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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Discovering Dinosaurs display at Miller Nature Preserve
Dates: March 20 - May 27
Times: Open daily 10am - 5pm
Location: Miller Nature Preserve, 2739 Center Rd., Avon, OH 44011
Cost: $2 per person

They're back!

Miller Nature Preserve will once again host a dinosaur display. Travel through time and experience the very first dinosaurs to present day relatives. Test your knowledge of the ages, discover facts, new dinosaurs and see how you ‘measure up’ against the big ones!

Our scavenger hunt will take you through lush foliage of the conservatory while you discover these cool creatures! The modern day archaeological camp encourages you to become a paleontologist. Dig for fossils, examine gastroliths and more! The display includes a variety of fiberglass and painted dinosaurs, replicas, real fossils, and more!

Public programs will be available throughout the display. The list of programs can be found below!

Accompanying Programs:

Program: Date: Time: Description:
Explore Dinosaurs March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24,
May 2, 9, 16 & 23
10:15 - 10:45 am Before visiting the display, get briefed on different dinos and fossil facts!
Fernball Fun! Friday, April 12 11 am - Noon Make an Epiphytic fern ball to take home. Pre-Register/Pay by April 5.
Garden Sprouts: Dinosaurs Thursday, April 4 10:15 am For preschoolers with adult.
Construct-a-Saurus Thursday, April 4 3:30 pm
Pre-Historic Plant Hike Sunday, April 7 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Construct-a-Saurus Friday, April 19 10:15 - 11:00 am
Fern Print T-Shirt Thursday,
April 25
3:00 - 4:00 pm Please bring your own shirt
Construct-a-Saurus Wednesday,
May 1
10:15 - 11:00 am
Pre-Historic Party Wednesday,
May 8
5:00 - 7:00 pm Everyone dress in your best dino or prehistoric creations for a fun filled evening. The ‘Dino Dinner’ will be served 5:15-6:15 pm. All kids get a dino dig treat bag. You will enjoy discovery time and activities in the display. Best costume event at 6:30. Pre-Register/Pay by May 1.
Construct-a-Saurus Wednesday,
May 22
3:00 - 4:00 pm



Adventure Fest
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: Vermilion River Reservation, 51211 North Ridge Rd., Vermilion, OH 44089
Cost: FREE!

Join us for this annual event filled with adventures for the whole family! Activities will include a rock wall, paddling pool, sled dogs meet n’ greet, yard games, face painting, live music, disc golf, “Little Green Choo” rides, and so much more! Also participate in the “Adventure Fest Passport Program” to earn a cool prize. Pick up passports at the Carriage Barn on the day of the event. At 10am we will begin distribution of FREE kids bike helmets! Find the bike helmet table near the Carriage Barn. Supplies are limited.

In addition, we will have the “Kids Fishing Derby” from 11am-12:30pm! Registration for the Derby will begin at 10:30am near the Carriage Barn. Participants aged 1-12 yrs. will be allowed to fish anywhere within the park, including the river and ponds.

Also come out to Adventure Fest to enjoy live music throughout the event along with various food vendors! Please check out the Lorain County Metro Parks Facebook page for event updates. Contact Jannah at (440) 967-7310 with questions. We look forward to seeing you at Adventure Fest!



Adventure Fest
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Rd., LaGrange, OH 44050
Cost: FREE!

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Wildlife Garden to learn ways to make your own backyard wildlife-friendly! Beginning at 10am, we will have a Q & A with a Naturalist and so many additional hands-on activities such as a DIY Hummingbird Feeding Station and kids crafts! Vendors will also be present in addition to interpretive displays.

  • Wildlife Garden Tour will take place from 10:30 - 11am or 1 - 1:30pm
  • National Pollinator Week Scavenger Hunt Hike will take place from 11:30am - Noon or 2 - 2:30pm



Tree Trotter 5K Series logo

Join us this summer for a wonderful 5k series through some of our most beautiful parks for a unique experience! Participants can earn awesome prizes by participating in all 3 races! Why not explore the best hiking trails in Lorain County while getting some exercise and making friends with others in the running community?

There will be medals for individual race winners as well as plaques and grand prize awards for overall series winners. Running t-shirts will be awarded to those who participate in all three races.

Race #1

Date: Sunday, June 2
Time: 10:30am
Location: Splash Zone, 95 West Hamilton Rd., Oberlin, OH 44074
Cost: Pre-Registration: $20
Race-Day Registration: $30

Race #1 of the Tree Trotter 5k series will take place at Splash Zone and will include a 5k run and 1-mile family fun run! A post-run party will include music, food, and access to our outdoor pool & water slides! Pre-register and view the 5k and Fun Run routes below!

Register Online Here

View 5k Route Map

Race #2

Date: Saturday, July 13
Time: 9am
Location: Kopf Family Reservation, 32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH 44012
Cost: Pre-Registration: $20
Race-Day Registration: $30

Race #2 of the Tree Trotter 5k series will be at Kopf Family Reservation in Avon Lake. The course will wind through the beautiful scenic woods of the park and the race will start and finish at the same location. Pre-register below!

Register Online Here

Race #3

Date: Saturday, August 17
Time: 9am
Location: French Creek Reservation, Pine Tree Picnic Area, 4951 French Creek Rd., Sheffield Village, OH 44054
Cost: Pre-Registration: $20
Race-Day Registration: $30

Race #3 of the Tree Trotter 5k series will take place at the Pine Tree Picnic Area of French Creek Reservation near shelter #1. This beautiful course will traverse through the woods and over the French Creek multiple times. The race will start and finish at the same location. Pre-register below!

Register Online Here

View 5k Route Map


Music under the stars


2017-2018 Season: October 2018 - August, 2019
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 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 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.

2018-2019 Season

Performance: Date: Tickets:
Little Shop of Horrors October 12 - 28 *This event has passed.*
The Gifts of the Magi November 30 -
December 16
*This event has passed.*
She Loves Me February 1 - 17 *This event has passed.*
Little Women March 29 - April 14 *This event has passed.*
Into the Woods May 31 - June 16 Purchase Tickets
Tuck Everlasting July 19 - August 4 Purchase Tickets
As You Like It
*NOTE: This show is not at French Creek Theatre. Shakespeare in the Park will take place at the Bacon Woods Amphitheatre at Vermilion River Reservation
August 16 - 18
*All Shows at 7pm*
No purchase necessary.
FREE Show!



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