Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this spring – from wildflower watching and birding van trips to our Earth Day Extravaganza and the year’s first Nights Out in the Parks!
Here are their offerings for May 2018. You may also view these programs and events published on their new website, Geuaga Park District, and in our quarterly Park Explorer newsletter, which is mailed to every Geauga County household and available from all in-county libraries.
Timbertots: Flower Fun (Ages 3-5 w/adult)
- Thursday, May 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Big Creek Park, Deep Woods shelter
- Saturday, May 5th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., B Benner Metzenbaum Park, Wisteria Hill Shelter
Find out how flowers can be fun with colors, counting and exploration! Program outdoors, weather permitting, so please dress accordingly. Designed for a specified age group; older or younger siblings will not be considered registered participants. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Fishing Opportunities in Geauga Park District – Friday, May 4th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – The West Woods
Come learn how these parks’ lakes and ponds are managed for sport fishing, the science that goes into providing you with great fishing holes; receive great tips on- where, when and what to fish in various parks; and hear about Geauga County’s natural lakes.
Maple Highlands Horse Ride – Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Headwaters Park, Crystal Lake Picnic Area Rt. 608 Parking Lot
Bring your horse for this leisurely spring Amish-countryside ride on the bike and buggy path that includes two covered bridges. This 6-7 mile ride on the newly opened Maple Highlands Trail-South provides a peaceful tour of parks, farms and village. Road crossings, gravel, bridges, bikes and/or buggies may be anticipated. Helmets encouraged. Please bring a shovel to clean up after your horse in the parking lot. Another different ride takes place in the afternoon; riders may register for one or both rides and bring lunch to eat in between. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Hidden Gems Hike: Observatory Park – Saturday, May 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Observatory Park, Cygnus Shelter
Although Observatory Park is well known for evening star gazing, it also offers much to explore during the day! Join a naturalist to hike 2.5 miles along a fairly new trail through woodland and wetland. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Headwaters Horse Ride – Saturday, May 5th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Headwaters Park, Crystal Lake Picnic Area Rt. 608 Parking Lot
Bring your horse for this leisurely naturalist-led ride enjoying wildflowers, an eagle nest, migratory birds and scenic lake views. This 4-mile ride on the Buckeye and Maple Bridle Trails includes gravel and bridges with the possibility of bikes. Helmets encouraged. Please bring a shovel to clean up after your horse in the parking lot. A different ride takes place in the afternoon; riders may register for one or both rides and bring lunch to eat in between. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Annual Spring Bird Walk Series – Sunday, May 6th, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Eldon Russell Park
See a variety of birds as they return to prime breeding habitat during spring migration. Experienced leaders will assist participants with observation and identification. Dress for the weather; bring binoculars and bird guide. Also May 13th and 20th at different locations. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Beautiful Blooms Wildflower Walk – Sunday, May 6th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Headwaters Park, Grounds Rt. 322 Entrance
Take a naturalist-led hike to one of the best locations in Geauga Park District to find beautiful spring-blooming wildflowers, 1.5 miles along gently rolling terrain. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Magee Marsh Birding Van Trip – Monday, May 7th, 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – The West Woods, Fee: $10, $25 out-of-county
Join us for a trip to one of the best bird-watching spots in the country to witness the spring spectacle of bird migration along the shores of Lake Erie. We’ll provide transportation and a naturalist to assist with bird identification; bring your own binoculars, water and sack lunch. An extra session will be added if registration fills. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Registration required.
Geauga Walkers (For Active Seniors) – Tuesday, May 8th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Headwaters Park, Grounds Rt. 322 Parking Lot
Join other active seniors on weekly hikes in Geauga County and the surrounding area. Hikes are typically 1 to 1 1/2 miles long and held year-round. A naturalist leads hikes scheduled in Geauga Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Frog Fest “Party Line” Call List – Sometime in May, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – The West Woods
Get your name on the call list to witness the noisy courtship behavior of Gray Tree Frogs and green frogs as they come home to woodland pools to breed. We’ll call when conditions are right, so expect short notice. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
The Seneca Anomaly – Friday, May 11th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Observatory Park
Is there an ancient meteor crater below Ohio’s Seneca County? Learn about an ongoing scientific investigation into Ohio’s ice-age past. Weather permitting, program will be followed by night-sky viewing using Oberle Observatory telescopes until 11:00 p.m. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Claridon Woodlands Spring Bird Sit – Saturday, May 12th, 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Claridon Woodlands
Let’s start a tally of birds in our newest park, seeing how many we can identify in four hours of “bird sitting” beside the back pond! Bring your binoculars, scope, camera and chair to help a naturalist keep a list. Enjoy the birds and the view. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Backcountry Ravine Exploration – Saturday, May 12th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Welton’s Gorge, Burton Township
Venture into the rocky woodland ravines of this Park District preserve to discover deep rock ledges, cool streams, salamanders and other stream life. Outdoors including slippery stream bottoms, steep grades and off-trail obstacles like downed trees and stream crossings, so please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes with good traction that can also get wet walking in rocky streams. Held even in the event of rain. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required; directions provided upon registration.
Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, May 12th, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Observatory Park
Join us at the Oberle Observatory to take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes. If it’s cloudy, we’ll be in the planetarium instead. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Annual Spring Bird Walk Series – Sunday, May 13th, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove Shelter -See description for May 6th. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Mother’s Day Milkweed Giveaway – Sunday, May 13th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center
Stop by during listed hours to pick up a free milkweed plant for Mom! Several species of milkweed are grown and distributed for planting in an effort to aid the Monarch Butterfly in its plight of population decline. Beautiful, aromatic milkweed blossoms will attract many other species of pollinators to your yard as well. One pot per family. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show – Sunday, May 13th 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Observatory Park
Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky this week. Building open house 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Weather permitting, also view the sun using our safe solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
A Look into the Lives of Ohio’s Peregrine Falcons – Tuesday, May 15th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center
Chad and Chris Saladin provide insights into the behavior and ecology of Peregrine Falcons as witnessed over their years of monitoring them at Ohio nesting sites, both officially for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and on their own once that project ended in 2015, featuring a special appearance by a live peregrine courtesy of Lake Metroparks. Collaboration with Blackbrook Audubon Society. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.