GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT QUARTERLY CALENDAR – Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this fall – horse-drawn wagon rides, campfire cooking, and the first-ever SPACE RACE, just to name just a few!


Here are our offerings for October, November and December 2022. For those requiring it, program registration opens at 10 a.m. at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or 440-286-9516 on September 20 (tomorrow) for Geauga residents, then on September 27 for out-of-towners. This list is also published on our website and in our quarterly Park Explorer Activity Guide, mailed to every Geauga County household and available in all county libraries.

Please always be sure to check the website for a program or event before heading out, as all are subject to be changed or cancelled. We look forward to seeing you in Geauga Park District this season!

October

 

Hunter Education Course (Day 1)

Saturday, October 1, 9 AM-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Geauga Park District is pleased to train young and beginner hunters on safety, archery, ammunition, ethics and conservation during a two-day Hunter Education Course. Attendance is necessary both days to complete the coursework, which ends with a quiz. Day 2 is October 8. Students under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required through the Ohio Division of Wildlife at https://oh-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Index. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Saturday, October 1, 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! First-come, first-served boarding. Limited seating. No pets. Rides last about a half hour and are cancelled by bad weather. Last ride leaves at 4:30 PM.

 

The SPACE RACE!

Saturday, October 1, 5-7 PM

Observatory Park

Fee: $20 online before 9/30, $25 on race day

Ready yourself for a race like no other! As the sun goes down, run, jog or walk as many laps of our Planetary Trail as you can in our two-hour time frame. Each completed 0.85-mile lap will equate to travel through our solar system – one takes you to Mercury, two to Venus, three to Earth, and so on. You will be racing yourself to see how far “out of this world” you can go! Space is limited, with race T-shirts included for the first 250 to register. All who complete at least one lap earn a Space Race medal and a ribbon recognizing how far you went and which planet you reached. Awards for the top three male and female finishers. Register at  https://register.chronotrack.com/r/67952 or on race day beginning at 3 PM. Registration required.

 

Archery Games for Families

Sunday, October 2, 10:30 AM-Noon & 1-2:30 PM

Chickagami Park, Archery Range

Take the next step in improving your aim through archery games. You must have participated in an Introduction to Archery program to register. Families with children ages 9+ should register each person in the family. Registration required.

 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Sunday, October 2, 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! First-come, first-served boarding. Limited seating. No pets. Rides last about a half hour and are cancelled by bad weather. Last ride leaves at 4:30 PM.

 

Fall Color Canoe Float

Sunday, October 2, 1-3 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Paddle the shores of this glacial lake and enjoy the autumn color as well as the wildlife of Lake Kelso. Canoeing ability/experience expected of participants. Ages 10+ welcome; must be 12 and up to paddle. Registration required by phone beginning September 25.

 

Salamander Search

Sunday, October 2, 2-3:30 PM

The West Woods

The cooler, wet weather of early fall increases salamander activity. Explore ravines, streams and forests for these creatures along with other amphibians and reptiles. Registration required for all attending; children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Geauga Skywatchers

Monday, October 3, 6:30-7:30 PM

Geauga County Public Library, Bainbridge Branch

Did you know that many more animals have traveled in space than human beings? Come laugh a little and learn a lot as you discover animals’ place in the exploration of space both yesteryear, today and in the future! Designed for grades 6-12, but anyone can join. Registration required at https://divi.geaugalibrary.net/?page_id=41076 for this program, presented in cooperation with the Geauga County Public Library. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, October 4, 1-2:30 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Hike for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long lead by a naturalist. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2167. Registration required.

 

Geauga Cyclists Weekly Ride

Wednesday, October 5, 3-4:30 PM

The Maple Highlands Trail, Park Avenue Trailhead Behind Marc’s in Chardon

Geauga Cyclists is a senior bike group for ages 55 and older riding The Maple Highlands Trail each Wednesday at 3 PM. Bring your own bike, helmet and water to join an escorted ride! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Homeschool Days: Peering into a Pond (Ages 5-7 & 8-12)

Thursday, October 6, 2-3:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge

Learn about the animals that make ponds their homes, then grab a net to discover the surprising critters hiding in the pond! Adults must attend with child, and all attending must register. Outdoors, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

 

Ohio’s Ancient Sky-Watchers

Friday, October 7, 7-8PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Learn how Ohio’s ancient Native Americans incorporated their knowledge of the sky into the architecture of ancient sites. Followed by night sky viewing weather permitting. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Friday, October 7, 8-11 PM

Observatory Park

If skies are clear, observe the night sky through the Oberle telescope and other telescopes spaced out around the plaza. Planetarium presentation if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Scout Day: Junior Girl Scouts “Animal Habitat”

Saturday, October 8, 9-11 AM

Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove

Junior Girl Scouts, earn your Animal Habitats Badge. Indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather. Register only participating scouts. Registration required.

