Environmental Learning Center

Environmental Learning Center Beautiful views of a picturesque waterfall, deep ravines, creeks and an expansive wooded area await you on your journey through this park. The Environmental Learning Center is located on nearly 200 acres of beautiful and ecologically diverse open space, rich in both cultural and natural history.
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Two Grand River tributaries, Big Creek and Jordan Creek, run through and are protected on this property. Park hours: 6 am to 1/2-hour past sunset
The building at the Environmental Learning Center is open when staffed; hours may vary. With much local interest in park access, Lake Metroparks opened the parkland at the Environmental Learning Center for public access. Hikers will enjoy more than 2.5 miles of trails with a variety of trail surfaces including natural surfaces, in addition to our well manicured trails. The Environmental Learning Center is the only park in our system that connects with the Greenway Corridor, a 4.8-mile paved trail links the municipalities of Painesville, Painesville Township and Concord Township. The beautiful waterfall locally known as “Chair Factory Falls” is a natural feature accessible only by a 0.3-mile pedestrian trail off of the Greenway Corridor.

Operating as usual

The Environmental Learning Center is again open to the public! Thank you for your patience. We look forward to seeing yo...
06/02/2021

The Environmental Learning Center is again open to the public! Thank you for your patience. We look forward to seeing you!

📷 by Allie Smoley

The Environmental Learning Center is again open to the public! Thank you for your patience. We look forward to seeing you!

📷 by Allie Smoley

Birds are a highly diverse group of animals. They can be found on every continent on earth, in every habitat, and in eve...
05/28/2021
It's Not Easy Being Blue | Lake Metroparks

Birds are a highly diverse group of animals. They can be found on every continent on earth, in every habitat, and in every color. One of those colors, though, isn't the result of any sort of pigments produced by the bird's body--blue.

The brilliant blues of many of our feathered friends are the result of structural coloration.

Junior volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 are needed at various day camps throughout the summer. For more informat...
05/21/2021

Junior volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 are needed at various day camps throughout the summer. For more information and a list of camps, please call 440-585-3041 x6418 or email [email protected].

Junior volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 are needed at various day camps throughout the summer. For more information and a list of camps, please call 440-585-3041 x6418 or email [email protected].

Nature has an amazing way of hiding its denizens to be seen or unseen! Judy Semroc shows examples of how animals, insect...
05/16/2021
Hiding in Plain Sight: Camouflage, Evasion & Mimicry in Nature with Judy Semroc

Nature has an amazing way of hiding its denizens to be seen or unseen! Judy Semroc shows examples of how animals, insects and plants mislead and deceive in order to survive in this special program offered by Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Judy Semroc, Field Biologist & Naturalist, is the founder of Chrysalis in Time‚ the first Ohio chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). Judy also serves on the board of the Ohio Bluebird Society & Ohio Ornithological Society Conservation Committee.

Nature has an amazing way of hiding its denizens to be seen or unseen! This program will show examples of how animals, insects and plants mislead and deceive...

Junior volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 are needed at various day camps throughout the summer. For more informat...
05/13/2021

Junior volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 are needed at various day camps throughout the summer. For more information and a list of camps, please call 440-585-3041 x6418 or email [email protected].

Junior volunteers between the ages of 13 and 17 are needed at various day camps throughout the summer. For more information and a list of camps, please call 440-585-3041 x6418 or email [email protected].

Birders are reporting a large number of bird species in some of the best birding parks: Chagrin River Park, Veterans Par...
05/12/2021
Birds are Back in Your Parks

Birders are reporting a large number of bird species in some of the best birding parks: Chagrin River Park, Veterans Park and Lake Erie Bluffs.

27 (out of 37) species of eastern warblers have been recorded in the county so far this year. Rose-breasted grosbeaks, scarlet tanagers, and indigo buntings and others are being reported. Click link for more.

By Andy Avram, Interpretive Manager

Amphibians and reptiles are abundant in your parks. We can ensure that the amphibians and reptiles of Lake Metroparks st...
05/11/2021
Amphibian & Reptile Handling Etiquette

Amphibians and reptiles are abundant in your parks. We can ensure that the amphibians and reptiles of Lake Metroparks stay healthy and keep their habitats intact by following these simple rules:

By Andy Avram, Interpretive Manager

Happy Mother's Day from Lake Metroparks.Photo by Arun Prathap Photography.
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day from Lake Metroparks.

Photo by Arun Prathap Photography.

Happy Mother's Day from Lake Metroparks.

Photo by Arun Prathap Photography.

GREAT NEWS! Our website is back up and running! Check us out at lakemetroparks.com. You can also follow Lake Metroparks ...
05/04/2021
Lake County Ohio Parks - Lake Metroparks

GREAT NEWS! Our website is back up and running! Check us out at lakemetroparks.com.

