Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park

Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park After Labor Day, the Environmental Learning Center building will be open when staff is present and closed on the weekends. 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. 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 muc

The Environmental Learning Center is located on nearly 200 acres of beautiful and ecologically diverse open space, rich in both cultural and natural history. 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 muc

Operating as usual

The Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Open until noon Chris...
12/22/2021

The Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Open until noon Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

📷 by Jim Marquardt

On this winter solstice, we look forward to the days beginning to lengthen once again. Our story walk book at Jordan Cre...
12/21/2021

On this winter solstice, we look forward to the days beginning to lengthen once again. Our story walk book at Jordan Creek Park this month is "The Shortest Day," by Susan Cooper. It's based on a poem that celebrates the winter solstice, which marks the shortest amount of daylight in the yearly cycle. Take a hike and read about how people celebrated as you travel down the trail.

On this winter solstice, we look forward to the days beginning to lengthen once again. Our story walk book at Jordan Creek Park this month is "The Shortest Day," by Susan Cooper. It's based on a poem that celebrates the winter solstice, which marks the shortest amount of daylight in the yearly cycle. Take a hike and read about how people celebrated as you travel down the trail.

Having kids help in the planning can get them excited about a hike while teaching them important organizational skills. ...
12/18/2021
Fun activity to get kids motivated for a hike: Have them help make a hiking checklist

Having kids help in the planning can get them excited about a hike while teaching them important organizational skills. Children who help in the preparation for the hike often later feel ownership of the walk.
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Plan your next hike in our park. Download a trail map here: goto.LakeMetroparks.com/hiking.

Have kids make a stake in their next outdoors adventure by having them create a hiking checklist. Even if you’re excited, the kids’ ca...

Every season brings its own birds to enjoy. Spring and fall migration bring neotropical migrants. Summer is filled with ...
12/17/2021
Wings of Winter

Every season brings its own birds to enjoy. Spring and fall migration bring neotropical migrants. Summer is filled with the busy activity of birds defending territories and raising offspring. Winter brings some of our hardy winter migrants from the north to endure the cold months with us. Winter birding is a great way to get out and enjoy winter migrant birds.

📷 by Moe Washington

By Megan Hart, Park Biologist

Looking for a day-brightener? Look no further: here’s the National Audubon Society’s favorite baby bird photos from thei...
12/05/2021
Did Somebody Say Baby Bird Photos?

Looking for a day-brightener? Look no further: here’s the National Audubon Society’s favorite baby bird photos from their 2020 Audubon Photography Awards.

Why yes, yes we did. Here are our favorite shots featuring chicks from last year's Audubon Photography Awards.

Give the gift of nature this holiday season! Gift cards may be used for a variety of opportunities in the parks. It's a ...
11/23/2021

Give the gift of nature this holiday season! Gift cards may be used for a variety of opportunities in the parks. It's a wonderful way to share nature with a loved one or friend! https://j.mp/30Vcyle

Give the gift of nature this holiday season! Gift cards may be used for a variety of opportunities in the parks. It's a wonderful way to share nature with a loved one or friend! https://j.mp/30Vcyle

All summer long and into the fall, you’ve enjoyed the fruits of your gardening labor, with a bountiful harvest or beauti...
11/11/2021
Seed Saving Basics | Lake Metroparks

All summer long and into the fall, you’ve enjoyed the fruits of your gardening labor, with a bountiful harvest or beautiful garden. You may already have visions in your head of next year’s garden.

One thing you can get a jump on is saving your own seeds. Many garden annuals (both vegetable and flower) lend themselves to seed saving.

Many garden annuals (both vegetable and flower) lend themselves to seed saving.

Adventure awaits you this fall at Jordan Creek Park.goto.lakemetroparks.com/jordan-creek-park
11/01/2021

Adventure awaits you this fall at Jordan Creek Park.

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Adventure awaits you this fall at Jordan Creek Park.

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A fun activity from Day Hiking Trails to try on your next hike with kids: Color Find. Announce a color and have your chi...
10/31/2021

A fun activity from Day Hiking Trails to try on your next hike with kids: Color Find.

