Elderberries Series Takes Seniors 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.

  • Down on the Farm – Thursday, January 17th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Join us for an indoor lecture, a nostalgic return to 1958 for a bit of historical fiction portraying life with the Crawford family in Geauga County 60 years ago. Long-time Geauga residents can relate to this story, touching upon dairy farming, winter weather, maple sugaring, farmland wildlife, teen entertainment and other elements of rural living experiences, endured and enjoyed in an agricultural community before the surge in residential, commercial and industrial development of today. Refreshments provided.

  • Mystery Mammals of Geauga County – Thursday, February 28th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Join us for this indoor lecture program about seldom-seen wildlife of Geauga County: bobcats, otters, bears, flying squirrels, fishers and porcupines. Refreshments provided.

  • Geauga County’s Maple Sugaring Heritage – Thursday, March 21st from 11:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the 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!

Did you know that naturalists also 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 15th at Beartown Lakes Reservation, January 29th at Claridon Woodlands, February 12th at The Rookery, February 26th at Eldon Russell Park, March 12th at Swine Creek Reservation, and March 26th 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 440-279-2137.

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

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