An Eggciting event at Lakeview Park!

Tomorrow, April 19th, is our BIG EGG HUNT!

Be sure to arrive before 10:00am with your basket. We will have a craft available for kids from 9:30-11:00am. Hunt starts at 10:00am and will be over once all the eggs are gone. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos after the hunt.

*Egg Hunt for children ages 2-10 years


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Spring Blooms at Schoepfle

With the last snowfall of the year(hopefully) we can now look forward to the blooms around the garden.  Currently blooming are striped squill, Siberian squill, Lenten rose, hyacinth, grape hyacinth, crocus, snowdrops and daffodils.  With warming temps, I hope some of the magnolias and forsythia will have some nice color for the egg hunt on Saturday at 10am.  With the harsh winter many buds may have been damaged so we won’t know until after the blooming starts on how our flowering trees will respond but we will hope for the best.  Photo is Siberian squill.


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Family Fun at Carlisle this Week

Don’t let this latest wintery weather keep you & your children housebound, hop on by the Carlisle Visitor Center this week to join us for a variety of free, fun, kid-friendly programming!
Tuesday 15th, ‘Glunk, Vroom, Peep!’, 2:00-3:00pm
~Look & Listen for frogs & toads, and meet & feed our amphibians!
Wednesday 16th, ‘Scales & Tales’, 10:00-11:00am
~We’ll read a turtle story and meet & feed our turtles!
Wednesday 16th, ‘Little Green Choo Spring Rides’, 1:00-3:00pm
~Ride through the Children’s Nature Discovery Trail. Weather permitting.

While here, relax in the Wildlife Observation Area as you watch a variety of birds & other wildlife in our Wildlife Garden, go on a Scavenger Hunt in the Dino Discovery Room, and stop by our Raptor Center to learn about & observe up-close our hawks, owls, bald eagle, turkey vulture, and falcons!

treefrog ABC

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Slow but Steady Start at Schoepfle Garden

We are starting to see some color in the garden after a long winter. Winter aconite, snowdrops and cyclamen have been joined by crocuses and squill. We hope to see more of our early bloomers as it warms up. The tram is running again, Thursdays 10am-1pm and Sundays 1-4 pm, great opportunities to see the garden.


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Sunday April 13 from 2-4 pm at Miller Nature Preserve

Have you ever been intrigued by this unique ancient living art form? Come see firsthand how it is done!  This demo will utilize living plants to show training techniques as well as some basic bonsai care including pruning, repotting, and general information.  Enter to receive one of the demo trees! After you have been inspired at this event, sign up for some upcoming hands on programs to create and keep your own tree!  Conservatory entrance fee $2


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Learn about, virtually view, and meet in-person turtles!

On Wednesday, March 26th from 2:00-3:00pm, Lorain County Metro Parks is offering a turtle inspired, Interactive Video Distance Learning (IVDL) program titled “Turtle Tots.” During this month’s FREE IVDL program, we will be connecting remotely with Texas State Aquarium to learn about & virtually view their sea turtles in action. After our virtual visit to their Tortuga Cay, we’ll enjoy their sea turtle puppet show. Stick around after the program to meet our very own native Ohio turtles in-person!

Turtle Tots will be held at the Carlisle Visitor Center and is open to the general public. The Carlisle Visitor Center is located at 12882 Diagonal Road in LaGrange. For more information, please call 440-458-5121 or visit the Metro Parks’ website at

Pictured here is our female(note the 'brown' eyes) Eastern box turtle "Speedy."

Pictured here is our female(note the ‘brown’ eyes)         Eastern box turtle “Speedy.”

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Annual ‘ROAD TO FREEDOM: An Interactive Underground Railroad Experience’ returns to French Creek Reservation!

Face your fears and test your courage as you Civil War slave ll flee from your captors encountering potential friends and foes along your escape to the north.  This program takes place outdoors along a rugged footpath leading to the Burrell Homestead.  Due to the mature factual and historical content, we recommend that participants be at least 8 years old.  Don’t miss your chance to participate in this unique history-based programming opportunity provided by Lorain County Metro Parks and TrueNorth Cultural Arts!

bh historical markerFIELD TRIP FOR 4TH GRADE & UP – History lesson, survival game activity, trailside reenactment, and visit to Underground Railroad historic site.  Two-hour sessions are still available by request Tuesdays through Thursdays 4/1-4/10.  For details, contact Aimee at (440) 949-5200 x225 or .  FREE for Lorain County students!

FIELD TRIP SESSION FOR HOMESCHOOLERS – A public RTF Field Trip session for individual Homeschoolers, grades 4 & up, on Thursday 4/10, 1-3 pm. Preregister adult and student participants by 4/9 and pay $3 per student at the door.  Participants begin their journey at French Creek Reservation’s Pine Tree Picnic Area Shelter #1.  Bus transportation back to the shelter provided.

PUBLIC EVENING PERFORMANCES – Trailside reenactment and visit to Underground Railroad historic site; duration roughly 1 hour, 15 minutes.  Groups start on the trail at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8 pm, beginning at Pine Tree Picnic Area’s Shelter #1.  Bus transportation back to shelter provided.  Preregister for preferred time block and pay $5 per person by 4/10.

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