Fall provides nature a chance to show off nearly every color of the rainbow as reds, yellows and oranges cover trees with their green leaves against crisp blue skies (we hope).  There are plenty of colors in the garden as sedum, hardy begonias, cannas and more continue to bloom.  Add in the colors of the dogwoods, maples and more, you have a great day to walk in the park.  Prefer to ride?  Trams still running Sundays 1 -4 pm and Thursdays 10am – 1 pm, FREE, no reservations.  Join us here, or at any of the great Lorain County Metro Parks to be amazed at the colors of autumn.


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Oh Dear – Deer Not In My Yard!

DSC04791The fall display at Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory in Avon is designed by Maple Leaf Landscaping of Bay Village.  If you are tired of your plants being the main course for the deer, check out the plants used in this display which deer tend to leave alone.

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Calling for new Holiday Lights Participants!

It may not look a lot like the holidays just yet, but we are already planning for 038our year-end Holiday Lights Program at Carlisle Reservation! If your organization is interested in portraying a “Holiday Movie” scene along the decorated trail, as a form of free company advertising that will be seen by thousands of Lorain County residents during November & December, please contact Mary Ewers for more information at mewers@metroparks.cc or 440-458-5121 x232.

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Join us at the Splash Zone for our annual Halloween party on Sunday, October 18, from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM! There will be fun for the whole family including swimming, crafts and trick-or-treating! Don’t forget to bring your costume! The cost is $3.50 per person and all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP by calling the Splash Zone front desk at (440) 774-5059.


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Celebrate & Enjoy Autumn with Us!

IMG_8164 (2)What better way to enjoy the sights & sounds of autumn in Lorain County than with an afternoon of family-oriented FUN! Join us at Carlisle Reservation’s Equestrian Center for a scenic, horse-drawn hay wagon ride and a walk through our six-acre corn maze!


Saturdays & Sundays, THIS weekend thru October 24th/25th
Noon-3:45pm at the Equestrian Center of Carlisle Reservation
Tickets for EACH activity are $1 EACH, children 3 and under FREE, available for purchase at the Equestrian Center grandstand

087Our wagons leave about every fifteen minutes from in front of the grandstand at the Equestrian Center. Rides last approximately one half hour. Waits are common for this program; please plan that into your trip as the last wagon departs at 3:45 pm. The grandstand’s concession stand will also be open selling refreshments for a small fee. As always, these outdoor programs are weather dependent, thus please call ahead (440-458-5121) the day of the program in case of inclement weather or high wind advisories.

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Last Weekend for Children’s Garden Carousel and Fall blooms

After another fun summer in the Schoepfle Garden Children’s Garden, the carousel is winding down another year.  Thanks to all that have joined us for programs and activities in the garden and we invite you to take advantage of one more weekend to take a ride on the carousel and explore the garden.  Autumn crocus, canna, dahlia, petunias, roses, dogwood fruit and more are providing lots of color around the garden.

Carousel is open Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday in September 1-4 pm.



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Nature Center Trail at French Creek Maintenance

The Nature Center Trail at French Creek Reservation (accessed behind the French Creek Nature & Arts Center on Colorado Ave.) will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 24th due to maintenance. The Big Woods Trail and the Sugar Creek Trail (accessed at the Pine Tree Picnic Area off of French Creek Road) will remain OPEN. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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