Registration OPEN for 12/13/14 ‘Burrell Christmas’ Tours!

Lorain County Metro Parks, with support from the Sheffield Village Historical Society, invites you to attend Burrell Christmas: A Victorian Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 13th!  Visit French Creek Reservation’s Burrell Homestead and participate in games, discussions, and more – topped off with light holiday refreshments!  FREE scheduled tours (one hour 15 minutes in length) depart by shuttle bus from the French Creek Nature Center promptly every 20 minutes.  Seating is limited – preregister for your seat by selecting a timeslot below, online at, or by calling (440) 458-5121 TODAY!

TOUR 1 – Noon-1:15 pmsvhs decorating burrells

TOUR 2 – 12:20-1:35 pm

TOUR 3 – 12:40-1:55 pm

TOUR 4 – 1-2:15 pm

TOUR 5 – 1:20-2:35 pm

TOUR 6 – 1:40-2:55 pm

TOUR 7 – 2-3:15 pm

ALSO – Drop-in Victorian Era-inspired crafts ongoing at the French Creek Nature Center Noon-2 pm!

For more information, please contact Aimee at (440) 949-5200 x225 or .



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2014 Santa Nights at Lakeview Park

Thank you to everyone who came out to Santa Nights at Lakeview! We hope you enjoyed your visit with Santa and hope to see you at future programs.  Our last dates for Santa Nights at Lakeview are December 7th & 10th.

To view photos from this event please… click here. If you do not find your photo, please check back at a later time as photos may take some time to be uploaded. Thank you!


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Wildlife Giving Tree

004Returning this year is our Wildlife Giving Tree program! Looking for an opportunity to help us continue to provide quality care for our program animals (raptors, reptiles, & amphibians), as well as birdseed for wildlife that visit our bird-feeders? Visit our Wildlife Giving Tree in the Carlisle Visitor Center’s Black River Room during Holiday Lights hours. Featured on some of the tree ornaments are examples of items to donate. Choose the item you wish to donate and the attached ornament is yours to keep as a “Thank you!” for your time & generosity. Items will be divided up amongst our various Park facilities. Dish soap, birdseed, Ziploc bags, and kitchen shears are just some of the many thoughtful donations we received, from YOU our wonderful park visitors & supporters, during last year’s Wildlife Giving Tree program.  Thank You & Happy Holidays!  ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn


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Candyland Display at Miller Nature Preserve

Candy HouseMaybe 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.


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Beginning November 28th, Holiday Lights light-up Carlisle Reservation once again!

holiday lights 2012 038A 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). holiday lights 2012 051Hours 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 or call 440-458-5121.  Photos from 2012 Holiday Lights season. ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn

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‘Wildlife Observation Area’ & Opportunity

035Interested 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


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Enjoying Books in the Great Outdoors!

IMG_8239During 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:     ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn


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