Maybe you remember playing Candy Land as a kid, or you play it now with kids. The new display at Miller Nature Preserve will bring back memories of the game and of favorite candies. Perhaps this time of year your sweet tooth wants some ribbon candy or licorice twists in addition to peppermint. You will find our versions of these candies and others, as well as information along the trail about plants that provide some of our favorite flavorings. You can walk the trail or play the game by getting directions and a dice at the front desk.
The display is open daily 10am-6pm, but will be closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas, and New Year’s. There is an admission charge of $2 per person, children under 42″ are free.
A week from this evening (next Friday 28th) begins our annual Holiday Lights event! Begin, continue, or reignite an old family holiday tradition by spending an evening surrounded by the seasonal sights & sounds of Holiday Lights! From strolling along the paved half-mile, “holiday movie themed” decorated trail and riding the Little Green Choo Holiday Express to heading inside the Visitor Center for night-specific activities & entertainment, there is plenty for you and your family -of all ages & abilities- to experience and enjoy together. Also inside and for a small fee are various refreshments courtesy of Friends of Metro Parks. Located at the Carlisle Visitor Center, Holiday Lights will be running from November 28th until December 30th (CLOSED December 24th & 25th). Hours are 6:00pm–9:00pm Sundays thru Thursdays and 6:00–10:00pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Admission is FREE, but we are asking everyone to bring one nonperishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. For more information and in case of inclement weather, please visit us at www.metroparks.cc or call 440-458-5121. Photos from 2012 Holiday Lights season. ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn
Interested in “warmly” watching wildlife in the comfort of the “great indoors”? If so, swing by the Carlisle Visitor Center’s Wildlife Observation Area (WOA) to relax and observe a variety of birds and other wildlife that visit the feeders & vegetation in our Wildlife Garden. Reading materials, interpretive displays, and hands-on activities can be found on various bird-related topics from identification & natural history to watching & feeding. In addition, we have a variety of live reptiles & amphibians on display as well! Don’t forget to check-out our Arrowhead program guide for upcoming public programs tailored to & held in the WOA. Speaking of birds, before leaving Carlisle, be sure to fly by the Raptor Center to learn about and observe up-close our nine Raptor Center residents. The WOA is open when the Carlisle Visitor Center is open (8:00am-4:30pm). ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn
During the last few weeks in October, visitors walking the Short Loop Trail (aka ‘Haunted Trail’ during Halloween Fair) here at Carlisle Reservation had the special opportunity to participate in a StoryWalk® featuring “The Very Best Pumpkin” by Mark Moulton. Our StoryWalk® was hosted by the Elyria Public Library System (Thank You!). StoryWalks® have been installed in 48 states and four countries(Germany, Canada, England, & Bermuda)! For more information on the StoryWalk Project®, please visit their website: http://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk. ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn
NEW this year, ‘Night Owl Corn Maze’! Tonight (Tuesday, October 28th 7:00-8:30pm) bring your flashlight to Carlisle Reservation’s Equestrian Center and try your nocturnal navigation skills through our 6-acre Corn Maze! Corn Maze admission is $1/person(tickets will be sold at the booth near Equestrian Ctr parking lot), children 3 and under are FREE. Please note that the program begins at 7:00pm and ends promptly at 8:30pm, thus please make sure you arrive in & give yourself plenty of time(at least 30 minutes) to enjoy the corn maze before it closes at 8:30pm. We will stop selling tickets at 8:00pm. In addition to nature-related trivia questions throughout the maze, there will be items specifically for the “night owls” during this event! It is going to be an aMAZing time! See you this evening! ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn
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 (www.metroparks.cc) for more information on dates, parking, fees, attractions, activities, food, & entertainment. ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn