Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this winter – from learning to snowshoe to live reindeer encounters to our rebranded “Elderberries: Seniors Ripe for Adventure!” programming to sweet maple sugaring memories!
Following are the Geauga Park District offerings for February, 2018. You may also view these programs and more in our quarterly Park Explorer newsletter, which is distributed to every Geauga County household and published online at Geauga Park District under About Your Parks, then Publications & Forms.
Nature Break: Women’s Retreat
Saturday, February 3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center – Fee: $6
Retreat to the park to re-energize and relax. Activities include snowshoeing or walking, light aerobics, backyard birding, other Nature-themed activities and a soup and salad lunch. Dress in layers with comfortable clothes for being outside and perhaps a change for aerobics. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Winter Hawk Watch Van Trip
Saturday, February 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge
Take a birding adventure into Amish farmland for raptors including Rough-legged Hawks, Harriers and Kestrels, and as well as Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs and other winter birds of open country. Bring binoculars. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
Travelogue: Wild Orchids Across North America
Sunday, February 4th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center
Join Tom Sampliner, photographer and past Native Plant Society president, as he shares his longtime interest in wild orchids that has taken him to many places throughout North America seeking out native orchids. This show will depict some of his favorites and those with interesting stories to tell. Presented in conjunction with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Sweet Memories of Maple Sugaring
Sunday, February 4th from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center
Help us preserve Geauga County’s maple sugaring heritage! Local members of the Maple Producers of Northeast Ohio share recollections of sap gathering and syrup making from past decades with hopes of prompting a sharing of memories from the audience. Bring old photos and sugaring items for show and tell as we display the parks’ collection of maple items. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Homeschool Days: Amazing Mammals (Ages 5-8 & 9-12)
Friday, February 9th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center
Homeschoolers are introduced to the diversity of Geauga mammals and their adaptations by sight, sound and sign. Adults may attend (need not register) or drop children off with waivers. Indoor program followed by outdoor exploration for mammal signs, so dress for the weather. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Meet the Artists: Julie Cook & Hap Howle
Friday, February 9th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center
Meet Julie Cook and Hap Howle and view each artist’s diverse work inspired by Nature. Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Mapping the Milky Way
Friday, February 9th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Observatory Park
Learn how humans figured out our place in the galaxy without leaving home. Night sky viewing until 11 PM using park telescopes, weather permitting. Also February 23. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Maple 101 Workshop
Saturday, February 10th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center
Beginners and experienced producers wishing to hone sugaring skills will learn everything they need to know, including tree biology and identification, why sap flows, tapping, collecting methods, sugarbush management, producing the finished product, canning and packaging, as well as local sugaring history. Registration through Geauga County OSU Extension at 440-834-4656. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Scout Day: Bear Cub Scouts Fur, Feathers & Ferns Core Adventure
Saturday, February 10th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Observatory Park
Join us to work on the Fur, Feathers & Ferns Core Adventure. We’ll work on requirements 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 exploring Observatory Park. Dress for the weather. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Scout Day: Senior & Ambassador Girl Scouts Astronomy Night
Saturday, February 10th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Observatory Park
Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts, join us at Observatory Park for a special Astronomy Night! We’ll explore the night sky, investigate space, and learn stories of constellations. All requirements for the Senior Sky Badge will be covered. Dress for the weather. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Nassau Night Sky Viewing
Saturday, February 10th from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station
Observe the wonders of the night sky using this facility’s giant research-grade telescope! If weather conditions prevent sky viewing, join us for a planetarium presentation in the McCullough Science Center instead. Also February 24th. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Travelogue: Thoroughbred Racing – In Search of a Triple Crowner
Sunday, February 11th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The West Woods, Nature Center
Join Naturalists Tami Gingrich and Linda Gilbert as they share their trip to the picturesque rolling pastures of the Kentucky Bluegrass. Tour some of the premiere thoroughbred farms in the country, view early morning workouts at two racetracks, visit the grave of Secretariat, and get an up-close encounter with the 2015 Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show
Sunday, February 11th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Observatory Park
Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky this week. Building open house 1-4 PM. If weather permits, also get a chance to view the sun using our safe, solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Tuesday, February 13th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Big Creek Park, Maple Grove Shelter
Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. If temperature is 20 degrees or below, please call park to confirm it will still be held. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137. Also February 27th. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.