 

Welton’s Gorge Backcountry Gorge Exploration

Saturday, October 8, 9-11:30 AM

Welton’s Gorge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Explore Welton’s Gorge off-trail to discover rocky woodland ravines, ledges, cool streams, salamanders and other unique features. This is a very strenuous 2-mile hike with rugged terrain, slippery stream bottoms, steep grades and obstacles such as downed trees to cross. Bring a walking stick and wear boots with good traction. Ages 10+ with adult; no younger children please. Held rain or shine. Registration required.

 

Hunter Education Course (Day 2)

Saturday, October 8, 9 AM-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Geauga Park District is pleased to train young and beginner hunters on safety, archery, ammunition, ethics and conservation during a two-day Hunter Education Course. Attendance is necessary both days to complete the coursework, which ends with a quiz. Day 1 is October 1. Students under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required through the Ohio Division of Wildlife at https://oh-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Index. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Many Sides of Mushrooms…and More

Saturday, October 8, 1-2 PM

The West Woods

Fungi are neither plants nor animals but share many characteristics with both. Learn the important characteristics of mushrooms, as well as many species of mushrooms and many important medicinal plants, too. Program in collaboration with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Scout Day: Wolf Cub Scouts “Finding Your Way Elective”

Saturday, October 8, 1-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove

Wolf Cub Scouts, learn how to use a map and compass to locate objects and go on a hike as part of this Wolf Badge elective adventure! Register only participating scouts. Registration required.

 

Headwaters Horse Ride 

Saturday, October 8, 3-5 PM

Headwaters Park, Rt. 608 Parking Lot

Bring your own horse for a 2

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

 

Sunset/Moonrise Horseback Ride 

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

Headwaters Park, Rt. 608 Parking Lot

Bring your own horse for a 4-mile 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. Expect hills, gravel, bridge and stream crossings. Helmets encouraged. Bring a shovel to clean up after your horse in the parking lot. Registration required.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, October 8, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

If skies are clear, observe the night sky through the Oberle telescope and other telescopes spaced out around the plaza. Planetarium presentation if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Sunday, October 9, 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! First-come, first-served boarding. Limited seating. No pets. Rides last about a half hour and are cancelled by bad weather. Last ride leaves at 4:30 PM.

 

Hiking at the Bog

Sunday, October 9, 1-2 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Take an afternoon discovery walk to explore the habitats of Burton Wetlands and discover what the season has to offer. Registration required.

 

Full Moon Hike: The Hunter’s Moon

Sunday, October 9, 7-8:30 PM

Observatory Park

Join us for this naturalist-led hike to learn about October’s night sky and experience Nature at sunset. Then, weather permitting, observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. Registration required.

 

Archery Games for Adults

Tuesday, October 11, 10:30 AM-Noon & 1-2:30 PM

Chickagami Park, Archery Range

Take the next step in improving your aim through archery games. You must have participated in an Introduction to Archery program to attend. Registration required.

 

Geauga Cyclists Weekly Ride

Wednesday, October 12, 3-4:30 PM

The Maple Highlands Trail, Park Avenue Trailhead Behind Marc’s in Chardon

Geauga Cyclists is a senior bike group for ages 55 and older riding The Maple Highlands Trail each Wednesday at 3 PM. Bring your own bike, helmet and water to join an escorted ride! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Elderberries: Fall Wagon Ride

Thursday, October 13, 11:30AM-2:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation

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.

 

Astrotots: Good Night Satellite (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Friday, October 14, 9:30-10:30 AM, 11 AM-Noon, 1-2 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Do you know what a satellite is? Do you know what a satellite does? Have you ever seen a satellite? Learn about the amazing machines in space that make our life on Earth so much easier and safer than ever before. Plus, be among the first to see Commander Melvin’s premier book, Good Night Satellite. PLEASE NOTE: Register only children 3-5 years old; no longer need to register adults and siblings. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Meet the Artists: Aimee Pierson, Michelle Brosius & Jen Beck

Friday, October 14, 7-9 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Meet the artists and experience Nature’s Reflections: Photography from the Feminine Spirit. This art show features the works of Aimee Pierson, Michelle Brosius and Jen Beck. These photographers explore all parts of Nature through their lens, from the gentle to the fierce.

Howling with Coyotes

Friday, October 14, 7:30-9:30 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Pondside Shelter

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Learn amazing facts about coyotes and hike to two survey locations to broadcast real coyote recordings with hopes of hearing return calls! Registration required.

 

Fall Color Kayak (Ages 10+ w/adult)

Saturday, October 15, 9-11 AM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Paddle along the shores of this pristine glacial-formed kettle lake and enjoy the autumn color as well as the wildlife that call Lake Kelso home. Kayaking ability/experience expected of participants. Ages 10+ w/adult. Registration required beginning October 8.

 

Astrotots XL: All Because of Satellites (Ages 6-11 w/adult)

Saturday, October 15, 9:30-10:45 AM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

When was the last time YOU made use of a satellite? How would your life change if there were no satellites? Are satellites real or artificial? Explore the history and mysteries of satellites, and briefly become a satellite engineer by building your own model satellite to take home! PLEASE NOTE: Register only children 6-11 years old; no longer need to register adults and siblings. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Spider Saturday: Spectacular Spiders!

