Check Out the Geauga Park District Quarterly Events Calendar for March 2019

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  • Scout Day: Bear Cub Scouts Fur, Feathers & Ferns – Saturday, March 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Join us to work on your Fur, Feathers & Ferns Required Adventure. We’ll work on requirements 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. Registration required.

  • Become a Better Bluebird Landlord – Saturday, March 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Naturalist Tami Gingrich, who has been in charge of the park’s bluebird boxes for more than 25 years, will give an overview of the natural history of the Eastern Bluebirds and answer questions on how to become a better bluebird landlord. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Make a Bluebird House – Saturday, March 16th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge – Fee: $10

Build and take home a house that any bluebird would be proud to call home! We’ll also provide pointers on where and when to place your birdhouse to attract bluebirds. Fee covers supplies; participants should register “by the birdhouse” rather than “by the person.” Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

  • Scout Day: Cadette Girl Scouts Trees Badge – Saturday, March 16th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Join us in the sugarbush to learn about trees as part of the Trees Legacy Badge. We’ll cover requirements 1, 2, 4 & 5. Registration required.

  • Nassau Astronomy Night with CVAS – Saturday, March 16th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at 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 and discover all this amazing facility has to offer! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Sap’s-a-Risin’! – Sunday, March 17th from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation

Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house, sugarbush and lodge for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods! Help gather sap in the sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house and taste some maple syrup, then warm up with live music by The Woodpeckers and maple treats in the lodge.

  • Full Moon Program: The Worm Moon – Wednesday, March 20th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

The full moon in March is known as “The Worm Moon.” Come to Observatory Park to get a grip on earthworm anatomy and behavior, then watch the full moon rise using park telescopes! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Elderberries: Geauga County’s Maple Sugaring Heritage – Thursday, March 21st from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Geauga Century Village Bond Building

Join us for a look at Geauga’s Maple sugaring history! Pancake lunch served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a mini sap bucket craft and tours of the Maple Museum of Geauga County. Plus, allow us to “tap” into your maple memories! A collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

  • Art Stamp Monogram Workshop – Friday, March 22nd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – Fee: $24

Join artist Barbara Mikin to create a framed monogram print from recycled materials. Print may also be utilized for stationery, book covers, textiles, etc. Ages 14+. Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

  • Black Holes – Friday, March 22nd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

See description for March 8th. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Salamander Saunter – Saturday, March 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove

Accompany Naturalist Tami Gingrich as she visits several vernal pools to check preset traps in search of giant mole salamanders and other aquatic critters. Learn about the amazing amphibian migration into these important woodland puddles. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

  • Backcountry Heron Hike – Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Venture off trail on a two-mile round-trip hike to the site of a heron nesting colony with possible views of returning Great Blue Herons. Expect wet, muddy conditions with uneven terrain. Registration required.

  • Nassau Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, March 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station

See description for March 9th. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Duckwatching by the Fire! – Sunday, March 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Headwaters Park, Boathouse

Drop in anytime to enjoy a blazing fire and assist a naturalist in tallying how many ducks and other water birds we can identify on the East Branch Reservoir! We will observe mainly from the Boathouse shelter area. Bring your binoculars, scope, camera and chair to help keep a list. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

  • Hound Hike – Sunday, March 24th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Eldon Russell Park

Bring your dog for a hike on the newly opened Duane Ferris Trail, letting your dog alert you to the sights, sounds and smells of early spring. Dogs must be on a leash (8-foot max) and be well behaved. Bring bags to clean up after your dog.

  • The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show – Sunday, March 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

See description for March 10th. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Geauga Walkers – Tuesday, March 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, Sunset Shelter

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes of 1 to 1 ½ miles in Geauga County and the surrounding area. Naturalist leads hikes in Geauga Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

  • Maple Town Tune Traders – Thursday, March 28th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Format features short performances and sharing of songs and tunes in the round. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as audience. Snacks to share welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Ice-off Waterfowl Van Trip: Mosquito Lake – Saturday, March 30th from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge

March and April are good times to see spring migratory waterfowl. Join us for a trip to some of Trumbull County’s birding hotspots, Mosquito Lake and surrounding areas. We’ll provide transportation and a naturalist to assist with bird identification; bring your own binoculars or scope, camera, water and snack. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

  • Skydance: Flight of the Woodcock! – Saturday, March 30th from 7:30 p.m . to 8:30 p.m. at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

A behind-the-bushes look at the courtship antics of one unique bird, the American Woodcock, highlighted by its amazing “sky dance” with “wing song” and careening descent – a true rite of spring! Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

  • Herons of Bath Road Van Trip – Sunday, March 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The West Woods

Bring your binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras to search for birds and explore the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Beaver Marsh and Bath Road Heronry. Bring a packed lunch for a picnic and be able to walk at least a mile on a flat, gravel surface. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

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