Class Sessions


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 Winter 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:

 

    Jan. 9: And Along Came a Spider - Why doesn't a spider stick to its web? Explore the details of a spider's life and become part of a spider web.

    Jan. 23: Six-legged Critters - Find out what makes a bug a bug and what they have in common with YOU in this hands-on class.

    Feb. 6: Miss Bee and the Bear - Find out about the busy lives of bees as you explore the jobs of nursery bees to soldier bees. But…beware of the bear!

    Feb. 20: Hi, Bear Nation! - Why do bears sleep all winter? Find a honeycomb and visit a bear cave...to take a rest.

    Mar. 6: Are You My Mother? - Explore how birds take care of their babies and learn a bird song or two!


    Ages: 2-4 with adult
    Meets: 9:15-10:15am OR 10:30-11:30am Friday, Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20 & Mar. 6
    Begins: Fri., Jan. 9
    Duration: 1 hour sessions meet for 5 weeks
    Instructor(s): Robin Lee

    $60/$45 OI members ($30 for each additional child.)
    Limited Walk-ins: $14/$12 OI members; $4 for each addt'l child

    Call 304-242-6855 to register.



Budding Naturalists

Budding Naturalists Winter Series

Designed for our littlest independent learners (4 years - 1st grade) without a parent.

 

    Jan. 9: Arachnophobia: Fear of Spiders - Are you brave enough to meet "Grandma", a spider as big as your hand? Find out why she's not so scary.

    Jan. 23: X-ray Eyes - Check out some skeletons and learn about animals without them (invertebrates) by looking at them through a microscope.

    Feb. 6: T-Rex and other Tall Creatures - Dino Day! If dinosaurs died millions of years ago, how do we know so much about them? Come find out!

    Feb. 20: Amazing Animal Armor - Discover some surprising facts about the weapons animals use to defend themselves. They're amazing! Build your own armor and test it out.

    Mar. 6: Wild About Wildlife - It's almost nesting season! Help our fine feathered friends by making a nesting bundle and bird treats to hang in your backyard.

    Ages: 4yrs.-1st grade
    Meets: 1-2pm Friday, Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20 & Mar. 6
    Begins: Fri., Jan. 9
    Duration: 1 hour sessions meet for 5 weeks
    Instructor(s): Robin Lee

    $60/$45 OI members ($30 for each additional child.)
    Limited Walk-ins: $14/$12 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.


New Class Living Green: Spring (Green) Cleaning

Using items you likely already have, (vinegar, baking soda, and lemon!) make some green cleaners for use at home. These natural ingredients clean your house without toxic chemicals.

 

    Ages: adults
    Meets: 10am-12pm Sat., Feb. 21
    Begins: Sat., Feb. 21
    Duration: 2 hours
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $17/$14.50 OI members
    Register


New Class Living Green: Vermiculture: Indoor Composting Workshop

Build a compact vermiculture (internal composting) bin to take home and discover how easy it is to keep functioning. Starting now, you'll have "compost tea" for house plants and rich humus for an outdoor garden.

 

    Ages: adults or adult/child pair (children over 8)
    Meets: 10am-12pm Sat., Mar. 14
    Begins: Sat., Mar. 14
    Duration: 2 hours
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $17/$14.50 OI members
    Register


Maple Sugaring Day

SEE maple syrup being made. EXPERIENCE the history of maple syrup production at stations along the trails of Oglebay. TASTE real maple syrup with a hot pancake breakfast. 1/2 hour tours include a nature walk, demonstrations of sugaring techniques, the history of maple sugaring, and socializing around a boiling sap evaporator. Program begins in the woods behind Camp Russel, Oglebay.

 

    Ages: Families
    Meets: 9am-1pm Saturday, March 21
    Begins: Sat., Mar. 21
    Duration: 1/2 hour tours beginning at 9am
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $10/$8.50 OI members
    (Group rate available, call 304-242-6855 to book groups of 15 or more).
    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


New Class Paint Your Own Pottery: Santa's Mug

Paint a mug For Santa! Mrs. Claus will be sharing privileged information about the big guy, like what kind of cookies & cocoa he prefers. Paint a mug for Santa's cocoa and enjoy some tasty cocoa yourself! We'll fire the mug in the kiln, so plan to come back after noon on Friday to pick up your masterpiece. For ages 5-8 with parent. Meets at the Schrader Center, Oglebay.

 

    Ages: 5-8 with parent
    Meets: 5:30-7pm Thursday, December 11
    Begins: Thurs., Dec. 11
    Duration: 1 1/2 hours
    Instructor(s): Alice Eastman

    $15/$12 OI members (per person)
    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 Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7 & Mar. 7
    Begins: Sat., Dec. 6
    Duration: ongoing
    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)