GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT QUARTERLY CALENDAR

Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this autumn – featuring an array of fall color programming, Homespun Market Days, first-come, first-served horse-drawn wagon rides and walks and hikes galore!

 

Here are our offerings for October, November and December 2020. You may also view these programs and events published on www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, and in our quarterly Park Explorer Activity Guide, mailed to every Geauga County household and available in all county libraries.

 

Please note that due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, all public programs and special events are subject to change or be cancelled. Be sure to always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org for updates before heading out. Face coverings are required for all indoor programs and events as well as all outdoor programs and events when social distancing is not possible. Thanks in advance for helping keep the parks safe and open for everyone!

 

October

 

Full Moon Hike: China’s Moon Festival 

Thursday, October 1, 7:30-8:30 PM

Observatory Park

Take sunset Nature hike to learn about nocturnal nature and China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, which celebrates the moon. Weather permitting, observe the rising full moon using park telescopes or bring binoculars. Registration required.

 

Lunchtime Yoga in the Park

Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, Noon-1 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Join Darlene Kelbach from Fairmount Center for the Arts each October Thursday. Ages 10+. Fee: $7 in-county, $10 out-of-county. Dress comfortably; bring yoga mat and water bottle. Social distancing will be practiced, and face coverings are required.

 

Autumn Bird Walk

Saturday, October 3, 9-11 AM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Hike these beautiful trails in search of migrating songbirds heading south for the winter! Registration required.

 

Fall Color Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Saturday, October 3, 1-3 PM

Bass Lake Preserve

Paddle along the peaceful shores to enjoy the autumn color and the wildlife of Bass Lake. Kayaking ability/experience expected. Registration begins September 26. Registration required.

 

Homespun Market Days

Saturday, October 3, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation

Celebrate autumn with the “Homespun Market” featuring handmade and locally produced items for sale, live music, food vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, balloon creations, Nature scavenger hunt and more. Wagon rides are first come, first served 1 to 4 p.m. with limited seating. Social distancing will be observed and face coverings will be required where social distancing is not possible.

 

Backcountry Hike

Sunday, October 4, 10 AM-Noon & 1-3 PM

The West Woods, Affelder House

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Take an off-trail hike into a mature woodland along Affelder Stream and Silver Creek.  Must be physically capable of several miles of off-trail hiking on rugged wet terrain. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots. Registration required.

 

Homespun Market Days

Sunday, October 4, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation

See description for October 3. Registration required.

 

Hike Around the Meadow

Monday, October 5, 8-9:30 AM & 10-11:30 AM

Frohring Meadows

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Enjoy an early fall hike around the meadow to see what the season have to offer. Binoculars are recommended. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Skywatchers Club: Eclipse – The Moon (Virtual Program)

Monday, October 5, 6:30-7:30 PM

Learn all about Earth’s closest neighbor in the universe. From phases to eclipses to moonwalks, we’ll explore the moon in fascinating detail. Also learn about the library’s new telescope lending program and some basics on how to use a telescope to view the moon. Registration required at https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Rooted in Trees! An Outdoor Celebration

Tuesday, October 6, 10 AM-Noon

Orchard Hills Park 

One of the most effective, powerful ways we can greatly improve our communities is by the simple act of planting trees. Join Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District, Geauga Park District, and the newly founded, Chardon-based Rooted in Trees organization for a free, family-friendly tree planting event. Participants will learn how to properly plant a tree with local resource professionals, see hands-on demonstrations include staking, proper mulching, and deer guard installation, and take home a free tree seedling donated by Bartlett Tree Experts. Together we can leave a legacy and help regrow Northeast Ohio’s tree canopy, starting in our own backyard. Registration is required by Monday, October 5, at geaugarootedintrees.eventbrite.com. Dress for the outdoors and please bring a mask and practice social distancing. Rain date is Wednesday October 7.

 

Mars Approaches (Virtual Webex Program)

Friday, October 9, 7-7:45 PM

Mars and Earth won’t be this close again until 2035! Learn about Mars and the latest missions to explore it, and share some Mars-viewing tips. This program is online via the free software Webex. All you need to do to attend is register and we will send you the link to join in. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

A Berry Good Bird Walk

Saturday, October 10, 8-10 AM

Eldon Russell Park

Search for songbird migrants that winter in the south with a focus on the wild fruits that get them there as hardy, beautiful and bountiful choices for home landscaping. Loaner binoculars available. Registration required.

