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.



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 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.


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

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)
    Register



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.


Living Green: Rain Barrel Workshop

Capture those April (and May and June...) showers in a rain barrel! We provide all parts, including the barrel, in this workshop where you will assemble your barrel while investigating the good things "caught water" can do for your garden as well as saving money while cleaning your house. Take your barrel home and start saving rain!

 

    Ages: adults
    Meets: 10-11:30am
    Begins: Sat., May 30
    Duration: 2 hours
    Instructor(s): Alice Eastman

    $86/$75 OI members (Pre-registration is required.)
    Register


Night Hike Summer 2015

Whooo is awake when you're asleep? Prepare yourself for a walk in the nighttime woods listening for creatures stirring, creeks gurgling, and leaves rustling.
*Strollers are NOT recommended for this program.

 

    Age: All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
    Meets: Wednesday, 7:30pm-9pm
    Begins: Wednesday, June 17
    Duration: 1 1/2 hour
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $8/$7 OI members
    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 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)


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)