Nature Education Programs


We now have our summer 2021 programs Newsletter posted below with some limited programming for the summer.  Please register for all programs as space is limited.

We will also have limited open hours that the LRC will be open to the public. These hours will be scheduled around programming and posted here and on our building doors.  If the LRC is closed it is likely that we are presenting a program or off-site.

LRC Hours for the remaining month of July:

July 21-23     1-4pm

July 24-25      CLOSED

July 26-27     11am-4pm

July 28           12-3pm

July 29           12-4pm

July 30           11am-4pm

July 31-Aug1           CLOSED

YOGA Practice (All Levels Welcome)

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 (no class June 16, July 14, 21) 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

11:00 am Tuesdays August 17, 31

3:00 pm Fridays August 13, 27

Astronomy Night

July 28 9:30pm Oxbow at Fairlawn Park on Ridgewood Road.. Learn about and view the Delta Aquarids Meteor shower and mid-summer constellations. Weather Permitting.

Passport to Fishing (5 spots left)

August 2 10:00am-12:00pm Ages 8 and up Learning Resource Center. Learn the basics of fishing and how to use a fishing pole. Certificate awarded upon completion of 4 modules.

Survival Skills

$8/$6 for Fairlawn residents August 6 2:30pm-5:30pm Learning Resource Center. Learn the basics of survival, make a sheltern and a fire, filter water, and other skills.

Little Sprouts #2 (FULL - waiting list)

$5/$4 for Fairlawn residents August 9-10 11:00am-12:30pm Ages 3-7 Learning Resource Center. Subjects will include the plants and animals of Fort Island Park with exploration, activities, and games.

Edible Plant Hike

August 10 3:00pm Learning Resource Center.

After School Archery (6 spots left)

$35/person August 16, 23, 30 September 13, 20, 27 4:00pm - 5:00pm Learning Resource Center. All levels Ages 9 and (max of 9 participants).

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.