Geauga Park District Quarterly Calendar

“Going to the woods is going home.” –John Muir

This year, we are inviting you to Come Home to Nature in your Geauga Park District, and here are some ways to do so: introducing our July, August and September 2016 programs.

 

Who was John Muir? John Muir (1838-1914) was America’s most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist who taught the importance of experiencing and protecting our natural heritage. Also known for journalism, he was a writer and advocate of U.S. forest conservation. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. And his legend lives on through The Sierra Club, a prominent American conservation organization, which he founded. This August 25 marks 100 years for the National Park Service. Join us in celebrating the incredible conservationists of our past by Coming Home to Nature in your Geauga Park District.

 

July

 

Butterfly Survey

Saturday, July 2, 10:30 AM-Noon

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Nature Outings, Join Naturalist Tami Gingrich as she searches the trail for butterfly species as part of a long-term research project in conjunction with the Ohio Lepidopterist Society. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

X-TREME Days: Survival Skills (Youth entering grades 8-10)

Tuesday, July 5, 9 AM-3 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Join us and learn outdoor survival skills utilized by early Americans such as atlatl throwing, archery and arrowhead creation, as well as modern day survival skills such as fire building, shelter building and geocaching. Bring lunch, water and raincoat in a backpack. Registration required. Fee: $30.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, July 5, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

X-TREME Days: LaDue Kayak (Youth entering grades 8-10)

Wednesday, July 6, 9 AM-3 PM

LaDue Reservoir Boathouse, 17759 Valley Road, Auburn Twp

A paddling adventure on the wildlife rich waters of LaDue Reservoir. Basic kayaking skills required. Bring lunch and water in a waterproof bag. Equipment included in fee. Registration required. Fee: $30.

 

X-TREME Days: Engineering Challenge (Youth entering grades 8-10)

Thursday, July 7, 9 AM-3 PM

Headwaters Park, Boathouse

Are you ready for a challenge? It’s time to try out those building skills that the indoors can’t contain, from catapult launching to boat launching. Bring lunch, water and raincoat in a backpack. Equipment included in fee. Registration required. Fee: $30.

 

X-TREME Days: Natural Science Challenge (Youth entering grades 8-10)

Friday, July 8, 9 AM-3 PM

The West Woods, Affelder House

Join Park Biologist Paul Pira to participate in natural resource projects using scientific tools such as electroshocking equipment, wildlife cameras and microscopes in remote stream, wetland and forest habitats seldom seen by park visitors. Bring lunch, water and raincoat in a backpack. Equipment included in fee. Registration required. Fee: $30.

 

The Michelson-Morley Laser Experiment

Friday, July 8, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Here’s your chance to put on your safety goggles, play with lasers, and re-create the Michelson-Morley experiment at Observatory Park! This program will be followed by night sky viewing if conditions permit. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Lyric Theater Presents As You Like It

Friday, July 8, 7-8:15 PM

Big Creek Park, Amphitheater

Banished by her uncle to the Forest of Arden, Rosalind disguises herself as a man and puts her would-be husband to the test, discovering both her partner and herself in an instant. A favorite romantic comedy, directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen.

 

High-Rise Homes: Osprey Van Tour

Saturday, July 9, 9-11:30 AM

The West Woods, Nature Center

A van trip to view local osprey nests atop cell towers. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Nights Out in the Parks: The New Barleycorn

Saturday, July 9, 7-8:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Amphitheater

Enjoy contemporary folk and traditional Celtic songs and music. Indoors if inclement weather. Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, July 9, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes! Planetarium program if weather won’t allow night sky viewing. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Burgers-n-Butterflies, Dogs-n-Dragons

Sunday, July 10, Noon-3:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Lake Side Shelter

Grab a net and work for your lunch! Participants who catch a butterfly or dragonfly can collect a free hamburger or hot dog. Nets provided. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, July 10, 2-3 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Learn what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 PM. Also view the sun using our safe, solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 5-7)

Monday, July 11-Friday July 15, 9 AM-3 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Are you ready for an adventure!? If so, join Geauga Park District’s Adventure Day Camp for an exciting week of exploring, biking, kayaking, fishing, sending rockets high into the sky and more! Bring lunch, water and raincoat in a backpack. Registration required. Fee: $150. Equipment included in fee.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, July 12, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, July 12, 1-2:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist leads hike in Geauga parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

 

Senior Day: Bocce, Bingo & Birding at Beartown

Wednesday, July 13, 10 AM-Noon

Beartown Lakes Reservation, North Point Shelter

Drop in for a morning of senior fun at Beartown Lakes Reservation with bocce, bingo and bird watching, as well as EZ Go Cart tours of the park. No experience or equipment needed! Refreshments provided. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Fighting Off The Invaders: Invasive Plants!

