Follow the tracks to the Wildlife Center and the Lake Shore Live Steamers’ 30 year celebration at Penitentiary Glen Reservation on Sunday, July 28 from noon to 4 pm! Admission is free.
The Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center is home to our animal ambassadors ranging from reptiles, mammals, to a variety of birds of prey. These animals assist the staff in educating the public, groups, and students about wildlife issues and conservation. Get an up-close look at all of our amazing ambassadors in our Wildlife Center Yard, open 9 am to 5 pm daily.
· LIVE animal programs featuring our animal ambassadors
· Behind the scenes tours of the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center
We have seen a lot of changes in the Lake County landscape over the past 30 years. Some kinds of wildlife have benefitted from this, and some have struggled. The wildlife that we worked with for care and released in the early days (red tailed hawks, crows, great horned owls) helped us develop our skills which have, in turn, helped our staff to be more skilled and prepared to work with the threatened and endangered species of today (peregrine falcon, bobcat). Here is a look back at the positive impact the wildlife center has had on the wildlife habitat in Northeast Ohio:
· 40,000 individual native wild animals have received assistance at the Wildlife Center
· 110,000 hours of time given by the partnership and support of many wonderful volunteers
· 2000 injured or orphaned animals receive first aid and rehabilitation at the Wildlife Center annually.
· 220 different species of animals have been treated by the staff at the Wildlife Center. These include common backyard types (robins, blue jays, squirrels) to those more unusual ones, snowy owl, green heron, various warblers, red and gray fox, bald eagles and now the bobcats.
· 51 to 52% have been successfully rehabilitated, or rallied and released.
· 71 college interns have helped us over the summers, gaining experience and resume building, many who have gone on to their own careers and contributions to conservation and resource management, as well as veterinary services.
·30 years ago (1979) there were only four pairs of Bald eagles that nested in the state. Today, there are at least four nests in Lake County alone.
Free train rides
Roll along the tracks on miniature trains, 1/8 the size of full size trains, through the woods and along the edge of the scenic gorge. Miniature trains are provided by the Lake Shore Live Steamers.
· Trains run 1 to 3 pm, weather permitting
· Photo opportunity with a train conductor
· Chat with a train enthusiast
And there’s more…
· Guided nature hikes
· Fun family activities
While you’re here…
Discover the many interactive exhibits and displays, including the award-winning “Window on Wildlife”. Enjoy the 27th Annual Amateur Photography Contest and Show, which captures the beauty of nature in and around Lake County through the lenses of amateur photographers.
Hike more than 8.5 miles of scenic trails, discover the beautiful butterfly gardens and habitat, or enjoy a leisurely picnic. Browse the nature-themed gifts at The Nature Store for bird feeders, t-shirts, field guides, toys, children’s books and more.
Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located at 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd in Kirtland. Take I-90 to Rt. 306 south for about one mile. Turn left onto Rt. 615. Turn right (east) onto Kirtland-Chardon Road and continue for two miles. Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located on the right (south) side of the road.
Promotions and Advertising Manager Lake Metroparks
P: 440-352-2914 C: 440-479-5430