 

Scout Day: Cadette Girl Scout “Eco Trekker Badge”

Saturday, October 10, 9-11:30 AM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Cadette Girl Scouts, discover your important role in Nature while working on the Eco Trekker badge and learning to conserve, preserve and protect the Great Outdoors! Registration required.

 

Scout Day: Webelos “Walkabout Core Adventure”

Saturday, October 10, 1-4 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Webelos Scouts, join us for the Walkabout Core Adventure! We’ll complete requirements 1, 2, 3 4 (partial) & 5. We’ll start indoors for a brief opening program, then proceed outside for the hike. Registration required.

 

Holbrook Hollows Fall Hike

Saturday, October 10, 2-3:30 PM

Holbrook Hollows

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Hike the uplands and lowlands of this park, enjoying the fall colors and whatever else Nature brings our way in early autumn. Registration required.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, October 10, 7 PM, 8 PM, 9 PM & 10 PM

Observatory Park

Join us for socially distant night-sky viewing! We’ll have several telescopes spaced out around the Observatory Park plaza. If cloudy, registered participants can join in for an indoor planetarium presentation instead. Sessions hourly; please register for only one session per night. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Fall Color Hike

Sunday, October 11, 9-11 AM & 1-3 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Pondside Shelter

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for a medium-level hike to enjoy the beautiful fall colors! Registration required.

 

Autumn Kayak Float

Sunday, October 11, Noon-2 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Paddle the peaceful waters of this ancient glacial lake to enjoy the autumn color as well as the wildlife that call Lake Kelso home. Kayaking ability/experience expected. Registration begins October 4. Registration required.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, October 13, 1-2:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Maple Grove

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 1/2 miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2126.

 

Timbertots: Spider Explorers (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Wednesday, October 14, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge

Discover spiders and all of the amazing things about them! Activities include a spider-themed art project that will be entered in our upcoming insect and arachnid-inspired community art exhibition. All attendees must be registered (including adults and siblings). Registration required by phone only. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Weave a Cornucopia Basket

Wednesday, October 14, 2-5 PM & 6-9 PM

Claridon Woodlands

Fee: $20 in-county resident, $24 out-of-county resident

Learn the basic art of basket weaving while making your own cornucopia basket. Great for beginners. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Timbertots: Spider Explorers (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Thursday, October 15, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge

See description for October 14. Registration required by phone only. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Elderberries: Fall Wagon Ride

Thursday, October 15, 11:30 AM-2:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Take a naturalist-led wagon ride to enjoy natural wonders unique to autumn! As part of this special seasonal event, the Geauga County Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center will also host a picnic lunch for you at 11:30 AM. Registration required.

 

Hike & Fire

Friday, October 16, 3-5 PM & 6-8 PM

B Benner Metzenbaum Park

Enjoy a naturalist-led walk around the trails, then return to the shelter for a campfire. Registration required.

 

Exploring Watercolor

Friday, October 16, 6:30-8:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Deep Woods Lodge

Fee: $30 in-county resident, $34 out-of-county resident

Journey into fall in this beginner-friendly guided painting class. Using watercolors, we will paint an autumnal landscape together. All materials included. Face coverings will be required and social distancing practiced. Ages 15+. Registration required.

 

Timbertots: Spider Explorers (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Saturday, October 17, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Holbrook Hollows

See description for October 14. Registration required by phone only. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. – Registration required

 

Nature Exploration Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Saturday, October 17, 10-11:30 AM & 2-3:30 PM

Bass Lake Preserve

Enjoy a peaceful float on this beautiful lake to experience the sights and sounds of fall. Previous kayaking experience recommended. Bring a snack and water. Registration required beginning October 10.

 

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Saturday, October 17, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of fall with a horse-drawn wagon ride! Free passes ensure first-come, first-served boarding. Extremely limited seating due to social distancing. No pets. Rides last about a half hour and are cancelled by bad weather. Last ride leaves at 4:30 p.m.

Also October 18, 24 & 25.