Saturday, October 15, 11 AM-12:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Join arachnologist and author Dr. Sarah J. Rose to learn about the wonderful world of spiders: which ones you may see in your yard, ways they capture prey, and their benefits to humans and the ecosystem.  A limited supply of the Spiders of North America field guides available to purchase. Presenter will be available for a book signing following program.  Ages 10+ with adult. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

Spider Saturday: Eight-Legged Fun

Saturday, October 15, 1-2 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Enjoy an hour of “eight legged-themed fun” for all ages featuring spider books with Geauga County Public Library, a spider craft, a spider-themed indoor scavenger hunt, and time observing live examples of Geauga’s resident arachnids!

 

Astrotots: Good Night Satellite (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Saturday, October 15, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM & 1-2 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Do you know what a satellite is? Do you know what a satellite does? Have you ever seen a satellite? Learn about the amazing machines in space that make our life on Earth so much easier and safer than ever before. Plus, be among the first to see Commander Melvin’s premier book, Good Night Satellite. PLEASE NOTE: Register only children 3-5 years old; no longer need to register adults and siblings. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Spider Saturday: Spider Search & Exploration Hike

Saturday, October 15, 2-3:30 PM

The West Woods

Join arachnologist Dr. Sarah J. Rose and Nora the Explorer on a walk through forest and field in search of spiders, webs and more to discover cool things about some amazing eight-legged creatures. Registration required.

 

Nassau Astronomy Night with CVAS

Saturday, October 15, 8-11 PM

Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station

Stop in to discover this awesome facility and join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society taking in the wonders of the night sky using our restored telescope! A limited number of people will be permitted inside the building at a time, which may result in a wait to enter. Cancelled if cloudy; check our website or social media for notice.

 

Fall Hike Around the Reservoir

Sunday, October 16, 10 AM-2 PM

Headwaters Park, Rt. 608 Main Parking Lot

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Take a 7-mile hike around 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. Portion of the walk will be on Routes 608 and 322. Long pants recommended; potential for poison ivy, ticks and thorn bushes on the east side of the reservoir. Registration required.

 

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Sunday, October 16, 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! First-come, first-served boarding. Limited seating. No pets. Rides last about a half hour and are cancelled by bad weather. Last ride leaves at 4:30 PM.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, October 18, 1-2:30 PM

Orchard Hills Park

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles lead by a naturalist. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2167. Registration required.

 

Geauga Cyclists Weekly Ride

Wednesday, October 19, 3-4:30 PM

The Maple Highlands Trail, Park Avenue Trailhead Behind Marc’s in Chardon

Geauga Cyclists is a senior bike group for ages 55 and older riding The Maple Highlands Trail each Wednesday at 3 PM. Bring your own bike, helmet and water to join an escorted ride!

Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Beaded Spider Workshop

Wednesday, October 19, 6-8 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Fee: $35 Geauga County residents, $38 out-of-county residents

Join jewelry artist Fran Rafiani to learn about the Ukrainian legend of the Christmas spider and create your own two-inch beaded arachnid utilizing copper, silver and gold colored wire and choice of assorted glass beads. Ages 14+. Registration is very limited. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Timbertots: Autumn Exploration! (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Thursday, October 20, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Lodge

Join Nora the Explorer for a fun time discovering the sights, scents and sounds of autumn in nature! Outdoors, so dress for the weather. Register all attending including adults and siblings. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Ohio’s Ancient Sky-Watchers (Virtual program)

Friday, October 21, 7-8 PM

Virtual

Learn how Ohio’s ancient Native Americans incorporated their knowledge of the sky into the architecture of ancient sites. Register and we will send you a Zoom link to attend this virtual program. Registration required.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Friday, October 21, 8-11 PM

Observatory Park

If skies are clear, observe the night sky through the Oberle telescope and other telescopes spaced out around the plaza. Planetarium presentation if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Timbertots: Autumn Exploration! (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Saturday, October 22, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Join Nora the Explorer for a fun time discovering the sights, scents and sounds of autumn in nature! Outdoors, so dress for the weather. Register all attending including adults and siblings. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Introduction to Archery for Adults

Saturday, October 22, 10:30 AM-Noon, 1-2:30 PM & 3-4:30 PM

Chickagami Park, Archery Range

Register to learn the basics of target archery. Participants will need to wear closed-toe shoes. Registration required for all participating.

