Maple Sugaring school registration NOW OPEN!

Recommended for students in K-2nd grade, this hour-long field trip involves discussions on history, plant biology and chemistry.  Your students will discover the secrets of maple sugaring by a brief indoor lecture, hiking to the sugar bush and collecting sap with a Naturalist, and visiting the Sugar Shack to see the sap being converted into syrup. Includes hands-on activities along the way, including a taste-testing of real maple syrup!
Maple SugaringThis late winter/early spring program is being scheduled weekdays at the Carlisle Visitor Center in LaGrange from Monday February 27th through Wednesday March 8th.  Contact Carlisle Visitor Center Senior Naturalist Mary Ewers at to request this program for your classroom or school!
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Wildlife Observation Area & Opportunity

Interested in “warmly” watching wildlife in the comfort of the “great indoors”? If so, swing by the Carlisle Visitor Center’s Wildlife Observation Area (WOA) to relax and observe a variety of birds and other wildlife that visit the feeders & vegetation in our Wildlife Garden. Reading materials, interpretive displays, and hands-on activities can be found on various bird-related topics from identification & natural history to watching & feeding. In addition, we have a variety of live reptiles & amphibians on display as well! Don’t forget to check-out our Arrowhead program guide for upcoming public programs tailored to & held in the WOA. Speaking of birds, before leaving Carlisle, be sure to fly by the Raptor Center to learn about and observe up-close our ten Raptor Center residents. The WOA is open when the Carlisle Visitor Center is open (8:00am-4:30pm). ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn 🙂


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Are you 65 & older? Looking to keep active? Attend our open house event for FREE admission into Splash Zone on Wednesday, January 25, and enjoy everything we have to offer for the day:

Fitness Classes! Pools! Courts & Indoor Track! Weight Room!

We will also be providing fitness equipment orientation and tours of the facility! Staff will be available to assist with reviewing your Silver Sneaker eligibility and becoming a member at Splash Zone!

Call (440) 774-5059 for more information!


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Learn to Swim at Splash Zone

2017 Learn to Swim Sessions have been announced at Splash Zone! Throughout the year Splash Zone will host 7 sessions for Learn to Swim. Session #1 starts January 16, 18, and 21. Members can sign-up for the lessons on December 26. Non-Members can sign-up on January 8. To register stop by Splash Zone or call (440) 774-5059. Click here for our Learn to Swim Booklet!

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Walking Club

Join the Splash Zone Walking Club in 2017! Members can log miles every Monday through Friday at the Field House Indoor Track from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM until April 1st. We will have Group Walks every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Free coffee will be made available in the lobby after every Group Walk! The Walking Club is free for members. Non-members can purchase a Walking Pass for only $20 / month! Call Splash Zone for more details at (440) 774-5059.

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We Carlisle Visitor Center Naturalists will get asked frequently, and understandably so, 013during 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 ten, 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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AMHERST – The Lorain County Metro Parks have announced the 2017 facility hours for the Mercy Health & Recreation Center, which does include changes to Sunday operating hours from the previous years.

The park district will have the facility open during the hours of 12:00pm-5:00pm (pool closes at 4:45pm) on Sundays each week, which is a change from the previous 12:00pm-8:00pm schedule the facility had been open since 2013.

The Mercy Health & Recreation Center is located at 47160 Hollstein Drive in Amherst, located off of Route 2 (Oak Point Road).

2017 Facility Hours
Monday – Friday (6:00am-8:00pm)
Saturday (8:00am-8:00pm)
Sunday (12:00pm-5:00pm)

For more information on the Mercy Health & Recreation Center please call 440-984-3470.


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