Class Sessions


Spring 2014: March 17 - May 10
Fall 2014: September 8 - October 27
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 (Formerly Preschool Days)

Preschool nature programs allow parents and their youngsters to incorporate nature education and outdoor fun into each season. Each session focuses on a nature topic and includes a hands-on nature craft, story, song and a short trip to outdoor areas around the Schrader Center for an educational game. (Weather permitting) Topics include:

 

    Mar. 21: Has Spring Really Sprung? - Find out what is waking up after a long winter nap.

    Apr. 4: Slithery, Slinky and Slimy - Explore animals with and without backbones. Play animal games and meet a few of Schrader's slinky critters.

    Apr. 25: No Legs and Many Legs Creatures - Creatures with no legs and many legs have an important job to do: Recycle!

    May 2: 4 Fingers and 1 Thumb - Get dirty as you plant your own flower while learning about plant parts and what they do.

    May 16: Life Around the Pond - Search for life around the pond. Discover an amphibian's life cycle as we try to capture tadpoles and observe other wildlife.


    Ages: 2-4 with adult
    Meets: 9:15-10:15am OR 10:30-11:30am Friday, Mar. 21, Apr. 4, Apr. 25, May 2 and May 16
    Begins: Fri., Mar. 22
    Duration: 1 hour sessions meet for 5 weeks
    Instructor(s): Robin Lee

    $60/$51 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 Spring Series

Nature programs for transitional kindergarten students. Weekly topics include: Has Spring Sprung? (Mar. 21), No Bones About It (Apr. 4), Mystery Machine (Apr. 25), Eenie Meenie Miney Macro (May 2) and Life Around the Pond (May 16).

 

    Mar. 21: Has Spring Sprung?- Become a "tree-tective" and discover what causes tress to wake-up in the spring.

    Apr. 4: No Bones About It - Inspect some invertebrates and figure out how they survive without bones

    Apr. 25: Mystery Machine - Investigate the mystery of metamorphosis and which insects use the magical mystery machine to transform into adults.

    May 2: Eenie Meenie Miney Macro - Catch a macro invertebrate by the toe! Please have children wear shoes/clothes they can get wet and bring a spare of each. Class will meet at the waterfall on the Falls Drive entrance of Oglebay Park and hike back to the Schrader Center.

    May 16: Life Around the Pond - Search for frogs, dragonflies and ducks around the pond. Discover an amphibian's life cycle as we try to capture tadpoles.


    Ages: 4-6
    Meets: 1-2pm Friday, Mar. 21, Apr. 4, Apr. 25, May 2 and May 16
    Begins: Fri., Mar. 21
    Duration: 1 hour sessions meet for 5 weeks
    Instructor(s): Robin Lee

    $60/$51 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

Astronomy Day

Celebrate International Astronomy Day with the Oglebay Astronomy Club at the Speidel Observatory located in Oglebay Park. The event will include a Solar Viewing in the afternoon and a tour of the Constellations in the evening (weather permitting). If cloudy, there will be space science demonstrations at the Schrader Center as well as a meteorite display and observatory tours.

 

    Ages: Families, all ages welcome
    Meets: 1-4pm (Solar Viewing) & (8-11pm Tour of the Constellations)
    Begins: Sat., May 10
    Duration: 3 hour workshops
    Instructor(s): Oglebay Astronomy Club

    Free


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 Carrion, My Wayward Son

What stinks? Join Nature-Detective Erica McGrath on a crime scene investigation into the "Mystery of the Missing Mouse."

 

    Ages: 10 & up
    Meets: 12-2pm Saturday, April 26
    Begins: Sat., Apr. 26
    Duration: 2 hour workshop
    Instructor(s): Erica McGrath

    $8/$7 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 22
    Begins: Sat., Mar. 22
    Duration: 1/2 hour tours beginning at 9am
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Staff

    $9/$7.50 OI members (Call 304-242-6855 to book groups of 15 or more.)
    Register



New Class Nature Journaling for Adults (Spring 2014)

By capturing observations in word and art, each student's journal will offer the opportunity to connect to the natural world. Build skills in observation, photography, sketching, and appreciation of life's beauty & mystery. Meets at the Schrader Center, Oglebay.

 

    Ages: 14 & up
    Meets: Saturdays, 9-11am
    Begins: Sat., Mar. 22
    Duration: 8 weeks
    Instructor(s): Michael Pesselato

    $90/$76.50 OI members
    Register



Saturday Scavenger Hunts

Discover more about the natural world as you explore the Schrader Center and Oglebay Park as a family. Pick-up a packet and complete the scavenger hunt to receive your prize. Program ongoing noon-4pm.

 

    Ages: families
    Meets: Saturdays, Noon-4pm
    Begins: March 1, April 5 & May 3
    Duration: flexible

    Free



Scout Programs

Ain't No Bugs On Me!

Explore the fascinating roles insects play and how we can't live without them. Find out why pollinators are important. Meet a predator, "Grandma" tarantula, and build your own spider web. Pre-register by March 31.

 

    Ages: Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts
    Meets: 10am-2:30pm Saturday, April 12
    Begins: Sat., Apr. 12
    Duration: 4 1/2 hours
    Instructor(s): Schrader Center Naturalists

    $11.50/$10 OI members (per scout)
    Register


Webelos Geology Activity Pin

Explore the Earth's surface and earn your Geology belt loop and Activity Pin as you find and identify your own rock samples. Pre-register by March 14.

 

    Ages: Webelos Cub Scouts
    Meets: 10am-2pm Saturday, March 29
    Begins: Sat., Mar. 29
    Duration: 4 hours
    Instructor(s):Schrader Center Naturalists

    $11.50/$10 OI members (per scout)
    Register



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)