Geauga Park District December Events

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Geauga Park District is pleased to announce its programming for December, again featuring CONNECT themes to help people find their connection to Geauga Park District and the Great Outdoors. We’re excited to help people connect with how good they’ll feel inside once they’re outside doing something they love.

Connect with the season in December. Programs marked CONNECT celebrate everything that kicks off our early winter fun!

Geauga Walkers
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1-2:30 p.m.
Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter
Join other active seniors on weekly hikes typically 1 1/2 miles long. Naturalist leads hikes held in Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

Holiday Greens Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m.
Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge
Decorate for the holidays by making a beautiful arrangement from fresh evergreens. Select from four options: wreath, centerpiece, rail trim, or mantelpiece. Fee: $25 ($18 upon registration, $7 at program). Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. CONNECT.

Greens for Giving
Saturday, Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Help brighten a senior’s holiday season by participating in this “make-and-GIVE” event to create 250 evergreen decorations to accompany the Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals for seniors. All supplies provided. CONNECT.

Mistletoe Market (Ages 3-8 recommended)
Saturday, Dec. 5, Noon-4 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Our little shoppers will find perfect presents for everyone on their lists at affordable prices, with elves available to help the younger ones. Purchases also wrapped and tagged. CONNECT.

Mistletoe Market (Ages 3-8 recommended)
Sunday, Dec. 6, Noon-4 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Our little shoppers will find perfect presents for everyone on their lists at affordable prices, with elves available to help the younger ones. Purchases also wrapped and tagged. CONNECT.

Timbertots: Evergreen Artists! (Ages 3-5 w/adult)
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2-3 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Explore evergreens with a fun story and activity, then make your own centerpiece to take home! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. CONNECT.

Timbertots: Evergreen Artists! (Ages 3-5 w/adult)
Monday, Dec. 7, 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Explore evergreens with a fun story and activity, then make your own centerpiece to take home! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. CONNECT.

Art Takes a Bough: Ornament Reception
Thursday, Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Presented by Geauga Park District and the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture. Enjoy and purchase handmade holiday ornaments by regional artists through this community art project, with a presentation by Bill Hixson, accomplished floral designer at The White House for more than 30 years. Refreshments and music. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

CoCoRaHS Network Training
Friday, Dec. 11, 7-8 p.m.
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
CoCoRaHS (pronounced “Cocoa-Ross”) is short for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network. Learn how to monitor snowfall, rain and other precipitation in your yard, then share your measurements online. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

Ho-Ho-Ho Hiking with Santa & Buddy the Elf
Saturday, Dec. 12, 1-2:30 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Discover the wonders of the season on a magical hike with Santa Claus and Buddy the Elf! Great photo opportunity, with Santa available after the hike for photos and wish lists. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

Geminid Meteor Shower
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 12-13, 7 p.m.-5 a.m.
Observatory Park
December’s Geminid meteor shower should put on a spectacular show! Join us anytime from sunset to sunrise for a chance to see winter’s shooting stars – as well as a cocoa break in the warmth and comfort of the McCullough Science Center building. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. NATURE’S NOT TO BE MISSED. CONNECT.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2-3 p.m.
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 p.m.. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Nature’s Ornaments: Make It Yourself!
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Try your hand at making unique ornaments from natural items. Drop in at any time to make one or all of the options. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. CONNECT.

Geauga Walkers
Tuesday, Dec. 15, Noon-2:45 p.m.
Noon hike, 1 p.m. potluck lunch, 2 p.m. program
Bass Lake Preserve, Lodge
Bring a dish to share for this holiday lunch after one of these weekly hikes, typically 1 ½ miles long, for active seniors. Naturalist leads hikes held in Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

Maple Town Tune Traders
Thursday, Dec. 17, 7-10 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Come to play, sing or just listen and enjoy. Informal performances followed by jam session. All musical genres and instruments welcome. Snacks to share welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Frohring Meadows Snowshoe (Ages 10+)
Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Frohring Meadows
Snowshoe through the meadow and forest in search of wildlife evidence. Hike if insufficient snow. Registration required. CONNECT.

Winter Solstice Celebration and Candlelight Walk
Monday, Dec. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Celebrate the longest night with a guided walk along candlelit trails with interactive stations depicting solstice cultural traditions. Indoor activities include music by the Pilgrim Brass Choir and refreshments. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. CONNECT.

Grandparents in the Park: Creative Crafts
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Grandparents and their grandchildren celebrate the season at the park with crafts using natural materials. Bring snacks to share. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. CONNECT.

Full Moon: The Cold Moon
Saturday, Dec. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Learn wintry sky legends, then watch the rising full moon through park telescopes. If cloudy, view from the planetarium instead. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Family Ice Age Escapades
Sunday, Dec. 27, 1-4 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Revisit popular activities from this year’s Ice Age programs: glacial pebble collections, animal ink printing, a Paleoindian barter game and a mini mammoth bone dig. Special appearances by Harry the Mammoth. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2-3 p.m.
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 p.m.. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Nature Drawing for Kids (Ages 8-11 & 12-15)
Tuesday, Dec. 29
Ages 8-11: 11 a.m.-Noon; Ages 12-15: 1-2 p.m.
The West Woods, Nature Center
Looking to improve your drawing skills? We’ll share tips for observing and drawing Nature, then practice both sketching and cartooning. Supplies provided. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Nature Explorers: Bird in the Hand (Ages 6-7 & 8-11)
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.-Noon
The West Woods, Nature Center
Learn about our winter birds, makes a peanut butter (allergy alert) feeder, and try feeding birds by hand! Drop-off program. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. CONNECT.

New Year’s Eve Nature Celebration!
Thursday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with fun for all ages and a “toast” at 12:00 (noon)! Snacks and beverages provided. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. CONNECT.

For more information, call 440-286-9516 or visit the Geauga Park District website.

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