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LRC Fall/Winter Hours: M-F 10am-5pm, Sat. 10-2 unless otherwise noted.  Closed M-F 12:30-1:30.  In December, January, and February we are only open the first Saturdays of the month.


-Ology Days, First and Third Fridays of the month, 3:30pm, through December. (For elementary and middle school age children).  Each session will cover a different -ology topic (i.e. Biology, Geology, Cosmology, etc.)

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.

Please register for all programs listed by clicking the link below this line. Or go to to register.


November Programs:

Yoga, Every Wednesday, 10-11am at the Kiwanis Community Center in Fairlawn. 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.

Black Bears, Bobcats, Coyotes - Oh my!  Wednesday, November 21, 6:00pm, FREE, Registration Required.
Description:  Bring the family and learn about the current state of some really cool wildlife returning to Ohio or that makes Ohio their home!  Learn about our beautiful black bears, bobcats, and coyotes and how we can coexist with these wonderful creatures with which we share our habitats.

Home School Science Camp 2, Thursday and Friday, November 29-30, 10:30am-12:30pm, $10/$8 Fairlawn Residents.  Registration required.  Deadline to register is Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Description:  During these two mornings of Elementary Aged Home School Science Camp we will examine some basic environmental concepts such as ecological succession, biotic communities, populations, carrying capacity, and human environmental problems.  Lessons are tied to state education standards.

December Programs:

Yoga, Every Wednesday, 10-11am at the Kiwanis Community Center in Fairlawn. 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.

Morning Winter Nature Hike, Saturday, December 1, 10:30am.  FREE.  NO need to register.
Grab a cup o' Joe or hot chocolate and a cookie as we head out to enjoy a crisp winter morning in the park.  The naturalists will lead you on a hike and bring your attention to some points of interest in the winter landscape.  Bring your binoculars for bird watching and ID.  Dress appropriately.  Weather permitting.

Jr. Animal Care Day, Saturday, December 1, 12:30pm.  FREE.  Registration Required.
If you would like to know how we feed and take care of our animals at the LRC then come today and find out.  You can watch, learn, and help us do animal care and handling on this day!

Finger Paint Art, Monday, December 3, 11am-12:30pm, $3/$2 Fairlawn residents.  Registration required.
Use non-toxic, washable, tempera paints to make a hand print animal, paint a scene, or just be wild and creative on paper.  Come and express yourself!

Night Hike, Friday, December 14, 5:30pm.  FREE. NO need to register.
Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.  Encounter the sights and sounds of the evening as we transition into winter by taking a nature walk with the naturalists.  We'll listen, observe, and discover some of the night life that abounds this time of year.

Annual Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 16, All Day/Anytime during the day.  FREE.  Registration Required.
Calling all citizen scientists, volunteers, and backyard birders!  Please consider giving us a little bit of your time sometime today to help us with counting birds for the annual Christmas Bird Count.  This will be the third year that Fort Island Park has participated in this event.  Bird counts will be added to the Greater Akron Audubon Society's database.  This helps monitor and document bird populations in our area.  See a Naturalist for details or call the LRC direct at 330-668-9518.  Or you can plan on meeting the Naturalists at the Fort Island Park Trailhead near the second parking lot at 8:00am.  Let's get a good group together this year!  If you cannot join us at the park you may participate and contribute from your very own backyard.  Thank you in advance!

Christmas Craft Day, Monday, December 24, 10am-2pm. FREE, NO registration required.
Looking to make a last minute special hand made gift for someone or just want to do something fun or take a break from shopping?  You can come to the LRC today and make a craft!  A variety of supplies will be available in the classroom, just bring your imagination!

Family Fun Day, Thursday, December 27, 1-4pm.  FREE, NO registration required.
Stop by the LRC to learn about winter wildlife, engage in winter games and activities, and make a craft.  Join in on a short winter hike, weather permitting.

QUESTIONS:  330-668-9518   or

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.