Special Events

Enjoy the following special events sponsored by the Lorain County Metro Parks. For more information please call 1-800-LCM-PARK or view the latest Arrowhead online.

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JR. NATURALIST PROGRAM

Holiday Lights
Dates: The third Saturday of every month,
January - December 2018
Location: French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Cost: $25 per child for all 12 sessions

Want to learn what it takes to become a naturalist?

This 12 program series (one session per month, Saturdays) will dive into the basics of what naturalists do and how to become one yourself! Children will receive a naturalist collection box in which they collect naturalist items based on the month’s topic.

Intended as a drop off program for ages 10-14, the sessions will go from 2 – 3:30 pm on the third Saturday of the month. $25 for all 12 sessions. Medical forms are required, and will be sent upon registration for the program. Register by January 19, 2018 to participate.

January: Animal Tracking July: Insects
February: Birds of Prey August: Weather
March: Amphibians & Reptiles September: Mammals
April: Spring Wildflowers October: Trees (Date TBD)
May: Songbirds & Migration November: Rocks & Fossils
June: Fish & Aquatic Life (Date TBD) December: Space Exploration

 


WINTER DAYS

Holiday Lights
Dates: January 27
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Vermilion River Reservation, Carriage Barn
Cost: FREE!

Embrace the winter season by joining us for Winter Days 2018! This FREE event is filled with fun for the whole family. Activities include ice carving demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides (FREE, donations accepted), live music, hearth-side cooking in Carriage Barn, meet and-greet sled dogs and demos, ice fishing demos and more! In addition, check out the Benjamin Bacon House to view an antique ice harvesting display and other historical demonstrations. Also watch ice harvesting demos on the pond (ice conditions permitting, find schedule for demos at the Carriage Barn the day of event). Stay at the park throughout the day and enjoy cookies and warm beverages for purchase from FRIENDS of the Metro Parks. Other food vendors will be selling lunch options.

Interested in learning how to snowshoe? This activity will also be available at Winter Days! Pre-register for snowshoeing programs at the event by calling 1-800-LCM-PARK or online by visiting our program page by clicking here. Check out the LCMP Facebook Page for updated Winter Days information and don't miss the schedule of activities listed below. Contact the Carriage Barn at (440) 967-7310 with any Winter Days questions. We hope to see you this January!

Schedule of Events:

11:00am - 3:00pm:

  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides – All riders need a ticket. Pick up free tickets at the Carriage Barn front desk. Tickets will not be distributed after 2:30pm.
  • Ice fishing demo area - near pond
  • Sled dog meet and greet – near Carriage Barn
  • Hearthside cooking demos - in Carriage Barn
  • Live acoustic music (“Greg and Dante”) – in Carriage Barn
  • Ice harvesting display – in Benjamin Bacon House
  • Lorain County Spinners and Weavers demos – in Benjamin Bacon House
  • Ohio Living History Society pioneer clothing demos – in Benjamin Bacon House
  • Student ice carvers – near Carriage Barn
  • Vermilion Fire Department ice rescues – view ice rescue equipment and meet firefighters
  • Snow sculpture area – near Carriage Barn
  • Sledding – Bacon Woods sledding hill
  • Campfire pit – behind Carriage Barn

11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm: Sled dog presentations

11:00-11:45am, 12:30-1:15pm, 2:00-2:45pm: Snowshoeing Hikes, pre-register by calling 1-800-LCM-PARK or online by visiting our program page by clicking here. Snowshoes provided. If bringing own snowshoes, pre-registration not required. Meet at Shelter #1.

1:30pm: Ice harvesting demo – at pond

2pm: Fire department ice rescue demo – at pond

In the Carriage Barn, FRIENDS of the Metro Parks will be selling warm beverages and cookies, and EHOVE will also have soups and chili for purchase. Scott’s Fire and Ice will be selling wood-fired pizzas outdoors, near Carriage Barn.

 


SNOWSHOEING OPPORTUNITIES

Holiday Lights
Dates: January - February
(specific dates listed below)
Locations: Vermilion River Reservation,
Sandy Ridge Reservation,
Miller Nature Preserve,
French Creek Nature & Arts Center,
Carlisle Visitor Center,
Black River Reservation,
Kopf Family Reservation
Cost: Rentals: $2 per person, per hour

Looking for a fun way to explore the outdoors during the winter season? Why not check out snowshoeing! We have several opportunities lined up to try out this activity through rentals or guided snowshoe hikes. The schedule below details the dates, times and locations. Rentals are available at set times/dates at various locations, and will also be available 7 days a week at the Wellington Reservation from Noon-4pm each day (beginning January 2). Rentals are first come/first serve, and $2 per person/per hour. Guided snowshoe hikes are FREE, but require pre-registration.