 

Maple Highlands Trail Bike Bingo

Saturday, October 22, 1:30-3:00 PM

Mountain Run Station

Enjoy a 6- to 8-mile round-trip bike ride on The Maple Highlands Trail. We’ll use bingo cards to guide our observations and see how many bingos we can get as we explore autumn along the trail. Ages 9+ welcome. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, October 22, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park

If skies are clear, observe the night sky through the Oberle telescope and other telescopes spaced out around the plaza. Planetarium presentation if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, October 23, 2-2:45 PM & 3-3:45 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky this week. Sessions are 45 minutes each; please register for only one session. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature Journaling: Nuts About Squirrels

Sunday, October 23, 3-5:30 PM

Monday, October 24, 9:30-Noon

Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge

Fee: $20 Geauga County residents, $24 out-of-county residents

Attend this monthly series to learn basic journaling techniques and record your Nature observations. Our inspiration this month will be squirrels and nuts. Partially outdoors. Taking photos is optional. First-time participants must pay $20 for Geauga County residents or $24 for out-of-county residents, which includes the purchase of a new journal, pen and other supplies. Those who’ve attended the series before, but not within the calendar year, must pay $10 for Geauga County residents or $12 for out-of-county residents, which covers additional instruction and supplies. Those who’ve already registered within the calendar year attend for free. Registration required by phone only at 440-286-9516. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Cyclists Weekly Ride

Wednesday, October 26, 3-4:30 PM

The Maple Highlands Trail, Park Avenue Trailhead Behind Marc’s in Chardon

Geauga Cyclists is a senior bike group for ages 55 and older riding The Maple Highlands Trail each Wednesday at 3 PM. Bring your own bike, helmet and water to join an escorted ride! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, October 27, 7-9:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Singers and musicians take turns presenting tunes as others join in. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Come to play, sing, or simply enjoy as an audience member. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Howl-o-ween Hound Hike

Friday, October 28, 2-4 PM

Headwaters Park, Boathouse

Parade through the park with your favorite pooch by your side. We’ll take the easy Ohio Buckeye Trail for our walk. Costumes (dog or human) optional. Bring towels, water bowl, poop scoop and bags for dog clean-up. One dog per handler. Dog on leash at all times (8 ft. max) and under control. Dogs must be non-aggressive to people and other dogs. Registration required.

 

Fireside Songs and Stories

Friday, October 28, 7-8:30 PM

Headwaters Park, Boathouse

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

 

Fire-Building Techniques

Saturday, October 29, 10 AM-Noon & 1-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Maple Grove Shelter

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

 

Nature in Disguise

Sunday, October 30, 12:30-1:30 PM & 2-3 PM

The West Woods, Turkey Ridge

Meet Nature in disguise! Follow us along the trail to meet different critters (volunteers in costume) and learn about their habits. Kid costumes encouraged. Two one-hour sessions. All attending must register. Registration required.

 

November

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, November 1, 1-2:30 PM

Beartown Lakes Reservation, North Point

Hike for active seniors 1 to 1½ miles lead by a naturalist. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2167. Registration required.

 

Holly Days Artisan Boutique & Mistletoe Market

Friday, November 4, 5-9 PM

Saturday, November 5, 10 AM-4 PM

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! New in 2022, join us on Friday evening as well as Saturday to enjoy indoor AND outdoor vendors! Our Mistletoe Market also features handmade gifts created by young artisans. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Welton’s Gorge Backcountry Gorge Exploration

Saturday, November 5, 9-11:30 AM

Welton’s Gorge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Explore Welton’s Gorge off-trail to discover rocky woodland ravines, ledges, cool streams, salamanders and other unique features. This is a very strenuous 2-mile hike with rugged terrain, slippery stream bottoms, steep grades and obstacles such as downed trees to cross. Bring a walking stick and wear boots with good traction. Ages 10+ with adult; no younger children please. Held rain or shine. Registration required.

 

Waterfowl Migration Van Trip

Saturday, November 5, 9 AM-4 PM

The West Woods

November ushers in colder weather, and with it comes the waterfowl. We’ll keep our options open but visit Lake Erie and other large bodies of water to look for gulls, ducks, grebes and more. Please bring a sack lunch, binoculars, and dress warm. Registration required.

 

Night Hike

Saturday, November 5, 6:30-8 PM

Holbrook Hollows

Discover amazing creatures living in our woods that only come out at night and learn their nocturnal adaptations as we search and listen for them, letting our eyes adjust to the dark. No flashlights or headlamps, please. Registration required.

 

Buckeye Trail Highlight Hike

Sunday, November 6, 9 AM-Noon

Claridon Woodlands

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

The Buckeye Trail winds 1,444 miles around Ohio. Let’s follow the Blue Blazes through this Geauga Park District park! Participants must be able to hike 5 miles on paved surfaces. Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and bring water. Ages 10+ with adult; no younger children please. Registration required.

 

Plant Your Own Meadow

Sunday, November 6, 1-2 PM

Frohring Meadows

Learn how you can start your own native meadow that will benefit wildlife, including pollinators, and look amazing, too. Indoor presentation will be followed by an outdoor hike. You must register for each part of the program to participate in both programs. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Buckeye Trail Highlight Hike

Sunday, November 6, 1:30-3:30 PM

Headwaters Park, Crystal Lake Picnic Shelter

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

The Buckeye Trail winds 1,444 miles around Ohio. Let’s follow the Blue Blazes through this Geauga Park District park! Participants be able to hike about 4.2 miles with rolling terrain and stream crossings. Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and bring water. Ages 7+ with adult; no younger children please. Registration required.

