The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is a fantastic activity for children to both learn and have fun! There’s nowhere on the island that can teach you as much about Lake Erie Islands flora and fauna. The Center is home to a nature trail, a frog pond, butterfly gardens, and two cave sites in addition to the museum itself. The museum houses 200 taxidermied birds, fish, and mammals from all over North America. You can take a self-guided tour, or a narrated tour if you prefer.

Events by the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center

If you’re lucky, you’ll be on South Bass for an event thrown by the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center. Wild Tuesdays may be the most famous. On summer Tuesdays, the Center invites speakers to talk about a topic of interest on the Lake Erie Islands. For example, on July 3rd, Dr. Richard Bradley, a professor from Ohio State University, will talk about spiders. You can check out the full schedule here, where you’ll see topics like caves, snakes, and dragonflies.

The Annual Stargazing Cruise is a chance to sip on wine from Put-in-Bay and enjoy amazing views of the night sky. The Center hosts this event in conjunction with the Miller Boat Line. Representatives of the Center will be walking around the boat, pointing out the constellations and educating not only on the stars but the Lake Erie Islands as well. The cruise will get to most of the Lake Erie Islands.

The Annual Pig Roast is another great event put on by the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center. You’ll enjoy some delicious roasted pig accompanied by Put-in-Bay wine. There will also be live entertainment and a silent auction. It’s a very popular event.

Come to the center daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Center is open in May and September as well, but only on the weekends. If you’d like some more information about anything the center has to offer, please give them a call at 419-285-3037.


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

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