There is something for everyone in Geauga Park District this fall – from three weekends of horse-drawn wagon rides at Swine Creek Reservation, to a fishing introduction with Cleveland Indians perfect game pitcher Len Barker, to a boutique of holiday decor and gifts, to hiking with Santa and Buddy the Elf and a newly reformatted winter solstice celebration!
Following are our November 2017 offerings:
Senior Day: Lifelong Learners
Wednesday, November 1st, 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
The West Woods – Seniors, enjoy a presentation called “Coal & Iron Ore: the B&O Lake Branch Railroad.” This is the story of “The Snake,” the Baltimore & Ohio railroad line that wound its way up, over and around Geauga’s hills between the Lake Erie port of Fairport Harbor and the steel mills of the Mahoning Valley. Enrich the program with your memories of this workhorse line that earned its classification as a mountain railroad for its steep grades and tortuous path on the edge of the Alleghenies. Refreshments provided. A collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Homeschool Days: Outstanding Owls (Ages 5-7 & 8-12)
Friday, November 3rd, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Big Creek Park, Meyer Center – Homeschoolers, become scientists for the day and learn about owls and other birds of prey, then dissect actual owl pellets to discover what they eat! Adults may attend (need not register) or drop off child with waiver. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Scout Day: Tiger Cubs Backyard Jungle Adventure
Saturday, November 4th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The West Woods – Tiger Cub Scouts, join us to explore Nature in the Backyard Jungle! Indoor and outdoor program, so please dress accordingly. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Scout Day: Daisy Scouts Clover Petal
Saturday, November 4th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The West Woods – Daisy Girl Scouts, start your journey toward earning your Clover Petal! You’ll learn about using our natural resources wisely with a Nature hike and indoor activities. Please dress for the weather. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Horseback Moonlight Ride
Saturday, November 4th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Headwaters Park, Crystal Lake Shelter – Bring your own horse for this leisurely naturalist-led ride to experience the sights and sounds of autumn as the sun sets and the moon rises over the East Branch Reservoir, a 4-mile ride on the Buckeye and Maple Bridle Trails. Hills, gravel, 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.
Full Moon: The Beaver Moon
Saturday, November 4th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center – Beavers are hard at work gathering supplies for winter. Learn about these industrious critters and where to look for them, then watch the rising full moon with park telescopes, or view the moon from our indoor planetarium if skies are cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Ghost Farm in the Forest
Sunday, November 5th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Rookery – See how a premier natural area hides a history of changes wrought by farming, railway and beavers as we explore for remnants of former land use. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Visits to the Moon
Friday, November 10th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center – Get the details on past, present and future visits to the moon by space probes and astronauts! Followed by night sky viewing until 11:00 p.m. using park telescopes, weather permitting. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Holly Days Artisan Boutique & Mistletoe Market
Saturday, November 11th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The West Woods – 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! Kids may also shop the Mistletoe Market for handmade gifts created by youth artisans, aided by volunteer “elves.” Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Nassau Night Sky Viewing
Saturday, November 11th, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 18th, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 25th, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station – Observe the wonders of the night sky using the huge Nassau Astronomical Station telescope, weather permitting. If conditions aren’t favorable, join us for a planetarium show in the McCullough Science Center instead. Members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society will participate on the 18th. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Sunday Afternoon Armchair Birding
Sunday, November 12th, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The West Woods – Some birds are residents in Geauga County while others just visit during the winter. Learn which are which and how to provide for them. Afterwards, pull up a chair in The West Woods lobby and enjoy some hot chocolate and bird-watching with a naturalist. The Bird in the Hand feeder is also available if you would rather venture outside and invite a chickadee to take some seed from your hand. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.