Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this summer – from a flea market to beating the bushes in search of bugs to goat yoga!
Here are our offerings for August, 2019. You may also view these programs and events published on our new website, www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, beginning the morning of June 20, and in our quarterly Park Explorer newsletter, which will be mailed before July to every Geauga County household and available from all in-county libraries.
The Art of Rearing Caterpillars – Saturday, August 3rd from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Field Naturalist Tami Gingrich has been raising butterflies and moths her whole life, and she will pack this presentation with unbelievable photos and helpful techniques for raising your own, as well as some live specimens on display. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
Nature Arts Festival – Sunday, August 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Big Creek Park
Don’t miss this day of fine Nature-inspired arts on display and for sale by regional artists with activities for the whole family to enjoy! Media include woodcarvings, paintings, photography, handcrafted jewelry and more at various price points. Activities for the whole family include live music, family make-n-take projects, entertainment, chalk art, Nature Writing Contest winner readings, food trucks and much more! Park at Chardon Arts Festival on Chardon Square and take a FREE 5-minute Lolly the Trolley ride to Big Creek Park. For a complete schedule of events when it becomes available, visit bit.ly/gpdspecial. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 5-7) – Monday, August 5th – Friday, August 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods – Fee: $150
Are you ready for an adventure!? If so, sign up now for an exciting week that includes exploring, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, sending rockets high into the sky and more! Participants begin and end each day at The West Woods Nature Center. Transportation provided to other parks for various activities facilitated by highly qualified staff. Schedules, waivers and other details sent upon registration. Waiver required for each participant. Bring lunch, water and a raincoat in a backpack each day. Other equipment provided by the registration fee. Financial assistance available; call for details. Registration required.
Meet the Artists: Geauga Arts Council Juried Art Show – Wednesday, August 7th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Meet local artists representing their works featured in this annual juried art show, now in its fifth year here. Artwork on display through October 7. Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Timbertots: Camp Day (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Thursday, August 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Chickagami Park, Pine Grove Shelter
Enjoy this preschool version of big kid camp with activities, crafts and s’more! Program outdoors, weather permitting, so dress accordingly. Older or younger siblings will not be considered participants. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Make a Spectroscope – Friday, August 9th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Observatory Park
Make and keep your own spectroscope, and learn how these simple devices help scientists know what stars are made of and other astounding discoveries about the natural world and our place in the universe. Followed by night-sky viewing using park telescopes until 11 PM, weather permitting. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Chesterland Caves Tour (Ages 16 + w/adult) – Saturday, August 10th from 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. at Chesterland Historical Village, corner of US 322 & Caves Road
An unprecedented opportunity to visit this spectacular geologic and historical site. Once a popular tourist destination with its stunning rock formations, it has been closed to the public since 1925 and still remains on private property. This is a challenging off-trail adventure for those able to hike on rugged, rocky terrain and slippery surfaces. Tours are two hours long. Register for your preferred time slot. We will transport participants to the site from their parking site at Chesterland Historical Village, where buildings will also be open for visitation 10 AM to 5 PM. No groups. No pets. Ages 16+. Non-refundable fee due by August 5: $10 per person payable (mail check) to Chesterland Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 513, Chesterland, OH 44026. Registration begins July 1. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
Movie Night “First Man” – Saturday, August 10th from 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Observatory Park
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing with this film! Pre-show activities begin at 8 PM and include the Geauga County Public Library’s Fun Bus. Free popcorn and lemonade, plus free ice cream treats while they last! Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Movie will be shown indoors if inclement weather. Weather permitting, night sky viewing after the movie. Please note: this movie is rated PG-13 for some thematic content involving peril, and brief strong language. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Kelso Canoe (Ages 10+ w/adult) – Sunday, August 11th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve
Search for signs of wildlife while afloat on beautiful Lake Kelso. Canoeing experience recommended. Ages 10+ with adult; must be 12 to paddle. Registration by phone begins August 4. Registration required.
Meteors & Moths Overnight Event – Monday, August 12th from p.m. – Tuesday, August 13th at 6 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 1-3 AM. Naturalist on site from sunset to sunrise. Whatever the weather, interact with moths and other nocturnal insects as you help sample and survey onsite wildlife. Camping guidelines: Tents may be set up after 4 PM. No campers, trailers or generators allowed. Must remove tents by 9 AM Tuesday. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
Geauga Walkers – Tuesday, August 13th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Russell Uplands Preserve
Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule at 440-279-2126.
Grandparents Summer Farewell Fest – Tuesday, August 13th from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Headwaters Park, Boathouse
Grandparents and grandchildren, enjoy an afternoon 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. Optional: borrow a kayak during or after the program (free for in-county, charge for out-of-county). Registration required.
West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market – Wednesday, August 14th from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at The West Woods
Purchase locally made/grown items at The West Woods the second Wednesday of each month this summer, July through September! A food truck on site will also serve dinner/snacks for purchase. Live music by Jesse Huge. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Purple Martin Van Trip – Wednesday, August 14th from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at The West Woods
Bring your binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras for this van trip to see Purple Martins staging for migration in large reed islands on Nimisila Lake in Summit County. Bring a packed dinner/snack for a sunset picnic. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
Elderberries: Blossoms & Bingo – Thursday, August 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Holbrook Hollows
This new park outside of Chagrin Falls debuts with an outing featuring a short Nature walk, punctuated by summer wildflowers, and rowdy rounds of wildlife bingo, along with EZ Go Cart rides. Pancake breakfast provided. Presented in collaboration with Geauga County Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
Full Moon: The Sturgeon Moon – Thursday, August 15th from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Observatory Park
August’s full moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon, since it was once the season to harvest the Great Lakes sturgeon. Learn about these amazing, ancient fish, then watch the full moon rise over Observatory Park! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.