Spring Flower and Carousel Openings

spring 2014Spring is all around the garden with PJM rhododendrons, redbuds, tulips, daffodils and more. And the carousel opens Saturday May 2nd and operates Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays 1-4 pm – FREE for the kids.

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Fairy Garden Display Has Opened!

The Fairy Garden Display has opened at the Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory.  Come and find these miniature gardens tucked within the beds of the tropical and desert plants.  Appreciate the talents of professionals as well as your fellow citizens who have made gardens for our exhibit.  The conservatory is open 10am-6pm  daily and the usual $2 admission fee applies.  This display will be featured until 8/2/15.DSC04165

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Color and blooms all around the Garden

We have stepped into spring despite this week’s chill with tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, Lenten rose, primrose and grape hyacinth all around the garden.  The magnolias and forsythia are just past their peaks and we are awaiting more color as the spring progresses. We also have some great blooms in the woods here at Schoepfle as well as around the metroparks.  Join us for a wildflower hike at Schoepfle Saturday the 25th at 10am to see Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, mayapple, yellow violets, bloodroot, and maybe a few of these along the trail – we spotted these morels on our hike on Wednesday.   morel

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Earth Day, Every Day!

Celebrate & enjoy Earth Day and our natural world with a hike, run, stroll, or bike through one of our beautiful Parks! Make everyday Earth Day by incorporating some of these easy TO DOs into your daily routine: Click on this link http://www.50waystohelp.com/ .            ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn

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Raptor Appreciation Day 2015!

Meet & learn about Oliver (barred owl), pictured here, and our other Raptor Center birds(red-tailed hawks, owls, falcons, bald eagle, turkey vulture!) during our FREE, annual Raptor Appreciation Day THIS Sunday 19th from 1:00-4:00pm! We’ll be celebrating these amazing predators & scavengers of the sky through fun hands-on activities, cool demonstrations, cute crafts, educational videos, and the exciting & unique opportunity to photograph some of our resident raptors outside of their enclosures. Bring your camera, family & friends and fly by the Carlisle Visitor Center in LaGrange anytime between 1-4pm!  ~CVC Naturalist Miss Jenn

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Spring Tours at Schoepfle

lenten rose2We are looking forward to a sunny weekend at the garden and have house and garden tours for Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. There are some bulbs in bloom and with the ample supply of rain we should have more on the way soon. A special note for the house tour is a recent donation from Harvey Miller of Avon Lake who found a book once owned by Otto’s father that contained a letter from Ensign Otto Schoepfle at the end of WWII. Join us for a garden stroll and historical step back in time. Gardens are open 8am – 8pm daily.

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I found a sick/injured/orphaned animal, now what?!

Come spring, comes the return of wildlife to our parks, backyards, and roadways. Consequently, it is that “time of year” when you may come across an animal that appears to need human assistance. Although Lorain County Metro Parks does NOT have the required federal & state permits to accept, rescue, or rehabilitate wildlife, we do have the names & numbers of various licensed wildlife rehabilitators & rehabilitation facilities that -depending on the circumstance- may be able to assist you. One such place is Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (LENSC) in Bay Village. Here is a link to LENSC’s ‘Wildlife Rehabilitation’ page if you have any questions about “What to do?” and how to contact their rehabilitators if you come across a sick, injured, or orphaned animal (http://www.lensc.org/wildlife/faq.htm). Print off & keep on your fridge and/or in your car. ~“LENSC has been performing wildlife rehabilitation at no charge to the public since its inception in 1945, and although they cannot pick up or rescue animals, those which can be transported to the Center will receive quality care and hopefully another chance at life in the wild.  The best way that you can help an animal in distress is to get it in the “right licensed rehabilitator hands.”  ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn

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