A new display has opened at Miller Nature Preserve which features the different ways we use plants as art. Bonsai is featured along a reflecting pool in a Japanese garden. Also displayed are topiary and a hands-on Zen Garden. This display overflows to the outside gardens, so be sure to walk the grounds outside as well. The display is open daily 10 am-6 pm until Aug. 25. There is a $2 charge for the conservatory.
The Carlisle Visitor Center Naturalists would like to THANK all those who came out for our ‘Birds of Prey Photo Opportunity’ program this past Saturday afternoon! During this particular program, CVC Naturalist, Jenn, and seasoned Raptor Corps volunteers, Pam & Tara, brought out four Raptor Center residents: our peregrine falcon (Havoc), red-tailed hawk (Aphrodite), barred owl (Oliver), and screech owl (Smokey) for a “meet & greet” and to be photographed. In addition, one of our newest members of the Raptor Corps, Jody, passed around & talked about raptor natural artifacts (e.g. wings & feathers, talons, pictures, etc.). An educational, engaging, fun-filled afternoon was had by all! Our next ‘BOP Photo Opportunity’ will be held in November to coincide with fall foliage; for date & time, please check our Nov/Dec 2014 Arrowhead program guide coming out this fall. Our next “summer” raptor-related program is our ‘What’s on the Menu?’ program (Saturday 9th 10:00-11:00am in Raptor Center courtyard), during which you will have the unique opportunity to observe us feed some of our Raptor Center residents!
Our male peregrine falcon, Havoc
The Daylily trail is starting to burst with color. There are over 60,000 cultivars of daylilies, we only have a mere 48 here for you to enjoy. Check them out along with the roses still producing some great color and a variety of blooms in the mixed border including Angel’s Trumpet (brugmansia), Pentstemon, Hardy Acanthus, coneflower and more. The golden rain tree in the front of the parking lot is also in bloom.
Explore. Connect. Engage! Nature Camp will foster a love and respect for nature through outdoor activities, wildlife encounters, habitat explorations, and much more! Each day of Nature Camp will provide campers with a schedule filled with creative crafts, experiments, outdoor journaling activities, active team games, and plenty of fun nature hikes! LCMP conduct all camps in a safe environment with qualified and enthusiastic Naturalist staff.
During the week of July 21-25, introduce newbies to the wonders of the natural world through grades’ K-1 “Seekers” Camp (9am-12pm daily). The “Discoverers” Camp for kids entering grades 2-3 will take participants to the next level of nature learning through a full day (9am-3pm) of experiences.
Be sure to register for these camps soon! For more information, or to register online, visit us here: http://www.metroparks.cc/summer-camps.php
Carlisle Visitor Center’s ‘Wildlife Observation Area’ (WOA) is an area and opportunity for you to enjoy observing and learning about the variety of birds and other wildlife that visit the flowers, bird-feeders, and ponds in our beautiful ‘Wildlife Garden’. See first-hand how to create a wildlife-friendly garden in your own backyard as you relax and bird-watch. Meet our various live reptiles & amphibians who are on display for you to observe as well! In addition, reading materials, interpretive displays, and hands-on activities can be found on various wildlife-related topics from identification & natural history to observing & feeding. Binoculars are available to borrow upon request, as well as kid-friendly books & activities for your lil’birders. Don’t forget to check-out our Arrowhead program guide for upcoming public programs tailored to & held in the WOA. The WOA and Nature Nook gift shop, also located in the WOA, is open to the public during Visitor Center hours 8:00am-4:30pm.
The Dahlia Society has planted a new dahlia bed in the outdoor gardens at Miller Nature Preserve and buds are beginning to open. There is a variety of color as well as of large and small blooms. Stop by and see if you can pick a favorite!
New color is coming along each week at the garden. This week we are finding astilbe, roses, kousa dogwoods, itea, pentstemon, hardy acanthus, a few hosta, and the finale of the red hot pokers. There are signs that the daylily trail will be full of color soon along with other summer perennials waiting to bloom. Check us out!