You can also follow Lake Metroparks on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube.

Conserving and preserving natural resources of Lake County while providing educational and recreational programs and activities. Discover our scenic parks.

05/04/2021

PLEASE NOTE: Our website is currently unavailable. Check back for updates.

If you have a question regarding a program or reservation, contact our registration department at 440-358-7275.

Did you know there are four different broods of 17-year cicadas in Ohio?  Each brood is designated by a Roman numeral; B...
05/03/2021

Did you know there are four different broods of 17-year cicadas in Ohio? Each brood is designated by a Roman numeral; Brood X will emerge in southwestern Ohio this year.

Many of you likely remember when Brood V emerged in 2016 in northeastern and eastern Ohio – this one will emerge again in 2033. The other two broods in Ohio are on a smaller scale: Brood VIII which emerges around the Youngstown region and last emerged in 2019 and Brood XIV, which emerges along the Ohio River from Marietta to Cincinnati and last emerged in 2008.

Did you know there are four different broods of 17-year cicadas in Ohio? Each brood is designated by a Roman numeral; Brood X will emerge in southwestern Ohio this year.

Many of you likely remember when Brood V emerged in 2016 in northeastern and eastern Ohio – this one will emerge again in 2033. The other two broods in Ohio are on a smaller scale: Brood VIII which emerges around the Youngstown region and last emerged in 2019 and Brood XIV, which emerges along the Ohio River from Marietta to Cincinnati and last emerged in 2008.

One of the best ways to restore our earth on this Earth Day is to plant native plants in your yard instead of planting a...
04/22/2021

One of the best ways to restore our earth on this Earth Day is to plant native plants in your yard instead of planting a lawn. Native plants were designed to live in this climate and this area and require little maintenance.

Learn more about the benefits of native plants: j.mp/3ndvJy8.

Learn which native plants to plant in your area: j.mp/3v7Pv0D.

Celebrate Earth Day with these 50 Earth Day Activities for kids to encourage them to create objects from natural and rec...
04/22/2021

Celebrate Earth Day with these 50 Earth Day Activities for kids to encourage them to create objects from natural and recycled materials and spend more time outdoors. j.mp/2QfQj4T

Photo by Tinkerlab.

Celebrate Earth Day with these 50 Earth Day Activities for kids to encourage them to create objects from natural and recycled materials and spend more time outdoors. j.mp/2QfQj4T

Photo by Tinkerlab.

It is southeastern Ohio’s turn for the emergence of the 17-year cicadas. Millions of these insects will crawl from the g...
04/21/2021

It is southeastern Ohio’s turn for the emergence of the 17-year cicadas. Millions of these insects will crawl from the ground in early spring to sing, mate, and lay their eggs before they die. However, here in northeast Ohio we will not see any cicadas until our annual (dog-day) cicadas, pictured below, emerge in mid- to late-summer with their buzzing song is a familiar part of every summer.

Look for the next local emergence of the 17-year cicadas in 2033!

It is southeastern Ohio’s turn for the emergence of the 17-year cicadas. Millions of these insects will crawl from the ground in early spring to sing, mate, and lay their eggs before they die. However, here in northeast Ohio we will not see any cicadas until our annual (dog-day) cicadas, pictured below, emerge in mid- to late-summer with their buzzing song is a familiar part of every summer.

Look for the next local emergence of the 17-year cicadas in 2033!

Earth Day reminds us each year to slow down and appreciate the bounty of the earth.One way, suggested by The Imagination...
04/21/2021
Making A Play Garden - The Imagination Tree

Earth Day reminds us each year to slow down and appreciate the bounty of the earth.

One way, suggested by The Imagination Tree is to create a dedicated play garden for kids to grow plants, enjoy sensory play and have a digging patch of their very own!

Make a dedicated play garden for kids to grow plants, enjoy sensory play and have a digging patch of their very own! Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to get stuck into gardening and enjoy outdoor play everyday. With Spring finally here, breathing a wonderfully sunny warmth and life into everyth...

04/21/2021

Step into the woods and explore the beauty along the trails in our parks this spring.

Photos by Domenica Cappello.

Earth Day is April 22! This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth.” It is a day of action calling for humans to change thei...
04/19/2021
The Positive "Trashtag Challenge" Has People Picking Up Trash All Over The World

Earth Day is April 22! This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth.” It is a day of action calling for humans to change their behavior to fight for a clean environment.

Picking up trash and placing it in the correct receptacle may seem like a simple gesture but it can add up and keep our environment clean and safe for everyone.