Friday, July 15, 7-8 PM

Big Creek Park, Meyer Center

Land stewards from Geauga Park District’s Natural Resource Management Department will show you what invasive plants lurk in your neighborhood and your parks and teach you control options. Bring in a picture of the unknown invading plant in your yard for identification. Refreshments provided. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Habitats Revisited Van Trip: Hyde Property

Saturday, July 16, 9:30 AM-1 PM

The West Woods

The third of four visits to the Hyde property, to see it in its summer wardrobe. Explore and observe the seasonal changes in the plant and animal life that call this area home. Registration required.

 

“Listening to the Wind” Windchime Workshop

Saturday, July 16, 6:30-9 PM

The West Woods, Affelder House

Join artist Joan Rusek to create a wind chime from objects including kiln-fired clay leaves, shells, wood, crystals and glass beads. Ages 16+. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. Fee: $24.

 

Interurban Van Trip: North Line

Sunday, July 17, 1-4:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Enjoy a 45-minute video in the air conditioning, followed by a van tour of the routes of the Interurban Railroad through Geauga County with a few short stops to walk the line and compare pictures from the 1800s. Registration required.

 

Polliwog Paddle Family Canoe (Ages 5+ w/adult)

Sunday, July 17, 1-3 PM

Eldon Russell Park

An easy-paced, short-distance float on the Upper Cuyahoga River for families. Registration starts July 10.

 

Sunset-Moonrise Paddle (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Sunday, July 17, 8-9:30 PM

Bass Lake Preserve

Experience sunset and moonrise on tranquil Bass Lake. Canoeing experience needed for adults. Phone registration July 10-July 17. Registration required.

 

Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 5-7)

Monday, July 18-Friday July 22, 9 AM-3 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Are you ready for an adventure!? If so, join Geauga Park District’s Adventure Day Camp for an exciting week of exploring, biking, kayaking, fishing, sending rockets high into the sky and more! Bring lunch, water and raincoat in a backpack. Registration required. Fee: $150. Equipment included in fee.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, July 19, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

The Full Thunder Moon

Tuesday, July 19, 8-9:30 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

July is sometimes called the “Thunder Moon” for its stormy weather. Learn some moon lore in our planetarium, then observe the rising “Thunder Moon” using park telescopes. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature Explorers: American Indian Games (Ages 6-7)

Wednesday, July 20, 1-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Maple Grove Shelter

Play fun, traditional American Indian games that children played to develop hunting skills. DROP-OFF PROGRAM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

Progressive Prairie Prowl, Part 2

Wednesday, July 20, 6-8 PM

Frohring Meadows

Frohring Meadows’ prairie is ablaze with color. Watch the progression of flowers on this three-part series over the summer. Long pants and closed-toed shoes recommended. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Senior Day: Boating & Biking

Thursday, July 21, 10 AM-2 PM

Headwaters Park, Boathouse

Seniors, drop in anytime to explore the water by canoe and kayak, discover The Maple Highlands Trail on your bike, tour the trails on the EZ Go Cart, and just enjoy a day in the park. In collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging, which will provide lunch. Registration required. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nature Explorers: American Indian Games (Ages 8-11)

Thursday, July 21, 1-3 PM

Big Creek Park, Maple Grove Shelter

Play fun, traditional American Indian games that children played to develop hunting skills. DROP-OFF PROGRAM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

Hound Hike: Metzenbaum Park Meander

Thursday, July 21, 7-8:30 PM

B Benner Metzenbaum Park, Wisteria Hill Sunset Shelter

Explore with your favorite canine companion! Bring water and clean-up bags. Dog must be on leash and under control at all times. Registration required.

