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Add Some Nature to Your Life this Summer!

It seems that what we at the Schrader Center have known all along is now being proven by a wider group of scientists and researchers…Nature Rocks! It’s true. If you add in some time spent outdoors in nature, you can lessen the amount of stress that you feel and increase cognitive skills and creativity, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Natural Learning Initiative study at North Carolina State University. Richard Louv, the author of “The Nature Principle: Reconnecting With Life in a Virtual Age” and “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder”, describes how it’s time to get back to nature in a recent article for the New York Times online edition. 

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Oglebay Institute makes it easy to connect in nature with a myriad of summer camp options for adults and children of all ages. Check out OI’s website, and click on the Camps tab for information on Mountain Nature Camp, Junior Nature Camp and Nature Day Camp. Plus, we have tons of summer activities that put you right out on the trails and up close and personal with Mother Nature. We have guided nature walks, a fossil hunt, campfires, family backpacking and exploration and even astronomy! You can find a complete listing of our summer programs here:  OI_SP_rack_card.

Visit the Schrader Center this summer, and step into the outdoors with your family. We’re just a few minutes up the hill in Oglebay Park!


Birdseed for Sale at the Schrader Center!

Birdseed is back at the Schrader Center! And not just any old birdseed. Our seed is made from the stuff birds love to eat! We have premium quality ingredients at the best possible prices. Our seeds do not include fillers or pesticides. Our staff has worked to develop special mixes that are guaranteed to attract birds to your backyard feeder.

Oglebay Best:  ($25/25# bag) — A mix of black oil sunflower, white millet, striped sunflower and safflower seeds.

Oglebay Divine: ($25/25# bag) — A mix of the same seeds, plus peanut chunks. Our specialty mixes will attract birds like blue jays, chickadees, cardinals, finches, grosbeaks, juncos, sparrows, nuthatches, titmice and woodpeckers.

Black Oil Sunflower: ($20/25# bag) — The #1 choice for backyard birds and is high in quality proteins and essential oils.

Nyjer Thistle: ($15/10# bag & $30/25# bag) — Imported from Asia and Africa. This tiny, black seed is heat sterilized to prevent seed germination. It is a favorite of finches with its high calorie count and oil content.

Sunflower Chips: ($35/25# bag) — The only true no waste, no mess feed available. With almost no shell, you get more feed per pound and no messy hulls to clean up.

Suet Cakes in peanut, wild bird and woodpecker blends: ($1.25/11oz) — The suet cakes consist of rendered beef fat and a mix of seeds, grains and vitamins. These are our most affordable feeding option for birds.

Squirrel Snacks ($6.00/3oz) — Keep the squirrels happy, too this winter!

Over the years, we’ve learned that the better the seed, the more fun you’ll have watching the birds, and your annual bird feeding costs will be lower. We also offer feeders to hold the seed, field guides to identify the bird types in your backyard and binoculars and spotting scopes to help you see the birds up close.

Plus, Oglebay Institute members get a 15% discount! The annual Oglebay Institute bird seed sale has been a tradition for more than 50 years, and the proceeds support environmental education programming for Ohio Valley schools. Stop by and pick up birdseed for your backyard birds. Located in Oglebay Park, the Schrader Center is open 10am-5 pm, Monday though Saturday and noon-5pm, Sundays through December. Call us at 304-242-6855 for more information.