Carlisle Reservation’s Maple Sugaring Program

CVC Nats 2012 005A little over a month from now, the weekend of February 27th/28th, Carlisle Reservation’s ‘Maple Sugaring’ FREE public programs, hikes, & demonstrations begin (11:30am-3:30pm; located in & around the Carlisle Visitor Center)!! Please check-out our current January/February and future March/April Arrowhead program guides for more information on dates, times, activities, and pancake breakfasts. Our Maple Sugaring annual event is a SWEET cure for Cabin Fever! Photographs from previous seasons. ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn

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“A sap-run is the sweet good-bye of winter. It is the fruit of the equal marriage of the sun and frost.” ~John Burroughs, Signs and Seasons, 1886

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Indoor Triathlon

Get ready for Splash Zone’s Indoor Triathlon on February 28 at 9:00 AM!

Your race! Your pace!
30 minutes in the pool!
30 minutes on the bike!30 minutes around the track!

Our Indoor Triathlon is for every person who has ever desired to complete a triathlon. Perfect for both first timers and seasoned triathletes!

Registration is $15 and includes a t-shirt! Please join us for any of our training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings!



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2016 Kayaking Classes

All classes take place at the Splash Zone in Oberlin. All classes taught by ACA certified instructors. Preregister for QuickStart Kayaking and Intro to Kayaking classes by contact the Splash Zone at (440) 774-5059. Preregister for Family SmartStart Kayaking by contacting Aimee at (440) 949-5200 ext. 225.


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Open Pickleball

Getting addicted to Pickleball? We can help! Splash Zone has new open play for Pickleball on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, and Saturday’s from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Drop-in fee is $7 for non-members and free for members! Contact or (440) 774-5059 for more information.

Pickleball is a great sport to play for all ages!

Pickleball is a great sport to play for all ages!

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Adult Basketball League

Next Adult Basketball League starts on February 21 at Splash Zone. We are accepting team registrations for both a men’s league and a women’s league until February 14. Contact for more information.

Splash Zone's Adult Basketball League

Splash Zone’s Adult Basketball League

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Conservatory Closed 1/25 for Maintenance

The Conservatory at Miller Nature Preserve will be closed on 1/25 for maintenance.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Wintertime at the Raptor Center

We Carlisle Visitor Center Naturalists will get asked frequently, and understandably so, during the wintertime, “Are your Raptor Center birds still outside(in their enclosures)?” Depending on “when” we get asked this, the answer is usually “yes,” because our eight, native Ohio residents are adapted to surviving our Ohio winters. That being said, due to some of our raptors’ “older” ages and permanent injuries(“why” they are unable to survive in the wild), we do take certain precautions in order to keep their enclosures ‘home sweet home’ during the winter months. For example, we swap out their regular water dishes with heated ones, install heated perches and/or heated pads, and insulate their shelter boxes. Factors such as the raptor’s health, size, & age and daily weather conditions(air temperature, wind chill, and kind & amount of precipitation) play a role in determining whether or not and for how long we decide to bring that individual inside the Raptor Center.

IMG_8520Pictured here is Murray our American kestrel hanging-out on his heated perch with a heated pad behind him. From bone-chilling, subzero temperatures to sweltering, 90+ degree days, we CVC Naturalists & our wonderful Raptor Corps Volunteers (Thank you!) can be found at the Raptor Center in all types of weather. The Raptor Center is located at the Carlisle Visitor Center and is open to the public from 8:00am till dusk. We offer a variety of raptor-related FREE public programs throughout the year; please refer to our Arrowhead program guide for themes, dates, & times. ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn


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