Lake Erie Nature & Science Center offers tours, resumes wildlife intakes

Eastern Screech-Owl, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center began offering pre-registered guided tours and pre-scheduled wildlife rehabilitation services on July 7.

The Center will follow protocols recommended by the State of Ohio and Ohio Department of Health to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus:

  • face masks are required to be worn by employees and all visitors over the age of 3
  • visitors are encouraged to bring their own masks, or will be provided one to wear
  • hand sanitizing stations and hand washing facilities are available throughout the building
  • physical distances of 6 feet will be maintained at all times
  • indoor public areas will be regularly cleaned and sanitized
  • visitors are asked to self-monitor for virus symptoms prior to arrival
  • visitors are asked to stay home if they are ill, if diagnosed with COVID-19, or if residing with someone diagnosed with the virus

Visitors to the Center will see facility and exhibit changes that help to protect people and animals, and to allow for recommended cleaning and sanitizing of the facility. Online registration for guided tours and pre-scheduled appointments for wildlife rehabilitation services are required to monitor building capacity.

Pre-registered guided tours will be offered to families or groups of up to 6 people. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center program specialists will lead the tour of live animal exhibits and share how the Center cares for resident animals and treats rehabilitation patients. Guided tours cost $75 per family and advance registration is required at

Wildlife intakes of injured animals from members of the public will resume by pre-scheduled appointment. These wildlife services will continue to be offered at no charge. People seeking assistance for wildlife must call 440-871-2900 or email prior to coming to the Center. Animals will not be accepted into the facility without a pre-scheduled appointment. 

Registration for 2020-2021 preschool classes has been postponed. The Center is redesigning programs and making preparations to resume general admission and offerings that will also follow recommended health protocols. Please stay tuned for more information at

Morgan Paskert

Morgan Paskert is on staff at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.07.2020