Geauga Park District July Schedule of Event

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Geauga Park District is pleased to announce its programming for July featuring this year’s CONNECT themes to help people find their connection  to Geauga Park District and the Great Outdoors. We’re excited to help people connect with how good they’ll feel inside once they’re outside doing something they love. 

Below is a list of events scheduled for July

Connect with Nighttime in July. Programs marked CONNECT give us that sense of summer night fun we’ve been cravin’ all year.

X-TREME Days: Chickagami Survival Challenge (Teens entering grades 8-10)

Wednesday, July 1, 9 AM-3 PM
Chickagami Park, Overlook Shelter
Fee: $30

Learn outdoor survival skills utilized by early Americans such as atlatl throwing, archery and arrowhead creation, as well as modern day survival skills such as fire building, shelter building and geocaching, all culminating with the “Chickagami Challenge” to put your skills to the test. Waivers and details sent after registration. Equipment included in fee. Scholarships available. Registration required.

The Full Thunder Moon (Almost a Blue Moon)

Wednesday, July 1, 8-9 PM
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

July is sometimes called the “Thunder Moon” for its stormy weather. Rain or shine, we’ll learn some moon lore in our planetarium, then observe the rising “Thunder Moon” using park telescopes. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

X-TREME Days: Natural Science Challenge (Teens entering grades 8-10)

Thursday, July 2, 9 AM-3 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center
Fee: $ 30

Join Park Biologist Paul Pira to participate in natural resource projects using scientific tools like electro-shocking equipment, wildlife camera and microscope in remote stream, wetland and forest habitats seldom seen by park visitors. Waivers and details sent after registration. Equipment use included in fee. Scholarships available. Registration required.

Nesting Osprey Adventure

Sunday, July 5, 1-3 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

Take a van trip to view local osprey nest sites atop cell towers. These awesome fish-eating raptors, on a fast track to recovery, have flown off Ohio’s Endangered & Threatened Species Lists in recent years. Registration required.

Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 5-7)

Monday, July 6-10, 9 AM-3 PM
The West Woods, Affelder House
Fee: $150

Explore the great outdoors hiking, fishing, kayaking, biking, launching rockets, geocaching and more! Participants begin and end each day at The West Woods’ Affelder House. Equipment use included in fee. Scholarships available. Registration required.

Nature Explorers: Twilight Hike & Campfire (Ages 6-7)

Tuesday, July 7, 7:30-9:30 PM
The West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter

Nature Explorers hike into The West Woods to discover the sights and sounds as the sun sets, followed by a nighttime campfire with songs and stories. Drop off-program held outdoors. Registration required. CONNECT.

Nature Explorers: Twilight Hike & Campfire (Ages 8-11)

Wednesday, July 8, 7:30-9:30 PM
The West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter

Nature Explorers hike into The West Woods to discover the sights and sounds as the sun sets, followed by a nighttime campfire with songs and stories. Drop off-program held outdoors. Registration required. CONNECT.  

Manga In Nature (Ages 10-15)

Thursday, July 9, 1-3 PM
The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Take your love of manga and anime outdoors; you’ll be surprised what you can learn about Nature from Japanese comics like “Yotsuba” and “Moribito”! We’ll do some outdoor exploring, then draw what we find. Registration required.

Grandparents Summer Picnic

Thursday, July 9, Noon-1:30 PM
Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, Sunset Shelter

Grandparents and grandchildren enjoy a day in the park with a stroll around the lake and a picnic in collaboration with Chardon Senior Center, which provides hot dogs. Please bring dessert or side dish to share. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Exoplanets (and How To Find Them)

Friday, July 10, 7-8 PM
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Astronomers have found more than a thousand “exoplanets” orbiting stars other than the sun.  Meet some of these strange, new worlds and learn how astronomers spot them, then if weather conditions permit, view the night sky using Observatory Park telescopes. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

Nights Out in the Parks: Jewelry, Wine & Friends (Ages 21+)

Saturday, July 11, 7-9 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center
Fee: $30

Create handmade jewelry while enjoying wine & cheese among friends. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. CONNECT.

Burgers-n-Butterflies, Dogs-n-Dragons

Sunday, July 12, Noon-3:30 PM
Swine Creek Reservation, Lake Side Shelter

Join Ohio Lepidopterists member Mark Rzeszotarski and naturalists for this annual census to learn identification, habits and food sources of these amazing insects. Participants who catch a butterfly or dragonfly get a free hamburger or hot dog. NATURE’S NOT TO BE MISSED.

Kelso Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Sunday, July 12, 1-3 PM & 4-6 PM
Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Search for signs of wildlife while afloat on beautiful Lake Kelso. Basic kayaking skills required. Registration required; starts July 5.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, July 12, 2-3 PM
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 PM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 5-7)

Monday, July 13-17, 9 AM-3 PM
The West Woods, Affelder House
Fee: $150

Explore the great outdoors hiking, fishing, kayaking, biking, launching rockets, geocaching and more! Participants begin and end each day at The West Woods’ Affelder House. Equipment use included in fee. Scholarships available. Registration required.

Nature Explorers: Lost Ladybugs (Ages 6-7)

Monday, July 13, 10 AM-12:30 PM
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Nature Explorers learn about Ohio’s state insect, then head into the field with nets to see how many different kinds of ladybugs they can discover. Drop-off program. Registration required.

