Geauga Park District Quarterly Offerings: September 2017

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There is something for everyone in Geauga Park District this summer – from a “Night Out” with an Elvis tribute artist, to a chance to earn a burger or hot dog by catching a bug, to bat exploration on a bike or fish exploration in snorkeling gear, to the brand new West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market! Here are our offerings for September 2017:

September

The Great Geauga County Fair

  • Thursday, August 31st – Monday, September 4th, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Geauga County Fairgrounds, Natural Resources Area – Visit our building to meet the Monarch Butterfly and learn what’s new with Geauga Park District! Daily live Monarch taggings at 1:30 p.m. as butterflies are available. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

A Berry Good Bird Walk

  • Saturday, September 2nd, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Eldon Russell Park – Take on the fun challenge of identifying songbirds in autumn plumage as they fuel up on berries and bugs preparing to migrate south. Bring binoculars. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

Dancing Under the Stars

  • Saturday, September 2nd, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Observatory Park – Fee: $10.00 – Put on your dancing shoes to enjoy a night of dancing under the stars in your International Dark Sky Park! Instruction and demos till 8:00 p.m. by professionals from Fred Astaire Dance studio in Chagrin Falls, followed by open floor. Weather permitting. Program will be cancelled if severe weather. Fee: $10 includes light snacks. Registration required. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Pick-up Bocce for Seniors

  • Tuesday, September 5th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 12th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 19th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 26th 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunnybrook Preserve, Bocce Court – Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting. No experience or equipment needed. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Geauga Walkers

  • Tuesday, September 5th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Observatory Park – Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.

The Bird Tornado Strikes Again!

  • Wednesday, September 6th, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Chardon Square Gazebo
  • Wednesday, September 13th, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Berkshire High School
  • Witness a cyclone of hundreds of Chimney Swifts swirling, then plummeting into an old chimney used as a migratory motel on their journey to South America. An unforgettable spectacle! Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

The Cassini Space Probe

  • Friday, September 8th, and Friday, September 22nd – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Observatory Park – Bid farewell to the plucky Cassini space probe as it wraps up its mission to Saturn. This program will be followed by night-sky viewing using park telescopes until 11 PM, weather permitting. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Trail Horse Nature Challenge

  • Saturday, September 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Swine Creek Reservation, Lake Side Shelter – Sign up to challenge yourself and your horse on a one- to two-hour challenge course with natural trail obstacles and Nature questions along the way. Awards in youth and adult divisions. Helmets recommended. Registration required. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.

IMAX Flight of the Butterflies

  • Saturday, September 9th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • The West Woods – Originally produced for IMAX theaters, this amazing movie explores the unbelievable migration of the Monarch Butterfly and the man that discovered their overwintering site in Mexico in 1975. Live Monarchs will be on display. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Nassau Night Sky Viewing

  • Saturday, September 9th and Saturday, September 23rd, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station – Take in the wonders of the night sky using the newly restored 36″ Nassau telescope. In case of unfavorable weather, take a tour of the Nassau Astronomical Station and enjoy a planetarium show in the McCullough Science Center. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Nassau Astronomical Station Open House

  • Sunday, September 10th and and Sunday, September 24th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station – Stop in to discover this amazing new facility and all it has to offer! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Monarchs and Meadow Insects

  • Sunday, September 10th, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter – Drop in anytime to net and tag Monarch Butterflies, play an exciting “life-sized board game” dramatizing the hazards of Monarch migration, and catch a variety of butterflies, grasshoppers and other insects calling the meadow home. Nets provided or bring your own. Sun protection, socks, hat and long pants recommended. Meadow insect overview at 12:30 p.m.; netting in field surrounding shelter 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

  • Sunday, September 10th and Sunday, September 24th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Observatory Park – Learn what to watch for in the night sky each 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.

Hound Hike: Frohring Meadows

  • Sunday, September 10th, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter – Explore these trails, and searching for Monarchs, with your dog! Walkers without dogs also welcome. Only one non-aggressive dog per handler, kept on leash at all times (8 ft. max). Registration required. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.

The Bird Tornado Strikes Again!

  • Wednesday, September 13th, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Berkshire High School – Witness a cyclone of hundreds of Chimney Swifts swirling, then plummeting into an old chimney used as a migratory motel on their journey to South America. An unforgettable spectacle! Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

Senior Day: Monarch Migration

  • Thursday, September 14th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Orchard Hills Park, Lodge – Seniors, start the morning with a pancake breakfast, then learn all about Monarch migration and help tag butterflies if conditions are right. Tours of the trail will also be given on the EZ Go Cart. A collaboration with Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Registration required. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Homeschool Days: Monarchs & Meadow Insects (Ages 5-7 & Ages 8-12)

  • Friday, September 15th, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter – Become a scientist for the day! Learn about Monarch Butterflies and other insects, then hit the field with nets in hand to see what we catch. Registration required. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Hidden Gems Hike: Ansel’s Cave

  • Saturday, September 16th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • The West Woods – Hike to the historic Ansel’s Cave and discover the secrets it holds! Must be able to hike two miles over hilly terrain. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Nassau Night Sky Viewing

  • Saturday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station – Join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to take in the wonders of the night sky using our newly restored telescope! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Swallow Sunset Canoe (Ages 10+ w/adult)

  • Saturday, September 16th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Bass Lake Preserve, Grounds Boat Launch – View swallows and other wildlife as the sun sets on these beautiful waters! Basic canoeing skills required. Ages 12 & up to paddle. Phone registration opens September 9th at 440-279-0880. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.
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