Still in need of that special card or gift for that special someone this Holiday season? How about a photograph of a hawk or owl that YOU took?! This Saturday 14th between 1:30-2:30pm, at the Carlisle Visitor Center, we’ll be bringing some of our Raptor Center residents out of their enclosures to give you the wonderful opportunity to meet & photograph them up-close. Another unique & special holiday gift that keeps-on-giving is participating in our Adopt-A-Raptor program. Adopt-A-Raptor forms can be found in our current November/December Arrowhead, on our website, and around the Carlisle Visitor Center. Happy Holidays!
Photo credits: Martin St-Amant – Wikipedia – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Tonight at the Carlisle Visitor Center from 6:30-7:30 pm, we will be connecting remotely with The Columbus Zoo, whose staff will introduce us to some of their resident penguins and discuss unique adaptations and interesting features of these amazing birds. The interactive video portion will be from 6:30-7:30pm followed by a kid-friendly penguin craft.
And of course, afterwards be sure to walk the Holiday Lights trail and ride the Little Green Choo – both of these FREE activities will be open until 9pm tonight.
This FREE program 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 Mary at 440-458-5121. We hope to see you there!
Swing by the Carlisle Visitor Center’s ‘Wildlife Observation Area’ anytime between 2:00-4:00pm tomorrow (Dec 7th) for our ‘Lil Birders, BIG Fun!’ free public program. We’ll be watching the wildlife that visit our Wildlife Garden and playing kid-friendly bird-watching games. Afterwards, stick around or return for our Holiday Lights event and TEENS at the Park ‘Craft Night’, both beginning at 6:00pm.
Dates: November 29 – December 30, 2013
Time: Sun-Thurs: 6-9pm; Fri-Sat: 6-10pm
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center at Carlisle Reservation
Once again, it is time for us to gather and celebrate with family and friends for the end of year holidays. Join us at the Carlisle Visitor Center as we light up the night with our annual and free Holiday Lights program!
By popular demand, the decorated trail stations along the ½-mile paved loop trail will once again be themed to represent various classic holiday movies. These stations were conceived and decorated by many creative Lorain County businesses, organizations and agencies. The Little Green Choo Holiday Express will also be running daily; offering rides through another decorated trail display. Inside the Carlisle Visitor Center, refreshments will be offered for a small fee, courtesy of Friends of Metro Parks.
During our Holiday Lights program we will be having special offerings in the Carlisle Room throughout the week. We will be hosting a “Wildlife Giving Tree” with items needed to care for the animals of Carlisle; from our resident raptors and reptiles to our wild songbird visitors. Children can join us for drop-in craft nights on Saturday evenings, 6-9 pm. On Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings we will be playing classic holiday movies. Various evening programs will be conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (see below).
Also NEW this year, the Friends of Metro Parks will be hosting a Santa Shop for children to purchase small holiday gifts on Monday, December 16 and 23. Holiday Lights at the Carlisle Visitor Center (12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange) takes place this year from November 29 through December 30 (closed December 24 and 25). Hours are 6–9 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 6–10 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free, but we are asking everyone to bring one nonperishable food item that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. For more information, visit us at http://www.metroparks.cc or call the Carlisle Visitor Center at 440-458-5121.
The Winter Garden continues on at Schoepfle Garden and Sunday is your opportunity to explore the features of an eye catching winter landscape as we take our Holly Walk at 2 pm. Evergreens like hollies can provide background and color throughout the year in any landscape. Check out the hollies Otto planted in 1960 as well as other varieties throughout the garden. All participants will be able to take home a free branch of holly for holiday decoration as well. Can’t make it Sunday? Visit any day 8 am – 4:30 pm, grab a map and a Winter Garden guide and explore the wonders of the outdoors in the cooler months.
We at the Carlisle Visitor Center are excited to announce that our Naturespace exploration & play area is back open to the public! During its brief closure, we were hard at work making this area even more welcoming, fun, and educational by repainting it, putting in new carpet, adding more seating, and refreshing our book & toy collection. Thank you very much for your patience & understanding during this time. Naturespace hours are 8:00am-4:30pm everyday excluding major holidays.
There are still some blooms persisting – pansies, hardy cyclamen and witch hazel predominantly. These late bloomers can add color to your landscape into the winter months. We are pruning back roses, collecting leaves and mulching tender perennials at this time to prepare for the winter ahead. Visit us 8 – 4:30 daily to check out our progress and explore the Winter Garden at Schoepfle