Registration is NOW OPEN for the Lorain County Metro Parks Sports Camp, set the final week of June for boys and girls entering 3rd-6th grades. 

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CAMP DATES/TIMESsummer-camp-logo-2018
Monday, June 25th – Friday, June 29th

Boys and Girls (entering 3rd-6th grades)

Campers will provide their own transportation to each site*

Monday  –                      Mercy Health & Recreation Center (Amherst)
Tuesday  –                     Lakeview Park (Lorain)
Wednesday –                Beaver Creek Reservation (Amherst)
Thursday & Friday –   Splash Zone (Oberlin

8:00am – 8:15am –    Welcome
8:15am- 8:30am –      Warm-Up
8:30am – 9:15am –     Fundamental Drills and Stations (Sport #1)
9:15am-10:00am –     Game Play (Sport #1)

10:00am-10:30am –   Snack Break
10:30am-11:15am-    Fundamental Drills and Stations (Sport #2)
11:15am-12:00pm-    Game Play (Sport #2)

SPORTS LINE-UP youthcamps_main

  • Fitness Sport
  • Water Polo
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Pickleball
  • Baskeball
  • Volleyball
  • Track & Field


  1. Be dressed in athletic clothing and athletic shoes
  2. swim suits/towels (REQUIRED for Monday activity)
  3. Water Bottle
  4. Good Attitude

Healthy snacks will be provided each day. If your child has food allergies or specifics you are welcome to provide your child’s own snack if you feel necessary.

In case of in-climate weather, camp coordinators make make announcements to move camp inside to the Mercy Health & Recreation Center or Splash Zone. Announcements will be made via automated text messages and social media announcements.

*Contact the camp staff with any questions*

Ryan Ladd
440-984-3470 (phone) (email)

Chris Lewis
440-774-5059 (phone) (email)


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Time Among the Butterflies

Serenity: the slow, soft feeling of languorous quiet.  A peaceful feeling: one full of thick stillness and light breezes. It’s the feeling one gets while spending time among the butterflies.

Resting Queen

Butterflies, with their swift wings and quiet movements, are by nature peaceful creatures. They flutter delicately from bloom to bloom, gathering nectar and basking in the warmth of the sunlight. Noiseless, they hang from branches and netting in a soft summer rain to protect their colorful, fragile wings. They live beautifully for a few short weeks.

The Butterfly House opens once again at Miller Nature Preserve on June 17th. Staffed by volunteers, the Butterfly House is a popular free attraction for Avon residents and visitors alike. Open daily from 10 – 4:30 pm, many people enjoy spending time among the butterflies, taking pictures or learning about their short life cycles. Without volunteers, this public attraction would not be possible.

If you, like many others, are interested in volunteering at the Butterfly House, you can contact Leslie at or 440-937-0764 for more information. Shifts are twice daily from 9:30 am – 1 pm, and 1 pm – 4:30 pm. Interested parties must first be a member of the Friends of the Metro Parks. Duties of Butterfly House volunteers include watering, weeding, educating the public about the butterflies, and managing the visitors. Training sessions begin in June. There is fresh air and sunshine a plenty. Come visit us, and spend some time among the butterflies.

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Back Splash Pad Closure at Splash Zone

The Back Splash Pad at Splash Zone will be closed from April 30 – May 5 due to updates & repairs. Please call (440) 774-5059 if you have any questions.

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Become a Lifeguard!

Become a lifeguard before summer by registering for our American Red Cross Certification courses that will take place at Splash Zone on May 7 (5:30-9pm), May 10 (5:30-9pm), May 12 (10am-4pm), May 14 (5:30-9pm), and May 17 (5:30-9pm).

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries.

Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health-care professional before participating in the practice sessions.

Participants must be 15 years old and pass a prerequisite swim test: 300 yard swim demonstrating free-style (front crawl) or breaststroke, must complete a brick retrieval and 2 minutes treading water. Participants must be able to swim!

Attending all 5 class dates are mandatory and will take place at Splash Zone. The course fee is $175. Candidates who are hired and work at Splash Zone will be reimbursed 50%.

Register online or call (440) 774-5059.

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Red Cross Lifeguard Waterfront Training

Attend this Lifeguard Waterfront Skill Module on May 21 and May 24 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Splash Zone. You must already have a current Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification to enroll in this course. All class sessions are mandatory to complete the training. Must pass prerequisite swim tests including swim breaststroke or front crawl for 550 yards, treading water using only legs for 2 minutes, timed brick retrieval, and ring retrieval. Must provide a copy of your current Red Cross Lifeguard Certification. The course fee is only $50. Register online or if you have any questions please contact Ursula at Splash Zone at (440) 774-5059 or Jadelynn at Mercy Health & Rec at (440) 984-3470.

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Spring arrives at Schoepfle Garden?

Spring has taken its time but we are seeing the first real flush of blooms and color throughout the garden.  Daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, grape hyacinth, forsythia, Lenten rose, squill and glory of the snow.  More will be on the way soon including the tulips, viburnums, crabapples and dogwoods.  How far behind are we?  The first picture is from last year, with crabapples and tulips in bloom April 19th.  We have a long way to go based on the second picture from this week.  Check us out here to get updates on what’s in bloom or visit the Metro Parks’s website, go to the Schoepfle Garden page and click on the What’s in Bloom tab in the right column, or follow us on Facebook (Lorain County Metro Parks) or Twitter (@LCMP_SchoepfleG)


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Jr. Warrior Dash Scheduled for May 13th

DashAMHERST – The 4th annual Jr. Warrior Dash of Lorain County will take place on Sunday, May 13th at the Mercy Health & Recreation Center (Hollstein Reservation) in Amherst.The obstacle course race will feature fun and challenging obstacles that will require participants to run, climb, crawl, jump, sweat, and SMILE!

Sunday, May 13, 2018
11:30am (registration) 12:10pm-12:25pm (race – heats go off every 2 minutes).

Hollstein Reservation (Mercy Health & Recreation Center)
47160 Hollstein Drive – Amherst, Ohio
440.984.3470 (phone)

Ages 12-under (boys and girls)


Register at OR 440.984.3470 (April 1 – May 10)
Race Day registration starts at 11:30am at Mercy Health & Recreation Center (May 13)

The course is a 1/2 mile race that is well marked with obstacle stations around the Hollstein Reservation playground.

All participants will receive a finisher ribbon, post race snack, and post race beverage.
*Participants that complete 3 of the 4 Kids Fun Races in 2018 receive a medal (see series schedule below)

Contact Ryan Ladd (race director) at 440-984-3470 or

Trick-or-Treat on your Feet (October)
Jr. Turkey Trot (November)

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