Geauga Park District Quarterly Calendar of Events


Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this fall – autumn color outings, hunter education, horse-drawn wagon rides and astronomy fun, plus favorite annual events like Homespun Market Days, Holly Days Artisan Boutique and Greens for Giving.

Here are our offerings for October, November and December 2021. Registration for those programs that require it opens September 20 for Geauga County residents and October 1 for others, all at 10 a.m. online and by phone. You may also view these programs and events published on www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, and in our quarterly Park Explorer Activity Guide, mailed to every Geauga County household and available in all county libraries.

Be sure to always check www.geaugaparkdistrict.org for your program or event before heading out, as all are subject to be cancelled. Updated information on the Park District’s current handling of COVID-19 can be found under News & Updates. We look forward to seeing you in Geauga Park District this season!


October

Howling with Coyotes

Friday, October 1, 7:30-9:30 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Lodge

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

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

Fall Color Hike

Saturday, October 2, 9-10:30 AM & 1-2:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for a medium-level morning hike to enjoy the fall colors. Registration required.

Problem Plants of Ohio

Saturday, October 2, 11 AM-12:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Meet Kent State University authors who will give an overview of their new book providing information on identification, control and landscape alternatives of problematic plants, many introduced to North America as ornamental species. Ideal for home gardeners, master gardeners and natural resource managers. Books will be available for sale at the program. Held in collaboration with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Homespun Market Days

Saturday, October 2, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation

Celebrate autumn with the Homespun Market, featuring handmade and locally produced items for sale, live music, food vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, balloon creations, magician, a Nature scavenger hunt and more. Wagon rides are first come, first served 1 to 4 p.m. with limited seating.

Homespun Market Days

Sunday, October 3, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation

See description for October 2.

Cuyahoga Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Sunday, October 3, 1-4 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve, Lake Kelso

Enjoy autumn color and wildlife along this scenic kettle lake. Kayaking ability/experience required. Held rain or shine. Dress for weather. Bring a change of clothes in a waterproof bag. Registration required beginning September 24.

Geauga Skywatchers Club: Moonstruck

Monday, October 4, 6:30-7:30 PM

Geauga County Public Library (location TBD)

Join presenter Jann Glove to become more Moon-mindful during this presentation of any and every type of Moon minutia, from science to silliness, from Apollo to Artemis. These programs are designed for grades 6-12 but anyone can join. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required at https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com.

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, October 5, 1-2:30 PM

Headwaters Park, TMHT Parking Lot (enter from Route 608, first parking lot on right)

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2126. Registration required.

After-Work Walk

Wednesday, October 6, 5:30-6:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for a medium-level hike along the Gray Fox Trail to enjoy the fall colors. Registration required.

Timbertots: Tremendous Trees (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Thursday, October 7, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Lodge

Explore the forest for fun tree-themed exploration with Nora the Explorer! Mostly outdoors, so dress for the weather. All attending, adults and children, must register. Registration required.

Sunset on Snow Lake

Friday, October 8, 6-7:30 PM

Lucia S. Nash Preserve, 16429 Snow Road, Burton 44021

Walk two miles on the trails of the Nature Conservancy’s Lucia S. Nash Preserve to view Snow Lake, a variety of wetlands, a boreal fen, an upland forest, wildlife and migrating waterfowl. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Held rain or shine. No restroom facilities at this location. Very limited parking, so please consider carpooling. Registration required.

Ohio’s Ancient Astronomers

Friday, October 8, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Ohio’s ancient Native American residents left a fascinating legacy of astronomy knowledge preserved in their art and architecture. Learn about several Ohio sites you can visit that hold a connection to the sky. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Friday, October 8, 9-11 PM

Observatory Park

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

Fire-Building Techniques

Saturday, October 9, 9-11 AM

The West Woods, Deer Run Shelter

We’ll learn fire-building techniques from primitive to modern, then roast a marshmallow or two. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Hunter Education Course (Day 1)

Saturday, October 9, 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 16. 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.