Announce a color and have your child try to find 5 objects of that color. If you have multiple children, make it a friendly competition; the first child to identify 5 objects of that color gets to select the next color.

📷 by amdbb23

A fun activity from Day Hiking Trails to try on your next hike with kids: Color Find.

Announce a color and have your child try to find 5 objects of that color. If you have multiple children, make it a friendly competition; the first child to identify 5 objects of that color gets to select the next color.

📷 by amdbb23

Including the new shelter at Jordan Creek Park, Lake Metroparks has constructed/replaced more than a dozen shelters in t...
10/27/2021

Including the new shelter at Jordan Creek Park, Lake Metroparks has constructed/replaced more than a dozen shelters in the past 10 years for visitors to enjoy a picnic or hold a special gathering.

Over the past 10 years, Lake Metroparks has constructed/replaced more than a dozen shelters for visitors to enjoy a picnic or hold a special gathering. Shelters are available by reservation or on a non-exclusive shared basis.

Over the past ten years, Lake Metroparks has made many improvements to park properties and updated several park rules to...
10/21/2021

Over the past ten years, Lake Metroparks has made many improvements to park properties and updated several park rules to allow more access to property owned by the public and managed by Lake Metroparks. These improvements have allowed more Lake County residents to enjoy the amazing natural resources that we have at the Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park and throughout Lake County.

Visit goto.lakemetroparks.com/decade-of-improvements to learn more.
📷 by Julie Geiss.

Over the past ten years, Lake Metroparks has made many improvements to park properties and updated several park rules to allow more access to property owned by the public and managed by Lake Metroparks. These improvements have allowed more Lake County residents to enjoy the amazing natural resources that we have at the Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park and throughout Lake County.

Visit goto.lakemetroparks.com/decade-of-improvements to learn more.
📷 by Julie Geiss.

Lake Metroparks knows it's important to you! Since 2012, seven flush restrooms have been constructed in your parks. The ...
10/20/2021

Lake Metroparks knows it's important to you! Since 2012, seven flush restrooms have been constructed in your parks. The newest recently opened at Jordan Creek Park near the parking lot and entrance to Adventure Play.

Lake Metroparks knows it's important to you! Since 2012, seven flush restrooms have been constructed in your parks. The newest recently opened at Jordan Creek Park near the parking lot and entrance to Adventure Play.

It's a great day to be outside at the Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park!goto.lakemetroparks.com/jordan-...
10/18/2021

It's a great day to be outside at the Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park!

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Photo by Barbara Gutierrez.

It's a great day to be outside at the Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park!

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Photo by Barbara Gutierrez.

10/18/2021

Please note: Asphalt resurfacing work on the Greenway Corridor from Ravenna Rd. to the Old Stone Schoolhouse spur trail will begin Tuesday, October 19 and continue over the next few days. This area of the trail and the Ravenna Rd. parking lot will be temporarily closed during this time. Check back for updates.

Access to the north end of the greenway during this time will be available at Rt. 84 & Liberty St. The south entrance at 10850 Girdled Rd will not be affected.

Weather delays may adjust the work schedule. Check back for updates.

Registration for winter programs begins Monday, October. 18 for Lake County residents. Open registration begins October ...
10/16/2021

Registration for winter programs begins Monday, October. 18 for Lake County residents. Open registration begins October 25.

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Registration for winter programs begins Monday, October. 18 for Lake County residents. Open registration begins October 25.

Program registration: j.mp/2WbtrpP
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Registration for winter programs begins Monday, October. 18 for Lake County residents. Open registration begins October ...
10/14/2021

Registration for winter programs begins Monday, October. 18 for Lake County residents. Open registration begins October 25.

Program registration: j.mp/2WbtrpP
View Parks Plus!: j.mp/3oXQq3I

Registration for winter programs begins Monday, October. 18 for Lake County residents. Open registration begins October 25.