 

Plant Your Own Meadow!

Saturday, October 17, 1:30-2:30 PM

Observatory Park

Learn how you can start your own meadow that will benefit wildlife including pollinators and look amazing, too. Indoor presentation followed by an outdoor hike (that requires separate registration). Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Meadow Meander!

Saturday, October 17, 2:30-4 PM

Observatory Park

Take a walk to view an amazing display of meadow and prairie plants established at Observatory Park, with glimpses some of the wildlife that benefit from these plantings, like pollinators. Follows an indoor presentation (that requires separate registration). Registration required.

 

Nature Trek Fitness Hike

Sunday, October 18, 9-10:30 AM

Veterans Legacy Woods

Burn off calories on this fitness hike, learning some cool Nature facts along the way. Must have the ability to hike at least 3 miles. Held rain or shine. Registration Required.

 

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Sunday, October 18, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

See description for October 17.

 

Habitat Hide & Seek Family Fun 

Sunday, October 18, 1-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove

Have fun exploring a pond, meadow and forest. Dress for possible wet or muddy conditions. Registration required.

 

Fire-Building Techniques

Sunday, October 18, 1-3 PM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

With cold weather on the way, it may be good to practice some fire-building skills. We’ll explore techniques from primitive to modern, then roast a marshmallow or two. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Autumn Discoveries Hike 

Sunday, October 18, 4-5 PM

Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Explore an autumn day in just one mile. We’ll trek through forests, pass by ponds, and stop at a stream. Paved and gravel trails. Registration required.

 

Nature Journaling: The Fall Forest

Monday, October 19, 9:30-Noon

Big Creek Park, Deep Woods

Fee: $20 in-county resident, $24 out-of-county resident

Learn basic journaling techniques to record your Nature observations. This month will focus on the fall forest. Partially outdoors. Taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for this monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. Registration required by phone only.

 

Night Hike

Friday, October 23, 6-7:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove

There are some amazing creatures that live in our woods but only come out at night. Discover some of their nocturnal adaptations as we search the night for them and listen for other night sounds. Registration required.

 

Mars Approaches (Virtual Webex Program)

Friday, October 23, 7-7:45 PM

See description for October 9. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

The Basics: Trees!

Saturday, October 24, 9-10:30 AM & 11 AM-12:30 PM

B Benner Metzenbaum Park

Want to learn how to identify trees but don’t know where to start? Then this program is for you!  We’ll cover the very basics of tree identification, and you’ll soon know how to tell a maple from an oak! Registration required.

 

Autumn Hike Around the Reservoir

Saturday, October 24, 10 AM-2 PM

Headwaters Park, Route 608 Main Parking Lot

Join a naturalist for a 7-mile hike around the East Branch Reservoir in an area not normally open to the public. Wildlife sightings may include eagles and waterfowl. Pack a lunch and water bottle. Partially along routes 608 and 322. Registration required.

 

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Saturday, October 24, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

See description for October 17.

 

Veterans Hike: Fall Colors

Saturday, October 24, 2-3 PM

B Benner Metzenbaum Park

Veterans, join us for a hike to enjoy the splendor of fall colors! Registration required.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, October 24, 7 PM, 8 PM, 9PM, 10 PM

Observatory Park

See description for October 10. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Tupelo Pond Trek

Sunday, October 25, 1-4 PM

Big Creek Park, Tupelo Pond

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for this out-and-back medium-level hike totaling 4 miles and get your exercise! Registration required.

 

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Sunday, October 25, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

See description for October 17.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, October 25, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky this week. Held hourly; please register for only one session. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

The Rookery Through the Seasons Hike: Fall

Sunday, October 25, 4-5:30 PM

The Rookery

Discover colorful fall leaves and berries on this easy walk along the Interurban Trail. A collaboration with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Registration required.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, October 27, 1-2:30 PM

Chickagami Park

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 1/2 miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2126.

 

Full Moon Hike: A Blue Moon

Friday, October 30, 6:30-8 PM

Observatory Park

Take a hike under the almost-full moon to get a glimpse of Nature’s spookier side! We’ll seek nocturnal wildlife on a 1.5-mile hike over level terrain, then observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. Bring binoculars if you want. Registration required.

