Geauga Park District Quarterly Events Calendar for May 2018

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Elderberries: Seniors Ripe for Adventure! From Jungles to Geauga, Songbirds of Spring – Thursday, May 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove Shelter

Join the Geauga County Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center for breakfast in the lodge at 9:00 a.m., then look for colorfully plumaged birds from the Tropics of Central and South America. These beauties include orioles, warblers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Bring binoculars if you have them, or try a pair of ours. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Cuyahoga Family Canoe (Ages 5+ w/adult) – Saturday, May 19th, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Eldon Russell Park, Horwath’s Shelter

Celebrate River Day with this official River Day opportunity: an easy-paced, short-distance float on the wildlife-rich Upper Cuyahoga River for families. Up to two kids ages 5-11 in middle; 12+ to paddle. Learn more about River Day at River Day 2018. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required by phone beginning May 12th.

Astronomy Night with CVAS – Saturday, May 19th, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Swine Creek Reservation, Lake Side Shelter

Join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to celebrate the stars and observe our amazing night sky! A variety of telescopes will be on hand to get a closer look. Cancelled if cloudy; call 440-279-0880 after 3:00 p.m. to check status. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Annual Spring Bird Walk Series – Sunday, May 20th, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Shelter

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a variety of neo-tropical birds as they return to prime breeding habitat. Experienced leaders will assist participants with observation and identification. Dress for the weather; bring binoculars and bird guide. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Lake Kelso Kayak – Sunday, May 20th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Spend an afternoon on the tranquil waters of Lake Kelso, enjoying the wildlife and beautiful surroundings. Basic kayaking skills required; instruction is not given. Life vests required. Held rain or shine, except in event of thunderstorm. Wear shoes to get wet or muddy and bring water. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required beginning May 13th.

Bluebird Patrol – Sunday, May 20th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Frohring Meadows

Continue our celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with a leisurely walk with Eastern Bluebirds. Learn the basics of becoming a bluebird landlord with Naturalist Tami Gingrich as she monitors boxes, plus how to identify the different bird species that use the nest boxes, observe different nests and eggs and, if the opportunity presents itself, watch nestlings be banded for scientific research. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Geauga Walkers (For Active Seniors) – Tuesday, May 22nd, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge – See description for May 8th. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Maple Town Tune Traders – Thursday, May 24th, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center

Singers and musicians combine short performance spots (by sign-up) with jam sessions. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as audience. Snacks to share welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Kokedama String Garden Workshop – Friday, May 25th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center, Fee: $24

Kokedama is a form of centuries-old Japanese garden art tied into the practice of bonsai. Join artisan Tracy Reid to create two beautiful Japanese Kokedama hanging moss ball planters. Refreshments provided. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

The Seneca Anomaly – Friday, May 25th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Observatory Park – See description for May 11th. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Tea & Wildflowers – Saturday, May 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter

Celebrate spring and all the splendor it brings! Program begins with a wildflower talk by naturalists while you enjoy a variety of teas and pastries. Then we’ll head out onto the paved trail for a hike among the meadow flowers. Held rain or shine. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, May 26th, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Observatory Park – See description for May 12th. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show – Sunday, May 27th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Observatory Park – See description for May 13th. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

The Full Corn-Planting Moon – Sunday, May 27th, 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Observatory Park

Hear the Navajo story that uses the sky to tell when planting season has arrived, then watch the (nearly) full moon rise over Observatory Park. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Nighthawk Canoe Float (Ages 10+) – Wednesday, May 30th, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Eldon Russell Park, Horwath’s Shelter

The Upper Cuyahoga River comes alive with wildlife at sundown! Witness the annual mayfly hatch and appearance of mysterious nighthawks drawn in for in-flight feasting. Ages 10+; 12+ to paddle. Participants must have basic canoe handling skills; no lessons. Nature’s Not to Be Missed. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required by phone beginning May 23rd.

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