Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this fall – from free horse-drawn wagon rides and Jump Into Fall Days to fun with scat (yes, you read that right), wildlife detective bingo and the Geuaga Park District’s winter solstice traditions!
Here are the offerings for November 2019. You may also view these programs and events published on their new website, www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, and in their quarterly Park Explorer newsletter, which was mailed before October to every Geauga County household and available from all in-county libraries.
- Backcountry Hike: Preserved Property – Saturday, November 2nd from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – Join Pete McDonald of the Western Reserve Land -Conservancy to explore a local privately preserved property, discovering wildlife and learning the importance of preserved lands. Meet at The West Woods for transportation in a park van. Rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Registration required.
- Timbertots: Turkey Time! (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge & Monday, November 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge – What goes gobble-gobble and struts around the park? Preschoolers having fun learning about turkeys! Activities indoors and out, so dress for the weather. Registration required.
- Know Your Scat! – Sunday, November 3rd from 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – Sometimes folks are alerted to the presence of an animal by observing a clue: a footprint, an antler, a sign of feeding behavior, or sometimes scat. How good are you at scatology? We’ll put you to the test with this fun program to see just who knows their s _ _ t (scat)! If you’d like to try your hand at making some authentic-looking scat replicas, also register for the Scat-making 101 session immediately following this program. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Scat-making 101 – Sunday, November 3rd from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – After attending Know Your Scat!, learn how to make an authentic-looking replica of scat out of baking clay and other materials. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
- Timbertots: Turkey Time! (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Monday, November 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge – What goes gobble-gobble and struts around the park? Preschoolers having fun learning about turkeys! Activities indoors and out, so dress for the weather. Registration required.
- Geauga Skywatchers Club: Telescopes, From Galileo to Cassegrain – Monday, November 4th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Geauga County Public Library, Geauga West Branch – Attend the third meeting of our new club! Learn all about telescopes and make your own working optical instrument with the guidance of Martin Mullet of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society. Also learn about the library’s new telescope lending program and some basics on how to use a telescope to view the moons of Jupiter and rings of Saturn! Followed by a parking lot star party, weather permitting. Registration required on Geauga County Public Library’s website. Prospective members may login to Meetup.com to find the dates and times of future lectures and activities. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Homeschool Days: Awesome Astronomy (Ages 5-7 & 8-12) – Friday, November 8th from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Observatory Park – Discover constellations, planets and more with a planetarium show and fun astronomy activities. Mostly indoors. Then we’ll travel one mile north to the Nassau Astronomical Station. Adults may attend (need not register) or drop off children with signed waivers. Attending parents will drive their children to Nassau, while park staff will transport the others. Registration required.
- The Shape of the Earth – Friday, November 8th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Observatory Park – Just how did humans puzzle out the shape of our world? Learn all about how the sky helped us map Earth. Followed by night-sky viewing with park telescopes until 11:00 p.m., weather permitting. Also, November 22nd. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Veterans Legacy Woods Reception – Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Veterans Legacy Woods, Banquet Facility -Armed Forces veterans and your families, enjoy the splendor of autumn at Veterans Legacy Woods, one of our newest parks, with engaging activities, a naturalist-led hike, EZ Go Cart tours and refreshments. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Holly Days Artisan Boutique & Mistletoe Market – Saturday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – Browse a premier selection of Nature-themed holiday decor and gifts for sale by regional artisans. The perfect opportunity to find unique, handmade items for everyone on your list! Our Mistletoe Market also features handmade gifts created by young artisans. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Campfire Cooking: Dutch Ovens – Saturday, November 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge – Learn a new skill and get inspired for your next camping adventure! Together we’ll create some camping cuisine over a campfire in Dutch ovens, followed by dessert. Registration required.
- Nassau Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, November 9th from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station – Observe the wonders of the night sky using this facility’s giant research-grade telescope! If weather prevents sky viewing, join us for a planetarium presentation in the McCullough Science Center instead. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Backcountry Hike: Exploring the Preserve – Sunday, November 10th from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at The Rookery – Join a naturalist for an on-and-off-trail adventure exploring the seldom-visited preserve area of The Rookery. Rugged, potentially wet terrain; must be physically capable of up to four miles of on and off-trail hiking. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots or shoes. Registration required.
- Native American Games – Sunday, November 10th from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center – Join a naturalist to play some fun, traditional games that Native American children played to develop skills which made them better hunters. Registration required.
- Transit of Mercury – Monday, November 11th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Observatory Park – Mercury crosses between Earth and the sun in this rare “mini-eclipse.” Drop in anytime during these hours to try to catch a glimpse of this seldom-seen planet. Cancelled if weather conditions prevent us from viewing the sun. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
- Geauga Walkers – Tuesday, November 12th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, Sunset Shelter – Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2126.
- Full Moon: The Beaver Moon – Tuesday, November 12th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Observatory Park – November’s full moon is named after the hardworking beavers that are so busy at this time of year. Learn about these super-powered rodents, then watch the full moon rise using park telescopes. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.