Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lake Metroparks celebrates Earth Day

Lake Metroparks Farmpark and Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Sunday, April 21 • Noon to 4 pm 

We are all responsible for caring for our natural environment. This has been the concept of Earth Day since its beginning in 1970.  Lake Metroparks continues that focus with its Earth Day events to celebrate our successes that help the Earth, and make a commitment to learn and use new ways to make our planet a healthier place.  

Discover earth-friendly ways to make an earth-friendly difference at home. You can learn how to start your own garden compost, investigate new ways to conserve energy at home, and how alternative energy works. Enjoy a family day in the country with fun games and crafts for the kids. 

  • Check out the high gas mileage and electric micro SMART USA that embodies innovation and efficiency.
  • Discover how we harness solar and wind power at our renewable energy display
  • Interact with with local conservation agencies at an eco-fair.
  • Bring your bike to Farmpark for a Children's Bike Safety Clinic (noon to 2 pm)

FREE admission for Lake County residents and Farmpark members (Valid ID required)

Discover what you can do to help the environment and learn valuable tips as you participate in hands-on activities during this free Earth Day event that features:

  • ECO-FAIR, where you can interact with representatives from 16 local agencies, organizations, and groups focused on conservation and the environment.
  • Did you know that Earth without Art is just “Eh”? Learn more as you help make this craft. Artwork will be pieced together to be displayed in the Nature Center in the near future.
  • Take a walk on the new I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TRAIL, a self guided with informative and fun stations geared towards learning what you can do to help the environment. A free tree sapling will be given to those who complete the trail.
  • Visitors can help paint a rain barrel using the pointillism technique. The winner of a free drawing gets to take the rain barrel home!
  • Meet native Ohio wildlife in our Wildlife Center yard and along the train line. A naturalist will share interesting animal stories and answer questions in the Wildlife Center yard.
  • Haircut-a-thon – Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Spa will be on site to give $10 haircuts, first-come, first-served. The money raised will benefit Penitentiary Glen Nature Center.
  • WELW 1330 AM will be on site for your entertainment.
  • Explore nature in the park – self-guided on our trail system (some trails suitable for strollers).
  • Ride the miniature trains provided by the Lake Shore Live Steamers between 1 and 3 pm, weather permitting.

Click here for more information about Earth Day activities at both parks.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hidden Lake now open for fishing and hiking without permit!

Lake Metroparks has opened to doors to the 111-acre Hidden Lake property in Leroy Township. Previously only accessible by permit, the beauty and wonder of Hidden Lake is now available to explore and fish, without reservations.

The park features nearly a mile loop trail, a nine-acre pond and a pier extending into the pond for fishing and wildlife observation. Please note there is limited parking at this location.

Lake Metroparks stocks Hidden Lake
More than 500 pounds of fish were stocked into Hidden Lake on April 9:

  • 400 lbs. Largemouth Bass 12+"
  • 600 ea. Channel Cats 9-12"
  • 500 ea. Bluegill 2-4"
  • 500 ea. Bluegill 4-6"
  • 50 lbs. Fathead Minnows
  • 50 lbs. Golden Shiners
Click here to see more pictures.

Lake Metroparks encourages catch and release fishing, which helps to maintain fish populations and ensure many park goers the same opportunities to enjoy fishing. An Ohio fishing license is not required to fish at Hidden lake.

Click here for more information about Hidden Lake.