Rhododendrons star this weekend at Schoepfle

The rhododendrons have started working their way towards peak color this weekend.  These shade loving plants thrive in the acidic soils of the pine garden providing a wide range of color and size under the canopy of cool needles.  Also blooming now are viburnums, allium, iris, spirea, dame’s rocket and more.  Visit all holiday weekend 8am – 8pm, tram rides Sunday 1-4 pm and 5:30 – 7:30 pm, carousel Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 pm.

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9:30-11:30 am
Carlisle Visitor Center

NEW! Join the Carlisle Visitor Center Naturalists to learn about and experience first-hand all the fun, educational, and cool things to see and do at Carlisle Reservation this summer with our Park Trekkers Family Camp! This camp meets weekly on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 am from June 18th through August 6th at the Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange. While all school aged children are welcome, this camp is geared towards elementary school students ages 6-10. Adults are an integral part of the camp, and are required to stay and participate for the two hour length each week.

IMG_4072During our Park Trekkers Family Camp, we will be learning about Carlisle Reservation, your Lorain County Metro Parks, and the wildlife that call this area home through hands-on activities and fun learning experiences.  Among many other activities, discover interesting facts about the Raptor Center and our resident reptiles and amphibians including how we care for them through special and unique close up-close encounters. In addition step back in time to learn about Carlisle Reservation’s past, hop aboard our Little Green Choo for a ride through our Children’s Nature Discovery Trail, and celebrate the end of camp with our Natureheads Park Party!

Remember to pre-register by June 11th; cost for the entire 8-week family camp is only $10 per child! For further information or to register please visit www.metroparks.cc or call 440-458-5121.You won’t want to miss this opportunity to share with your child the wonders of your Metro Parks!

Weekly Trekker Topics:
Park Rules and Safety015
Carlisle’s Habitat Trek
Park Gross-Ology
Tracking Treks
Park Survival
Time Travel Trekkers
Park’s Predators and Prey
Natureheads Park Party!

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A Peek at a Night Bloom


DSC04268This bloom is on the plant with the name of Selenicereus anthonyanus.  It may be easier to remember the common names of Rick Rack Cactus, or Fish Bone Cactus because of the shape of the leaves.  This flower blooms for only one night to be pollinated by moths or bats and is very fragrant.  The plant is native to Mexico, but can be found locally at the Miller Nature Preserve Conservatory.

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Tadpoles Galore!

Tadpoles have hatched in the pond at Miller Nature Preserve and can be seen swimming along the edge.  Come and check it out!


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Bring Mom to see the blooms this weekend!

Bring mom to check out the spring flowers at Schoepfle Garden this weekend.  Sunday morning we have a Mom and Muffins tour – enjoy a continental breakfast including muffins for $1 a person and then take a garden tour at 10am.  Along the way we will see redbuds, dogwoods, tulips, early starts to rhododendrons, lilacs and more!  Its been a lovely spring, don’t miss it, make Mom happy at the same time.



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Big Thank You to Our Beach Clean Up Crew

Thank you everyone who came out on Saturday May 2nd to help clean up the beach in preparation for our summer beach season. You all were a BIG help!

Jim Tomazic, Steve Baxter, Charlotte Herstek, Robin Smith, Molly Ruic, Beth Ruic, Alora Ralich, Samantha Peak, and Lt Shelly Lukasiewicz & the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets!

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Spring Flower and Carousel Openings

spring 2014Spring is all around the garden with PJM rhododendrons, redbuds, tulips, daffodils and more. And the carousel opens Saturday May 2nd and operates Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays 1-4 pm – FREE for the kids.

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