 

Hallowed Ground, History in Stone: Memorial Cemetery

Saturday, October 31, 10-11:30 AM & 2-3:30 PM

Memorial Cemetery, Memorial Drive in Burton

There is more to a cemetery than cold stones and the dearly departed. A cemetery is a history museum, wildlife refuge, botanical garden and art gallery. Join us to explore Geauga’s history written in stone. Registration required.

 

Headwaters Horse Ride 

Saturday, October 31, 3-5 PM

Headwaters Park, Crystal Lake Picnic Area Rt. 608 Parking Lot

Bring your own horse for this leisurely ride on the Buckeye and Maple Bridle trails. Enjoy autumn color, views of the reservoir and Nature lore. Expect gravel, bridge crossings, possibly bikes and/or Amish buggies. Helmets encouraged. Please bring a shovel to clean up after your horse in the parking lot. Registration required.

 

Full Moon Horseback Ride 

Saturday, October 31, 6:30-8:30 PM

Headwaters Park, Crystal Lake Picnic Area

Bring your own horse for this leisurely naturalist-led ride to experience the sights and sounds of autumn as the sun sets and the full moon rises over East Branch Reservoir, a 4-mile ride on the Buckeye and Maple Bridle trails. Hills, gravel, and bridge and stream crossings should be anticipated. Helmets encouraged. Please bring a shovel to clean up after your horse in the parking lot. Registration required.

 

November

 

Nature in Disguise

Sunday, November 1, 12:30-1:30 PM, 2-3 PM & 3:30-4:30 PM

The West Woods, Turkey Ridge

Meet Nature in disguise. We’ll lead you around the trail to meet different critters (volunteers in costume) and learn about their habits. Kid costumes encouraged. Three one-hour sessions at 12:30 PM, 2 PM & 3:30 PM. Registration required.

 

Geauga Skywatchers Club: Eclipse – Astrolabes (Virtual Program)

Monday, November 2, 6:30-7:30 PM

Learn about our oldest multifunction computer, the astrolabe, and discover the secrets it holds. Find stellar location and identification, time of day (and night), altitude of celestial objects, latitude and much more. Also learn about the library’s new telescope lending program and some basics on how to use a telescope to view the moon. Registration required at https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Morning Nature Walk

Tuesday, November 3, 8-9:30 AM & 10-11:30 AM

Chickagami Park, Overlook Shelter

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for an early-morning Nature walk to see what the season has to offer. Binoculars recommended. Registration required.

 

Nature Explorers: All About Beavers (Ages 8-11)

Saturday, November 7, 9:30-11:30 AM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Venture along these wetlands and woodlands to discover the amazing life of beavers hidden right before our eyes! Drop-off program held outdoors rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Registration required; waiver required.

 

Holly Days Artisan Boutique & Mistletoe Market

Saturday, November 7, 10 AM-4 PM

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. This year, to observe social distancing, the event will be held two consecutive weekends with different artisans featured at each. Visit one weekend or both! Limited numbers will be permitted inside, so there may be a short wait to enter. View lists of vendors in advance on our website. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Gems Trekking Series Hike

Saturday, November 7, 10-11:30 AM

Sunnybrook Preserve

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Explore this park on a naturalist-led hike. Participants should have the ability to hike at least 3 miles over hilly terrain rain or shine, so dress accordingly and bring water. Registration required.

 

Fireside Songs and Stories

Saturday, November 7, 7-8:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve Lodge

Gather at the hearth for a delightful interplay of animal stories and Nature songs to enthrall and entertain audiences young of age and of heart. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature Trek Fitness Hike

Sunday, November 8, 9-10:30 AM

Orchard Hills Park

Burn off calories on this fitness hike, learning some cool Nature facts along the way. Participants should have the ability to hike at least 3 miles. Held rain or shine, so dress accordingly and bring water. Registration required.

 

Loon Lookout

Sunday, November 8, 9-11 AM

LaDue Reservoir, Marina Parking Lot on Valley Road

Walk Valley Road alongside LaDue Reservoir scanning waters for migrating loons, tundra swans, mergansers, ducks, etc. Bring binoculars. Registration required.