 

Meadow Meander/Seed Collecting

Sunday, November 6, 2-3:30 PM

Frohring Meadows

Hike the meadow to collect seeds for Geauga Park District, and you’ll also get some to take home! View a fantastic variety of meadow and prairie plants. Registration required.

 

Nature Explorers: Campfire Cooking (Ages 6-11 w/adult)

Sunday, November 6, 4-6 PM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Lodge

Learn about campfire cooking. We’ll demonstrate Dutch-oven cooking, and each family will get to make a treat in a pie iron. Dress for the weather. Adult must register and attend with child. Registration required.

 

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

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

Claridon Woodlands, Judge Lester Taylor Lodge

Let’s get squirrely! Join Nora the Explorer for fun squirrel activities and forest exploration. Register all adults and children attending. Mostly outdoors, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

 

Geauga Skywatchers

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

Geauga County Public Library, Chardon Branch

Join us for a space-themed presentation by members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society. Designed for grades 6-12, but anyone can join. Registration required at https://divi.geaugalibrary.net/?page_id=41076 for this program, presented in cooperation with the Geauga County Public Library. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Total Lunar Eclipse

Tuesday, November 8, 4-7 AM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Watch Earth’s shadow darken the moon during this early-morning eclipse! Join us for the most-dramatic part of the eclipse from 4 to 5:15 AM, when the moon appears to go dark. The eclipse will continue until the moon sets just after 7 AM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Early Morning Hike

Wednesday, November 9, 8-10 AM

Welton’s Gorge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Get your day started with this quick-paced hike on hilly terrain. We’ll talk as we walk with little stopping. Registration required.

 

Holiday Open House with Bill Hixson

Wednesday, November 9, 6:30-8:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Join us for a holiday open house featuring a demonstration/presentation by Bill Hixson, accomplished floral designer who has assisted with holiday decorating at The White House for more than 30 years. Light refreshments served. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Elderberries: Restoring Park for Wildlife

Thursday, November 10, 1-2:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Park Biologist Paul Pira shares how Geauga Park District has restored streams and wetlands in Geauga County for wildlife. A collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Scout Day: Bear Cub Scouts “Fur, Feathers & Ferns”

Saturday, November 12, 9-11 AM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Bear Cub Scouts, join us to work on your Fur, Feathers & Ferns Adventure. We’ll work on requirements 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 to fully complete it. Register only participating scouts. Registration required.

 

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

Saturday, November 12, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Let’s get squirrely! Join Nora the Explorer for fun squirrel activities and forest exploration. Register all adults and children attending. Mostly outdoors, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

 

Scout Day: Daisy Girl Scouts “Eco Learner”

Saturday, November 12, 1-2:30 PM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Daisy Girl Scouts, let’s work on the Eco Learner badge and learn to protect the outdoors as we take a Nature hike! Register only participating scouts. Registration required.

 

Cloud-Spotting with NASA’s GLOBE

Saturday, November 12, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Cloudy day? You can join in NASA’s GLOBE project to pair Earth-based cloud observations with satellite imagery! We’ll share how you can participate in this weather-monitoring project for citizen scientists, followed by night sky viewing, weather permitting. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, November 12, 8-11 PM

Observatory Park

If skies are clear, observe the night sky through the Oberle telescope and other telescopes spaced out around the plaza. Planetarium presentation if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Hidden Gems Hike: Sunnybrook Preserve 

Sunday, November 13, 1-2:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Discover the beautiful natural wonders of this park along its trails. Held rain or shine. Wear footgear that can get wet and muddy. Registration required.

 

Fireside Nature Talk 

Sunday, November 13, 3:30-4:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Sunnybrook Lodge

Warm up after a hike, or just join us for time by the fire of an outdoor shelter with some snacks, warm drinks and fun Nature facts and stories. Held rain or shine. Registration required.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, November 15, 1-2:30 PM

Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve, Sunset Shelter

Hike for active seniors 1 to 1½ miles lead by a naturalist. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2167. Registration required.

 

Geauga Gems Fall Hike

Wednesday, November 16, 8-9 AM & 9:30-10:30 AM

B Benner Metzenbaum Park

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Hike all the trails at this park to discover what the season has to offer. Round trip 1.5 miles on hilly terrain. Sturdy footwear recommended. Registration required.

 

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, November 17, 7-9:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Singers and musicians take turns presenting tunes as others join in. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Come to play, sing, or simply enjoy as an audience member. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Basket Weaving Techniques

Friday, November 18, 12:30-6 PM

Saturday, November 19, 12:30-6 PM

Holbrook Hollows, Lodge

Fee: $35 Geauga County residents, $38 out-of-county residents

Baskets can be embellished by different weaving techniques. Learn several techniques while making a square storage basket. Experience required. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Headwater’s Waterfowl Hike

Saturday, November 19, 9-11 AM

Headwaters Park, Boathouse

Geauga Gems Trekking Series, Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Meet at the boathouse and hike 2 miles on the west shore of East Branch Reservoir in search of migratory ducks, loons, grebes, swans and bald eagles during prime migration time. Bring binoculars. Spotting scopes provided. Be prepared for the weather. Held rain or shine.