Schedule:

Activity: Date: Time: Location:
Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register)
Saturday, Jan. 13 2:00-3:30pm Vermilion River Reservation
Snowshoeing Rentals Saturday, Jan. 13 11:00am-3:00pm Sandy Ridge Reservation
Snowshoeing Rentals Sunday, Jan. 14 11:00am-3:00pm Sandy Ridge Reservation
Snowshoeing Rentals Monday, Jan. 15 11:00am-3:00pm Sandy Ridge Reservation
Homeschool Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register students)
Thursday, Jan. 18 1:00-2:30pm Vermilion River Reservation
Snowshoeing Rentals
(as part of "Sledding Extravaganza)
Saturday, Jan. 20 1:00 - 3:00pm Vermilion River Reservation - Bacon Woods
Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register)
Sunday, Jan. 21 2:00 - 3:30pm Miller Nature Preserve
Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register)
Sunday, Jan. 27 11:00 - 11:45am,
12:30 - 1:15pm,
2:00 - 2:45pm
Vermilion River Reservation, Shelter #1
(Part of "Winter Days")
Snowshoeing Rentals Saturday, Feb. 3 9:00am - Noon French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register)
Saturday, Feb. 3 2:00 - 3:30pm French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Snowshoeing Rentals Saturday, Feb. 10 11:00am - 3:00pm Carlisle Visitor Center
Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register)
Saturday, Feb. 10 2:00 - 3:30pm Vermilion River Reservation
Snowshoeing Rentals Sunday, Feb. 11 Noon - 3:00pm Carlisle Visitor Center
Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register)
Saturday, Feb. 17 9:00 - 10:30am Black River Reservation - Bur Oak
Snowshoeing Rentals Saturday, Feb. 17 11:00am - 3:00pm Sandy Ridge Reservation
Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register)
Sunday, Feb. 18 9:00 - 10:30am Kopf Family Reservation
Snowshoeing Rentals Sunday, Feb. 18 11:00am - 3:00pm Sandy Ridge Reservation
Snowshoeing Rentals Monday, Feb. 19 11:00am - 3:00pm Sandy Ridge Reservation
Snowshoeing Rentals Monday, Feb. 19 11:00am - 3:00pm French Creek Nature & Arts Center
Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register)
Saturday, Feb. 24 10:00 - 11:30am Vermilion River Reservation
Snowshoeing Hike
(pre-register)
Saturday, Feb. 24 2:00 - 3:30pm Miller Nature Preserve

 


Music under the stars

FRENCH CREEK THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

2017-2018 Season: October 2017 - August, 2018
Performances: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Cost: $10 - $18 per ticket
Location: French Creek Nature & Arts Center

Theatre has the privilege and the power to reach us exactly where we are in our lives. In hope or hardship, in revelry or wretchedness, our own experiences are reflected in the stories onstage. Seeing the semblance of ourselves in other characters can help us make sense of life’s complexities, finding what we stand for; or sometimes we’re simply reminded what a wonder life is, giving us cause to celebrate. French Creek’s 2017-2018 Season features the fun and the fearless, the playful and the provocative, offering audiences an extraordinary breadth of theatrical performance to enjoy and connect with. Keeping that in mind, we present to you our 2017-2018 French Creek Theatre season. See you at the theatre!

Purchase tickets to any of this season's shows by visiting the French Creek Theatre website or by calling 440-949-5200.

2016-2017 Season

Performance: Date: Tickets:
Bonnie & Clyde October 13 - 29 *This event has expired.*
Annie December 1 - 17 *This event has expired.*
I'm Not Rappaport February 2 - 18 Purchase Tickets
Children of Eden March 9 - 25 Purchase Tickets
The Elephant Man May 4 - 20 Purchase Tickets
Lionel Bart's Oliver! July 13 - 29 Purchase Tickets
Romeo & Juliet
*NOTE: This show is not at French Creek Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park will take place at Lakeview Park in Lorain
August 17 - 19
*All Shows at 7pm*
No purchase necessary.
FREE Show!

 

 

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