Program registration: j.mp/2WbtrpP
View Parks Plus!: j.mp/3oXQq3I

Enjoy the adventures of this award-winning story as you follow the Storywalk along the trails in our Big Woods at Jordan...
10/11/2021

Enjoy the adventures of this award-winning story as you follow the Storywalk along the trails in our Big Woods at Jordan Creek Park. Post a picture of your children reading the story as a comment below.

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Enjoy the adventures of this award-winning story as you follow the Storywalk along the trails in our Big Woods at Jordan Creek Park. Post a picture of your children reading the story as a comment below.

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Wonder where and when we’ll see the peak colors in northeast Ohio and around the buckeye state? The Ohio Department of N...
09/23/2021
2021 Ohio Fall Color Forecast

Wonder where and when we’ll see the peak colors in northeast Ohio and around the buckeye state? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources gives their forecast here:

Fall color host Josiah Wade chats with fall color forester David Parrott about when and where we can see peak fall color in the buckeye state this year.

The Nashville Warbler is a boisterous yellow songster with a striking, big-eyed look thanks to a white eyering that cont...
09/22/2021

The Nashville Warbler is a boisterous yellow songster with a striking, big-eyed look thanks to a white eyering that contrasts sharply with its gray hood. Nashville Warblers are fun to watch as they teeter on the ends of leaves and branches searching for food. Despite their name, Nashville Warblers are only found in Tennessee during migration. Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Birding at Lake Metroparks: goto.lakemetroparks.com/birding
Photo by Roseanne Willis.

The Nashville Warbler is a boisterous yellow songster with a striking, big-eyed look thanks to a white eyering that contrasts sharply with its gray hood. Nashville Warblers are fun to watch as they teeter on the ends of leaves and branches searching for food. Despite their name, Nashville Warblers are only found in Tennessee during migration. Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Birding at Lake Metroparks: goto.lakemetroparks.com/birding
Photo by Roseanne Willis.

Fun fact: The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. These calls may provide...
09/21/2021

Fun fact: The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. These calls may provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or may be used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present. Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Birding in Lake Metropark: goto.lakemetroparks.com/birding
Photo by Matt Miklos.

Fun fact: The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. These calls may provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or may be used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present. Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Birding in Lake Metropark: goto.lakemetroparks.com/birding
Photo by Matt Miklos.

Jordan Creek, named after the first settler in Concord Twp., flows nearly 3/4-mile through the park. goto.LakeMetroparks...
09/18/2021

Jordan Creek, named after the first settler in Concord Twp., flows nearly 3/4-mile through the park.

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Photo by John Cordero.

Jordan Creek, named after the first settler in Concord Twp., flows nearly 3/4-mile through the park.

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Photo by John Cordero.

Amphibians and reptiles are abundant in your parks and there are few important etiquette rules you should follow if sear...
09/15/2021
Amphibian & Reptile Handling Etiquette

Amphibians and reptiles are abundant in your parks and there are few important etiquette rules you should follow if searching for them.

Photo by Jeffery Fannin.

By Andy Avram, Lake Metroparks Interpretive Manager

A new flush restroom is being installed near the entrance to Adventure Play at Jordan Creek Park. Completion date is ear...
09/11/2021

A new flush restroom is being installed near the entrance to Adventure Play at Jordan Creek Park. Completion date is early October. This will make seven additional flush restrooms installed in your parks since 2012.

A new flush restroom is being installed near the entrance to Adventure Play at Jordan Creek Park. Completion date is early October. This will make seven additional flush restrooms installed in your parks since 2012.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife has lifted its previous recommendation to stop feeding birds. Reports of sick or dead bird...
09/10/2021
How to help local songbirds | Lake Metroparks

The Ohio Division of Wildlife has lifted its previous recommendation to stop feeding birds. Reports of sick or dead birds possibly affected with the mysterious bird illness in Ohio have slowed considerably. However, caution and vigilance are always necessary to help prevent further spread of diseases at bird feeders.

Click the link below to find out how you can help.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife has lifted its previous recommendation to stop feeding birds.