The incredible “#trashtag challenge” has gone viral, encouraging people to clean up littered areas of their local communities. The idea has been around for several years with one company promoting a cleaner environment; but the challenge became more popular after a social media post told individ...

You may be hearing about the 17-year cicada emergence happening in southwestern Ohio. This influx of insects is part of ...
04/16/2021

You may be hearing about the 17-year cicada emergence happening in southwestern Ohio. This influx of insects is part of the world’s largest insect emergence and will only last about six weeks before the adults all die, the eggs hatch, and the babies burrow underground for the next 17 years!

To observe this phenomenon you will have to drive to southwestern Ohio or wait until our local 17-year cicadas emerge – in 2033!

You may be hearing about the 17-year cicada emergence happening in southwestern Ohio. This influx of insects is part of the world’s largest insect emergence and will only last about six weeks before the adults all die, the eggs hatch, and the babies burrow underground for the next 17 years!

To observe this phenomenon you will have to drive to southwestern Ohio or wait until our local 17-year cicadas emerge – in 2033!

Lake Metroparks is now hiring summer seasonal positions including camp counselors, lifeguards, naturalists, wildlife car...
04/14/2021

Lake Metroparks is now hiring summer seasonal positions including camp counselors, lifeguards, naturalists, wildlife care, concessions and more.

For more information and to apply, visit goto.lakemetroparks.com/summer-jobs

Lake Metroparks is now hiring summer seasonal positions including camp counselors, lifeguards, naturalists, wildlife care, concessions and more.

For more information and to apply, visit goto.lakemetroparks.com/summer-jobs

Trout lily is widespread across many of our wooded parks and should be in its blooming glory for the next couple of week...
04/12/2021
Trout Lily: What's in a Name?

Trout lily is widespread across many of our wooded parks and should be in its blooming glory for the next couple of weeks (April 15 - May 1). Look on the forest floor for its fleshy upright leaves and its yellow down-hanging flowers.

Spring wildflower locations and schedule: goto.lakemetroparks.com/spring-wildflowers

By Vicki Solomon, Interpretive Naturalist

Lake Metroparks is now hiring summer seasonal positions including camp counselors, lifeguards, naturalists, wildlife car...
04/11/2021

Lake Metroparks is now hiring summer seasonal positions including camp counselors, lifeguards, naturalists, wildlife care, concessions and more.

For more information and to apply, visit goto.lakemetroparks.com/summer-jobs

Lake Metroparks is now hiring summer seasonal positions including camp counselors, lifeguards, naturalists, wildlife care, concessions and more.

For more information and to apply, visit goto.lakemetroparks.com/summer-jobs

Experienced birders in Northeast Ohio know that the activity need not involve expensive excursions or top-of-the-line eq...
04/09/2021
Backyard birding tips: Ensure watchable wildlife, prevent feeder frustrations

Experienced birders in Northeast Ohio know that the activity need not involve expensive excursions or top-of-the-line equipment. Colorful native birds can be viewed in our own yards.

Here are several simple tips from the pros to make the experience even more rewarding.

Experienced birders in Northeast Ohio know that the activity need not involve expensive excursions or top-of-the-line equipment. Colorful native birds can be viewed in our own yards.

Early spring wildflowers, also known as spring ephemerals, are beginning to bloom across Lake County. Many spring epheme...
04/08/2021

Early spring wildflowers, also known as spring ephemerals, are beginning to bloom across Lake County. Many spring ephemerals are threatened and endangered so it is important we do not disturb them.

As you walk through our parks, we hope you enjoy the beautiful flowers, but please remember to not pick them or dig them up and to watch your step as they are often small and easily overlooked.

Watch a video, "4 Fun Facts about Ephemerals." youtu.be/UYPdMoG_vyI

Schedule of spring wildflowers in our parks: goto.lakemetroparks.com/spring-wildflowers

Early spring wildflowers, also known as spring ephemerals, are beginning to bloom across Lake County. Many spring ephemerals are threatened and endangered so it is important we do not disturb them.

As you walk through our parks, we hope you enjoy the beautiful flowers, but please remember to not pick them or dig them up and to watch your step as they are often small and easily overlooked.

Watch a video, "4 Fun Facts about Ephemerals." youtu.be/UYPdMoG_vyI

Schedule of spring wildflowers in our parks: goto.lakemetroparks.com/spring-wildflowers

Registration for May programs is now open! To see current offerings and to register for programs, visit j.mp/3wyoOU8. Al...
04/06/2021

Registration for May programs is now open! To see current offerings and to register for programs, visit j.mp/3wyoOU8.

All public health guidelines will be followed at the time of the event. Note that photos are from pre-COVID-19 events.

Questions: Call registration at 440-358-7275 or email [email protected].

Registration for May programs is now open! To see current offerings and to register for programs, visit j.mp/3wyoOU8.

