Designs by Nature Display

DSC01654Designs by Nature Display is now open at Miller Nature Preserve.  Visit the conservatory and outdoor gardens to get creative ideas on ways to use natural items, like gourds and flowers, and ideas for scarecrows, like the one pictured here.  Items will be added throughout the fall.  If you would like to add your own creation to the display click here for more information and a form to print off.

The conservatory is open daily 10am-6pm with a $2 admission fee, children under 42″ are free.  The display can be seen through Oct. 16.

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Lifeguard Certification Class

Splash Zone will be hosting a Lifeguard Certification Class on November 12-13 & 19-20. Participants in the course will earn a certification in Lifeguarding, CPR, and AED. All individuals must be at least 15 years old to enroll at the time of the class. Cost is $175 / person. However if a passing registrant is offered a position at Splash Zone then he/she will be reimbursed for 50% of the class fee. For more information call (440) 774-5059 or e-mail

Lifeguard Class Flyer Nov 16

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2015 BH Bicentennial  (8)Gather for the annual Burrell Picnic and discover the rich cultural history of the site during an afternoon of guided tours, informative displays, demonstrations and hands on Native American activities (including an ‘atlatl’ Try-It opportunity, pictured), pioneer games, and live music by the ‘Around Acoustic’ Duo!  Event support provided by Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Firelands Archaeological Research Center, and Sheffield Village Historical Society.

Schedule of events:

Guided House Tours – 11 am, 12:30 pm, & 2 pm

Excavation Site Tours – 11 am & 12:30 pm

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Informational Displays – ongoing

Hands on Native American and Pioneer Activities & Games – ongoing

Keeping in line with the Burrell Family tradition, guests are encouraged to bring along a small picnic to enjoy during their visit.  Picnic tables and benches will be available for use; feel free to bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs.  Free informative fun for all ages!

French Creek Reservation’s Burrell Homestead is located at 2792 E River Rd. in Sheffield Village, Ohio, 44054.  For more information about this event, please email or call (440) 949-5200.

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Fall Basketball League

Registration is now open for Splash Zone’s Fall Basketball League! The league is open for adults only (18 yrs. and older). All games are played at Splash Zone’s Field House on Sunday mornings between 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Registration is due by September 11 and league play will begin on September 18. The cost is $140 for team entry and $40 refundable deposit for officials. Contact league administrator at (440) 774-5059 or


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Thor’s Journey to His New LCMP Home

As we continue to welcome our new male bald eagle, Thor, to the Raptor Center at Carlisle Visitor Center, we CVC Naturalists would like to share a little bit more about him and his journey with you!  He has been at Back To The Wild (Castalia, OH) wildlife and rehabilitation facility since 2010, when he arrived from Oregon, Ohio with a broken wing & soft tissue damage he sustained while fledging, resulting in a permanent wing injury leaving him non-releasable.  In order to make Thor’s summer arrival a reality, it took many phone calls & emails, paperwork, a check-up with a veterinarian, us CVC Naturalists meeting & closely observing Thor “in-person,” as well as preparing the Raptor Center  and his new enclosure for his arrival.  The following photographs document his journey to his new home, click this LINK to view: Thor’s Transfer Day Photographs, enjoy!                           ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn 🙂

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Hot Summer Blooms at Schoepfle

Not everyone loves the heat, but a number of our flowers are showing off some great colors and blooms in the August heat. Currently at the garden we have hydrangeas, hosta, bottle brush buckeye, angel’s trumpet, lycoris (aka magic lily or naked ladies)and a great display of annuals throughout he garden. The modern roses have another flush of blooms as well. One ay to beat the heat is a tram ride to see the gardens, Thursdays 10am-1pm and Sundays 1-4 pm, no reservations required and free.

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Please welcome Thor the Eagle!

The Raptor Center of the Lorain County Metro Parks, located at the Carlisle Visitor Center in LaGrange, is an education facility dedicated to the care and management of non-releasable raptors and other birds of prey. The Raptor Center is also dedicated to educating about and fostering respect for these masters of the skies and their roles in nature.  As wildlife education ambassadors, these birds play a central role in our Raptor Center education programming and special events.

The residents of the center are wild-hatched birds that have sustained permanent injuries, usually resulting from close contact with humans. As a result these birds cannot hunt for their own food or survive in the wild. While we never want to see a wild animal permanently injured to where they are non-releasable, we are happy to provide an excellent home for these creatures.

Thor, Bald EagleOur newest resident, newly named Thor after the Norse god of strength and thunder, is a male bald eagle. He has been at the Back to the Wild wildlife and rehabilitation facility since 2010, when he came in with a broken wing and soft tissue damage he sustained while fledging. Fledging is a process that all birds go through when they learn how to fly, but just like a toddler learning how to walk there can be some falls. Unlike a toddler, a bird falling from up in a tree has the potential for some damaging effects; in this case a permanent wing injury.  Thor has a wing droop that leaves him non-releasable. He was transferred to LCMP in July of 2016.

To support and learn more about this bird or any other residents of the Raptor Center, consider becoming an Adopt-A-Raptor parent – each monetary donation provides the funds to purchase food for the birds, provide medical care, and other needs. In return, you receive more detailed information about the bird of your choice and other gifts as well. You can also attend any of our varied raptor related programming at the Carlisle Visitor Center – check the Arrowhead calendar for more details.

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