Last Weekend for Carousel at Schoepfle

We end another fun season in the children’s garden with our last weekend of carousel rides.  Visit Saturday or Sunday 1 -4 pm to take a ride on the carousel, explore the children’s garden and then check out the rest of the garden with lots to see including sedum, autumn crocus, fruit on dogwoods and quince, canna, dahlias and lots of annual color before the leaves start to change.

Our first Leaf ID hike is Wednesday the 29th at 6:30 pm.  Come out to learn to identify trees by leaves and work on a school leaf collection if needed.


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‘Sheffield Prehistory: Background and Research of the Burrell Orchard Site’ Program THIS TUESDAY 9/20

burrell-site-1Ever wonder about the early inhabitants of our area – who they were, how they survived, and why they chose this particular site? Explore the rich cultural history of the Burrell Homestead with a discussion led by Dr. Brian Redmond of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Tuesday September 20th, 7-8:30 PM at the French Creek Nature & Arts Center.

Beginning in 2008, museum staff and volunteers from the Firelands Archaeological Research Center have conducted excavations within the Burrell Homestead property within the French Creek Reservation, unearthing clues about the Late Woodland peoples who lived here some 800 to 1,000 years ago. Further investigation has provided new information about an even earlier timeframe, confirmed by the discovery of objects dated back to the Late Archaic period, about 3,000 to 4,500 years ago!

burrell-site-3Learn about ongoing research of the Burrell Orchard Site courtesy of lead researcher Dr. Redmond, and see some of the artifacts uncovered during recent excavations. Information about future research and opportunities for your participation will also be provided.

Admission to this program is FREE – all ages are encouraged to attend!

The French Creek Nature & Arts Center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield Village, Ohio, 44054. For more information, call (440) 949-5200.

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Fall Fun for the Whole Family at Carlisle Reservation!

060What better way to enjoy the sights & delights of an Ohio fall than with an afternoon of family-oriented FUN in the Great Outdoors!  Join us at the Equestrian Center on Saturdays & Sundays (SEPT 17-OCT 23; Noon-3:45pm) for an old-fashion horse-drawn hay wagon ride and a walk thru our 6 acre corn maze!  Wagon rides are around 30 minutes in length with the last one departing at 3:45pm, and waits are common for this program thus please plan that into your trip.  Tickets for EACH of these activities are $1 each, available for purchase at the 044Equestrian Center bandstand.  Children 3 and under are FREE.  The concession stand will also be open and refreshments are available for a small fee.  NEW THIS YEAR: fall-themed lawn games!  As always, these outdoor programs are weather dependent, therefore  please call ahead (440-458-5121) the day of the program in case of inclement weather or high wind advisories.  Happy Fall all!  ~CVC Naturalist Miss Jenn🙂


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Punt, Pass and Kick Challenge

Bring your children to Splash Zone on Sunday, September 25, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM to showcase their football talents in our Punt, Pass, and Kick Challenge. Girls and boys will compete in four separate age divisions (5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12) in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging atmosphere in our Field House! The cost is $2.00 / Member and $3.50 / Non-Member. Call (440) 774-5059 to pre-register today!


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September Morns at Schoepfle Garden

Say Hello Again to Schoepfle this fall.  A great time to visit the garden is first thing after the gates open at 8am every day.  September can still have plenty of hot days like this week but also cool mornings as fall begins to creep in and you can walk around forever in blue jeans.  The wildlife is still active and a rabbit or chipmunk may scurry away from your path.  The Morningside’s sun’s early rays dance off the seed pods and colorful petals and soon the leaves all around the garden.  Today in the garden you can see roses (none crackling as far as I know), angel’s trumpet, goldenrod, canna, mums, annuals and the first autumn crocus popping up.




My apologies to Neil Diamond, I am just a  Solitary Man with a song sung blue.







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Nutrition Class and Cooking Demo

Embrace a healthy lifestyle and join us at Splash Zone on Sunday, September 25, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM for a Nutrition Class & Cooking Demo with Lori DePietro-Standen CPT, CNE.

Did you know that obesity, digestive issues, joint problems, auto-immune diseases, reproductive disorders, diabetes and heart disease are all rooted in inflammation? That the obesity rate has skyrocketed, with 1 out of every 3 adults and 1 out of every 5 children considered overweight or obese? That heart disease is being diagnosed in children as young as 3? With proper instruction and education, you can make the lifestyle changes that keep you and your family in vibrant health! During this nutrition talk, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between processed foods and real foods, and how certain foods cause inflammation
  • Why inflammation manifests itself differently in different people, and how it can trigger both obesity and disease
  • What foods are anti-inflammatory and how to incorporate them into your diet to help you heal from inflammation, lose weight, and stay healthy
  • What lifestyle changes you can make to embrace a healthy life

PLUS you’ll receive a cooking demo and written instructions for making Lori’s BBQ Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa (one of her most popular and sought-after recipes!) AND her rich and delicious Chocolate Avocado Pudding! Of course, you’ll get to sample the results.

Lori began her 15-year career in the health industry in 2001. She’s a Certified Personal Trainer, and her 10 years of nutrition study have culminated in 250 hours of professional certifications in Plant-Based Nutrition, Culinary Nutrition, and Pre-Diabetic Counseling. Having her own story of transformation, illness recovery and a 60 pound weight loss, Lori works with clients to achieve optimum health and healing through nutrition, physical activity, and empowerment.

Learn, ask questions, and leave inspired! This event is family friendly…children 12 and over are welcome.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 20, by calling Splash Zone at (440) 774-5059. Admission is $10 per Member and $12 per Non-Members.


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Silver Splash Day

Join us on Wednesday, September 28, for our Silver Splash Day. Anyone who is 65 years and older can stop by the Splash Zone to not only inquire about their eligibility for Silver Sneakers, but also enjoy a full day of FREE activities that includes fitness classes, meeting our trainers, learning about our new walking club, pickleball, and much more! The event will start at 8:00 AM with free coffee & snacks and will conclude at 6:00 PM. Call Splash Zone at (440) 774-5059 to find out more information.happy_seniors


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