All public health guidelines will be followed at the time of the event. Note that photos are from pre-COVID-19 events.

Questions: Call registration at 440-358-7275 or email [email protected].

What are some of the reasons you hike?
04/04/2021
The Many Health Benefits of Hiking

What are some of the reasons you hike?

Hiking is not only a much-loved hobby for many, but it’s also an activity with a plethora of health benefits. From improving your physical health to promoting mental wellbeing, hiking is one of the best things you can do for your mind, body and soul.

During Ohio Native Plant Month, gardeners across Ohio are encouraged to plant Pocket Pollinator Gardens full of perennia...
04/03/2021
Plant a Pollinator Garden! — Ohio Native Plant Month

During Ohio Native Plant Month, gardeners across Ohio are encouraged to plant Pocket Pollinator Gardens full of perennials to attract bees, butterflies and other wildlife. —Ohio Department of Natural Resources

This year we would like to see how much lawn area in Ohio we can convert to healthy native plant habitats. If you replace some lawn in 2021, please write to send us a picture (no people please) and tell us the number of square feet you converted. Pictures can be emailed to [email protected]...

Happy Ohio Native Plant Month!The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be highlighting native trees, shrubs ...
04/02/2021

Happy Ohio Native Plant Month!

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be highlighting native trees, shrubs and flowers in the buckeye state which you can plant at your own homes. 🌼🌳

For more info visit ohionativeplantmonth.org

Photo by ODNR.

Happy Ohio Native Plant Month!

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be highlighting native trees, shrubs and flowers in the buckeye state which you can plant at your own homes. 🌼🌳

For more info visit ohionativeplantmonth.org

Photo by ODNR.

Spring has sprung in Northeast Ohio, and it’s the perfect time to welcome hungry birds to your yard. Watch this video an...
03/29/2021
Feeding Backyard Birds With Lake Metroparks -

Spring has sprung in Northeast Ohio, and it’s the perfect time to welcome hungry birds to your yard. Watch this video and then make it a family activity by letting your kids help decide which type of feeder and seed you’ll use, then sit and watch for feathered friends together.

Are you new to backyard bird feeding and want to know how to get started? Watch this video by Lake Metroparks to learn about the different types of food and feeders you can use to attract birds to your yard.

03/27/2021
Backyard Bird Feeding

Are you new to backyard bird feeding and want to know how to get started? Learn about the different types of food and feeders you can use to attract birds to your backyard. Let us know your favorite backyard bird in the comments below!

03/27/2021
Spring Peepers

Listen for the high pitched calls of little spring peepers near ponds & marshes. You won’t often see these small amphibians, only an inch in size, but their near-deafening singing rings out on spring evenings.

Lake Metroparks on @tiktok_us: goto.lakemetroparks.com/tiktok

📹 Tony Gazso

Bird watching is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Over 300 species of birds have been identified in Lake County while ...
03/24/2021

Bird watching is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Over 300 species of birds have been identified in Lake County while thousands of individual birds migrate through each year.

When observing these birds, it is important to keep a few things in mind and to practice proper bird watching etiquette.

• Keep a safe and respectful distance from the bird.
• Keep from playing bird calls as this effects a birds behavior, especially during breeding season.
• If the bird flies away, do not chase after it.
• Remain quiet so as not to disturb the bird.
• Don’t interrupt or alter the natural environment around the bird.

Bird watching is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Over 300 species of birds have been identified in Lake County while thousands of individual birds migrate through each year.

When observing these birds, it is important to keep a few things in mind and to practice proper bird watching etiquette.

• Keep a safe and respectful distance from the bird.
• Keep from playing bird calls as this effects a birds behavior, especially during breeding season.
• If the bird flies away, do not chase after it.
• Remain quiet so as not to disturb the bird.
• Don’t interrupt or alter the natural environment around the bird.

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7250 Alexander Rd
Painesville, OH
44077-9517

Telephone

(440) 256-2118

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2.52 miles of trails
Picturesque waterfall, deep ravines, creeks and an expansive wooded area.

Two Grand River tributaries, Big Creek and Jordan Creek, run through and are protected on this property.

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PSA - Dog Owners - It is IRRESPONSIBLE to have your dog(s) off leash. Just because you are on a Trail does not mean you are not in public. Dog's will DIE and people will be HURT. Just this morning I encountered not 1, not 2 but 3 irresponsible dog owners walking through the paths at the environmental learning center. I know all too well what can happen when an unfamiliar dog is charging at another animal - one dog to the vet with 25 lacerations and one person to the hospital for emergency surgery. BE RESPONSIBLE!
First time visiting this park and spotted a baby bear on the Research Station Loop Trail 🐻