Elderberries: Seniors Ripe for Adventure take on indoor adventures this winter!

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For the “more experienced” Nature-lovers among us, we’ll be enjoying Geauga County’s seldom-seen wildlife, farming history and maple sugaring heritage this season during Elderberries: Seniors Ripe for Adventure!

Registration is required for the following programs at 440-286-9516 or Geauga Park District. With activities tailored to senior citizens, Elderberries is co-presented by Geauga Park District, the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. All sessions this season are fully wheelchair accessible.

  • American Kestrel Nest Box Project – Thursday, January 16th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – Seniors, learn about the trials and tribulations of the American Kestrel, the smallest falcon in North America and a species in peril. Geauga Park District launched a nest box project in 2019, and we’ll review the progress. Refreshments served.
  • Maple Syrup 101 – Thursday, February 20th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – There may still be snow on the ground, but it’s a busy time for Geauga maple producers! This indoor program will highlight the basics of producing syrup with demonstrations and tasty samples, including maple nut sundaes!
  • The Buzz About Native Pollinators – Thursday, March 19th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park, Deep Woods Lodge – Have you heard the recent buzz about our native pollinators? A naturalist will discuss our important and remarkable native pollinators and their importance in our lives. Light lunch served.

For grandparents and their grand-kids, two Grandparents in the Park programs are also scheduled this winter:

  • Nature Detectives on Thursday, January 2nd at The West Woods
  • Spring Break on Tuesday, March 24th at Big Creek Park

Registration is also required at 440-286-9516 or Geauga Park District for those.

Plus, did you know that naturalists lead Geauga Walkers hikes of active seniors throughout Geauga Park District, usually a couple Tuesdays a month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.? Hikes this season, typically 1 to 1.5 miles long, are:

  • January 7th at Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park
  • January 21st at The Rookery
  • February 4th at Beartown Lakes Reservation
  • February 18th at Eldon Russell Park
  • March 3rd at Swine Creek Reservation
  • March 17th at Sunnybrook Preserve
  • March 31st at Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve.

Registration is not required for Geauga Walkers hikes, which are not wheelchair accessible; we just ask that you please call 440-279-0880 if the temperature is below 20 to ensure that the hike is still a go. For the season’s complete Geauga Walkers schedule, please call Geauga Senior Center at 440-279-2126.

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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