Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center

The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is paramount to the preservation of South Bass Island. The brick and mortar side of the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, the center hosts a variety of activities throughout the summer season. These include nature walks, children’s nature camps, and their annual Island Green Week in August.

Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center Details

The center is open seven days a week June through August and weekends in May and September. They offer group rates along with special group programs by appointment. Adults pay $3 and children over five and seniors are $2.

It is located on Meechen Road, just down the street from South Bass Island State Park. Island Club Rentals and A Place At The Bay are also close by.

The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center promotes conservation as well as the education of the flora, fauna, and lands of the Lake Erie Islands ecosystem. This is a fascinating and diverse part of the country with lots to learn about.

Nature Camp

Nature Camp runs the last weekend of June. Children of all ages are invited to participate and are grouped according to age. The theme for 2018 is “Wet and Wild Lake Erie.” Get ready to investigate the wilds of this wonderful lake! Campers will also dip for micro and macro invertebrates, search for predatory animals, and learn how all creatures great and small are connected through water.

Older campers even kayak and camp for one night, either on Middle Bass Island, South Bass, or North. This is an amazing opportunity to learn about Lake Erie and have a lot of fun. The more we know about the environment, the better we can care for it.

Wild Tuesdays

There is always something totally wild happening on Tuesday at the center. From snakes to spiders to the caves of Put-in-Bay, visitors can expect to get up close and personal with the special subject of Tuesday talks.

Experts from all over the region travel to Put-in-Bay to share their knowledge of this wild world. Wild Tuesdays begin in June and have been a Put-in-Bay favorite since 2009.

Road Scholar

The Road Scholar allows participants to experience the world around them in fun and educational programs. For the Lake Erie chapter, join a spirited group to explore birding on Lake Erie, learn how to capture the surrounding beauty in a photograph, and dive more in-depth about the ecology of the region. Check their website for more information about these multi-day programs.

Island Green Week

Every August the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center hosts their popular Green Week. The Center along with collaborators such as the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, OSU’s Stone Laboratory, the Put-in-Bay Township Park District, and Historical Society produce this wonderful week. Full of events about ecotourism, adventure, travel, history, and agritourism, there are amazing events for the whole family!

Find the full calendar on their website. Some of the events to look forward to include wine tastings, a stargazing cruise, wetlands dedication, and the beloved pig roast!


255 Meechen Road, Put-in-Bay, OH, USA

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