 

Fire-Building Techniques

Sunday, November 8, 1-3 PM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

With cold weather on the way, it may be good to practice some fire-building skills. Explore techniques from primitive to modern, then roast a marshmallow or two. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Timbertots: Getting Ready for Winter (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Monday, November 9, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Claridon Woodlands, Judge Lester Taylor Lodge

Let’s head outdoors to see how Nature is getting ready for winter! Dress for outdoors. All participants must be registered. Registration required by phone only.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, November 10, 1-2:30 PM

Headwaters Park, TMHT Bike Trail Parking Lot

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 1/2 miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2126.

 

Greeting Card Upcycle

Tuesday, November 10, 6-8 PM

The West Woods Nature Center, Oak Room

Fee: $5 in-county, $6 out-of-county

Create beautiful holiday greeting cards by joining Brigitte Fiorille from the Fairmount Center for the Arts to learn techniques for breathing new life into old cards. Ages 12+. Participants may bring their own previously enjoyed greeting cards or choose from those provided.

 

Timbertots: Getting Ready for Winter (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Friday, November 13, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Claridon Woodlands, Judge Lester Taylor Lodge

See description for October 9. Registration required by phone only.

 

Earth’s Magnetic Field (Virtual Webex Program)

Friday, November 13, 7-7:45 PM

We live on a giant, changeable magnet! Learn how humans have explored the puzzle of Earth’s magnetism and how you can study it for yourself. Online presentation via the free software Webex. All you need to do to attend is register and we will send you the link to join in. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Waterfowl Watch: Mosquito Lake

Saturday, November 14, 8:30-10:30 AM

East Side of Mosquito Lake, State Route 88 in Trumbull County

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Come out to one of Trumbull County’s birding hotspots, Mosquito Lake, and surrounding areas. We’ll look for migratory waterfowl that use the area as a stop-over before moving south. Meet at the boat launch area on the south side of SR88 at the east end of the reservoir. Bring your own binoculars or scope, camera, water and snack. Registration required.

 

Holly Days Artisan Boutique & Mistletoe Market

Saturday, November 14, 10 AM-4 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

See description for November 7. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Timbertots: Getting Ready for Winter (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Saturday, November 14, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

See description for November 9. Registration required by phone only.

 

Geauga Gems Trekking Series Hike

Saturday, November 14, 3-4:30 PM

Observatory Park

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Enjoy an afternoon hike. Must be able to hike at least 2 miles over mild terrain rain or shine, so dress accordingly and bring water. Registration required.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, November 14, 7 PM, 8 PM, 9 PM & 10 PM

Observatory Park

Join us for socially distant night-sky viewing! We’ll have several telescopes spaced around the Observatory Park plaza. If cloudy, registered participants can join in for an indoor planetarium presentation instead. Sessions hourly; please register for only one session per night. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Gems Trekking Series Hike

Sunday, November 15, 12-1:30 PM & 2-3:30 PM

Claridon Woodlands

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Explore these trails in search of signs of the season. Must be able to hike at least 2 miles over mild terrain rain or shine, so dress accordingly and bring water. Registration required.

 

Iris Folding Art Card Workshop

Wednesday, November 18, 3-5 PM & 6-8 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Fee: $12 in-county resident, $15 out-of-county resident

Join artisan Phyllis Knapp to create two holiday-motif cards utilizing “iris folding,” an offshoot of origami! Fee includes all materials & instruction. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Elderberries: Geauga Park District’s Citizen Science Projects

Thursday, November 19, 1-2:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Geauga Park District completes many Citizen Science projects each year including breeding bird surveys, bluebird monitoring and butterfly research. Seniors, join us for an update on these important studies and the effects they have on the parks! A collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Ansel’s Cave Hike: History Written in Rock

Saturday, November 21, 9-11 AM & 1-3 PM

The West Woods

Join a naturalist to explore the sights and sounds of Ansel’s Cave on this 2-mile medium level hike – a rare opportunity to enter this restricted area! Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Registration required.

 

Scout Day: Tiger Cub Scouts “Tigers in the Wild”

Saturday, November 21, 9:30-10:45 AM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Tiger Cub Scouts, take a short hike to learn about plants and animals and how to safely explore the outdoors. Partially outdoors, so dress for the weather. Registration required by phone only. All scouts, parents and scout leaders attending must register.