Timbertots: Tremendous Trees (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Saturday, October 9, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Holbrook Hollows, Lodge

See description for October 7. Registration required.

Fall Color Canoe Float (Ages 10 + w/adult)

Saturday, October 9, 1-3 PM

Headwaters Park, Boat Launch

Paddle along the shores of this beautiful lake enjoying the autumn color of this shoreline forest as well as the wildlife that call the lake home. Canoeing ability/experience required. Held rain or shine, so dress for weather. Registration required by phone beginning October 1.

Snake Search

Saturday, October 9, 1-3 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Snakes are fascinating, and before it gets too cold, they’ll be on the move to find a warm spot for the winter. Hopefully with a bit of luck and a sharp eye, we can find these secretive serpents. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, October 9, 8-11 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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Autumn Bird Walk

Tuesday, October 12, 9-11 AM

Welton’s Gorge

Hike the trails at Welton’s Gorge Park in search of migrating songbirds heading south for the winter! Registration required.

Inclusive Fall Wagon Ride

Wednesday, October 13, 10-10:30 AM, 10:45-11:15 AM, 11:30 AM-Noon

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

A special program for adults in the developmental disability community! Come along on a naturalist-led wagon ride pulled by a tractor and enjoy the wonders unique to autumn. Dress for unpredictable October weather. Wagon is not wheelchair accessible, with stairs leading up to bench seating. Registration required for all participants.

Elderberries: Fall Wagon Ride

Thursday, October 14, 11:30 AM-2:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Come along on 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.

Lunchtime Yoga in the Park

Thursday, October 14, Noon-1 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Enjoy lunchtime yoga in the park Thursday in October with Darlene Kelbach from Fairmount Center for the Arts. Ages 10 to adult. Fee: $7 Geauga residents, $10 out-of-county residents. Dress comfortably and bring yoga mat and water bottle. Also October 21 and 28. Registration required.

Meet the Artists: Brant Gebhart, Ron Johnston & Betsy Morris

Friday, October 15, 7-9 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Meet plein air artists Brant Gebhart, Ron Johnston and Betsy Morris and view their lovely collection of Nature paintings, many created in Northeast Ohio parks. Artwork on display through January 10. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Hunter Education Course (Day 2)

Saturday, October 16, 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 9. 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.

Scout Day: Wolf Cub Scout “Paws on the Path”

Saturday, October 16, 9:30-11 AM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Join us as we work on the Paws on the Path Adventure! We’ll work on requirements 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. Begin with an introduction inside followed by an outdoor hike to observe Nature this season. Dress for the weather. All attending, adults and children, must register. Registration required.

Nature in Disguise

Saturday, October 16, 12:30-1:30 PM & 2-3 PM

The West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter

Follow us along the trail to meet different critters (volunteers in costume) and learn about their habits. Kid costumes encouraged. All attending, adults and children, must register. Registration required.

Scout Day: Junior Girl Scouts “Animal Habitat”

Saturday, October 16, 12:30-2 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Junior Girl Scouts, join naturalists to earn your Animal Habitats Badge. Indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather. All attending, adults and children, must register. Registration required.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Saturday, October 16, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Shelter

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of fall with a horse-drawn wagon ride! Free passes ensure 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.

Explore a New Place Hike: Blue Heron Preserve

Saturday, October 16, 2-3:30 PM

Blue Heron Preserve – 14747 Ravenna Rd, Burton, OH 44021

Enjoy an autumn afternoon exploration of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Blue Heron Preserve. This property was a former quarry and is now transitioning back to more natural habitat. Hiking will be on gravel trails. Bring water, binoculars and camera. Must be able to walk at least 2 miles. Registration required.

Nassau Astronomy Night with CVAS

Saturday, October 16, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station

Stop in to discover this awesome facility and join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to take in the wonders of the night sky using our newly 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.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Sunday, October 17, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Shelter

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of fall with a horse-drawn wagon ride! Free passes ensure 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.

