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Educational Opportunities 

Let Shores & Islands Ohio become your classroom, filled with unique history and wildlife. A range of educational opportunities are available for local schools and incoming student groups interested in exploring the region’s natural and cultural heritage. Visit museums and historic sites, nature centers and wildlife refuges, and participate in educational programs at some of the top attractions in the area. Wherever your interest lies, the Shores & Islands Ohio groups team is here to help.


Areas to explore:

Erie County


Historic Lyme Village

5001 SR 4, Bellevue

Experience the past as you tour this 19th-century village. Buildings include an 1880s Victorian mansion, an 1836 farm home, log cabins, barns, a one-room school, general store, log church and more.


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253 Southwest St., Bellevue

Opened in 1976 as a bicentennial project, the extensive museum's highlights include several engines and cars that visitors can walk through, plus numerous railroading displays.


Seneca Caverns

15248 E. Township Rd. 178 (off SR 269), Bellevue

Preserved close to its original natural state, Seneca Caverns provides a fascinating guided, one-hour walking tour through this unique cavern that leads you through seven rooms or levels. The largest room is 250 ft. in length and 110 ft. below the surface, visitors will view "Ole Mist'ry River.” Available for your use, at no additional charge, is a clean, shaded picnic area. 


Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

at Spiegel Grove, Fremont
419.332.2081 or 800.998.7737,

Visit President Rutherford B. Hayes' wooded estate of Spiegel Grove, home of America's first presidential library. Tour the president's 31-room Victorian mansion, see his tomb, visit the newly-renovated museum, explore the library, and walk the mile of paved trails.

Kelleys Island

GLIA group Glacial GroovesGlacial Grooves

Division St., Kelleys Island

Carved 18,000 years ago, the grooves are considered the finest and largest accessible example of glacial scoring in the world.


Inscription Rock

This flat-topped limestone boulder has faint pictographs of persons, birds and animals. Historians believe that Native Americans carved the images between three and four hundred years ago.


Kelleys Island Historical Museum

224 Division St., Kelleys Island

The museum features artifacts and photographs from the island’s past including the fishing and quarry operations, island boats, and the famous island wineries. The gift shop has many unique items including books about the island’s history. Visit the historic Stone Church built in 1866. For group visits, please call ahead so a guide can be provided.


Edison Birthplace MilanEdison Birthplace

9 Edison Dr., (off SR 113), Milan

Visit Thomas Edison’s 1847 birthplace.  Tour his boyhood home and see displays of some of his accomplishments as one of the world’s greatest inventor.


Milan Museum

10 Edison Dr. (off SR 113), Milan

Explore Milan's canal and shipbuilding history, interact with toys from the past, and view a renowned glass collection. It's affordable family fun with special activities for the whole family.


Firelands Historical Society Complex

4 Case Ave. (off SR 61), Norwalk

Ohio's oldest museum, located in an 1836 home. Eclectic collections feature 200 yrs. of Firelands history, including extensive gun collections from pre-Revolutionary War through WWII and a Native American collection. Separate research library available.

Oak Harbor

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13551 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor

Located at the entrance to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, BSBO features a visitors’ center with free birding maps, a gift shop, walking trail, restrooms, and window on wildlife.


Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor

A wildlife enthusiast destination. If your forte is hunting, fishing, birding, or just enjoy nature’s visitors, opportunities are abundant. Home of the Sportsman’s Migratory Bird Center, a wildlife museum containing items relating to natural and local history.


Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor

Over ten miles of hiking trails through a variety of habitats including marshes, grasslands, and wooded areas. Pets allowed but must be on a leash. This wildlife refuge encompasses 9,700 acres of marshes, uplands, and forested wetlands remaining of the Great Black Swamp. Restrooms, visitors center, handicapped accessible.

Port Clinton

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3515 E. State Rd., Port Clinton

Showcasing operational, historical aircraft and vehicles, including "Georgie's Gal", a WWII B-25 Mitchell Bomber, U.S. Navy WWII TBM Avenger, PT-boat, and more. Witness the restoration of a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor and dine in the 1950s-era Tin Goose Diner.


Ottawa County Museum

126 E. Third St., Port Clinton

Small museum with exhibits on the history of Ottawa County including the Battle of Lake Erie, boat building, nature, agriculture, commercial fishing, early settlers, Native Americans, early clothing, and children's toys. ADA accessible. 


Stone Lab Student GroupAquatic Visitor's Center

360 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay

The Aquatic Visitors Center will be undergoing renovation in fall of 2023 and all of 2024. The new and improved center will open up to the public in 2025.


Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum

443 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay

Displays include over 65 ship models; the South Bass Island Lighthouse Fresnel lens; and artifacts from the Battle of Lake Erie, island life and the Ford Tri-Motor and great hotel eras.


Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center

225 Meechen Rd., Put-in-Bay

Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center includes an indoor collection of over 240 North American fish, birds, and mammals. Self-guided or narrated tours are offered to help visitors understand some of the creatures on display. The grounds contain a frog pond, nature trail, geo-caching site, phenology and butterfly gardens; also a good birding spot.


Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center

979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay

Descend into a registered Ohio Natural Landmark at Perry’s Cave. It is a natural limestone cave steeped in historical tradition. While here be sure to visit the Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay with over 50 types of exotic butterflies inside.


21ef95df-e7a1-4fa9-8ab9-de8079feda64_SpringMonument480x480Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial (Visitors Center)

93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay

Our nation’s third tallest memorial structure, honors Commodore Oliver Perry’s victory over the British in the War of 1812.


Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island

878 Bayview Dr., Put-in-Bay

Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie.


Cedar Point Education Days

1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
800.448.2428 option 1,

Cedar Point becomes the world’s largest classroom on select dates in May. With curriculum driven content for physics, science, math, engineering, and business, Cedar Point has a variety of options.


ecookehouse1Cooke-Dorn House Historic Site

1415 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Sandusky is known for its collection of limestone buildings, including this Greek Revival. The three-story mansion features a ruby and cranberry glass collection, antique furnishings, greenhouse, and gift shop. Site managed by the Old House Guild of Sandusky.


Erie MetroParks

3910 Perkins Ave., Huron
419.625.7783 ext. 221,

Erie MetroParks offers many programs and events throughout the year. Schedule a Naturalist to lead a hike tailored to your group, take a class on geology, wild life, nature, and historical aspects of the park.


Follett House Museum

404 Wayne St., Sandusky

Discover Sandusky’s past! Sandusky Library’s local history museum with four floors of exhibits featuring Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison Camp, Cedar Point and many other artifacts that shaped local life.


Maritime Museum of SanduskyMaritime Museum of Sandusky

125 Meigs St., Sandusky

This museum interprets the maritime history of the area including boat building, recreational boating, passenger boats, shipwrecks, wetlands, commercial shipping, fishing, and the boats of Sandusky’s Underground Railroad through interactive exhibits and educational programs.


Merry-Go-Round Museum

301 Jackson St., Sandusky

This museum has an indoor carousel, hundreds of enchanting carvings, carving demonstrations, band organs and a gift shop. 


Sandusky Library

114 W. Adams St., Sandusky

The library offers tours than can be a general tour of the library or prepared to complement a specific lesson plan or topic. Presentations can include the topics of local history, genealogy research, book reviews, and more.


Sydney Frohman PlanetariumSidney Frohman Planetarium

2130 Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Ste. A, Sandusky

The Sidney Frohman Planetarium at Sandusky High School offers students, staff, and the community unique opportunities to fully immerse into the universe.