It may seem strange to talk about pollinator gardens with colder days on the way, but there is no better time to start a...
09/10/2021
Fall is the Time to Plant a Pollinator Garden

It may seem strange to talk about pollinator gardens with colder days on the way, but there is no better time to start a pollinator garden than the first chilly days of autumn. Most native plant species in Ohio are adapted to spread their seeds after the growing season ends in the fall.

by Megan Hart, Park Biologist

Effective September 7, 2021: To help protect our community in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases, park visitors are...
09/07/2021

Effective September 7, 2021: To help protect our community in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases, park visitors are strongly recommended to wear masks indoors at Lake Metroparks facilities. Free masks are available for visitors who request them (as supplies last).

Lake Metroparks requires all staff and volunteers to wear masks when indoors or unable to distance at least six feet from others outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Effective September 7, 2021: To help protect our community in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases, park visitors are strongly recommended to wear masks indoors at Lake Metroparks facilities. Free masks are available for visitors who request them (as supplies last).

Lake Metroparks requires all staff and volunteers to wear masks when indoors or unable to distance at least six feet from others outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Looking for a way to keep cool during these hot summer days? Go for a walk in a creek or wade in a river in one of your ...
08/29/2021

Looking for a way to keep cool during these hot summer days? Go for a walk in a creek or wade in a river in one of your parks.
Best locations: goto.LakeMetroparks.com/beat-the-heat.

Pictured: Paine Creek at Indian Point Park
Photo by Jessica Lane.

Looking for a way to keep cool during these hot summer days? Go for a walk in a creek or wade in a river in one of your parks.
Best locations: goto.LakeMetroparks.com/beat-the-heat.

Pictured: Paine Creek at Indian Point Park
Photo by Jessica Lane.

Lake Metroparks' BioClub is a nationally recognized organization that gives students the opportunity to explore the worl...
08/29/2021

Lake Metroparks' BioClub is a nationally recognized organization that gives students the opportunity to explore the world of biology through the preparation of experiments, topical discussions, service projects and career/college opportunities.

Club members participate in activities such as creek explorations, hands-on lab experiments, wildlife surveys and so much more. The BioClub meets every third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Environmental Learning Center. Ages 13-18.

Please call Becky Parkin at 440-256-2118 x4106 with questions.

Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us on...
08/27/2021
Amazing Pollinators | Lake Metroparks

Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain ecosystems and produce...

Pollinators are responsible for providing us with one out of every three bites of food.

Celebrate our amazing pollinators 1 to 4 pm Sunday, August 29 at beautiful Lake Erie Bluffs. Bees, birds, butterflies & ...
08/26/2021

Celebrate our amazing pollinators 1 to 4 pm Sunday, August 29 at beautiful Lake Erie Bluffs. Bees, birds, butterflies & beetles may be tiny, but they play a gigantic role in our ecosystem. Explore how they help plants reproduce through information stations, hands-on activities, guided walks, and more.

Best of the Bluffs: Protecting Pollinators
Sunday, August 29, 1 to 4 pm
Lake Erie Bluffs Lane Rd. entrance
FREE program. Registration requested: goto.lakemetroparks.com/bestofbluffs

Photo by Al Susinskas.

Celebrate our amazing pollinators 1 to 4 pm Sunday, August 29 at beautiful Lake Erie Bluffs. Bees, birds, butterflies & beetles may be tiny, but they play a gigantic role in our ecosystem. Explore how they help plants reproduce through information stations, hands-on activities, guided walks, and more.

Best of the Bluffs: Protecting Pollinators
Sunday, August 29, 1 to 4 pm
Lake Erie Bluffs Lane Rd. entrance
FREE program. Registration requested: goto.lakemetroparks.com/bestofbluffs

Photo by Al Susinskas.

European hornets are larger than yellowjackets and can be found mostly in wooded areas. Hornets kill other insects to fe...
08/24/2021
Wasps, Bees & Hornets | European hornets

European hornets are larger than yellowjackets and can be found mostly in wooded areas. Hornets kill other insects to feed to the larvae in the nest. They will also raid honeybee hives for nectar.