Nature Trek Fitness Hike

Sunday, October 17, 1-3 PM

Frohring Meadows

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Let’s move it, people! Burn off those calories on this fitness hike, learning some cool Nature facts along the way. Must be able to hike at least 3 miles. Held rain or shine, so dress accordingly and bring water. Registration required.

Fall Color Hike

Sunday, October 17, 2-3:30 PM

Beartown Lakes Reservation

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for a medium-level afternoon hike to enjoy the fall colors. Approx. 1.5 miles. Registration required.

Headwaters Horse Ride

Sunday, October 17, 3-5 PM

Headwaters Park, Crystal Lake Picnic Area Rt. 608 Entrance

Bring your own horse for this leisurely ride on the Buckeye and Maple Bridle trails, enjoying 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

Sunday, October 17, 6:30-8:30 PM

Headwaters Park, Crystal Lake Picnic Area Rt. 608 Entrance

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

Fall Color Hike

Monday, October 18, 10:30 AM-Noon

Beartown Lakes Reservation

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for a medium-level afternoon hike to enjoy fall colors. Approx. 1.5 miles. Registration required.

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, October 19, 1-2:30 PM

Frohring Meadows

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2126. Registration required.

 

Howl-o-ween Hound Hike

Tuesday, October 19, 5-6:30 PM

Chickagami Park, Pine Grove Shelter

Parade through the park with your favorite pooch by your side. Costumes (dog or human) optional. Entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. Bring dog towels and a water bowl, poop scoop and bags for dog clean-up. Only one dog per handler, who must be fully able to control dog on leash at all times (8 ft. maximum). Dogs must be non-aggressive to people and other dogs; aggressive behavior or excessive barking will result in participants being asked to leave. Registration required.

Autumn Memory Bracelet Workshop

Tuesday, October 19, 6-8 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Join jewelry artist Fran Rafaiani to create a memory wire bracelet featuring fall colors and charms. Ages 14+. Fee: $35 Geauga residents, $38 out-of-county residents. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Full Moon Hike: The Hunter’s Moon

Wednesday, October 20, 7-8:30 PM

Observatory Park

October’s full Moon is traditionally called the Hunter’s Moon. Join us on a hike to see what parts of Nature are active at night! Then, weather permitting, observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. You may also bring binoculars to view the moon. Registration required.

Lunchtime Yoga in the Park

Thursday, October 21, 12-1 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Fee: $7 Geauga residents, $10 out-of-county residents

See description for October 14. Also October 28. Registration required.

Introduction to Archery for Adults

Friday, October 22, 3-4:30 PM & 5-6:30 PM

Chickagami Park

Learn the basics of target archery. Wear closed-toe shoes. Registration required.

Ohio’s Ancient Astronomers (Virtual Program)

Friday, October 22, 7-8 PM

Virtual program

Ohio’s ancient Native American residents left a fascinating legacy of astronomy knowledge preserved in their art and architecture. Learn about several Ohio sites you can visit that hold a connection to the sky. This presentation is online via the free software Zoom – just register and we will email you the link to join in. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Friday, October 22, 9-11 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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Welton’s Gorge Backcountry Ravine Exploration

Saturday, October 23, 9-11:30 AM

Welton’s Gorge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Venture off-trail into the rocky woodland ravine to discover deep rock ledges, cool streams, salamanders and other stream life. Must be able to walk without assistance on rugged off-trail terrain including slippery stream bottoms, steep grades and obstacles like downed trees, poison ivy and stream crossings. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes with good traction that can also get wet. Long pants recommended! Held rain or shine. Registration required.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Saturday, October 23, 1-5 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Shelter

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of fall with a horse-drawn wagon ride! Free passes ensure 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.

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, October 23, 8-11 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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Sunday, October 24, 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! Free passes ensure 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 Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, October 24, 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 only register for one presentation. Registration required.

Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Nature Journaling: Marsh Mammals

Monday, October 25, 9:30 AM-Noon & 1:30-4 PM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Learn basic journaling techniques to record your Nature observations. Mammals of the marsh will be our inspiration this month. Partially outdoors. Taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for this monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. Fee: $20 Geauga residents, $24 out-of-county residents. Registration required by phone.

