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LRC Winter Hours
: M-F 10am-5pm, Sat. 10-2 unless otherwise noted.  Closed M-F 12:30-1:30.  In January and February we are only open the first Saturdays of the month.  We will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and on Monday, February 18 in observance of President's Day.

Nature Hikes will take place as part of scheduled programs, at random (will be posted on Facebook), or upon request for families, special groups or schools with 5 or more individuals.  Please call ahead and speak to a Naturalist to schedule a hike or special program for your group (330-668-9518).

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


January Programs:

Yoga, Every Wednesday, 10-11:15am 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.

Winter Survival Skills, Saturday, January 12, 11am-2pm.  $5/$3 Fairlawn Residents.  Registration Required.
This is your chance to learn some additional life-saving survivals skills under more extreme conditions.  Dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside for a large part of this program.  Ages 7+

Home School Science Camp, Monday and Tuesday, January 14-15, 10:30am-12:30pm.  $10/$8 Fairlawn Residents.  Registration Required.  For all elementary school aged children.
During these two days of home school camp children will explore some basic physical science and chemistry concepts such as the chemical basis of life, nucleic acids, DNA and proteins.  Lessons are tied to state education standards.

Family Science Day, Campfire, and Astronomy Night, Friday, January 18, 3-6:30pm.  FREE, NO registration required.
During daylight hours we will be inside the Learning Resource Center with activities including nature games, physics, chemistry and experiments.  Then we'll move outside when it starts getting dark for a campfire, make some S'mores and learn about the Supermoon also called the Full Wolf Moon as well as other Astronomy related lessons about the winter constellations and ID some of them, clear night permitting.  Bring your own binoculars or telescope.  Dress appropriately for being outdoors.  Arrive when you can, leave when you want.  Weather permitting.  Call ahead if you have questions.

February Programs:

Yoga, Every Wednesday, 10-11:15am 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, February 2, 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, February 2, 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!

Growing Up Wild, Mondays, February 4 & 11, and Wednesdays, February 6 & 13, 2:00-2:45pm.
$6/$5 Fairlawn Residents.  Ages 3-7.
Growing Up Wild is an early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the natural world around them.  Lessons are connected to the Council for Environmental Education and state Science standards.

Valentine's Craft Day, Thursday, February 14, all day.  FREE.  NO need to register.  Just stop in as you are able, 10-12:30; 1:30-5.
Make a Valentine's Day related craft or card for a friend, family member or other loved one, and learn some lore about the real St. Valentine.

Full Moon/Supermoon Hike, Tuesday, February 19, 5:30pm.  FREE.  No need to register.
Dress warm and join the Naturalists for a hike while learning about what Native Americans refer to as the Full Snow Moon.  We'll end our hike with a cup of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows.

March-April programs will be posted soon!

QUESTIONS:  330-668-9518   or

The Naturalists are proud to offer a variety of free and paid nature education programs for all ages, groups, scouts, and schools. All Nature Programs are held at Fort Island Park Learning Resource Center and the surrounding park unless otherwise noted. The Learning Resource Center is located at 413 Trunko Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333. Phone 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.  Please feel free to call and speak to a Naturalist at any time about your request or if you have any questions.

Have a scout troop working on a merit badge or looking to join in a volunteer effort like pulling the invasive Garlic Mustard?  We can help with that!  We can help your scout or troop with volunteer opportunities or partial fulfillment of merit badge requirements as needed to complete their requirements (i.e. lion's den, daisy scouts, cub scouts or forestry and geology for boy scouts among others).  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.

Home Schoolers - We offer a wide variety of home school classes, camps, and lessons for elementary and middle school aged children.  Please check our seasonal program offerings to see if a program fits your needs or speak to a Naturalist about a special program to fit your group's needs.

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.