Wildlife Giving Tree

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 Carlisle Visitor Center’s Black River Room during Holiday Lights hours (please see LCMP website for dates & times http://www.metroparks.cc).  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, disinfecting wipes, and kitchen shears are examples of 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 to you & yours! ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn 🙂

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Blooms and the Beginning of the Day

Blooming Jade

Blooming Tillandsia

Blooming Lady Slipper Orchid

Buds on a Star of Bethlehem Orchid

The Conservatory and grounds are silent in the stillness of the dawn. Before Miller Nature Preserve opens each day, there is a blanket of silence that drapes across the lawn. No human sounds echo in the morning – only the rustle of swirling leaves and swaying trees break the quiet.

Slowly, the grounds come alive as the Preserve opens. Lights flicker on in quick succession. Seasonal music swells in the background as fountains jump to life with sprays of water. A brisk sweep of a broom can be heard in the background as hoses mist blooming orchids. The plants breathe a sigh of relief as the cool water seeps into their soil.

Watering early in the mornings gives one a chance to really examine the foliage inside the Conservatory. Each plant has it’s own specific set of needs: orchids needs to be gently misted, poinsettias watered, trees trimmed. In the morning light, without distraction, it’s easy to see the new blooms forming on each plant. Many people miss these small wonders as they walk through the displays: look closely while you’re here. Don’t miss the beauty that surrounds you.

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Swim Meet Closing Front Pool

Pool alert at Splash Zone! On Tuesday, December 5, the Front Pool at Splash Zone will close at 4:45 PM for the Amherst Steele High School Swim Meet against North Olmsted High School. The Back Pool will be open for patrons. However be advised that our parking lot and facility will be crowded with swim meet spectators. If you have any questions or concerns please call (440) 774-5059.

Go Comets!

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Santa and Buddy the Elf to make Appearances

AMHERST – The Holiday season always includes a few favorite programs for families to enjoy to get them in the spirit, this year being no different with events at the Mercy Health & Recreation Center when Santa and Buddy the Elf will make appearances this month.

Each program conducts registration on the event date.

Miracle on Main Street Parade – Friday, December 1st (6:00pm)
Waive to our elves in the Amherst Holiday parade! 

Sunday Fun Day –  Sunday, December 3rd (12:00pm-4:00pm)
50% off daily admission ($3.50/person) for groups of 2 or more
Swimming, Slide, and Games.

indexSwim With Santa –  Sunday, December 10th (12pm-2pm)

Swim, Splash, and Slide with Santa
(Cookies to follow the swim).


Pajama-Rama Movie Night – Saturday, December 16th (6:30pm-9:30pm)
$3.50/person (popcorn included)
Before the showing of the favorite holiday film “ELF” at 8:00pm, enjoy family swim time in the pool starting at 6:30pm.



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Add Adopt-A-Raptor to your holiday shopping list!

Still in need of that special gift for that special someone this Holiday season? A cool & unique gift that keeps-on-giving is becoming an Adopt-A-Raptor Parent! Our Adopt-A-Raptor monetary donation program contributes to the ongoing, quality care of our ten Raptor Center residents. The funds raised through this program are used towards providing medical care, food, exhibit maintenance, and cleaning supplies. A huge, appreciative THANK YOU to all of our past, present, and soon-to-be AAR Parents! AAR forms can be found in our current November/December Arrowhead, on our website, and around the Carlisle Visitor Center. Pictured here is Oliver one of our two male barred owls! Happy Owlidays & Holidays from the Raptor Center! ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn 🙂

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Splash-Mas Party!!!

Celebrate the holidays at Splash Zone on Saturday, December 16, from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Guests will enjoy a Dive-In Movie, swimming, crafts and cookies with milk. There may even be a special visitor from the North Pole! Cost is only $3.50 per person. Pre-registration required! For more information call (440) 774-5059 or register online.

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Throughout the month of December, Splash Zone will be conducting an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course!

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries.

Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health-care professional before participating in the practice sessions.

Participants must be at least 15 years old and pass a pre-requisite swim test. For more information call (440) 774-5059 or register online!


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