Fall is here? Almost, so let’s enjoy the outdoors

We have had a unique weather year with a mild winter, wet spring, dry summer and a delayed fall.  While we can enjoy the warmer weather in a variety of ways, including visiting your Metro Parks like Schoepfle Garden, we also need to take care of our landscape and flowers no matter what the season brings.  Here at Schoepfle we have not experienced a frost to end the growing season so we still have roses, begonias, canna and dahlias still in bloom along with our fall favorites like sedum, hardy cyclamen and witch hazel.  Some beds have been cleared in preparation to plant tulips but we will wait until the ground temperature gets a little lower to prevent them from getting an early start like one of our iris in the new rainbow iris bed which bloomed this week instead of waiting for spring since it has not yet received the signals to stop growing this year.  We will eventually fall into autumn and winter snows will be here sooner than we may like, but let’s take some time to enjoy the moment and check out the fall color in the parks along with some bonus bloom time from our garden favorites.

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Front Pool Closure at Splash Zone

On Wednesday, October 26, the Front Indoor Pool at Splash Zone will be closed from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please call (440) 774-5059 if you have any questions.

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Join us at Splash Zone for our annual Halloween Party on Sunday, October 23, from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Families can enjoy lots of fun Halloween activities, including swimming, crafts, and trick-or-treating! Don’t forget to bring your costume to change into after you are done swimming! We will have a costume contest and parade! The cost is $3.50 / person. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required by calling (440) 774-5059.


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Join Friends of Metro Parks in Lorain County as they support the annual Halloween Fair event at the Carlisle Visitor Center on the last 3 Friday and Saturday evenings in October between 5 and 10 pm!

All volunteers must be members of Friends to help with various tasks inside the building, along the fairgrounds, and on the trail.  If you aren’t already a member, Temporary Memberships are available for a small fee, which supports the Friends organization and covers the cost of insurance – just $1 covers all six nights of the event!  hf-volunteer-card-2016CLICK HERE for a Friends Temporary Membership form.

We hope to haunt with you soon!

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Walking Club

Join the Splash Zone Walking Club! Walk by yourself or join in for a group walk and watch the miles add up! Log miles by walking at The Splash Zone on a treadmill, on the walking track in the Field House or on the outside path. Miles can be logged 6a-6p Monday thru Friday, group walks available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8a-10a. Walking Club is free to Members and Silver Sneaker eligible Seniors. Non-members may purchase a $20 per month walking only pass. For more information call (440) 774-5059.


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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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