 

The Michelson-Morley Laser Experiment

Friday, July 22, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Here’s your chance to put on your safety goggles, play with lasers, and re-create the Michelson-Morley experiment at Observatory Park! This program will be followed by night sky viewing if conditions permit. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Geauga Lyric Theater Presents Twelfth Night

Friday, July 22, 7-9 PM

Chickagami Park, Amphitheater
Shakespeare’s comedy of gender confusion in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves! Directed by Mark Cipra.

 

Bats at the Bridge Bike Ride

Friday, July 22, 8-10 PM

Headwaters Park, TMHT Parking Lot

Bring your bike for a leisurely evening ride to the Tare Creek covered bridge. We will conduct a bat count survey at dusk. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Bass Lake Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Saturday, July 23, 9-11 AM

Bass Lake Preserve

Spend a morning on these tranquil waters enjoying the wildlife and beautiful surroundings. Basic kayaking skills required. Registration July 16-23. Registration required.

 

Timbertots: Amazing Ants (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Saturday, July 23, 10-11 AM

Big Creek Park, Aspen Grove Shelter

Join Nora the Explorer to discover the wonderful world of ants. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Registration required.

 

Bobolink Banding

Saturday, July 23, 10:30 AM-Noon

South Russell Village Park

Get an up-close look as Bobolinks are netted, banded and released, and learn the importance of managing land for these disappearing species. This park is located on Bell Road about a mile west of Rt. 306 (Chillicothe Road) on the south side. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, July 23, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes! Planetarium program if weather won’t allow night sky viewing. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nights Out in the Parks: Movie Night

Saturday, July 23, 8:30-11:30 PM

Big Creek Park

If you SHOW it…they will come! Join Geauga Park District for an outdoor screening of Field of Dreams. Pre-show pick-up wiffle ball fun at 8:30 PM, movie at dark. Free popcorn and lemonade. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.

 

Animal Friends Picnic

Sunday, July 24, 1-3 PM

The West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter

With the magic of life-like costumes, come shake hands (or paws) with a skunk and other animal friends, and learn cool facts about them. Great photo opps! Hot dogs and drinks provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, July 24, 2-3 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Learn what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 PM. Also view the sun using our safe, solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.  

 

Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 8-10)

Monday, July 25-Friday July 29, 9 AM-3 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Are you ready for an adventure!? If so, join Geauga Park District’s Adventure Day Camp for an exciting week of exploring, biking, kayaking, fishing, sending rockets high into the sky and more! Bring lunch, water and raincoat in a backpack. Equipment included in fee. Registration required. Fee: $150.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, July 26, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, July 26, 1-2:30 PM

Whitlam Woods

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist leads hike in Geauga parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

 

Timbertots: Amazing Ants (Ages 3-5 w/adult)

Wednesday, July 27, 10-11 AM & 1-2 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Lodge

Join Nora the Explorer to discover the wonderful world of ants. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge

Wednesday, July 27, 8-10:30 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Geauga Park District is pleased to offer the BSA Astronomy Merit Badge at Observatory Park. Pre-work will be required for certain requirements; information will be emailed upon registration. A Merit Badge Counselor will be on site. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, July 28, 7-10 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as singers and musicians provide informal performances followed by a jam session. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Snacks to share welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Books Alive: “Pax” (Ages 10-14)

Friday, July 29, 11 AM-12:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Explore the world of “Pax” by Sara Pennypacker! Learn fox skills of sight, sound and smell, draw a fox, and hike in search of signs of foxes. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

Animal Olympics!

Saturday, July 30, 10 AM-Noon

B Benner Metzenbaum Park, Wisteria Hill Shelter

Celebrate the summer Olympics with a fun animal-style obstacle course!

 

Nights Out in the Parks: Cleveland Opera Theater

Saturday, July 30, 7-8:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Amphitheater

Join performing artists from Cleveland Opera Theater for an evening of beautiful music, surrounded by the magnificence of Nature, and be inspired! In shelter if inclement weather. Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Kelso Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Sunday, July 31, 1-3 PM & 4-6 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Search for signs of wildlife afloat on beautiful Lake Kelso. Basic kayaking skills required. Registration starts July 24.