Registration required.

 

Campfire Cooking: Pie Iron Pies

Saturday, November 19, 6-8 PM

Holbrook Hollows, Lodge

Fee: $4 Geauga County residents, $6 out-of-county residents

Learn a new skill and get inspired for your next camping adventure by creating tiny personal cherry, apple and/or peach fruit pies over a campfire using pie irons. Registration required for all participants. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature at Night Hike

Saturday, November 19, 6:00-7:30 PM

Beartown Lakes Reservation, North Point

Walking through a park in the dark is a unique experience. By mid-autumn the night sounds start to quiet down, but wildlife can still be discovered when all our senses become enhanced as we hike without the use of lights. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required.

 

Nassau Astronomy Night with CVAS

Saturday, November 19, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station

Stop in to discover this awesome facility and join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society taking in the wonders of the night sky using our restored telescope! A limited number of people will be permitted inside the building at a time, which may result in a wait to enter. Cancelled if cloudy; check our website or social media for notice.

 

Beavers at The Rookery

Sunday, November 20, 4:30-6 PM

The Rookery

Dams, lodges and chewed trees – beavers leave a lot of evidence of their existence in pond and stream alike. Learn about beavers before taking an evening stroll as we attempt to observe them in their natural habitat. Registration required.

 

Nature Journaling: Owl Prowl

Sunday, November 20, 7-9:30 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Fee: $20 Geauga County residents, $24 out-of-county residents

Attend this monthly series to learn basic journaling techniques and record your Nature observations. Our inspiration this month will be a night hike for owls. Partially outdoors. Taking photos is optional. First-time participants must pay $20 for Geauga County residents or $24 for out-of-county residents, which includes the purchase of a new journal, pen and other supplies. Those who’ve attended the series before, but not within the calendar year, must pay $10 for Geauga County residents or $12 for out-of-county residents, which covers additional instruction and supplies. Those who’ve already registered within the calendar year attend for free. Registration required by phone only at 440-286-9516. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Hike Your Turkey Off

Friday, November 25, 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, 8 miles – one mile for every extra helping! Registration required.

 

Cloud-Spotting with NASA’s GLOBE (Virtual program)

Friday, November 25, 7-8 PM

Virtual

Cloudy day? If so, learn how you can pair your observations of clouds with satellite imagery to contribute to science through NASA’s GLOBE program. Your “ground truth” observations can help improve our understanding of the weather! Register and we will send you a Zoom link to attend this virtual program. Registration required.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Friday, November 25, 8-11 PM

Observatory Park

If skies are clear, observe the night sky through the Oberle telescope and other telescopes spaced out around the plaza. Planetarium presentation if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Forest Friends Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, November 26, 1-3 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Discover the amazing animals that live in our forests by searching for life-sized cutouts and learning fun facts along the way. Indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. Find them all to win a prize! Register for the program and drop in any time during program hours to pick up a scavenger hunt card. Partially outdoors, so dress for the weather. Two skill levels available: ages 5 and under or 6+. Registration required for all attending; children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Research in Our Parks: Survey Results (Virtual program)

Saturday, November 26, 2:30-3:30 PM

Virtual

Learn about cool discoveries made in Geauga parks from butterfly, dragonfly and bird surveys conducted during the past spring to fall. Register and we will send you a Zoom link to attend this virtual program. Registration required.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, November 26, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

If skies are clear, observe the night sky through the Oberle telescope and other telescopes spaced out around the plaza. Planetarium presentation if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature’s Ornaments: Make It Yourself

Sunday, November 27, Noon-4 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

From evergreens to icicles, the beauty of the holiday season can be seen in Nature. Try your hand at making some of your own unique ornaments from natural items. Register for the program and drop in any time during program hours to make one or all of the ornaments. Registration required for all attending; children must be accompanied by an adult. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Backcountry Hike

Sunday, November 27, 1:30-4 PM

The Rookery

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Explore The Rookery off trail for evidence of wetland wildlife like beavers, otters and herons. Prepare for wet, muddy hiking, stepping over logs and crossing streams. Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, November 27, 2-2:45 PM & 3-3:45 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky this week. Sessions are 45 minutes each; please register for only one session. Registration required.

Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, November 29, 1-2:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Maple Grove

Hike for active seniors 1 to 1½ miles lead by a naturalist. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2167. Registration required.

December

 

Greens for Giving

Saturday, December 3, 11 AM-Noon, Noon-1 PM, 1-2 PM & 2-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Cherry Room

Join Geauga Park District for this make-and-GIVE event to create 300+ evergreen decorations to be given to seniors along with Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals. All supplies provided. Brighten a senior’s holiday season with your thoughtful creation! Registration required; please register for only one session. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Signs of the Season Hike

Saturday, December 3, 2-3:30 PM

Frohring Meadows

Every season has something to offer when hiking outside. During winter we will look for coyote tracks, abandoned bird nests, old goldenrod seed stalks and other interesting nature finds. Registration required.

