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 Joy Wocokwicz 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 Pit-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.”
HOURS – Open 10-6 Daily Until September 10th 11-5 Saturdays- Sundays Starting September 14th
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 Butterflies
• 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!!