Lake Erie Nature & Science Center offers internships and closer contact with the animals

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center offers internships and closer contact with the animals


BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is offering some new and exciting programs for families.

Currently, they are offering internships for college students, a celebration of owls and the opportunity for kids ages 8-16 to become a junior animal keeper.


The center is accepting applications for its astronomy and space science education internship and its wildlife internship now through Feb. 28.

The internships offer college students the opportunity to gain unique experiences in the fields of astronomy, education and wildlife, according to Morgan Paskert, marketing coordinator.

“Our internship program helps to develop academic and career pursuits of college students, and forwards the professional field by widening the number of students pursuing careers in wildlife and astronomy,” Paskert said.

Owl Prowl

The center will host its annual Owl Prowl from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24. This family-friendly evening celebrates owls of all colors and sizes, notes Paskert.

Visitors will enjoy up-close encounters with the center’s resident owls, experience nocturnal sights and sounds in the planetarium, follow clues to solve the mystery word on an owl scavenger hunt and head outdoors on a hike in hopes of spotting or hearing wild owls in the surrounding forest.

Cost is $15 per person (children 6 months and younger admitted free).

“Owl Prowl is a fun program that the center has hosted for several years,” Paskert said. “Visitors can expect to see the center’s resident owls, including great horned owls, barred owls and eastern screech owls.

“They will also take a nature hike along the Bunny Trail of Huntington Reservation to look and listen for a local pair of barred owls.”

Junior Keepers

The Junior Keeper program, for ages 8 to 16 accompanied by one adult, offers a unique opportunity to work alongside the center’s wildlife staff and experience first-hand how they care for their resident animals.

Behind the scenes, Paskert noted, visitors will learn about native and domestic animals while providing food, clean housing and training. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and close encounters with the animals.

“We are excited to offer more Junior Keeper dates in summer 2023,” said Paskert. “This program is incredibly popular and provides a personalized experience for those interested in how the center cares for its resident animals.

“Junior Keeper is also a great way for parents or grandparents to enjoy quality time with their children while learning together about native wildlife.”

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is located at 28728 Wolf Road in Bay Village. For more information, visit or call 440-871-2900.

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