 

Scout Day: Daisy Girl Scouts “Trail Adventure”

Saturday, November 21, 1-2:15 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Daisy Girl Scouts, work on your Trail Adventure badge and learn to plan and prepare for a Nature hike! Dress for the weather, as program includes a hike. Register required by phone only. All scouts, parents and scout leaders attending must register.

 

Backcountry Hike

Saturday, November 21, 10 AM-Noon & 1-3 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Pondside Shelter

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Take a rugged and potentially wet off-trail hike along a woodland stream to enjoy late fall along Caves Creek. Must be physically capable of several miles of off-trail hiking. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy boots. Registration required.

 

Afternoon Stroll

Sunday, November 22, 12:30-2 PM & 2:30-4 PM

Beartown Lakes Reservation

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Take an afternoon stroll on these trails with a naturalist to discover what the season has to offer. Registration required.

 

Research in Our Parks: On Gossamer Wings (Virtual Webex Program)

Sunday, November 22, 3:30-4:15 PM

Learn about some of the colorful gossamer-winged butterflies from this past spring and summer and find out the results of surveys at Frohring Meadows and Burton Wetlands. Online presentation via the free software Webex. All you need to do to attend is register and we will send you the link to join in. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, November 24, 1-2:30 PM

Observatory Park

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 1/2 miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2126

 

Hike Your Turkey Off

Friday, November 27, 9 AM-Noon

The West Woods, Turkey Ridge

With Thanksgiving leaving us feeling a bit over-stuffed, it’s time to hike that turkey off with a steady-paced, calorie-burning 8-mile hike. (That’s right –one mile for every extra helping!) Registration required.

 

Earth’s Magnetic Field (Virtual Webex Program)

Friday, November 27, 7-7:45 PM

Offsite

See description for November 13. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Waterfowl Watch

Saturday, November 28, 9-11 AM

Headwaters Park, Main Parking Lot

Take an opportunity to view loons, tundra swans, mergansers, ducks, and other waterfowl on the tranquil waters of this beautiful lake. Bring binoculars. Registration required.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, November 28, 7 PM, 8 PM, 9 PM & 10 PM

Observatory Park

See description for November 14. Sessions hourly; please register for only one session per night. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Mammal Meander Hike

Sunday, November 29, 10:30-11:30 AM

The West Woods

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

This is a perfect time of year to observe mammals as they get ready for winter. Let’s take a walk to observe the busy mammals of the forests and ponds. Approx. 1 mile including stairs. Registration required.

 

Forest Friends Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, November 29, 1-4 PM

The West Woods

Looking for something to do? Pay attention to this clue: on a scavenger hunt you will go, to discover wild animal facts you did not know! Rhyming clues lead you to animal shapes of all sizes, find them all to win fun prizes! Fun for the whole family. Drop in anytime during these hours to pick up a scavenger hunt card. All outdoors, so dress accordingly! Two skill levels: 5 and under or 6+. Staff available to assist.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, November 29, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM & 4 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky this week. Held hourly; please register for only one session. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Full Moon Hike: The Beaver Moon

Sunday, November 29, 6-7 PM

Observatory Park

Take a naturalist-led night hike to spot autumn’s nocturnal wildlife and learn about Nature’s super-powered engineers: beavers! Weather permitting, observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. Bring binoculars if you’d like. Registration required.

 

Partial Lunar Eclipse

Monday, November 30, 4-5 AM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Lodge

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Ohio experiences a (very!) partial lunar eclipse in the early-morning hours of November 30. This is a penumbral eclipse, where the edge of the Earth’s shadow grazes the Moon. The eclipse begins around 2:30 AM on Monday, and will be end just as the moon begins to set around 7 AM. Join us for the hour of maximum eclipse for moon viewing and a preview of upcoming eclipses. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature Journaling: Woodpeckers

Monday, November 30, 9:30 AM-Noon

Claridon Woodlands, Judge Lester Taylor Lodge

Fee: $20 in-county resident, $24 out-of-county resident

Learn basic journaling techniques to record your nature observations. This month will focus on woodpeckers. We will be outside for part of the program. Taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for this monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. Registration required by phone only.

