Adopt-A-Raptor, a gift that keeps on giving!

Looking for that special Father’s Day, birthday, anniversary, thank you, or congratulations gift? A cool, unique gift that keeps-on-giving is becoming an Adopt-A-Raptor Parent! Our Adopt-A-Raptor monetary donation program contributes to the ongoing, quality care of our ten Raptor Center residents and ambassadors. The funds raised through this program are used towards providing medical care, food, exhibit maintenance, and cleaning supplies. A huge, appreciative THANK YOU to all of our past, present, and soon-to-be AAR Parents! AAR forms can be found on our website and around the Carlisle Visitor Center. Pictured here is Oliver, one of our two male barred owls.  ~CVC Naturalist Miss Jenn 🙂

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June Happenings at Schoepfle Garden

May was a flurry of activity as we caught up from a quiet April as we went from daffodils, tulips and redbuds to rhododendrons, azaleas and iris in a blink of an eye.  June is starting off as expected with mountain laurel, iris still holding up, kousa dogwoods and now the roses starting to bloom.

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With all the great blooms we also have some great programs and events coming up.  Saturday June 16th 1-3 pm we have our annual garden party, this year we are having fun with Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat!  Kids can create their own fox in socks puppet, enjoy snacking on truffala fruit and green eggs and ham, play some Seuss inspired games and of course ride the carousel – all for free.


We also have a Kids Bee-autiful Craft on Saturday June 23rd at 2pm in celebration of Pollinator Week, kids can bee-come aware of the importance of insects for our food chain and make their own bee crown.  Of course the carousel is running all summer long – Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 1- 4 pm and Fridays 10am-12pm.  Wednesdays at 2pm join us for Kids in the Garden – a special program for the kids in the children’s garden that may be a hike, nature craft, story or more!  Tram runs on Thursdays 10am-1pm and Sundays 1-4 pm – we also have a special evening tram ride opportunity Sunday June 17th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Carousel and tram are FREE.

Finally for all you procrastinators out there who need one more hike for this year’s hiking stick, Saturday June 30th we have an early morning walk with Bagels and Blooms – $1 for a pre-hike continental breakfast at the door starting at 9am with the garden tour to start approximately 9:30am.


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Magical Weekend Scheduled at Mercy Rec Center with Movie and Magic Show

AMHERST –  It’s going to be a weekend full of magic and amazement at the Mercy Health & Recreation this weekend when the Lorain County Metro Parks host Outdoor Movie Night (Saturday) and a Magic Show (Sunday) on the campus of the Hollstein Reservation in Amherst.

Tickets for each event can be purchased at the gate. Admission fees ($2/person) apply to all individuals ages 2-older. Members of the Mercy Health & Recreation Center receive free admission.

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

203211Outdoor Movie Night
“The Greatest Showman”

Saturday, June 9th
$2/person (includes popcorn)

8:00pm (Gates Open)
DARK  (Movie Starts)

*Movie will be moved indoors if necessary*
*Gates OPEN for Splash Pad and Playground activity at 8:00pm. The Splash Pad will CLOSE 15-minutes prior to the start of the movie for families to dry off and change before showtime*
*Tickets will be sold starting at 8:00pm, and does require a re-admission fee for any day pass purchased during hours of 10am-8pm the day of event*


Magic Show on the Playground
“William Gang”

Sunday, June 10th
$2/person (includes popcorn)

1:00pm-1:45pm –  Staged Performance

*Show will be moved indoors if necessary*
*Tickets available on day of event, and includes access to Splash Pad and Playground following show.




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Celebrate ‘National Pollinator Week’ in the Parks!

DID YOU KNOW that an estimated 1/3 of all food & beverages are delivered by pollinators! Almost 90% of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators for fertilization and about 200,000 species (e.g. bees & wasps, butterflies & moths, beetles & ants, bats & hummingbirds, etc.) of animals act as pollinators. Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend. Foods & beverages produced with the help of pollinators include: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila. Pollinators are often keystone species, meaning that they are critical to an ecosystem. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere!

