Nature Education Programs


LRC Spring M-F 10am-5pm, Sat. 10-2 unless otherwise noted. Closed M-F 12:30-1:30. The LRC will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.


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 but a pass and join the class anytime.  Attend when you can and get your card punched at each visit.  Registration is ongoing.

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.



Spring Tweets and Bird Scavenger Hunt, Saturday, March 30 at 10:30am.  Free.  Registration required.  It's spring bird migration time so why not come learn which birds to look for as they return to Ohio this spring.  Learn to identify at least 10 or more common birds that live at Fort Island Park, and make a bird craft.  A bird scavenger hunt will be included, weather permitting.  Please bring your own binoculars.  Registered participants will receive a free Common Birds of Ohio ID booklet (while supplies last).  Register by March 29.


Sand Art, Monday, April 1 at 1:30-3pm.  $2/$1 Fairlawn Residents.  Registration Required.  Make a fun piece of art with different colors of sand in a variety of bottle shapes.

Spring Wildflower Hike, Tuesday, April 2 at 2pm.  Free.  You may register or just show up.  Join a Naturalist on a hike to look for spring wildflowers, learn about them and how to ID them.  Registered participants will receive a free Wildflowers of Ohio ID booklet (while supplies last).  Registration, although not required, will guarantee that you receive a wildflower booklet (one per family).

Science Experiment Academy, Wednesday, April 3 at 2-4pm.  Free.  During this program kids get to be the mad scientist they've always wanted to be.  We'll use a variety of safe home kitchen and household products to make fun science experiments such as slime, oobleck, and elephant toothpaste.  Kids will also participate in other chemistry related experiments while learning a little about the Periodic Chart of the Elements.

Rock Art, Thursday, April 4 at 1:30-3pm.  Free.  Participant will choose from among different stone types to decorate using various media.  Make art to hide in the park, make a pet rock or animal rock, or letter them with a special message.

Dino Day, Friday, April 5 at 1:30-3pm.  Free.  T-rex, Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus - do you which is which?  The little ones will love learning about their favorite dinosaurs through different dino related activities, games, and crafts.

Spring Fungi Hike and ID, Saturday, April 6 at 11am.  Free.  Registration Required.  Stop by for this class today to have some FUN with Fungi.  Participants will learn a little about basic fungi biology and natural history.  Learn identification tips as we explore Fort Island Park hunting for these little treasures.  Fungi craft included.

Finger Painting, Tuesday, April 16 at 4-5pm.  Free.  This is a day to be creative and get a little messy!  Bring your imagination and creativity for an hour and make some fun and colorful finger paint art to take home.

Earth Day Events, Saturday, April 20 at 10:30am-1pm.  Free.  Stop by the LRC today to learn about spring gardening, planting native plants, shrubs, and trees, plants some seeds to take home to germinate, help clean up the park and LRC pollinator gardens, participate in a recycling activity, make an Earth Day craft, and go on a nature walk through the park with a Naturalist.

Drawing Trees, Saturday, April 20 at 2-4pm.  $10/$8 Fairlawn Residents.  Ages: Teens/Adults.  Registration Required.  Like to doodle and also have a love of trees?  This beginning pencil drawing class is for you!  Learn the basics of drawing trees with a variety of drawing pencils.  Learn about basic shape, shading, light and shadow, perspective and detailing to get that realistic look.  All materials provided.  Feel free to bring your own.

Garlic Mustard Pull for Earth Day, Monday, April 22 at 3:30-5:30pm.  Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering for an hour or two today in honor of Earth Day by helping us pull the invasive Garlic Mustard plant around Ft. Island Park.  Bring a friend, and gloves!  Individuals or groups can always schedule another time to volunteer for a Garlic Mustard Pull.  We always need the help!


May Day, Wednesday, May 1 at 3-5pm.  Free.  Come and have some fun today as we celebrate May Day and the month of May.  We will decorate and make ribbons for the spring "May Pole" and learn about the tradition of decorating the May Pole by dancing around it and circling it with our ribbons.

Astronomy Night, Friday, May 3 at 8:30pm.  Free.  Registration is Required.  Weather permitting and a clear night sky anticipated participants will learn about the spring constellations, moon, and other astronomical events.  You will also learn about Halley's Comet and the Eta Aquarids Meteor shower and how to read a star chart.  You may even be able to see a few meteors on this night since we will be nearing the peak time of year for this event!  Bring binoculars or telescopes if you have them; we will have a few to share.

Mother's Day Crafts, Friday, May 10 all day.  Free.  While visiting today, take some time to make something special and from the heart for Mother's Day using a variety of our craft items.

Fluid Art, Wednesday, May 15 at 3-5pm.  Ages 5 and up.  $10/$8 Fairlawn Residents.  Registration Required.  Also known as paint pouring, flow art, liquid art is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a runny (fluid) consistency.  The acrylic paints react with each other when combined together to make interesting and visually organic motifs.  This type of art is fun for all ages.  Fluid acrylics can be used on many types of substrates and in many different forms such as pouring, dripping, swirling, glazing, dipping, and many other effects.  Fluid art opens up a lot of possibilities and is definitely worth exploring and adding to your artist tool belt.

Preschool Nature Squad, Mon-Wed, May 20-22 at 3:30-5pm.  Ages: 3-6.  $4/$3 Fairlawn Residents.  Registration Required.  Something for the little ones!  The kids will spend their time at the Learning Resource Center and Fort Island Park learning about animals, exploring nature, playing games, listening to stories, and making simple crafts.

School's Out Spring Campfire & S'mores, Friday, May 31 at 5:30pm.  Free.  Join us in celebrating the end of the school year and the approach of the summer solstice with a campfire and s'mores.  Be ready for some trivia, games, and fun!  Weather permitting.

Passport to Fishing, Saturday, May 25 at 12-2pm.  Ages: 6-15.  Free. Registration Required.  This class is geared to teach youth about the fun sport of fishing and how to be a responsible and well-informed fisher.  Four topics are covered including fish and habitat handling, fishing knots and rigging, casting, and local information and rules.  Bring your own brown bag lunch to picnic.  Parents or guardians are encouraged to remain with their children to learn and make this a family fun event, but not necessary for parents to remain.

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.