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 Spring 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:

 

    April 10: April Showers...and the colors of the rainbow. Discover who Roy G. Biv is and peer into a "box of darkness". Identify animals that can't see colors but can see in the dark. Find a meal using senses other than your eyesight!

    April 24: ...Bring May Flowers - Dig in and get dirty as you plant a flower to take home. Sun collector, water storage, or sugar factory; figure out what each part does for the plant.

    May 1: Earthwalk - Use different tools to explore the forest floor, tiny creatures, and view the treetops from an upside down perspective.

    May 15: PrePONDerous Pond Life! - Find different stages of an amphibian's life cycle as we try to capture tadpoles and observe other wildlife at the upper pond. Class will meet at Schenk Lake.


    Ages: 2-4 with adult
    Meets: 9:15-10:15am OR 10:30-11:30am Fri. Apr. 10, Apr. 24, May 1 & May 15
    Begins: Fri., Apr. 10
    Duration: 1 hour sessions meet for 4 weeks
    Instructor(s): Robin Lee

    $56/$48 OI members ($16 for each addt'l child.)
    Limited Walk-ins: $14/$12 OI members; $4 for each addt'l child

    Call 304-242-6855 to register.




Budding Naturalists

Budding Naturalists Spring Series

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

 

    April 10: Tree-tective - From seed to tree, find different stages of a tree's life cycle. Test your detective powers as we search for evidence of each stage in the woods. Start a small tree seed collection to take home.

    April 24: Earthwalk - Use different tools to explore the forest floor, tiny creatures, and view the treetops from an upside down perspective.

    May 1: Where Does All the Rain Go? - Where? It collects in a shed; a watershed! Explore how and who calls a watershed home. Class pick up will be at "Oglebay Falls" at Waddel/Warden's Run and Falls Drive.

    May 15: PrePONDERous Pond Life - Choose a wet net or a dry net and a- hunting we will go in search of bugs and tadpoles in various stages of their life cycle. Class will meet at Schenk Lake.

    Ages: 4yrs.-1st grade
    Meets: 1-2pm Friday Apr. 10, Apr. 24, May 1 & May 15
    Begins: Fri., April 10
    Duration: 1 hour sessions meet for 4 weeks
    Instructor(s): Robin Lee

    $56/$48 OI members ($16 for each addt'l child.)
    Limited Walk-ins: $14/$12 OI members; $4 for each addt'l child

    Call 304-242-6855 to register.



Public Classes & Programs

Archery for Kids Summer 2015 (SOLD OUT)

You may not shoot like Katniss, but here's your chance to develop shooting technique, stance, form, range estimation, aiming, safety skills & more with Naturalist Emeritus Greg Park in this six-week Archery class.

 

    Age: 10-13
    Meets: Wednesday, 3-4:30pm
    Begins: Wednesday, July 15
    Duration: 6 weeks
    Instructor(s): Greg Park

    $115/$100 OI members (per person)



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.


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 Jan. 3, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 4 & May 2
    Begins: Sat., Jan. 3
    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)


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)