Schrader Environmental Center

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The Schrader Environmental Center
The Schrader Center offers something for nature lovers of all ages.A regional showcase for "Green Architecture" and environmental awareness, the state-of-the-art Henry Stifel Schrader Environmental Education Center includes 97 percent recycled materials and many energy saving features that reduce fossil fuel usage.

Equally as impressive as the building the dynamic programming that takes place inside and outside the Center creates opportunities to celebrate and study the natural world.

The environmental education department provides quality, hands-on instruction through classes, school programs, camping experiences and public events throughout the year.

Family-oriented and fun for all ages, Schrader Center programs foster interest in the environment and provide year-round opportunities for hands-on exploration and outdoor fun!

Programs include guided nature walks, evening campfires, astronomy nights, maple sugaring, Mountain Moon Coffeehouse old-time music, interactive programs on plants, trees, mammals, insects, reptiles, weather, Native American traditions and much, much more!

Summer day camps allow children to explore nature through interactive games, research and craft projects. Through lectures, discussions and field study that can't be equaled in any classroom, residential camping programs immerse participants in a natural environment and are led by expert naturalists. Junior Nature Camp, for ages 10-17 is held at Camp Giscowheco in Dallas Pike, WV. Mountain Nature Camp for adults and Natural Discovery weekends are offered annually at the Terra Alta Mountain Camp.

Whether you are an experienced naturalist, a nature enthusiast or a science educator, the Schrader Center is a valuable resource for you.

Offered quarterly, public classes and workshops provide opportunities to learn and discuss the environment with people with similar interests.

Schrader Center experts conduct field trip and school programs for thousands of students each year. Designed to enhance classroom resources programs can be tailored to any age group and cover natural science topics such as zoology, botany, ecology, biodiversity and more.

The Schrader Center accommodates the mobility impaired. Assisted listening devices available for the hearing impaired.

For hours and more information, call 304-242-6855 or visit

More About Oglebay Institute
Oglebay Institute was formed in 1930 when a group of like-minded citizens, armed with the vision and the philanthropy of the Oglebay family, came together to "contribute to the joy of living" by creating cultural, education and recreational programming in the city's newly acquired Oglebay Park.

Since that time the Institute has grown to include six facilities throughout Wheeling - The Mansion Museum, The Glass Museum, The Stifel Fine Arts Center, Towngate Theatre and Cinema, The Schrader Environmental Education Center and the School of Dance - and offers hundreds of community and school programs in the city, county, region and state. These institute-sponsored programs annually give entertainment and instruction in the arts, history and nature to more than 120,000 people of all ages.

For complete information and hours or for more information about the museums of Oglebay Institute, please call 304-242-7272 or visit

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