Splash Zone’s Dash-n-Splash 5K

SplashnDashWebsiteJoin us for the Dash-n-Splash 5K Run & 1-Mile Family Fun Run on Saturday, May 28! Both runs/walks will start and finish at Splash Zone in Oberlin, OH! A post-run party will include music, food, and access to our outdoor pool & water slides! Individuals and families can pre-register today by calling (440) 774-5059 or clicking on the link below for the registration packet!

DashNSplash Packet

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FREE ‘Spirit of America’ Boating Camp for 7th Grade Grads!

Spirit of America_2015Looking for something [FUN, EXCITING, OUTDOORS] to do this summer? Join us for the upcoming 2016 season of ‘Spirit of America Boating Camp’ – FREE to 7th grade graduates in Lorain County!

Learn safe boating skills, on shore and on the water!
Earn a state Boaters Certificate by taking and passing the Ohio Boating Education Course
Become a “Captain of Your Own Vessel”
– Sailboats
– Powerboats
– Paddle sports (Canoes, Kayaks, & Stand Up Paddleboards)
– Personal Watercraft (PWC, or “jet ski”)

Students must commit to participate in an 8-hour Ohio Boating Education Course (OBEC), passing the exam with a 70% grade (minimum), a ‘Drowning Prevention’ pool session, as well as the week-long ‘On-water Boating Camp’. Hands-on learning direct from LCMP staff and Spirit of America instructors and volunteers is supplemented with instruction from officers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft and the US Coast Guard.

This opportunity is FREE to participating students, funded through state and federal grants, with support from the Spirit of America Foundation, Spitzer Marina, and Lorain Sailing & Yacht Club.

2. Complete the application, choosing from the options for each facet of the program: OBEC, Drowning Prevention, and On-Water boating camp.
3. Write a brief essay describing why you are interested in participating in Boating Camp.
4. Send the completed application and essay by email to: apotonic@metroparks.cc , by mail to: Lorain County Metro Parks, Attn: Aimee Potonic, 4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village, OH  44054, or by fax to: (440) 949-5068.

Space is limited, and the May 1st deadline is approaching – so apply TODAY!

Check out ‘Spirit of America Premier Youth Boating Education’ on YouTube!

For more information about this unique FREE boating opportunity, contact Aimee at apotonic@metroparks.cc or (440) 219-7873.

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1000’s of reasons to visit Schoepfle

We are in the middle of some great spring weather and it has produced a large number of blooms throughout the garden.  Tulips, daffodils, primrose, Lenten rose, quince and more are in bloom.  We are starting to look very green as well, the grass is great and trees like the new willow in Children’s Garden is starting to show leaves.  Wildflowers in the valley and the woods are also very easy to find as cut leaf toothwort, trillium, yellow smooth violet, Dutchman’s breeches and just a few small Jack in the Pulpits are poking out.  A special pop-up wildflower hike on Sunday April 24th at 11:30am for those who would like some help locating and identifying wildflowers in the woods, it is a Hiking Stick program.

cedar lebanon spring

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Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd.  This Earth Day and beyond, let’s all work to protect our planet every day of the year!

Here’s How YOU can Take ACTION!

  • Be a Citizen Signer
    By adding your name to the millions already calling for global climate action, we will remind leaders this agreement is a historic one, brought about by the actions of millions.
  • Track Your Online Energy Use!
    Download the “Earth Mode” Chrome extension to see how much energy you are using while browsing the Internet.
  • Reduce Your Footprint
    Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz and learn how you can reduce your impact on the planet.
  • Eat Less Meat
    The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Help make a difference by limiting your meat consumption.
  • Buy local produce
    Eat healthier and help reduce your carbon footprint by buying local produce. Take the pledge and we’ll show you how to find local produce near you.
  • End Junk Mail
    Junk mail is not only a major inconvenience, it also has an extremely negative impact on the environment. Help reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.
  • Stop Using Disposable Plastic
    Help end our obsession with plastic and protect the environment. Take the pledge to stop using disposable plastic.
  •  Start Composting
    More than a billion pounds of food are thrown away every year. Help make a difference by turning your food waste into soil.
  • Recycle Your E-Waste
    Every year, thousands of old electronic devices are thrown into landfills, polluting the environment, when they can be recycled. Pledge to recycle your e-waste.

– See more at: http://www.earthday.org/take-action/#sthash.XCHnTm2T.dpuf

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Road Closure Notice for Schoepfle Visitors

Starting Monday April 18th, State Route 113 will be closed between Baird Rd and Dean Rd. until May 6th.  Visitors headed to Schoepfle Garden should research alternative routes or follow the posted detours.   

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Due to unsafe trail conditions resulting from the weather we’ve experienced within the last 24 hours, French Creek Reservation’s ‘ROAD TO FREEDOM’ event scheduled to occur on Saturday, April 9th has been CANCELLED.

At this time, attempts to reschedule are being made, however, no plans have been set.  Registered patrons will be issued a refund – we appreciate your patience as we work through the process.  For questions or concerns regarding this refund, please call (440) 458-5121.

Please stay tuned to LCMP’s website, this blog, and our Facebook feed for more information regarding all upcoming programs and events.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this program cancellation.

Lorain County Metro Parks

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Spring sightings at Schoepfle

April showers are already bringing the flowers as we have a fast start to the warming season.  In the garden you will find daffodils, hyacinth, grape hyacinth, Lenten rose, primrose, forsythia, magnolias and the cornelian cherry dogwood.  Also found a stray tulip with a start to color, but our tulips in general are still a little ways off.  In the woods you may see toadshade, spring beauty, lesser celandine, and bloodroot, but we are a few weeks away from a full spring bloom in the valley.



First tulip of the season



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