- Timbertots: Camp Day! (Ages 3-5 w/Adult) – Saturday, August 11th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park, Pondside Shelter
Join us for this preschool version of summer camp, enjoying fun Nature activities, games and snacks! Outdoors, weather permitting, so please dress accordingly. Program designed for a specified age group; older or younger siblings will not be considered registered participants. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
- Hidden Gems Back Country Stream Hike – Saturday, August 11th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center Parking Lot
Discover Rainbow Darters, Dusky Salamanders, crayfish and the diversity of life found in Big Creek on this rugged backcountry adventure. Outdoors and off trail, so please dress accordingly, bring a water bottle, and wear shoes that get wet and/or muddy and will not fill with water in possibly knee-high water. Rain gear may be advisable depending on the forecast. Registration required.
- Timbertots: Camp Day! (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Saturday, August 11th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park, Pondside Shelter
See August 10th for description. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
- Nights Out in the Parks: Movie Night “Fan Vote!” – Saturday, August 11th, 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Observatory Park
It’s YOUR decision what our August movie will be: “Casablanca,” “Grease,” “Apollo 13” or “Back to the Future”? Vote on Geauga Park District’s website June 1st through July 14th, or in person while attending the movie nights in June or July. Pre-show activities begin at 8:00 p.m. and include the Geauga County Public Library’s Fun Bus; movie at dark; and night sky viewing afterwards, weather permitting. Free popcorn and lemonade. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.
- Meteors & Moths Overnight Event – Saturday, August 11th, 9:00 p.m. – Sunday, August 12th, 6:00 a.m. at Observatory Park
Bring a tent and spend the night enjoying the Perseid Meteor Shower and the night-flying moths attracted by our black light and mercury vapor lamps! Best meteor viewing should be 1:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.; a naturalist will be on hand from sunset to sunrise. Whatever the weather, interact with moths and other nocturnal insects as you help sample and survey onsite wildlife. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. NATURE’S NOT TO BE MISSED.
- Amphibians at Affelder – Sunday, August 12th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Affelder House
Discover Dusky Salamanders, tadpoles, frogs and other critters like crayfish and dragonflies found in the nearby stream and pond. Outdoor and off trail, so please dress accordingly and wear shoes that can get wet and/or muddy. Rain gear may be advisable depending on the forecast. Registration required.
- The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show – Sunday, August 12th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Join us for a planetarium presentation on what to watch for in the night sky this week. Building open house 1-4 PM. Weather permitting, also view the sun using our safe solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Grandparents Summer Farewell Fest – Monday, August 13th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Orchard Hills Park, Lodge
Grandparents and grandchildren, enjoy a morning of Nature fun for all ages! Mostly outdoors, so dress for the weather with comfortable shoes; sandals and flip flops not recommended. Please bring a snack to share. Note: The EZ Go Cart will not be able to attend this program as previously advertised. We apologize for any inconvenience! Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
- Geauga Walkers (For active seniors) – Tuesday, August 14th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park
Join other active seniors on weekly hikes of 1-1 ½ miles long in Geauga County and the surrounding area. A naturalist leads hikes scheduled in Geauga Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.
- Catching the Migration Sensation – Thursday, August 16th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Though largely unnoticed, birds, bats, dragonflies and Monarchs pass through our region in September. Be amazed during this indoor presentation at what scientists continue to learn about this autumn exodus! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Claridon Woodlands Opening Celebration – Friday, August 17th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Claridon Woodlands
Celebrate your newest Geauga Park District park with live music by Chardon Polka Band, food trucks and family entertainment, plus opportunities to experience the ropes course (registration required), pump track/single mountain bike track, freeform boulder wall, fishing platform and Nature-based playground. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Claridon Woodlands Opening Celebration – Saturday, August 18th, 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Claridon Woodlands
Celebrate your newest Geauga Park District park with live music, food trucks and family entertainment, plus opportunities to experience the ropes course (registration required), pump track/single mountain bike track, freeform boulder wall, fishing platform and Nature-based playground. Music will be provided by DJ Larry Rummel Jr. from 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fort Huntsburg Band (family-friendly favorites) from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and the Swamp Rattlers from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Caterpillar Extravaganza – Sunday, August 19th, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Bigger and better than ever, this event features live caterpillar displays, crafts, face painting and games, plus bring in a caterpillar to receive a prize! Wheelchair/stroller accessible. NATURE’S NOT TO BE MISSED.
- Shorebird Van Trip – Sunday, August 19th, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Sandpipers, plovers and dunlins, oh my! Board a park van and head out to Northeast Ohio shorebird hotspots on this unique birding adventure in search of migratory shorebirds! Wherever the birds are being reported, that’s where we’ll go. Please dress for the weather, as we will be on and off the bus, and bring binoculars. Spotting scopes will be provided; additional scopes are welcome. Registration required. NATURE’S NOT TO BE MISSED.