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Oglebay Institute Offers Ways to Experience Nature

WHEELING — Think there’s nothing to do? Feeling bored at home? Want to get the kids out of the house? Take heart, Oglebay Institute in Wheeling offers numerous adventures this month that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The great outdoors are still great.

Below is a list of upcoming events:

Schrader Center Offers Backpack Adventure

Check-out a themed nature backpack at the Schrader Environmental Education Center at Oglebay Park and head-out on your own to explore. Each backpack contains everything you need to explore the pond, butterfly garden or forest. Includes a journal for observations.

Available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Aug. 14.

Backpack available may be limited by cleaning schedule. Please call 304-242-6855 to be sure of availability. This is a free program.

Frog Foray Featured

Oglebay Institute will sponsor a frog foray at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10 at Schenk Lake at Oglebay Park where participants gently catch, study and release tadpoles, frogs and turtles. Nets and collection buckets provided. Meet at the parking lot by lower Schenk Lake, near the paddle boats.

Strollers and open-toed shoes or flip-flops are NOT recommended. Rubber boots are recommended. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

There is a $5 fee per person or free for OI members or those with activity wristbands.

Take a Morning Walk With Birds

Enjoy an early morning walk with the birds along the trails of Oglebay Park from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. Meet at the Schrader Center where a naturalist will point out identifying field marks and songs of the local birds that visit the feeders and trails. Binoculars and field guides provided. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate shoes.There is a $5 per person fee or free for OI members or those with activity wristbands.

Up Close Look at Creatures

Take an in-depth look at the natural history of the animal ambassadors who live at the Schrader Center at Oglebay Park from 2:15-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.. Meet toads, turtles and snakes up close and personal while learning about their incredible adaptations. (In order to keep visitors safe, participants will not be able to touch the animals this summer.)

Available 2:15-3pm Thursdays, June 4 through August 13. (Does not meet July 2.) All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

$5 per person. No pre-registration required. Free for OI members or those with activity wristbands

Campfire and S’Mores

Is there anything more relaxing than sitting around a crackling campfire on a warm summer evening? Roast marshmallows and enjoy s’mores around a campfire outside the Schrader Center at Oglebay from 8-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. All ages welcome. (Program is canceled if it is raining.)

A $5 fee per person or fee for OI members or those with activity wristbands.

Salamander Release Set for Aug. 14

Join in the fun as participants gently catch, study and release salamanders, crayfish, aquatic insects and fish in Waddles Run from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Nets and collection buckets provided. Wear boots and clothes that can get wet! Meets at pull-off by intersection of Warden Run Road and Falls Drive.

Strollers and open-toed shoes or flip-flops are NOT recommended. Rubber boots are recommended. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A $5 fee per person or free for OI members or those with activity wristbands.

OI Dance to Host Open House

Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance will host its annual open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. The event is open to new and returning students. Dancers can meet our instructors, tour the studios, learn about classes and register for fall classes.

SweetZekes Coffee will have a stand in the parking lot. Gently used costumes – perfect for Halloween – will also be available for purchase. Enter for the chance to win door prizes and enjoy free refreshments.

Workshop Opens the World of Dance to Those With Disabilities

Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance welcomes back the Dancing Wheels Company of Cleveland, Ohio for a special workshop 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24.

Dancing Wheels provides a unique approach to education and therapy. Through the use of movement and performance, those with physical, sensory, or developmental disabilities can participate in the art of dance. This inclusive workshop also invites non-disabled peers to join this freeing, educational and joyous experience.

There is a $50 cost per person and is open to all ages, with or without physical disabilities. Register online at or call 304-242-7700.

NOTE: For all Oglebay Institute programs, social distancing will be enforced for those who are not in the same household group. Hand sanitizer will be readily available. Instructors will be wearing face coverings when 6 feet of distance cannot be met. Face coverings are recommended for each participant.

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