Mill Creek MetroParks presents Winter Celebration: Festival of Trees and Winter Nights

Beginning December 3 – December 31, 2022, the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens will present Winter Celebration: Festival of Trees, which is a family-friendly, admission-free event sponsored by 21 WFMJ/WBCB. This year, 50 uniquely decorated trees by local nonprofits will bring magic to the Davis Center for all to enjoy. Visitors will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt and view the beautiful seasonal flowers on display. Visitors can experience Winter Celebration: Festival of Trees Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Every Saturday from December 3 – December 31, 2022, Fellows Riverside Gardens hours will be extended until 7 p.m. for guests to experience Winter Nights featuring an outdoor light display highlighting the beauty of winter. Inside the Davis Center, enjoy live music and special appearances on December 3 from Disney character Elsa and on December 17 from The Grinch. Plus, stop by to find that perfect gift at the Shop in the Gardens and savor refreshments available for purchase in Kravitz’s Garden Cafe.

For more information, please call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116 or visit

Mini forest takes root in Boardman

A group of Youngstown State University students took part in a project Thursday along Mill Creek MetroParks’ Collier Preserve to plant 1,650 trees to create a mini forest.

The project along Western Reserve Road near New Buffalo Road is being carried out by the YSU Legacy Forest committee, which bought the trees. It aims to plant 1,650 trees at the site.

One goal of the project is to remove carbon from the air, said Lauren Schroeder, who is part of the committee.

Another goal is to plant one tree for every incoming freshman student at YSU this academic year.

The Arbor Day Foundation paid for the trees.

This is the second year the trees have been planted on the site.

Nine species of trees were planted, said Nick Derico, natural resources manager for the MetroParks.

The Mill Creeks MetroParks Foundation bought the tubes and stakes for the project, which is expected to continue for at least one more year, Derico said. The tubes will protect the

trees for about 10 years and stop them from being damaged by wildlife, such as deer.

The YSU Legacy Forest Project also seeks to increase awareness of climate warming and its consequences. The group is supported by the Mahoning County Land Bank, Arbor Day Foundation, the YSU Foundation, and YSU.

Read the original article at The Vindicator.

Christmas at the Mill returns to the Valley

A long-running tradition returned to the Valley on Saturday — the annual Christmas at the Mill.

Craft vendors, food trucks and lots of music could be heard at Lanterman’s Mill.

The community donated mittens, scarves, hats and gloves to hang on the Giving Tree. All the items will be donated to a local charity.

“It is all about community and its gathering time, people are home with their families to celebrate the holiday then to continue that celebration through the whole weekend,” said Lynn Zocolo with Mill Creek MetroParks.

Santa also made a visit from the North Pole.

Read the original article at WYTV.