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Events at Center Park

Nature's H'Art Gallery Feb 4 - Mar 5

Outdoor art made from all natural materials; paper, wood, cotton, pine cones, wool, etc. Heart-themed in honor of Valentine's Day. Large, small, on the ground or hung from trees and shrubs. Anyone may display their art and admire the art of others.

Friends of Center Park - Thurs Feb 16th 7pm
Public input Zoom Meeting email for link


Friends of Center Park seek your input into our plans for Center Park. Join us for a brief presentation of our past activities and future plans. We can answer questions and we will listen to your ideas and comments.

Maple Sugaring for the Backyard Enthusiast – Sat March 4 time TBD

Come learn to identify Sugar Maples in late winter, how to tap the tree, collect the sap, and do a real vs. fake maple syrup taste test. Scott Richardson, Carlisle resident will share his experience with small-scale maple sugaring.

Pruning Workshop - Sat March 18

Join John Althouse and other Master Gardeners as they demonstrate how to prune shrubs for improved health and shaping. Watch willow Living Fence get its first trimming and wattle weaving. 

Outdoor Benching and Community Spring Clean-up  Sat April 1st 9am - noon
sponsored by Carlisle Cultural Council grant funds

Join Carlisle carpenter Barry Ohs and Master Gardener Alison Saylor as they demo how to site, design, and build custom outdoor benches. Park clean-up of branches and sticks and other winter debris. Anyone may build a fairy garden using all natural materials. Fun for all ages. Master Gardeners on hand to demo winter clean-up tools and best practices for soil health.

Earth Day at Center Park - Sat April 22 10am - 2pm

Native planting demo at 11am, noon and 1pm. Environmentally friendly tools show and tell, native plant tours and more!

Free Garden classes 10am - 11:30am
Every Monday April - October

Skip Holidays and pouring rain days. Light rain OK. Sign up for free classes by contacting the Carlisle Council on Aging and Human Services or Carlisle Recreation Commission.

Master Gardeners sign up at the MG SUG and note that the timing is 9:30am  - 11:30am

No Mow May

Our month-long display of a section of lawn left unmowed will give pollinators a boost. Extra insects living in the taller stalks provide food for parents feeding baby birds. No Mow May asks homeowners to do everyone’s favorite thing in the world: absolutely nothing. Consider keeping a section of your lawn mowed just once a year. See what birds and insects enjoy the new diversity of plants that grow when you only mow edges and pathways in your lawn.

Nature Connection Exploration – program offered through Gleason Public Library for ages 6 and up.

3:15 - 4:15 Tues April 4, Wed April 19, Tues May 2, Wed May 17, and Tues June 6.

Halloween Spook Trail at Center Park - Tues Oct 31, 4-8 pm

Halloween Spook Trail Set-up noon - 4pm

Join us as we set out candy tables, creepy decorations and safety lights along our Woodland Garden trail. Candy donations welcome! We will return borrowed decorations and LED lights and lanterns too.

Community Winter Clean-up - Sat Nov 4
9:30m - 11:30am

Join Master Gardeners and other enthusiastic volunteers as we prepare the park for the winter season. What to leave and what to cut back? Learn best practices for a healthy, yet tidy landscape.

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