Lunchtime Yoga in the Park

Thursday, October 28, 12-1 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Fee: $7 Geauga residents, $10 out-of-county residents

See description for October 14. Registration required

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, October 28, 7-9:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Singers and musicians present short performances followed by a jam session. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as audience.

Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Weave a Snowman Basket

Saturday, October 30, 12:30-6 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Learn the art of basket weaving while making your own snowman basket. Weave the basket, then take it home to decorate with a provided kit. Finished basket will be approximately 12″ H x 10″W. Fee: $50 Geauga residents, $54 out-of-county residents. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

ASM Materials Park Walk

Saturday, October 30, 1-3 PM

ASM International Materials Park, 9639 Kinsman Rd, Novelty, OH 44072

Take a tour “under the dome” at ASM International’s headquarters in Newbury! We’ll walk through Materials Park and explore the surprising stories behind some of the minerals featured there. Also discover the connection between this facility and the neighboring West Woods. Rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy footgear. Registration required.


November

Geauga Skywatchers Club: History of UFOs in Ohio

Monday, November 1, 6:30-7:30 PM

Geauga County Public Library (location TBD)

Join presenter Mark Matzke to learn the history of UFO sightings in Geauga County. These programs are designed for grades 6-12 but anyone can join. Registration required at https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, November 2, 1-2:30 PM

Welton’s Gorge

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2126. Registration required

Morning Discovery Hike

Wednesday, November 3, 8:30-10 AM

The West Woods, Affelder House

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join us for a peaceful early-morning hike along the forested trails of this beautiful park. Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Approx. 1.5 miles over hilly terrain. Registration required.

Astrotots: Super Stars (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Friday, November 5, 9:30-10:30 AM, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, 1:30-2:30 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Have you ever wondered about the stars in the night sky? Why are stars so tiny? Why do stars twinkle? Where do stars hide in the daytime? Come discover the mystery and magic of the stars and create your own “Starry Night” masterpiece! All attending, adults and children, must register. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Ansel’s Cave Hike: History Written in Rock

Friday, November 5, 1:30-3:30 PM

The West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter

Explore the sights and sounds of Ansel’s Cave on this two-mile medium-level hike – a rare opportunity to go into this restricted area! Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Registration required.

Homeschool Days: Outstanding Owls (Ages 5-7 & 8-12)

Friday, November 5, 2-3:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Homeschoolers, become scientists for the day! We’ll learn about owls and other birds of prey, then dissect actual owl pellets to discover what they eat. Outdoor walk following indoor activities. Sessions are separate for the two age groups. Dress for the weather. All attending, adults and children, must register. Registration required.

Fireside Songs and Stories

Friday, November 5, 7-8:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve Lodge

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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Astrotots: Super Stars (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Saturday, November 6, 9:30-10:30 AM, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, 1:30-2:30 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

See description for November 5. Registration required.

 

Holly Days Artisan Boutique & Mistletoe Market

Saturday, November 6, 10 AM-4 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

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! Our Mistletoe Market also features handmade gifts created by young artisans. Held two consecutive Saturdays, each with different artisans. Visit one weekend or both! Learn more on our website under Activities, then Special Events & Art Shows. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Scout Day: Daisy Girl Scouts “Eco Learner”

Saturday, November 6, 10-11:15 AM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Daisy Girl Scouts, join us to work on the Eco Learner badge and learn to protect the outdoors as we take a Nature hike! Dress for the weather. All attending, both adults and children, must register. Registration required.

On-Trail Hike: Welton’s Gorge Dogwood Trail

Saturday, November 6, 10-11:30 AM

Welton’s Gorge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Hike with a naturalist on the new Dogwood Trail at Welton’s Gorge and get a new perspective of the land with the leaves off the trees. Must have the ability to hike at least 2 miles. Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

Scout Day: Tiger Cub Scouts “My Tiger Jungle”

Saturday, November 6, 12:30-1:45 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Tiger Cub Scouts, join us to explore the great outdoors! We’ll take a short hike to learn about plants and animals and how to safely explore the outdoors. Dress for the weather. All attending, adults and children, must register. Registration required.