 

Holiday Greens Workshop

Sunday, December 4, 9 AM- Noon & 1-4 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Fee: $25 Geauga County residents, $28 out-of-county residents

Decorate for the holidays by making a beautiful arrangement from fresh evergreens. Select from three options: 1) a table arrangement, 2) a mantel arrangement, or 3) a wreath. Visit our website under News & Updates for photos resembling each project and more specific project descriptions. Ribbon, evergreens and pinecones provided; bring any accents you may wish to add. Bring pruners and a plastic bag to protect your car seat from water. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature Trek Fitness Hike

Sunday, December 4, 10 AM-Noon

Veterans Legacy Woods

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Let’s move it, people! Burn off those calories on this fitness hike over steep hilly terrain, learning some cool Nature facts along the way. Participants must be able to hike 4+ miles. Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and bring water. Registration required.

 

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

Sunday, December 4, 11 AM-Noon & 2-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Discover through fun activities all the reasons evergreens are excellent in Nature and at home! We’ll use real greens to make a centerpiece to take home. Bows and pinecones provided; bring small decorations if desired, and hand clippers if you have them. Partially outdoors, so dress for the weather. All attending, adults and children, must register. Registration required.

 

Odds & Ends Baskets

Sunday, December 4, 1-5:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Deep Woods

Fee: $20 Geauga County residents, $24 out-of-county residents

Use your creativity! A basic pattern will be provided, then you will design and weave your basket. Some experience recommended. Registration required.

 

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

Monday, December 5, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Big Creek Park, Cherry Room

Discover through fun activities all the reasons evergreens are excellent in Nature and at home! We’ll use real greens to make a centerpiece to take home. Bows and pinecones provided; bring small decorations if desired, and hand clippers if you have them. Partially outdoors, so dress for the weather. All attending, adults and children, must register. Registration required.

 

Odds & Ends Baskets

Monday, December 5, 1-5:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Deep Woods

Fee: $20 Geauga County residents, $24 out-of-county residents

Use your creativity! A basic pattern will be provided, then you will design and weave your basket. Some experience recommended. Registration required.

 

Geauga Skywatchers (Virtual program)

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

Virtual

This presentation is an overview of the completed Galileo mission, an unmanned interplanetary probe of the planet Jupiter, covering its accomplishments, preparations for launch, and an overview of the extended mission at Jupiter. Roles of Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Research Center, and that of the presenter vis-a-vis the mission, will also be discussed. Designed for grades 6-12, but anyone can join. Registration required at https://divi.geaugalibrary.net/?page_id=41076 for this program, presented in cooperation with the Geauga County Public Library. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Early Morning Walk 

Wednesday, December 7, 8-10 AM

Welton’s Gorge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Take an early morning fall Nature walk along the Gorge Trail. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Registration required.

 

Full Moon Hike: The Bear Moon

Wednesday, December 7, 5:30-6:30 PM

Observatory Park

Take a naturalist-led hike to learn how black bears spend the winter and experience Nature at sunset. Then, weather permitting, observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. Registration required.

 

Elderberries: Wildlife Detective Training

Thursday, December 8, 1-2:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Learn how to be a Wildlife Detective from Naturalist Karie by observing evidence that wildlife left behind! A collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Calendars & the Sky

Friday, December 9, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Explore how cultures around the world and throughout history have used the cycles of the year to create unique calendars, followed by night sky viewing, weather permitting. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Friday, December 9, 8-11 PM

Observatory Park

If skies are clear, observe the night sky through the Oberle telescope and other telescopes spaced out around the plaza. Planetarium presentation if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Hound Hike

Saturday, December 10, 9-10:30 AM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Dogs and their humans, take a 0.8-mile hike along the Wagon Trail at Swine Creek Reservation. Bring towels, water bowl, poop scoop and bags for clean-up. One dog per handler. Dog must be on leash (8 ft. max) and under control at all times; must be non-aggressive to people and other dogs. Registration required.

 

Ho Ho Ho Hiking with Santa & Buddy the Elf

Saturday, December 10, 10-11:30 AM & 1-2:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Discover the wonders of the season on a magical hike with Santa Claus and Buddy the Elf! Santa will also be available after the hike for photos and wish lists. Registration required.

 

Winter Trekking Hike

Saturday, December 10, 1-2:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Take a winter hike through the sugarbush along the Wagon Trail and Grey Fox Trail for a total of 2 miles on easy and medium-level trails. Registration required.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, December 10, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park

If skies are clear, observe the night sky through the Oberle telescope and other telescopes spaced out around the plaza. Planetarium presentation if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Backcountry Hike: Big Creek Park

Sunday, December 11, 1-3:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Take an off-trail hike to explore the hemlock ravines of Big Creek Park. Expect wet, muddy hiking, stepping over logs and crossing streams and hills. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes with good traction. Registration required.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, December 11, 2-2:45 PM & 3-3:45 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Enjoy a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky this week. Sessions are 45 minutes each; please register for only one session. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature Journaling: Natural Patterns

