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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Originally posted on Lorain County Metro Parks:

jack-o-lanternCome haunt with us during the upcoming 2014 HALLOWEEN FAIR: Fridays & Saturdays, October 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & November 1, 5-10 pm at Carlisle Visitor Center!  For another successful year of spooks and startles, your voluntary assistance in the following capacities is gravely needed and much appreciated!

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Inside the Visitor Center; 3:30-10 pm

  • Food preparation volunteers
  • Costumes & Door monitors

Along the Fairgrounds; 5-10 pm

  • Interactive Games & Activities Attendants
  • Operations Assistance: hand stampers, food runners, pumpkin lighters, etc.

On the Spooky Trail; 7-10 pm

  • Behind the scenes Props Operators
  • Highly active Costumed Ghouls

To participate as a Halloween Fair event volunteer, you must be a member of Friends of Metro Parks in Lorain County, Inc. Temporary Memberships are available ($1 per person), valid Friday & Saturday nights of the event. All temporary and year-round volunteers must abide by rules and regulations…

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Night Owl Corn Maze!

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


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Last Weekend for Hay Wagon Rides & Corn Maze this Fall!

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 ( for more information on dates, parking, fees, attractions, activities, food, & entertainment.  ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn


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