Check out our Spring Newsletter! We have an exciting season in store! Read all about our 2024 programs and updates!

Updates from the LEINWC

We are so excited for the 2024 season!

We’ve been busy over the winter planning new events and displays for the 2024 season. We are very excited about our first annual Monarch Fest happening in September! We are looking for sponsors, vendors, and education tables, please contact us if you’re interested. There will be games, food, music, and of course Monarch tagging! We are also excited to unveil our new snake display this year. We’ll be adding three native snakes to our ambassadors, which we cannot wait to introduce to visitors! There are a lot of great events this summer as well, so make sure to plan your trip to see all the exciting new things at the Nature & Wildlife Center in 2024!

As always, we strive to be an educational resource for our community near and far. We have developed some resources to help families with fun activities to do while at home as well as educational resources for kids (and adults!), and are working on more. If there are any other ways we can be a helpful resource to the community, please contact us and let us know. If you want to volunteer to help the Nature & Wildlife Center, please reach out as we are always looking for help within the community. We sincerely appreciate any and all support you can provide, whether it’s donations, volunteering, or even just liking and sharing our social media pages and posts! Thank you to our amazing community, we appreciate all of you more than we can say!

We work hard to keep our expenses to a minimum, but as always, we rely on donations to help support our educational programs and operating costs. We are also still seeking donations to help with the new displays. You can help by sponsoring a display (contact us at for more details), purchasing an item for the Nature & Wildlife Center off our Amazon Wish List (don’t forget to shop through AmazonSmile and make the LEINWC your charity to give back with every purchase!), or sponsoring a yearly expense. For other ways to help, click here. If you would like to donate online, you can do so through PayPal using a PayPal account or credit card.

Another way to help is by shopping our merchandise at our online Gift Shop! Check them out for yourself or for great gifts to support the Nature & Wildlife Center.

Looking for more information on things to do in the area? Check out for information on all the places to eat, drink, and have fun in Ottawa and Erie counties!

About Us
The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center was formed by a collaboration between the Lake Erie Islands chapter of the Black Swamp  Conservancy and the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society. In 2012 we became an independent non-profit organization. Along with being in the middle of the walleye capital of the world, the  islands are home to hundreds of species of birds and are the only place in the country where the federally threatened Lake Erie Watersnake can be found. Utilizing our unique location we aim to provide a one of a kind ecological/educational experience for the 700,000+ visitors that come to South Bass Island each summer.

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The mission of the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center is to promote conservation of & education about the flora, fauna, and lands of the Lake Erie Islands ecosystem. We work hard to support and promote this mission with everything we do. Please see above or click How to Help for more information on how you can help us continue to realize our mission.

(419) 285-3037

255 Meechen Rd., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

For detailed information on how to get to the island, visit the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce website. For ferry information and schedules, visit the Miller Ferry and Jet Express websites.