 

December

 

Backcountry Hike: Swine Creek

Saturday, December 5, 9 AM-Noon

Swine Creek Reservation, Valley Shelter

Venture off trail to explore the south side of this park. Rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Expect rugged and possibly wet terrain. Wear sturdy footwear. Registration required.

 

Holiday Greens Workshop

Saturday, December 5, 9:30-11 AM, 12:30-2 PM & 3-4:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge

Fee: $15 in-county residents, $18 out-of-county residents

Our popular evergreens workshops are a little different this year, but still promise to be a great time! To allow for multiple programs and small groups, we will have a modified class where participants will make festive evergreens centerpieces using their choice of containers and embellishments. Instruction provided. Visit our website’s News & Updates page for photos resembling the project. A wide variety of ribbon, evergreens and pine cones will be provided; bring any additional accents you may wish to add, as well as pruners and a plastic bag to protect your car seat from water. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Greens for Giving

Saturday, December 5, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Please register for a one-hour session at our annual make-and-GIVE event! We will create 300+ evergreen decorations for Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals for seniors. All supplies provided. Brighten a senior’s holiday season with your thoughtful creation! Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Hound Hike

Saturday, December 5, 1-2:30 PM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Lodge

Parade through the park with your favorite pooch by your side. Dog must be on leash, 8 foot max, fully under control and non-aggressive to people and other dogs. Only one dog per handler Bring dog towels and a water bowl, poop scoop and bags for dog clean-up. Registration required.

 

Explore Sunnybrook Preserve

Sunday, December 6, 9-11 AM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist on a medium-level hike as we explore these trails. Registration required.

 

Holiday Greens Workshop

Sunday, December 6, 9:30-11 AM, 12:30-2 PM & 3-4:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge

Fee: $15 in-county resident, $18 out-of-county resident

See description for December 5. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Timbertots: Evergreen Artists! (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Sunday, December 6, 11 AM-Noon & 2-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Discover through fun activities all the reasons why evergreens are excellent, in Nature and at home! We’ll use real greens to make a centerpiece to take home, with bows and pine cones provided; bring small decorations if desired, and hand clippers if you have them. Partially outdoors, so dress for the weather. Limited supplies for 3-5 year olds may not be available for older or younger siblings. Register all who are attending! Registration required by phone only.

 

Timbertots: Evergreen Artists! (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Monday, December 7, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

See description for December 6. Registration required by phone only.

 

Geauga Skywatchers Club: Eclipse – Why Mars? (Virtual Program)

Monday, December 7, 6:30-7:30 PM

Discover why and how “the Red Planet” has fascinated and frightened earthlings for eons! A fun, fact-filled medley of Martian lore, landscape, rovers and riddles regarding Earth’s past, present and future relationship with Mars.

Also learn about the library’s new telescope lending program and some basics on how to use a telescope to view the moon. Registration required at https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Morning Nature Walk

Tuesday, December 8, 8-9:30 PM & 10-11:30 AM

The Rookery

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for an early-morning Nature walk to see what the season has to offer. Binoculars recommended. Registration required.

 

Timbertots: Evergreen Artists! (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Tuesday, December 8, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

See description for December 6. Registration required by phone only.

 

Geauga Walkers Holiday Lunch

Tuesday, December 8, Noon-2:30 PM

The West Woods Nature Center

Active seniors, enjoy your hike, then your annual holiday lunch together, followed by an indoor presentation! Please bring your own lunch; sorry, no potluck this year. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2126.

 

Elderberries: Meet John Muir

Thursday, December 10, 1-2:30 PM

The West Woods Nature Center

Seniors, join us to meet John Muir, America’s most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist, as he pays a visit from the past to tell his story and share some of his more memorable hands-on experiences with Nature! A collaboration with Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Solstice Science (Virtual Webex Program)

Friday, December 11, 7-7:45 PM

Discover the science behind our seasons. We’ll explore how ancient cultures observed the sun’s cycle and how you can track it yourself. Also get tips on viewing a rare planetary conjunction this December. Online presentation via the free software Webex. All you need to do to attend is register and we will send you the link to join in. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Hike & Fire

Saturday, December 12, 10 AM-Noon & 1-3 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Enjoy a naturalist-led walk around the trails, then return to the shelter for a campfire. Registration required.