Furthermore, eleven years ago, the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as National Pollinator Week marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. ‘Pollinator Week’ has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, moths, bats, etc. The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 18-24, 2018 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. For more information on the biology & ecology of pollinators, pollinator-friendly gardens, and pollinator I.D. sheets, activities, & recipes, please visit the Pollinator Partnership and the Xerces Society’s websites, as well as Carlisle Reservation’s ‘Wildlife Observation Area’. Also, check-out our MAY/JUNE Arrowhead public programs guide for upcoming pollinator-themed programs!! Thank you, ~CVC Naturalist Miss Jenn 🙂


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I found a sick/injured/orphaned animal, now what?!

Come spring & summer, comes the return of wildlife to our parks, backyards, and roadways. Consequently, it is that “time of year” when you may come across an animal that appears to need human assistance. Although Lorain County Metro Parks does NOT have the required federal & state permits to accept, rescue, or rehabilitate wildlife, we do have the names & numbers of various licensed wildlife rehabilitators & rehabilitation facilities that -depending on the circumstance- may be able to assist you.

One such place is Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (LENSC) in Bay Village. Here is a link to LENSC’s ‘Wildlife Rehabilitation’ page if you have any questions about “What to do?” and how to contact their rehabilitators if you come across a sick, injured, or orphaned animal: ~“LENSC has been performing wildlife rehabilitation at no charge to the public since its inception in 1945, and although they cannot pick up or rescue animals, those which can be transported to the Center will receive quality care and hopefully another chance at life in the wild.”

Another great resource is ODNR Division of Wildlife’s ‘Born Wild, Stay Wild’ webpage: For additional information & resources, please check-out LCMP’s ‘Wildlife Inquiries’ webpage as well, LINK:

The best way that you can help an animal in distress is to get it in the “right licensed rehabilitator hands.” ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn 🙂

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Slow but stunning start to Rhododendrons at Schoepfle

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We are still waiting for the majority of the  rhododendrons to bloom but many are starting to show some color and with the warmer weather we can guess that there will be lots of color in the shade garden this weekend.  You can also enjoy dogwood, iris, poppies, dame’s rocket and more all throughout the garden.  Tram rides Sunday 1-4 pm, Carousel rides Saturday and Sunday 1 -4 pm.


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Summer Sizzlin’ Fun at Hollstein Reservation in Amherst

AMHERST, OH – Visitors to the Hollstein Reservation and Mercy Health & Recreation Center will have plenty of fun to find this summer.

Splash Pad Season
IMG950687Opening Day for the Splash Pad season is Saturday, May 26th.

Admission:   $2/person

Hours:          10am-7:45pm (M-Sat)  12pm-7:45pm (Sun)



Wild Wednesday’s
BubblesA weekly pop-up program on the Playground that features fun interactive play for families including bubbles, balloons, chalk parties, and more!

Admission:    $2/person
Schedule:       Wednesday’s (1:00pm-1:45pm)


Outdoor Movie Nights
PopcornPlaygroundEach month the Hollstein Reservation will turn into a Outdoor Theater featuring a family friendly film. Families will enjoy playground and splash pad activities before the movie.

Admission:    $2/person (includes popcorn)
Schedule:       Gates Open at 8pm;  Movie starts at DARK
                        Sat, June 9th / Sat, July 21st / Sat, August 18th

Sunday Fun-Day
Groups of 2 ore more receive 50% OFF daily admission for the Indoor Swimming pool and Slide (includes access to Splash Pad).

Admission:      $3.50/person
Schedule:         12:00pm-7:45pm
                           Sunday, June 3rd / Sunday, July 1st / Sunday, August 5th

Playground Performances
MusicPlaygroundChildren’s stage performances are scheduled each month on the playground for a fun interactive experience.

Admission:       $2/person
Schedule:          1:00pm-1:45pm
                            Sunday, June 10th (Magic)
                            Sunday, July 8th (Music) 
                            Sunday, August 12th (Puppets) 

Teen Night
Ages 12-15 invade the Mercy Health & Recreation Center each month for an after hours party full of fun, swimming, games, and PIZZA!

Admission:      $5/person
Schedule:         8:30pm-10:30pm
                          Friday, June 15th / Friday, July 20th / Friday, August 17th 10849898_10204464304101226_5606187625363403578_n





Fit Walks
Take an opportunity to walk together as a family during Fit Walks, where you can enjoy the NEW bike trail extension in Amherst at the Hollstein Reservation.

Admission:      FREE
Schedule:         Thursday’s (5:30pm)



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