Last Weekend for Hay Wagon Rides & Corn Maze this Fall!

With fall festivities in full swing, keep your Lorain County Metro Parks in mind for “FUN for the whole family!” fall- & Halloween-related programs, activities, & events. Here at Carlisle Reservation, we will be hosting our last weekend(25th & 26th) of Fall Hay Wagon Rides and Corn Maze (at Equestrian Center, Noon-3:30pm, tickets for EACH activity are $1/person, children 3 & under FREE).  Our Halloween Fair event will be running this and tomorrow evening (24th & 25th, 5:00-10:00pm) as well!  Please visit our website ( for more information on dates, parking, fees, attractions, activities, food, & entertainment.  ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn


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Halloween Fair 2014, see you there!

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With our annual Halloween Fair starting tomorrow evening (Friday 17th, 5:00-10:00pm), we are excitedly & busily putting the final fun & spooky touches on our “non-scary” train/wagon and “haunted” walking trails, and around the Carlisle Visitor Center. Many of our “oldie but goodie” attractions & activities are returning, as well as you will see & experience a variety of new ones! We are so excited for you and your families & friends to join us for Halloween Fair 2014! See you there, if you dare!! For more information on Halloween Fair, as well as about our weekend Fall Hay Wagon Rides and Corn Maze, located at Carlisle Reservation too, please visit our website. Photos courtesy of Lisa Fide.  ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn

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Adopt-A-Raptor program

Know of someone who has a birthday or anniversary this fall? Looking for a cool, unique gift that “keeps on giving”? How about giving him or her the opportunity to adopt one of our Raptor Center residents such as Stewart, one of our two barred owls, pictured here. The funds raised through our Adopt-A-Raptor monetary donation program are used towards providing medical care, food, exhibit maintenance, and cleaning supplies. The support of our kindhearted Adopt-A-Raptor “Parents” is crucial for maintaining a high standard of care for our birds.  Please visit our website for more information and to download an Adopt-A-Raptor form.


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Starfish Cactus Blooming

starfish cactus flowerThe starfish cactus buds have begun to open.  They are large, unusual flowers that attract flies, so smell good to flies, but not to us.  There are more buds to open so you should have a chance to stop by the Conservatory at Miller Nature Preserve in Avon to see them.  This plant is native to South Africa.

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DSC03530One of our communities is celebrating a Bicentennial this year.  Can you tell which one the plants spell out?  The display at Miller Nature Preserve is celebrating this event by historic pictures and trivia of the area.   The Conservatory is open 10am-6pm daily with a $2 admission fee.

Happy 200 Avon!

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Fall Beauty in the Garden

Schoepfle still has plenty of color with cannas, autumn crocus, sedum, roses and more. There is some color in the dogwoods as well as a few maples. Trams run through the month of October Thursday mornings 10am -1 pm and Sundays 1 -4 pm to give everyone a chance to see the splendor of the seasons changing.

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jack-o-lanternCome haunt with us during the upcoming 2014 HALLOWEEN FAIR: Fridays & Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & November 1, 5-10 pm at Carlisle Visitor Center!  For another successful year of spooks and startles, your voluntary assistance in the following capacities is gravely needed and much appreciated!

6 general options

Inside the Visitor Center; 3:30-10 pm

  • Food preparation volunteers
  • Costumes & Door monitors

Along the Fairgrounds; 5-10 pm

  • Interactive Games & Activities Attendants
  • Operations Assistance: hand stampers, food runners, pumpkin lighters, etc.

On the Spooky Trail; 7-10 pm

  • Behind the scenes Props Operators
  • Highly active Costumed Ghouls

To participate as a Halloween Fair event volunteer, you must be a member of Friends of Metro Parks in Lorain County, Inc. Temporary Memberships are available ($1 per person), valid Friday & Saturday nights of the event. All temporary and year-round volunteers must abide by rules and regulations established by Friends of Metro Parks and the Lorain County Metro Parks. Youths under 18 years of age must be supervised by a participating parent or guardian at all times.

To sign up NOW for your preferred 2014 Halloween Fair dates and volunteer activities, contact HF Volunteer Coordinator Donna Wolf at (440)324-7674 or !

Visit our Halloween Fair webpage for  FAQ’s and more information!

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