center

Next Hike - TBD (Winter Bird Hike)

Winter Programs 2023 coming soon! (LRC Closed Feb. 20 for President's Day)

Children's Arts and Crafts Day: Date and Time TBD.  Ages 3-7 years.  Fee: Fairlawn residents $5, non-residents $7.  Registration required.  Participants will get to experience different kinds of art media and take their projects home.

Story Time for 2-4 year olds. TBD

Hibernation Program: How do animals survive in the winter?  In this program we will read a story about hibernating animals, make a hibernation craft, and make a bird suet block to take home for your backyard birds. TBD

Animal Encounter: This is a time for an up close and personal, hands-on animal experience with some of our more friendly educational animal ambassadors here at the LRC. TBD

Winter Bird Hike: Take an opportunity to get out on the trails with a Naturalist to learn about the winter birds that either stick around during the winter months or arrive and stay during our coldest months.  TBD

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 have a home school group, consider scheduling your 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 variety of nature programs offered every month!  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.