Class Sessions


Fall 2014: September 8 - November 2
Winter 2015: January 12 - March 2
Spring 2015: March 23 - May 11

Registration


Art, Performing Arts & Dance Classes:
304-242-7700

History & Glassmaking: 304-242-7272

Nature Classes:
304-242-6855

Nature Classes & Public Programs


Preschool Nature ProgramNature classes and programs at the Schrader Center provide opportunities to celebrate and study the natural world, with a commitment to inspire individuals to develop and maintain a sustainable relationship with the environment.

Youth programs like Preschool Days and Budding Naturalists teach children to act in a caring and responsible way towards their environment, themselves and others through hands-on educational activities.

Public programs such as Nature Scavenger Hunts are offered to foster an interest and knowledge of the regional environment while strengthening the relationships of family members to nature.

Roots 'N Shoots

Roots 'N Shoots Fall Series

Roots 'N Shoots allow parents and their children to incorporate nature education and outdoor fun into each season. Lessons include a hands-on nature craft, story, song and a short trip (weather permitting) to outdoor areas around the Schrader Center. Topics include:

 

    Sept. 19: Habitat Hike - Can you find a chipmunk highway? Look for the places where birds, frogs, squirrels and other critters live while we hike the Habitat Loop.

    Oct. 3: Can We Build a Leaf Man? - Explore fall's colors as we collect leaves and seeds. Build a leaf man using parts of your nature art collection.

    Oct. 17: "T" Is For Turtle and Tortoise Too! - Test your eyes and discover the differences between tortoises and turtles. Explore how these two animals have body parts to help them succeed on land or in the water.

    Oct. 31: Night Moves and Other Nocturnal Stuff - Are you afraid of bats and owls and other creatures of the night? Find out why they are not so scary.

    Nov. 14: ...Teddy Bear Picnic...Before a Long Winter Nap - Discover some surprising facts about bears! Ever tasted bear food? Bring your favorite teddy bear and climb inside a cave for a short nap.


    Ages: 2-4 with adult
    Meets: 9:15-10:15am OR 10:30-11:30am Friday, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31 & Nov. 14
    Begins: Fri., Sept. 19
    Duration: 1 hour sessions meet for 5 weeks
    Instructor(s): Robin Lee

    $69/$60 OI members ($30 for each additional child.)
    Limited Walk-ins: $12/$10.20 OI members; $4 for each addt'l child

    Call 304-242-6855 to register.



Budding Naturalists

Budding Naturalists Fall Series

Nature programs for transitional kindergarten students. Meets Friday, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31 & Nov. 14. Weekly topics include:

 

    Sept. 19: Ants In My Plants - Ants are considered the hardest working insects. Try your hand being an ant and explore where they live out on the trail.

    Oct. 3: Seeds Ahoy! - Explore fall's colors as we hike to find seeds and leaves on the forest floor. Build a ship out of your findings and race it down the stream.

    Oct. 17: How Slow Is a Turtle? - Compare a turtle and a tortoise to discover how their body parts help them escape predators and hibernate. Find out what they eat by helping us feed a turtle and tortoise!

    Oct. 31: Night Moves and Other Nocturnal Stuff - Nocturnal animals have better eyes to see you with. Test your super powers and see if they as good as the creatures of the night!

    Nov. 14: Pooh Poo Day - How is the skull of a black bear adapted for life as an omnivore? Compare it to an herbivore's skull and learn about animal diets, adaptations and eliminations (yes poop!).

    Ages: 4-6
    Meets: 1-2pm Friday, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31 & Nov. 14
    Begins: Fri., Sept. 19
    Duration: 1 hour sessions meet for 5 weeks
    Instructor(s): Robin Lee

    $69/$60 OI members ($30 for each additional child.)
    Limited Walk-ins: $12/$10.20 OI members; $4 for each addt'l child

    Call 304-242-6855 to register.



Public Classes & Programs

Birthday Parties at the Schrader Center

Celebrate your child's next birthday with a hands-on, nature-themed party led by an experienced naturalist. Parties take place partly indoors, partly outdoors as weather permits, and you can choose a theme that best meets your child's interests. Parties include stories, activities and a craft based on the party theme to keep children involved and entertained while they are learning. Click here for information sheet.

 

    Ages: turning 5 - turning 12
    Guests: Minimum of 8 and maximum of 15 children (Two adults must stay with the party. If you have more than four adults or more than 20 total guests, we ask that you consider a facility rental rather than a facilitated children's party.)
    Time Slots: 10am-12pm or 2-4pm Saturdays or 2-4pm Sundays

    $180/$155 OI members
    Call 304-242-6855 for details and inclusions.


Carrion, My Wayward Son

What stinks? Join naturalists on a crime scene investigation and "scavenger" hunt to solve the Carrion Crime Case. Viewer discretion is advised: yucky stuff and mild peril.

 

    Ages: 10 & up
    Meets: Noon-2pm Saturday, Sept. 20
    Begins: Sat., Sept. 20
    Duration: 2 hours
    Instructor(s): Erica McGrath

    $8/$7 OI members (per person)
    Register


New Class Merry and Bright Candy Cane Hunt

Santa, amazed by Oglebay's lights, tipped his sleigh and spilled candy canes all over the trail! Bundle up, bring a flashlight and see how many you can find. Certain ones may win you a prize! Hot chocolate will warm you after walking the trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

    Ages: Families with children ages 2-10
    Meets: 5-6pm Nov. 29, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20
    Begins: Sat., Nov. 29
    Duration: 1 hour
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $7/$6 OI members (per person)
    (Walk-ins wlecome)
    Register


New Moon Lanterns

On this very dark night, when the moon cannot be seen, make a New Moon Lantern to travel safely in the dark!