 

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 12, 1-2:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center Parking Lot

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Experience the wonders of winter as we hike through the woods to discover signs of the upcoming season. Registration required.

 

Research in Our Parks: Dragons & Damsels (Virtual Webex Program)

Saturday, December 12, 2:30-3:15 PM

Learn about cool discoveries made during Geauga Park District’s dragonfly/damselfly surveys this past spring-fall, as well as the results of the three-year statewide dragonfly/damselfly survey which concluded in 2019. Online presentation via the free software Webex. All you need to do to attend is register and we will send you the link to join in. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, December 12, 7 PM, 8 PM, 9 PM & 10 PM

Observatory Park

Join us for socially distant night-sky viewing! We’ll have several telescopes spaced around the Observatory Park plaza. If cloudy, registered participants can join in for an indoor planetarium presentation instead. Sessions hourly; please register for only one session per night. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Coffee with the Birds

Sunday, December 13, 8-9 AM, 9:30-10:30 AM, 11AM-Noon & 1:30-2:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Register for one of four time slots to join Naturalist Renell Roebuck for some close-up bird viewing and identification of winter birds at the feeders while enjoying a hot beverage. Register for one session only. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Sunday, December 13, 1-2:30 PM & 3-4:30 PM

The West Woods, Grounds Nature Center Parking Lot

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

See description for December 12. Registration required.

 

Birding for Beginners

Saturday, December 19, 9-11 AM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Join other beginning birders in the lobby, where we will practice identifying the winter birds found at our feeders, then head out to see what birds we can find along the Discovery Trail! Registration required.

 

Whatever-the-Weather Venture

Saturday, December 19, 1-2:30 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

It may be a bit optimistic, but we’re hoping for snow for this one. If conditions are just right for snowshoeing, that’s what we’ll do. If not, we’ll take a cold-weather Nature hike. Whatever the weather, let’s get outside! Borrow a pair of our snowshoes or bring your own. Ages 8+. Registration required.

 

Candle Light on the Longest Nights

Saturday, December 19, 6-8 PM & 8-10 PM

The West Woods

Register for a time slot to drop by and enjoy a self-guided walk along a beautiful, candlelit trail through the forest while discovering cultural traditions associated the Winter Solstice. Dress for the weather. Please follow all safety guidelines from state and local health officials. Registration required. Also December 20 & 21.

 

Evergreens Hike

Sunday, December 20, 11 AM-12:30 PM & 1:30-3 PM

Claridon Woodlands

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Not all evergreen trees are pines. Let’s walk the woodlands to observe the differences and enjoy the green of winter. Approx. 1.5 miles. Registration required.

 

Candle Light on the Longest Nights

Sunday, December 20, 6-8 PM & 8-10 PM

The West Woods

See description for December 19. Registration required.

 

Candle Light on the Longest Nights

Monday, December 21, 6-8 PM & 8-10 PM

The West Woods

See description for December 19. Registration required.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, December 22, 1-2:30 PM

Claridon Woodlands, Judge Lester Taylor Lodge

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 1/2 miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2126.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, December 27, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky this week. Held hourly; please register for only one session. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature Journaling: Christmas Bird Count

Monday, December 28, 9:30 AM-Noon

Holbrook Hollows, Lodge

Fee: $20 in-county resident, $24 out-of-county resident

Learn basic journaling techniques to record your Nature observations. This month will focus on the Christmas Bird Count. We will be outside for part of the program. Taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for this monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. Registration required by phone only.

 

Full Moon Hike: The Bear Moon

Tuesday, December 29, 6-7 PM

Observatory Park

Take a naturalist-led night hike to spot winter’s nocturnal wildlife and learn about Black Bears. Weather permitting, then observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. You may also bring binoculars to view the moon. Registration required.

 

Nature Explorers: Nature’s Clues (Ages 6-7 & 8-11)

Wednesday, December 30, 9:30-11:30 AM & 1-3 PM

Claridon Woodlands, Judge Lester Taylor Lodge

Young investigators, view clues in forest and field to identify animals that are active in winter. Drop-off program. Registration required. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

For more information, visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or call 440-286-9516.

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