Thursday, January 23, 2014

Can people benefit from feeding the birds?

Winter Bird Open House
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Sunday, January 26, 2014 • 12 to 4 pm • FREE

Feeding and watching the birds in your yard are great ways to “connect with nature.” Spend a cozy winter afternoon at Penitentiary Glen Nature Center learning all about winter birds.
The Winter Bird Open House features free, fun activities for the whole family! Relax with a hot drink, watch the birds at our feeders in the award-winning Window on Wildlife and ask a Naturalist all your bird and bird feeding questions. Chat with us about which types of feed specific birds like, the different styles of birdfeeders, the ins and outs of binoculars, and identifying the Top Ten Birds in your backyard this winter.

Ongoing activities

•Short presentations on common winter birds
•Learn about Binoculars, Feeders, and Bird field guides
•Bird Scavenger Hunts and quizzes
•Help us count the birds at our feeders for Project FeederWatch
•Drawing for FREE bird-related items
•Local Audubon Society display
Click here for directions and a listing of additional activities to do while visiting Penitentiary Glen Reservation.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Meet Yoko - Jersey calf - first newborn of 2014 at Farmpark

Visitors to Lake Metroparks Farmpark witnessed the birth of the first newborn of 2014 for the agriculture-themed park on Saturday, January 11. Yoko is a Jersey calf. Her mother is Dawn.

Farmpark is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $6 for ages 2 to 11; ages 60 and over, $5; ages 2 to 11, $4; Farmpark members and children younger than two are free.  For more information, visit or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-FARM (3276).

Click here to see more photos of Yoko

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is a family-oriented science and cultural center devoted to agriculture, farming and country life. A visit to Farmpark is an educational experience where you can milk a cow, take a horse or tractor-drawn wagon ride, make ice cream, meet farm animals in the Well Bred Shed and Barnyard. Visit the Plant Science Center to explore The Great Tomato Works, solar and wind power and hydroponics displays. Visit Farmpark’s Gift Shop for a great selection of unique gift ideas. Enjoy lunch or snack at the J& J Café.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Need somewhere to dispose of your Christmas Tree?

Christmas tree recycling drop off locations

Drop off your live undecorated Christmas tree at one of 15 convenient located tree bins spread throughout the county. Photo from Patch
Help us turn your undecorated Christmas tree into the compost used to preserve our natural resources by leaving it one of 15 conveniently located tree bins spread across the county. 

Please remove all decorations before placing trees in designated bins. Trees are chipped and the chips then composted or used as mulch within Lake Metroparks. 

Tree bins are available at the parks listed below, and will be removed about January 15. Click on the park name for park information, including driving directions:

Photo of Chair Factory Falls in background by Jeff Burcher Photography