European hornets are social wasps and are unusual in that the the workers are often active at night.

Bald-faced hornets are not true hornets, but simply large yellowjackets. The occupants of active nests are not aggressiv...
08/23/2021
Wasps, Bees & Hornets | Bald-faced hornets

Bald-faced hornets are not true hornets, but simply large yellowjackets. The occupants of active nests are not aggressive unless the nest itself is disturbed. When they do sting, it is painful and quick, as females sting in flight.

While both social wasps and bees generally live in colonies with queens and workers, they look and behave differently.

Bumble bees feed only on nectar and pollen from flowers. Their colonies are often located underground in old rodent burr...
08/22/2021
Wasps, Bees & Hornets | Bumble bees

Bumble bees feed only on nectar and pollen from flowers. Their colonies are often located underground in old rodent burrows, in compost piles and underneath objects on the ground. Some species will nest higher up in trees or in...

Bumble bees are very fuzzy in appearance and most species are black and yellow with a roundish shape.

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7250 Alexander Rd
Painesville, OH
44077-9517

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Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

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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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Upcoming holiday hours: Penitentiary Glen Reservation (Nature Center and the Wildlife Yard): Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Open until noon Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Lake Metroparks Farmpark: Open Tuesday through Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Open until noon New Year's Eve. Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park: Open Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Open until noon Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. 📷 by Jim Marquardt and Linda Lowe
“Took Lily to the cutest nature center (Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park) and had a blast!” ☀️🍂🐛🐞 goto.LakeMetroparks.com/jordan-creek-park 📷 by Andrea Davis
Any chance anyone found a set of keys in the parking lot of Jordan creek park? We were there yesterday 6/16 Close to the Porta potty near the kids area? They would be on a blue nursing lanyard
Welcome to Jordan Creek Park! The park is located on beautiful and ecologically-diverse open space, rich in both cultural and natural history. Hikers will enjoy more than 2.5 miles of trails with a variety of trail surfaces including natural surfaces, in addition to well-manicured trails. Two Grand River tributaries, Big Creek and Jordan Creek, run through this property. The all-new Adventure Play is designed to engage children in creative and imaginative nature discovery activities. It has elements and obstacles that challenge balance and climbing ability. Powered by Ganley Subaru East. The Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park is a destination for school field trips and many other science and nature-oriented educational programs.
🌲🌲 What A Beautiful Hike 🌲🌲 Thank you to everyone who came out to walk! And the poochies 🐶🐕🦮 It was a wonderful hike here at Environmental Learning Center We had a good time! ❤️ Make it an absolutely wonderful day everyone from Home Grown 😁👋👍😁
Don't Worry, You'll Be Able To Enjoy Lake Metroparks Environmental Learning Center Center Plenty By Week's End. Photography By @momlifeincle #lakemetroparks #ohio #remarkablelakecountyoh #lakecountyohiophotography #thebestphotographers #onetanktrip #thegreatoutdoors #family
Looking for a great late winter/early spring activity? Come to the Environmental Learning Center for the NEW StoryWalk®! Stroll through the woods while reading a great tale. While enjoying the story, you'll also come across some activities you can do on the spot. We are excited to see you out on the trails!
Thanks to all who found our parks to be a safe place to go to and walk, explore nature, see wildlife and find peace during this past year. Wishing everyone a happy, safe and healthy new year as we enter 2021. Environmental Learning Center 📷: Kelly Funk
Thanks to all who found our parks to be a safe place to go to and walk, explore nature, see wildlife and find peace during this past year. Wishing everyone a happy, safe and healthy new year as we enter 2021. Environmental Learning Center 📷: Kelly Funk
It was a fantastic week of camp at the Environmental Learning Center! Mission Space and Hunger Games Camp! There are still openings in upcoming camps, but they are going fast! goto.lakemetroparks.com/elc-day-camps
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 🐻