Sunday, December 11, 3-5:30 PM

Monday, December 12, 9:30 AM-Noon

Big Creek Park, Deep Woods

Fee: $20 Geauga County residents, $24 out-of-county residents

Attend this monthly series to learn basic journaling techniques and record your Nature observations. Our inspiration this month will be natural patterns. Partially outdoors. Taking photos is optional First-time participants must pay $20 for Geauga County residents or $24 for out-of-county residents, which includes the purchase of a new journal, pen and other supplies. Those who’ve attended the series before, but not within the calendar year, must pay $10 for Geauga County residents or $12 for out-of-county residents, which covers additional instruction and supplies. Those who’ve already registered within the calendar year attend for free. Registration required by phone only at 440-286-9516. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Walkers Hike & Holiday Lunch

Tuesday, December 13, Noon-2:45 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Hike for active seniors 1 to 1½ miles lead by a naturalist. This is the annual holiday potluck luncheon, so please bring a dish to share. Hike at noon, lunch at 1 p.m., then indoor presentation. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2167. Registration required.

 

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, December 15, 7-9:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Singers and musicians take turns presenting tunes as others join in. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Come to play, sing, or simply enjoy as an audience member. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

The Big Hike at Swine Creek

Saturday, December 17, 9 AM-Noon

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Are you ready to hike 6-7 miles on muddy trails with stream crossings and big hills? If you answered yes, this is the perfect hike for you! We’ll hike as many trails as possible while making some Nature observations. Registration required.

 

Whatever-the-Weather Venture

Saturday, December 17, 3-4:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve

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

 

Nassau Astronomy Night with CVAS

Saturday, December 17, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station

Stop in to discover this awesome facility and join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society taking in the wonders of the night sky using our restored telescope! A limited number of people will be permitted inside the building at a time, which may result in a wait to enter. Cancelled if cloudy; check our website or social media for notice.

 

Ansel’s Cave Hike: History Written in Rock

Sunday, December 18, 10 AM-Noon & 1-3 PM

The West Woods

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Hike with a naturalist to Ansel’s Cave to discover its history written in rock – a rare opportunity to go into this restricted area! Dress for the weather and wear sturdy foot gear. Hike is 2 miles over hilly terrain with a stream crossing. Registration required.

 

Holiday Plant Hike

Sunday, December 18, 2-3:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center Parking Lot

Our forests have mostly gone dormant in the winter, but many of the plants we can still find have a holiday or seasonal connection. Join us on this walk through a winter woods to discover a variety of plants. Registration required.

 

Winter Solstice Celebration

Wednesday, December 21, 7:30-9:30 PM

The West Woods

Celebrate the longest night of the year as we explore the roots of our modern holiday celebrations indoors and out. Enjoy treats, hot beverages and music; create a solstice-themed craft; stroll the self-guided Solstice Traditions Trail, a magical, candlelit route through the forest, complete with a bonfire; and watch interactive skits highlighting solstice traditions of various civilizations with costumed interpreters. Dress for the weather. Registration required.

 

Nature Relaxation Break 

Thursday, December 22, 10 AM-Noon

Claridon Woodlands, Judge Lester Taylor Lodge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Take a break during this busy time of year with an afternoon in the park. We’ll take a short walk along a trail of evergreens followed by time indoors by the fire as we make holiday Nature-themed cards. Snacks and beverages included. Ages 5+. Registration required.

 

Wildlife Detective Bingo

Tuesday, December 27, 10-11:30 AM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Join a naturalist for a wildlife twist on traditional bingo. Learn how to be a wildlife detective, explore animal artifacts, and use your new skills to play this popular game! Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, December 27, 1-2:30 PM

Eldon Russell Park

Hike for active seniors 1 to 1½ miles lead by a naturalist. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2167. Registration required.

 

Nature Explorers: Bird in the Hand (Ages 6-11 w/adult)

Wednesday, December 28, 10 AM-Noon

The West Woods, Nature Center

Learn about our amazing winter birds and how they are adapted to survive Geauga County winters. We will make a peanut butter and seed feeder, conduct a feeder count, and go outside to try our hands at the Bird in the Hand Feeding Station. Indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather. ALLERGY ALERT: The craft will involve spreading peanut butter. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register all adults and children attending. Registration required.

 

Minute to Win It Nature Games

Thursday, December 29, 10-11:30 AM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Grab your family and join a naturalist to play some quick Minute to Win It-style Nature games like “Wooly Aphid Wiggle” and “Move Your Midden” in competition against other groups! Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

End of Year Hike

Saturday, December 31, 9-11:30 AM

The Rookery

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Squeeze in one more morning hike this year to get your heart pumping in this beautiful winter setting. We’ll move at a good pace on flat terrain. Registration required.

 

New Year’s Eve Nature Celebration

Saturday, December 31, 11 AM-12:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with fun activities for all ages! There will even be a “toast” at 12:00 (noon)! Pizza and beverages provided. Mostly indoors but may be partially outdoors if weather permits. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

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


 

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