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, July 14, 1-2:30 PM
Swine Creek Reservation, Valley Shelter

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes typically 1½ miles long. A naturalist leads hikes held in Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

Nature Explorers: Lost Ladybugs (Ages 8-11)

Wednesday, July 15, 10 AM-12:30 PM
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Nature Explorers learn about Ohio’s state insect, then head into the field with nets to see how many different kinds of ladybugs they can discover. Drop-off program. Registration required.

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, July 15, 6:30-8 PM
Orchard Hills Park

Take a mid-week break and enjoy complimentary ice cream and family activities, as well as the orchard-themed playground! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Hound Hike: Cattail Trail Trek

Thursday, July 16, 7-8:30 PM
Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, Sunset Shelter Sunset Shelter

Join other dog walkers as we walk along the Best Lake shoreline. Bring dog towels, a water bowl, poop scoop and bags for dog clean-up. Dog must be kept on leash (8ft max). One dog per handler. Dogs must be non-aggressive to people and other dogs. Registration required.

Timbertots: Camp Day (Ages 3-5 w/adult only)

Friday, July 17, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM
Big Creek Park, Maple Grove Shelter

Enjoy this preschool version of big kid camp with activities, crafts and s’more! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Bass Lake Afternoon Canoe (Ages 10+ w/adult)

Saturday, July 18, 1:30-3 PM
Bass Lake Preserve, Boat Launch

Spend an afternoon on the waters of Bass Lake enjoying the wildlife and beautiful surroundings. Basic canoeing proficiency required. Registration required by phone; begins July 11.

“River Cruiser” Dragonfly Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Sunday, July 19, 1:30-3:30 PM
Eldon Russell Park

Paddle the river in hopes of seeing River Cruisers – large dragonflies that inhabit the Cuyahoga.  Kayak experience required. Registration required; begins July 12.

Timbertots: Camp Day (Ages 3-5 w/adult only)

Sunday, July 19, 3-4 PM
Big Creek Park, Maple Grove Shelter

Enjoy this preschool version of big kid camp with activities, crafts and s’more! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Adventure Day Camp (Teens entering grades 8-10)

Monday, July 20-24, 9 AM-3 PM\
The West Woods, Affelder House
Fee: $150

Explore the great outdoors hiking, fishing, kayaking, biking, launching rockets, geocaching and more! Participants begin and end each day at The West Woods’ Affelder House. Equipment use included in fee. Scholarships available. Registration required.

Nature Explorers: Streamlife Safari (Ages 6-7)

Tuesday, July 21, 9 AM-Noon
The West Woods, Nature Center

Nature Explorers venture into a forested stream to discover wildlife such as crayfish, salamanders and stonefly larva. Drop off-program. Registration required.

Tree ID Hike

Tuesday, July 21, 7-8:30 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

Take a leisurely evening stroll to discover the diversity of trees found in The West Woods. Wear hiking boots since we may be off trail at times.

Nature Explorers: Streamlife Safari (Ages 8-11)

Wednesday, July 22, 9 AM-Noon
The West Woods, Nature Center

Nature Explorers venture into a forested stream to discover wildlife such as crayfish, salamanders and stonefly larva. Drop off-program. Registration required.

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, July 23, 7-10 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

Come to play, sing or just listen and enjoy. Informal performances followed by jam session. All musical genres and instruments, as well as snacks to share, welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

Exoplanets (and How To Find Them)

Friday, July 24, 7-8 PM
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Astronomers have found more than a thousand “exoplanets” orbiting stars other than the sun. Meet some of these strange, new worlds and learn how astronomers spot them, then if weather conditions permit, view the night-sky using Observatory Park telescopes. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

Exploring the Wetlands of Pinebrook

Saturday, July 25, 1-3:30 PM
Pine Brook Preserve

Explore wetland habitats and the plants and animals they support at this future park. Mostly off-trail. Registration required; directions provided after registration.

Nights Out at the Parks: JiMiller Band

Saturday, July 25, 7-8:30 PM
Big Creek Park Amphitheater

Enjoy the JiMiller Band in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater. JiMiller blends blues, country, Cajun, old rock-n-roll, jazz and bluegrass. Indoors if inclement weather. Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

Polliwog Paddle Family Canoe (Ages 5+ w/adult)

Sunday, July 26, 1:30-3 PM
Eldon Russell Park

An easy-paced, short-distance float on the wildlife-rich Upper Cuyahoga River for families.  Ages 5+ with adult. Phone registration July 19-25. Registration required.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, July 26, 2-3 PM
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 PM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 5-7)

Monday, July 27-31, 9 AM-3 PM
The West Woods, Affelder House
Fee: $150

Explore the great outdoors hiking, fishing, kayaking, biking, launching rockets, geocaching and more! Participants begin and end each day at The West Woods’ Affelder House. Equipment use included in fee. Scholarships available. Registration required.

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, July 28, 1-2:30 PM
Sunnybrook Preserve

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes typically 1½ miles long. A naturalist leads hikes held in Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

Kelso Full Moon Canoe (Ages 10+ w/adult)

Friday, July 31, 8:30-10 PM
Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Watch the “Blue Moon” rise over the beautiful waters of Lake Kelso. Basic canoeing skills required. Registration required by phone; begins July 24. CONNECT.

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