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GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT

For more information on these programs, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit them online at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. No registration required unless otherwise noted.

NATURE JOURNALING 101

Get started recording the great outdoors by registering in the park district’s new Nature Journaling Series, exploring a different nature study topic each month.

July 20 is the series’ introduction, featuring basic journaling techniques. Aug.17 will feature aquatic invertebrates, and Sept. 21 will feature which critters call the milkweed plant home, all with practice recording one’s nature observations.

A one-time fee of $20 in-county, or $24 out-of-county, for the series will cover the cost of program materials, including a journal, pen and colored pencils. Taking photos to include in one’s journaling is optional.

Register for one or all of the sessions by phone at 440-279-0880.

ROPES & BOATS

Climb at Claridon Woodlands or float at Headwaters Park.

This year introduces the new ability to reserve time up on Claridon Woodlands’ high ropes course. Current hours are Fridays from 2-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Also, kayaks can also be borrowed from Headwaters Park’s Boathouse first-come-first-served for up to two hours at a time. Current hours are Fridays from 1 p.m. until the last boats go out at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until the last boats go out at 4 p.m.

Both amenities are available free to Geauga County residents (ID required). Visit the park district website for schedule changes before coming out, as well as rules, regulations, out-of-county pricing and pandemic-related particulars. Masks are required on the ropes and recommended during boat borrowing.

SUMMER AT OBSERVATORY PARK

Observatory Park in Montville Township is open daily 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. through Labor Day.

In light of the coronavirus, visit the park district website before coming out to check for any new or different registration requirements.

Nights Out in the Park outdoor movie nights conclude Aug. 8 with Disney Pixar’s “Up.” Activities beginning at 8 p.m., movie at dusk, and ice cream while supplies last. Registration is required. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.

The evening of Aug. 11, stay late or spend the night to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower during the Meteors & Moths Overnight Event– the one night when tent camping is allowed at Observatory Park, with peak meteor time between 1-3 a.m. Check out cool moths attracted to the park’s black light and mercury vapor lamps and help sample and survey nocturnal wildlife. A naturalist will be on hand from sunset to sunrise.

Landmarks statewide are opening their doors to seekers of Ohio history during Ohio Open Doors Week, including Nassau Astronomical Station on Sept. 19 from 1-6 p.m.

Guided night sky viewing continues at Nassau Astronomical Station, with its huge research-grade telescope, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 12 and 26 (naturalist-led), as well as July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19 (Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society volunteer-led).

Register in advance for full moon programs Aug. 2 (The Sturgeon Moon) and Sept. 2 (The Pawpaw Moon).

Astronomy education will also be presented at 7 p.m. July 24 (Getting to Mars), Aug. 7 and 21 (Meet the Gas Giant Planets) and Sept. 11 and 25 (Space Archaeology). Only the July program requires registration at this time.

Young people ages 6 to 11 can sign up to be dropped off for Nature Explorers: Habitat Hide & Seek on Sept. 26. There are still spots for Geauga County residents entering grades 5-10 and their family members to sign up for Family Camp Days: Rockets on July 23. Seniors can sign up for Elderberries: Astronomy Night the evening of Sept. 17.

Registration is also required to celebrate the transition from summer to fall during the roughly one-mile Fall Equinox Hike on Sept. 22, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“Astro-Nat” Chris is presenting The Sky Tonight Planetarium Shows on July 26 and Aug. 23, during four time slots each day, requiring pre-registration. Another day of shows is scheduled for Sept. 27

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