Night Hike

Saturday, November 6, 6:30-8 PM

Eldon Russell Park
Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Amazing creatures live in our woods but only come out at night. Discover some of their nocturnal adaptations as we search for them and listen for Nature’s night sounds. Registration required.

Hidden Gems Hike: Whitlam Woods

Sunday, November 7, 11 AM-12:30 PM & 1-2:30 PM

Whitlam Woods

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Hike this hidden gem with a naturalist to discover natural wonders along its beautiful trails. Must be able to hike 1.5 miles over hilly terrain. Held rain or shine. Wear footgear that can get wet and muddy. Registration required.

Plant Your Own Meadow

Sunday, November 7, 1-2 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Interested in growing your own native meadow? Sick of mowing all that extra lawn? Learn from Geauga Park District staff how to start your own meadow that will benefit wildlife including pollinators and look amazing, too. Indoor presentation will be followed by outdoor hike (separate registration) to collect seeds for the Park District, as well as some to take home, viewing the fantastic variety of meadow and prairie plants established at Observatory Park. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Seed Collecting & Meadow Meander

Sunday, November 7, 2-3:30 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join Geauga Park District staff to hike the meadow and collect seeds for the Park District, as well as some to take home, viewing the fantastic variety of meadow and prairie plants established at Observatory Park. Indoor presentation on planting your own meadow will precede the hike (separate registration). Registration required.

Timbertots: Oh, Deer! (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Monday, November 8, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Join Nora the Explorer to discover our amazing wildlife neighbor, the White-tailed Deer! Fun activities indoors and out. Dress for the weather. All attending, adults and children, must register. Registration required.

Hound Hike

Tuesday, November 9, 3-4:30 PM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Lodge

Dogs (and their humans), join us for a hike at Frohring Meadows. This is a two-mile medium-level hike. Don’t forget to bring dog towels, a water bowl, poop scoop and bags for dog clean-up. Only one dog per handler, who must be able to fully control dog, kept on leash at all times (8 ft. max). Dogs must be non-aggressive to people and other dogs; aggressive behavior or excessive barking will result in participants being asked to leave. Registration required.

All About Eclipses

Friday, November 12, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Get ready for Ohio’s upcoming eclipses by learning all about these fascinating natural spectacles. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Friday, November 12, 9-11 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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Winging It: Waterfowl on the Move

Saturday, November 13, 8-10 AM

LaDue Reservoir, Boathouse Parking Lot

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Meet up at the LaDue parking area on Valley Road to bird at LaDue Reservoir for loons, waterfowl and Bald Eagles during prime migration time. Spotting scopes provided. We will caravan down Valley Road with stops along the way. Registration required.

Holly Days Artisan Boutique & Mistletoe Market

Saturday, November 13, 10 AM-4 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

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! Our Mistletoe Market also features handmade gifts created by young artisans. Held two consecutive Saturdays, each with different artisans. Visit one weekend or both! Learn more on our website under Activities, then Special Events & Art Shows. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Buckeye Trail Highlight Hike

Saturday, November 13, 1-2:30 PM

Welton’s Gorge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

The Buckeye Trail winds nearly 1,444 miles around Ohio. Let’s visit a Geauga Park District park that follows the Blue Blazes! Must be able to hike about 4 miles. Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and bring water. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, November 13, 8-11 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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Timbertots: Oh, Deer! (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Sunday, November 14, 1-2 PM & 3-4 PM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

See description for November 8.

Backcountry Hike

Sunday, November 14, 1:30-4 PM

The Rookery, Grounds

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Explore this park for evidence of wetland wildlife like beavers, otters and herons. As we venture off-trail, expect conditions including wet, muddy hiking, stepping over logs and crossing streams. Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, November 16, 1-2:30 PM

Claridon Woodlands

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2126. Registration required

 

Night Hike

Wednesday, November 17, 7-8 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Discover Nature at night along the Kettle Trail. Approx. 1.25 miles. Dress for the weather. Registration required.

