Add Adopt-A-Raptor to your holiday shopping list!

Still in need of that special gift for that special someone this Holiday season? 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 nine Raptor Center residents. The funds raised through this program are used towards providing medical care, food, exhibit maintenance, and cleaning supplies. A huge, new-054appreciative THANK YOU to all of our past, present, and soon-to-be AAR Parents! AAR forms can be found in our current November/December Arrowhead, on our website, and around the Carlisle Visitor Center. Pictured here is Oliver one of our two male barred owls! Happy Owlidays & Holidays from the Raptor Center!  ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn🙂

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Holiday Favorites Display

The Holiday Favorites Display is now open at Miller Nature Preserve.  From Snoopy’s house in A Charlie Brown Christmas to the house in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ,  the display includes 25 stories, movies, and songs that are well-known favorites and some that may not have been seen for awhile.    Stop by and see if your favorites made our display.

The display is open daily 10am-6pm and has an admission charge of $2, children under 42″ are free.


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Winter Break Sports Camp

Are your children looking for something to do over their winter break? Splash Zone is offering a 4-day Winter Break Sports Camp for kids between the ages of 6-10 years old. The Winter Break Sports Camp will be from December 26-29 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Participants will have fun playing sports including basketball, volleyball, and pickleball, as well as other games & activities. Register for 1 day or all 4 days! The cost is $3.50 per child per day or $12 for all 4 days. Pre-registration is required by calling (440) 774-5059.


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Open Gyms at Splash Zone

This winter Splash Zone will have Open Gyms for Basketball, Volleyball, and Pickleball! During the days / times of Open Gyms, there will be 2-3 courts available for a particular sport. Be advised that rentals could affect the available courts. Only $7 for daily admission. Call (440) 774-5059 for court availability!


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Wildlife Giving Tree

img_0708Returning this year is our Wildlife Giving Tree program! Looking for an opportunity to help us continue to provide quality care for our program animals (raptors, reptiles, & amphibians), as well as birdseed for wildlife that visit our bird-feeders?  Visit our Wildlife Giving Tree in the Carlisle Visitor Center’s Black River Room during Holiday Lights hours. Featured on some of the tree ornaments are examples of items to donate.  Choose the item you wish to donate and the attached ornament is yours to keep as a “Thank you!” for your time & generosity.  Items will be divided up amongst our various Park facilities. Dish soap, birdseed, Ziploc bags, and kitchen shears are just some of the many thoughtful donations we received, from YOU our wonderful park visitors & supporters, during last year’s Wildlife Giving Tree program.  Thank You & Happy Holidays! ~CVC Naturalist, Miss Jenn


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November Doesn’t End Outdoor Opportunities

While we have had frosty mornings and the leaf piles are rising higher by the day, there are still a wide variety of natural beauties to observe outside.  At Schoepfle Garden we still have blooms with witch hazel, hardy cyclamen and sedum.  Trees with berries and fruit like the dogwoods, hollies and bittersweet add color and attract the wildlife.

With the leaves off the trees, we can spend more time observing features that may be obscured or part of the background, like branching, bark and tree shapes.  Wildlife may be easier to spot as deer, turkey and other birds once hidden by the foliage can now be caught in fleeting glimpses as they scamper to safety.  Join us Sunday November 20th at 10am for a Turkey Hunt Hike at Schoepfle, the 1st Friday morning each month for a garden tour, the 2nd Saturday each month for a tour of the Schoepfle home and garden tour and watch the Arrowhead and for other programs and hikes at the garden and throughout the Lorain County Metro Parks.

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Christmas Party at Splash Zone

Join us at Splash Zone on Sunday, December 18, from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm for our annual Christmas Party! There will be plenty of activities for the entire family that includes swimming, crafts, and a visit from Santa!

The cost is $3.50 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling (440) 774-5059.


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