Happy Fall from the LEINWC!

Thank you everyone who made the 2019 season our best yet at the Nature & Wildlife Center! We had record numbers of visitors and great success in our programs and events!

This summer, we had an exciting opportunity to reach our fundraising goal for our building addition so that we can break ground this fall. Brad and Zoe Titchener offered us a Match Challenge Grant and will match funds we raise this summer up to $30,000! We are thrilled to report that we met this goal and will be breaking ground soon on our addition! Make sure you include us in your plans to visit Put-in-Bay in 2020 to see all of the exciting changes coming to the Nature & Wildlife Center!

If you would like to donate online, you can do so through PayPal using a PayPal account or credit card.


We are currently scheduling group tours for 2020! Come visit us!

Group Rates
Grades 7 and up $2
Elementary Students $1
Minimum 20 per group, with 1 adult per 10 children

Group and tours by appointment only – call 419-285-3037

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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How to Help

We've been fundraising to build an addition to the center.

We have built the porch, and now need to move forward on the much needed library and expansion of the inside exhibit space. We have been offered an exciting challenge to raise funds for completing the second phase. Brad & Zoe Titchener have offered to match funds we raise in 2019 up to $30,000.  Our staff and volunteers have been working to meet this challenge though soliciting local donations, fundraisers, grants, and other foundations so we can meet this challenge. The cost of the building addition is estimated at $200,000.00. We currently have $130,000 in our Building Fund. Completion of this challenge will allow us to break ground this Fall!
Remember, every dollar you give is matched up to $30,000. Your donation is worth double the amount you send to us. Please complete the form on the top of this Page and return it with your donation. Thank you!!

(419) 285-3037

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