Elderberries: Protecting & Managing Geauga’s Rare Species

Thursday, November 18, 1-2:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Seniors, join Park Biologist Paul Pira as he shares how Geauga Park District protects and manages rare and endangered species in Geauga County, including the Brook Trout and Spotted Turtle. A collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, November 18, 7-9:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Singers and musicians present short performances followed by a jam session. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as audience. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Lunar Eclipse

Friday, November 19, 2-4 AM

Observatory Park

Nature’s Not to Be Missed

Ohio experiences a near-total eclipse of the Moon in the early-morning hours of November 19. Join us to appreciate this rare spectacle! This lengthy eclipse lasts from 1 to 7 AM early Friday morning, with the most dramatic part of the eclipse from 2 to 4 AM as the Moon passes into darkness. Program cancelled if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Welton’s Gorge Backcountry Ravine Exploration

Saturday, November 20, 9-11:30 AM

Welton’s Gorge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Venture off-trail into the rocky woodland ravine to discover deep rock ledges, cool streams, salamanders, and other stream life. Must be able to walk without assistance on rugged off-trail terrain including slippery stream bottoms, steep grades and obstacles like downed trees, poison ivy and stream crossings. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes with good traction that can also get wet. Long pants recommended! Held rain or shine. Registration required.

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

Saturday, November 20, 10:30 AM-Noon & 1-2:30 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Learn about our night sky during a planetarium show, then enjoy a winter walk along the trail. Dress for the weather. Adult must register and attend with child. Registration required by phone.

Paint a Salamander

Saturday, November 20, 2-4 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

3D printers have made printing anything possible – including things in Nature. Learn about Spotted Salamanders, then try your hand at painting a 3D-printed model of one! All supplies included. Fee: $5 Geauga residents, $7 out-of-county residents. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Nassau Astronomy Night with CVAS

Saturday, November 20, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station

Stop in to discover this awesome facility and join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to take in the wonders of the night sky using our newly 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.

Nature’s Ornaments: Make It Yourself

Sunday, November 21, 2-4 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, then drop in any time during program hours to make one or all of the ornaments. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Nature Journaling: Night Sky

Monday, November 22, 9:30 AM-Noon & 1:30-4 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Learn basic journaling techniques to record your Nature observations. The night sky will be our inspiration this month. Partially outdoors. Taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for this monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. Fee: $20 Geauga residents, $24 out-of-county residents. Registration required by phone.

Hike Your Turkey Off

Friday, November 26, 9 AM-Noon

Big Creek Park, Deep Woods Parking Lot

With Thanksgiving leaving us feeling a bit over-stuffed, it’s time to hike that turkey off with a strenuous calorie-burning, quick-and-steady-paced eight-mile trail hike…that’s right, one mile for every extra helping! Registration required.

All About Eclipses (Virtual Program)

Friday, November 26, 7-8 PM

Virtual program

Learn the science behind eclipses (including the November 19 lunar eclipse) in this online program. This presentation is online via the free software Zoom – just register and we will email you the link to join in. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Friday, November 26, 9-11 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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Forest Friends Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, November 27, 1-3 PM

The West Woods

Looking for something to do? Pay attention to this clue: on a scavenger hunt you will go, to discover wild animal facts you did not know! Rhyming clues lead you to animal shapes of all sizes. Find them all to win fun prizes! Fun for the whole family. Register for the program, then drop in any time during program hours to pick up a scavenger hunt card. Partially outdoors, so dress accordingly. Two skill levels available: 5 and under or 6+. Staff available to assist. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, November 27, 8-11 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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, November 28, 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 only register for one presentation. Registration required.

Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, November 30, 1-2:30 PM

Mountain Run Station

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2126. Registration required

Holiday Open House with Bill Hixson

Tuesday, November 30, 6:30-8:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Join Geauga Arts Council 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. Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.


