Lake Erie Center to host science program for kids

July 18, 2014 | Events, UToday, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Jessica LeMire

From partaking in scavenger hunts, dissecting owl pellets, and building water cycles to collecting insects and sampling a pond, Nature of Maumee Bay Lake Erie Center Science Program attendees engage in hands-on learning at The University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center.

lake erie center logoThis summer the UT Lake Erie Center will host a science camp, which features laboratory exercises, art and outdoor activities, for children entering fourth or fifth grade.

“I think it’s good that the kids get some science content to keep them fresh over the summer, but we try to make it in a fun and exciting manner,” said Rachel Lohner, UT Lake Erie Center education program manager. “We don’t use textbooks; we do it a little differently than hopefully during the school year and actually get them outside experiencing things from a hands-on perspective.

“We hope to spur their interest and maybe steer them into science, technology, engineering or math careers in the future,” she said.

The one-day mini-camp will take place Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I think we have a cutting-edge research center that we’re able to use as our home base. The kids are actually able to go through the labs and interact with the researchers. We bring in graduate students to lead activities, and the kids get to see some real science in action,” Lohner said.

The cost is $40 ($35 for Lake Erie Center members).

Scholarships and sibling discounts are available; class size is limited.

For more information or to register, contact Lohner at 419.530.8364 or at

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