Island Green Week
featuring the spectacular Bass Islands in Lake Erie
Island Green Week on Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Islands this summer will make you remember what you loved most about the islands as a kid – water, rocks, cliffs, caves, kayaking, meteor showers, moss, moonlit nights, beach bonfires, cozy camping, swimming, beach-combing, cottaging with your family, ferry rides, staying the night at the lake and nature. Let’s do it all over again during Island Green Week, August 6th through the 13th, 2016, on
Middle Bass Island and Put-in-Bay in Lake Erie, Ohio.
Three of the biggest organizations and proponents of nature on the Erie Isles have teamed together to bring you some great activities during this week-long event. Experience a taste of the unique wine culture, an island-style pig roast, kayaking a Great Lake, and a dedication of the newest lakefront nature preserve on Put-in-Bay. See wildlife, flora and fauna. Sail on a meteor shower cruise, and by special invitation explore, tour and hike island places people would not normally see.
Island Green Week includes activities for adults, families and children. Special pricing and coupons for events, restaurants, transportation and entrance fees will be available for Green Week participants. Event highlights are:
Saturday, August 6 – Middle Bass Island Poker Kayak Day – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date Aug. 7) Fee $10. Contact Tina Larson at: 248.320.4529
• Sunday, August 7 – Dedication and Celebration at the new Put-in-Bay Massie Cliffside Preserve – 1 p.m. Activities include hiking, fishing, birding and guided nature tours.- Free.
• Monday, August 8 – Tour the South Bass Island Lighthouse – Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fee $3.
• Tuesday, August 9 – Wild Tuesday- Topic “Somethings Fishy” at the Nature & Wildlife Center – Put-in-Bay – Free.
• Wednesday, August 10 – South Bass Island Preserve Ramble & Eco-Tour highlighting natural areas including sites rarely seen by visitors – Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Includes special activities at each preserve, printed souvenir booklet and guide and light lunch. Fee $40 per person. Tickets available at the Put-in-Bay Village Town Hall on Catawba Ave. the day of the event or reserve tickets by calling Kendra Koehler at (419) 341-2725.
• Wednesday, August 10 – Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center’s Annual Pig Roast at 6 p.m. at The Goat Restaurant. Entertainer Ray Fogg performs, plus a silent auction fundraiser. Fee $15.
• Thursday, August 11 – Stargazer’s Cruise aboard a Miller Ferry. Board the Miller Ferry downtown dock on Put-in-Bay 8:30 pm, returns approximately
10:45 pm. Refreshments will be available on the boat for a small cost. Tickets will be available at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center, call 419-285-3037. Fee Adults $18, Children $10.
• Friday, August 12 – Visit the Aquatic Visitors Center & Historic Fish Hatchery. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.- Free.
• Saturday, August 13 – Middle Bass East Point Preserve Photo Walk – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Free.
PLUS – Explore the islands many natural and historic treasures-caves, shores, cliffs, museums on your own as well. Some fees apply.
Lodging and transportation information is available at visitputinbay.com or go to
SHORESandISLANDS.com. This is a great time of year to visit! For details, go to lakeerieislandswildlife.com.
The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, and the Put-in-Bay Township Park District are the sponsors for these events and fundraisers that will benefit island nature programs.PLEASE Show or Print this coupon for the Miller Ferry discount
Miller Ferries will extend to Green Week *participants/ Adult passengers traveling to either Put-in-Bay or to Middle Bass Island our weekday Group Fares:
Put-in-Bay Adult (age 12 years and older) Round Trip $12 (a savings of $2)
E’s Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental at the Miller Ferry Lime Kiln Dock will extend to Green Week (during PIB events) participants a $5 off all day cart rental.
Welcome to the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center
So how did an Alaskan Birdhouse Museum now known as the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, come to be here on Put-in-Bay?
Stan and Joann Wulkowicz came to live on the island after 27 years living and teaching in Alaska. Stan was an island native, he grew up next door to the Wildlife Center, left and moved to Alaska where he met and married Joey, a native of North Dakota.
In 1993-1994 this museum was designed and built. In the spring of 1994 the first school tours began.
The building of the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center (LEINWC) was dedicated in honor of donors Stanley Edward Wulkowicz and Joan Wulkowicz in 2008. Their remarkable effort has resulted in this magnificent collection of North American wildlife, fish and birds. The people of the Lake Erie Islands are forever indebted to them for their generous gift that future generations may appreciate these natural wonders.
A sign was placed on the front of the LEINWC building and on Put-in-Bay Road which reads “Wulkowicz Woods- These woods are preserved in honor of donor Stanley Edward Wulkowicz and in memory of his father Stanley Wulkowicz who wanted to preserve this property for his son and for islands wildlife.”
Open Daily Memorial Day through Labor Day
And weekends in May & September
Weekdays and Off season- By appointment or chance
Children 6 – 11 and Seniors $2
Children 5 and under free if accompanied by an adult
Family Rate $8
Grades 7 and up $2
Elementary Students $1
Minimum 20 per group, with 1 adult per 10 children
Special programs for groups and by appointment only (includes admission to Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center)
Pricing starts at $100 (up to 20 people), $5 each additional person, for 1/2 to 1 hour on one of the following topics:
• Monarch Butterfly (see Monarch tab for more information)
• Tree Identification
• Edible Plants
• Insect Walk
• Frog Pond Search
Group and weekday tours by appointment only – call 419-285-3037
Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center
255 Meechen Road
P.O. Box 871
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
New Purple Martin Rig and More!!
Thanks go to the dynamic duo Paula Ziebarth and Darlene Sillick for the new purple martin rig for the Scheeff East Point Preserve purchased with a conservation grant from the Columbus Zoo! Boy Scouts troop #117 from Columbus helped put it up in April and the birds moved in! Thanks to Richard Gump for digging the hole and Bob Russell for the donated quickcrete. The birds really appreciate the new home and we will all enjoy watching them!!