 

    Ages: Families
    Meets: 7-8:30pm Saturday, Nov. 22
    Begins: Sat., Nov. 22
    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
    Instructor(s): Alice Eastman

    $8/$7 OI members (per person)
    (Members under 5 free)
    Register


Night Tree

Share in the tradition of Night Tree by Eve Bunting. Hear the story, then make some special holiday decorations for the critters to hang on the Schrader's own night tree.

 

    Ages: Families
    Meets: 2-3:30pm Saturday, Dec. 6
    Begins: Sat., Dec. 6
    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
    Instructor(s): Alice Eastman

    $8/$7 OI members (per person)
    (Members under 5 free)
    Register


Owls, Bats and Spiders, Oh My!

Some creatures have a scary reputation. Find out some cool facts about owls, bats and spiders which may give you a new respect for them!

 

    Ages: Families
    Meets: 7-8:30pm Saturday, Oct.18
    Begins: Sat., Oct. 18
    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $8/$7 OI members (per person)
    (Members under 5 free)
    Register


Saturday Scavenger Hunts

Discover more about the natural world as you explore the Schrader Center and Oglebay Park as a family. Receive your pack and complete the scavenger hunt to receive your prize.

 

    Ages: Families
    Meets: 12-4pm Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6
    Begins: Sat., Sept. 6
    Duration: ongoing
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    Free



New Class Wiggly World of Worms: Indoor & Outdoor Composting

Meet earthworms from an outside compost bin and red wiggler worms from an indoor vermiculture bin. Red wigglers will be the most inexpensive and helpful pets your family will ever own. End the evening with a treat and a few kooky worm songs.

 

    Ages: Families
    Meets: 7-8:30pm Saturday, September 13
    Begins: Sat., Sept. 13
    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $8/$7 OI members (per person)
    Includes one starter compost bin per child over 5.
    (Children under 5 free)
    Register



Scout Programs

Ain’t No Bugs On Me (Daisies and Brownies)

Explore the fascinating roles that insects play and how we can't live without them. Discover pollinator, decomposer and predator insects, including 'Gramma' the tarantula! Participants will complete the Brownie Bugs patch and the Daisies will earn their Insect Discovery patch.

 

    Ages: grades K-3
    Meets: 10am-2pm Saturday, Sept. 27
    Begins: Sat., Sept. 27
    Duration: 4 hours
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $14 (includes patch)
    Register


Webelos Geology Activity Pin

Find out how rocks, fossils, mountains and volcanoes are formed. Test rock properties in the field as you hike out to identify and collect your own samples. Participants will complete the Geology Activity Pin through this program.

 

    Ages: grades 4-5
    Meets: 10am-2pm Saturday, October 25
    Begins: Sat., Oct. 25
    Duration: 4 hours
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $12
    Register


Webelos Naturalist Pin Requirement

Keep a bug zoo going for 30 days to complete achievement or register for Wiggly World of Worms: Indoor & Outdoor Composting program to complete Naturalist Pin requirement.

 

    Ages: grades 4-5
    Meets: 7-8:30pm Saturday, Sept. 13
    Begins: Sat., Sept. 13
    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $8 (per person)


Wolves Birds Elective For Conservation Patch

Completed through Feathered Friends Family Scavenger Hunt. Scout groups, please call 304-242-6855 to pre-register so we can have staff and supplies ready upon your arrival.

 

    Ages: grade 2
    Meets: 12-4pm Saturday, November 1
    Begins: Sat., Nov. 1
    Duration: 4 hours
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    Free



Corporate & Group Programs

Archery

Targeted to adults at all skill levels. Participants are instructed in proper shooting technique, form, range estimation, safety and more. Equipment is provided and participants should wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and clothing that is weather-appropriate. Groups of 10-15.

 

    Ages: Adults
    Meets: by appointment
    Begins: by appointment
    Duration: 1 hour
    Instructor(s): Greg Park

    $50 per person ($250 minimum)


Geocaching

The Schrader Environmental Center has rental GPS units available for groups without their own equipment. We can customize a geocaching program for most corporate or independent groups. Because participants will be hiking outdoors in search of caches rain or shine, it is recommended to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and clothing that is weather-appropriate. Groups of 20-25.

 

    Ages: Adults
    Meets: by appointment
    Begins: by appointment
    Duration: 1 hour
    Instructor(s):Schrader Center Staff

    $50 per person ($250 minimum)


A.B. Brooks Nature Hike

Nature Hikes are part of a long tradition of nature study in Oglebay Park. The A.B. Brooks Nature Hike will focus on natural history and serves as a venue for socialization and the sharing of ideas.The Schrader Center staff will lead groups of up to 20 participants through 1 mile of trails around Oglebay. It is recommended to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and clothing that is weather-appropriate. Sunglasses are a plus. Field guides and binoculars will be provided.

 

    Ages: Adults
    Meets: by appointment
    Begins: by appointment
    Duration: 1 hour
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Staff

    $25 per person ($125 minimum)