Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this summer – from kayaking and canoeing to meteors and caterpillars to dancing under the stars and the grand opening of Claridon Woodlands!
Here are our offerings for August 2018. You may also view these programs and events published on our new website, Geauga Park District, and in our quarterly Park Explorer newsletter, which is mailed to every Geauga County household and available from all in-county libraries.
- Astrotots: Cosmic Cousins (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Thursday, August 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 11;00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 4th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Do you have family on another planet? Could ET be real? Come learn why you are called an earthling! Make and take home an alien friend, and discover how and why scientists are looking for our cosmic cousins. Program designed for a specified age group; older or younger siblings will not be considered registered participants. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
- Skink Slink Search – Saturday, August 4th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Pinebrook Preserve
Learn about Geauga County’s only lizard, the Five-lined Skink, and take a trip into Pinebrook Preserve to search for this elusive reptile. Meet at the entrance and board the park van to venture into the preserve. Directions provided at time of registration. Registration required. NATURE’S NOT TO BE MISSED.
- Astrotos: Cosmic Cousins (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Saturday, August 4th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
See August 2nd for description. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
- All About the Brook Trout – Saturday, August 4th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Bass Lake Preserve, Lodge
Geauga’s own wildlife miracle: Ohio’s only known native brook trout population. We’ll net a brook trout so you can get an up-close look at this beautiful animal, followed by an indoor presentation about brook trout ecology and the discovery, protection and successful propagation of the Geauga population. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Nature Arts Festival – Sunday, August 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Big Creek Park
Don’t miss this day of fine Nature-inspired arts on display and for sale by regional artists with activities for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring woodcarvings, paintings, photography, handcrafted jewelry and more at various price ranges, plus activities including live music, family make-n-take projects, entertainment, chalk art, Nature Writing Contest winner readings, food trucks and much more! Park at Chardon Arts Festival on Chardon Square and take a FREE 5-minute Lolly the Trolley ride to the Big Creek Park! For a complete schedule of events when it becomes available, visit the new website under Activities, then Special Events & Art Shows. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 5-7) – Monday, August 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – Fee: $150
Are you ready for an adventure!? If so, join Geauga Park District’s Adventure Day Camp for an exciting week of exploring, biking, kayaking, fishing, sending rockets high into the sky and more! Participants begin and end each day at The West Woods Nature Center. Transportation will be provided to other park locations for various activities facilitated by highly qualified staff. Schedules, waivers and other details will be sent at a later date. Camp waiver will be required for each participant. Bring lunch, water and a raincoat in a backpack for each day’s activities. Other equipment will be provided and is included in the registration fee. Financial assistance is available. Please call 440-286-9516 for details. Registration required.
- West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market – Wednesday, August 8th, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Deer Run & Turkey Run Shelters
Purchase locally made/grown items at The West Woods the second Wednesday of each month this summer, June through September! Strolling musicians and a food truck selling dinner/snacks will make your evening more enjoyable. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Meet the Artists: Geauga Arts Council Juried Art Show – Wednesday, August 8th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Meet local artists representing their works featured in this annual juried art show, now in its fourth year at The West Woods Nature Center. Artwork on display through October 8. Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Elderberries: Heavenly Bodies in the Summer Sky – Thursday, August 9th, 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Peer deep into the night sky through the Oberle telescope, viewing planets, nebula and other celestial features. A planetarium show substitutes for telescope viewing if skies are cloudy. Also enjoy after-dark desserts, coffee and EZ Go Cart tours of the Planetary Trail. Co-hosted by the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
- Timbertots: Camp Day! (Ages 3-5 w/Adult) – Friday, August 10th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Claridon Woodlands, Judge Lester Taylor Lodge
Join us for this preschool version of summer camp, enjoying fun Nature activities, games and snacks! Outdoors, weather permitting, so please dress accordingly. Program designed for a specified age group; older or younger siblings will not be considered registered participants. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
- Asteroid Sampling Missions – Friday, August 10th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
American and Japanese spacecraft are on their way to the asteroid belt; explore the riches they hope to find, and examine an asteroid fragment for yourself. Weather permitting, program will be followed by night sky viewing using Oberle Observatory telescopes until 11:00 p.m. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.