December

Winter Bird Hike

Friday, December 3, 9-11 AM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Join a naturalist for a winter bird walk. Beginners welcome. Registration required.

Holiday Greens Workshop

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

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Decorate for the holidays by making a beautiful arrangement from fresh evergreens. Select from three options: 1) outdoor wreath, 2) porch pot or 3) table arrangement. Visit our website under News & Updates for photos resembling each project and more specific project descriptions. A variety of ribbon, evergreens and pinecones will be provided; bring any accents you may wish to add. Bring pruners and a plastic bag to protect your car seat from water. Fee: $25 Geauga residents, $28 out-of-county residents. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Hidden Gems Hike: Sunnybrook Preserve

Saturday, December 4, 10-11:30 AM

Sunnybrook Preserve

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Discover natural wonders along the trails of this beautiful park! Must be able to hike 2 miles over hilly terrain. Held rain or shine. Wear footgear that can get wet and muddy. Registration required.

Greens for Giving

Saturday, December 4, 11AM-Noon, Noon-1 PM, 1-2 PM, 2-3 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

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! Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required; please only register for one shift.

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

Sunday, December 5, 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, with 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. Supplies may not be available for older or younger siblings. Registration required.

Welton’s Gorge Trekking Series Hike

Sunday, December 5, 1-3 PM

Welton’s Gorge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for a hike on the new trails at Welton’s Gorge. Must be able to hike at least 2 miles. Held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

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

Monday, December 6, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

See description for December 5. Registration required.

Geauga Skywatchers Club: Solstice Science

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

Geauga County Public Library (location TBD)

Explore the reasons behind Earth’s seasons in this program about our winter solstice and how you can commemorate it at home. These programs are designed for grades 6-12 but anyone can join. Registration required at https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Coffee with the Birds

Tuesday, December 7, 8:30-9:30 AM & 10-11 AM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Grab a hot beverage and settle in by the big windows for some close-up viewing as Naturalist Renell identifies winter birds at the feeder. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Hound Hike

Wednesday, December 8, 3-4:30 PM

Beartown Lakes Reservation, North Point Shelter

Dogs (and their humans), join us for a hike at Beartown Lakes Reservation. This will be a 1.5-mile medium-level hike. Don’t forget to bring dog towels, a water bowl, poop scoop and bags for dog clean-up. Only one dog per handler, who must be able to fully control dog, kept on leash at all times (8 ft. max). Dogs must be non-aggressive to people and other dogs; aggressive behavior or excessive barking will result in participants being asked to leave. Registration required.

Elderberries: John Muir, Father of the National Parks

Thursday, December 9, 1-2:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Seniors, come meet John Muir, America’s most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist who has been called “The Father of our National Parks.” Muir’s writings contributed greatly to the creation of Yosemite, Sequoia, Mount Rainier, Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon National Parks. Today he will visit from the past to tell his story and share some of his more memorable experiences with Nature! A collaboration with Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Odds & Ends Baskets: Round Bottom Baskets

Friday, December 10, 12:30-5:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Deep Woods

Get a chance to use your creativity! A basic pattern will be provided, and then you will design and weave your basket. Some experience recommended. Also December 11. Fee: $20 Geauga residents, $24 out-of-county residents. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Henrietta Leavitt: Astronomy Pioneer

Friday, December 10, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Visionary astronomer Henrietta Leavitt broke barriers in the early 20th century and discovered how to measure the size of the universe. Let’s explore her fascinating life (including her Ohio roots) and discoveries. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Friday, December 10, 9-11 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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Odds & Ends Baskets: Round Bottom Baskets

Saturday, December 11, 12:30-5:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Deep Woods

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

See description for December 10. Registration required.

Fire-Building Techniques

Saturday, December 11, 1-3 PM & 3-5 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge

With cold weather on the way, it may be good to practice some fire-building skills. Explore techniques from primitive to modern, then roast a marshmallow or two. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, December 11, 8-11 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. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Backcountry Hike: Big Creek

Sunday, December 12, 1-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist off trail to explore the hemlock ravines of Big Creek Park. As we venture off-trail, expect conditions including wet, muddy hiking, stepping over logs and crossing streams. Weather is variable and trails include hills, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes with good traction that can get wet. Registration required.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, December 12, 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 only register for one presentation. Registration required.

Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Research in Our Parks: Survey Results (Virtual Program)

Sunday, December 12, 2:30-3 PM

Virtual

Learn about cool discoveries made in Geauga parks from butterfly, dragonfly and bird surveys conducted during the past spring to fall. This presentation is online via the free software Zoom – just register and we will email you the link to join in. Registration required.

Geauga Walkers Annual Holiday Party & Hike

Tuesday, December 14, Noon -2:45 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long, this time followed by the luncheon and a program. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2126. Registration required.

Morning Nature Walk

Wednesday, December 15, 8:30-9:30 AM

Sunnybrook Preserve

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Join a naturalist for an early-morning walk to see what the season has to offer. Binoculars are recommended. Registration required.

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, December 16, 7-9:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Singers and musicians present short performances followed by a jam session. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as audience. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Wonders of Winter Hike

Saturday, December 18, 9-11 AM

Holbrook Hollows, Lodge

Geauga Gems Trekking Series

Explore a winter day at Holbrook Hollows, passing wetlands and hiking the forest as we seek signs of wildlife. Approx. 2 miles. Registration required.

Full Moon Hike: The Moon of Wintertime

Saturday, December 18, 6-7:30 PM

Observatory Park

Let’s use the moonlight to look for signs of animals preparing for winter! Then, weather permitting, observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. You may also bring binoculars to view the moon. Registration required.

Nassau Astronomy Night with CVAS

Saturday, December 18, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station

Stop in to discover this awesome facility and join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to take in the wonders of the night sky using our newly 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.

Winter Walk & Warm-Up

Sunday, December 19, 2-3:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge

Join a naturalist on a hike to explore the winter landscape of forest and meadow, then gather by the outdoor fireplace with a cup of hot coffee or cocoa. Entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

Solstice Night Hike

Sunday, December 19, 7-8 PM & 8:30-9:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center Parking Lot

Hike with a naturalist through a winter woods as we illuminate the science and lore of the winter solstice and look for signs of Nature at night! Dress for the weather. Hikes are approx. one mile over hilly terrain. Also December 20 & 21. Registration required; please only register for one hike.

Nature Journaling: Evergreens

Monday, December 20, 9:30 AM-Noon & 1:30-4 PM

Holbrook Hollows, Lodge

Learn basic journaling techniques to record your nature observations. This month will draw inspiration from evergreen plants and trees. We will be outside for part of the program. Taking photos is optional. A one-time registration fee for the monthly series includes a journal, pen and pencil. Fee: $20 Geauga residents, $24 out-of-county residents.

Registration required by phone.

Solstice Night Hike

Monday, December 20, 7-8 PM & 8:30-9:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center Parking Lot

See description for December 19. Also December 21. Registration required.

Solstice Night Hike

Tuesday, December 21, 7-8 PM & 8:30-9:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center Parking Lot

See description for December 19. Registration required.

Winter Walk & Warm-Up

Wednesday, December 22, 2-3:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge

Join a naturalist on a hike to explore the winter landscape of forest and meadow, then gather by the outdoor fireplace with a cup of hot coffee or cocoa. Entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. Registration required.

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, December 28, 1-2:30 PM

Eldon Russell Park

Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule: 440-279-2126. Registration required.

Nature Explorers: Scat, Tracks & Mammal Facts (Ages 6-11 w/adult)

Wednesday, December 29, 10:30 AM-Noon & 1-2:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Discover the natural history of Geauga County mammals indoors and search for signs of winter wildlife along park trails. Dress for the weather. Adult must register and attend with child. Registration required.

New Year’s Eve Nature Celebration

Friday, 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. Program mostly indoors but may be partially outdoors if weather permits. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

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


 

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