 

August

 

Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 5-7)

Monday, August 1-Friday August 5, 9 AM-3 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Are you ready for an adventure!? If so, join Geauga Park District’s Adventure Day Camp for an exciting week of exploring, biking, kayaking, fishing, sending rockets high into the sky and more! Bring lunch, water and raincoat in a backpack. Registration required. Fee: $150. Equipment included in fee.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, August 2, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Girls Own Science! (Ages 8-13 w/adult)

Wednesday, August 3, 1-4 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Drop by for a day of science exploration: try out science and engineering activities and meet professional scientists! Activities are geared for girls ages 8-13, but all ages and genders are welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Cuyahoga Lunch Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Saturday, August 6, 11 AM-3 PM

Eldon Russell Park

Pack a lunch and water and enjoy the beautiful Upper Cuyahoga River. We’ll stop along the way to eat. Basic kayaking skills required. Must be able to kayak at least 5 miles. Registration starts July 31.

 

Nature Arts Festival

Sunday, August 7, 10 AM-5 PM

Big Creek Park

Don’t miss this 25th annual day of fine arts on display and for sale by regional artists – “coming home” to Big Creek Park and a free 5-minute Lolly the Trolley ride from Chardon Arts Festival on the Square! Media include woodcarvings, paintings, photography, handcrafted jewelry and other forms of Nature art in various price ranges. Also take in a farmer’s market, music and entertainment, family make-n-take projects, writing contest readings and open mic, chalk art, food and much more! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Adventure Day Camp (Youth entering grades 5-7)

Monday, August 8- Friday August 12, 9 AM-3 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Are you ready for an adventure!? If so, join Geauga Park District’s Adventure Day Camp for an exciting week of exploring, biking, kayaking, fishing, sending rockets high into the sky and more! Bring lunch, water and raincoat in a backpack. Registration required. Fee: $150. Equipment included in fee.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, August 9, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, August 9, 1-2:30 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Valley Shelter

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist leads hike in Geauga parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

 

Geauga W.O.R.K. Out Celebration

Friday, August 12, 7-9 PM

Observatory Park

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this evening of special outdoor activities to celebrate Geauga County Public Library’s W.O.R.K. Out program: the Bookmobile, the Planetary Trail, refreshments and a free outdoor concert by the Chardon Polka Band. Planetarium show 7-8 PM (limited seating). Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Meteors and Moths Overnight Event

Friday, August 12-Saturday, August 13, 9 PM-6 AM

Observatory Park

Spend the night enjoying the Perseid Meteor Shower and amazing nocturnal wildlife, including night-flying moths attracted by our black-light or mercury vapor lamps! Best meteor viewing should be 1-3 AM. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Nature Break: Women’s Retreat

Saturday, August 13, 9 AM-1 PM

Headwaters Park, Boathouse

Take a break to relax with kayaking, yoga and other nature-related activities. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. Fee: $6 includes lunch.

 

Dragonflying with the Authors

Saturday, August 13, 1:30-3:30 PM

The Rookery

Explore the Rookery wetlands, searching for our county’s amazing insect jewels, with Larry Rosche, Judy Semroc and Linda Gilbert, authors of “The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio, 2nd ed.” The authors will happily autograph field guides, too, for sale at The West Woods Nature Center and www.amazon.com. Bring binoculars and cameras. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Kelso Afternoon Canoe (Ages 10+ w/adult)

Saturday, August 13, 1:30-3 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Float on the cool waters of glacial Lake Kelso and see rare plant and animal life. Basic canoeing skills required. Registration starts August 6 at 440-279-0880.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, August 13, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park

Take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes! Planetarium program if weather won’t allow night sky viewing. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Nights Out in the Parks: Movie Night

Saturday, August 13, 8:30-11:30 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Lodge

Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service as we show episodes from the Ken Burns film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Pre-show activities with rangers from the National Park Service at 8:30 PM, and an ice cream truck on hand with free treats, movie at dark. Free popcorn and lemonade. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.

 

Polliwog Paddle Family Canoe (Ages 5+ w/adult)

Sunday, August 14, 1-3 PM

Eldon Russell Park

An easy-paced, short-distance float on Upper Cuyahoga River for families. Registration starts August 7.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, August 14, 2-3 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 PM. Also get a chance to view the sun using our safe, solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, August 16, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Senior Day: Orchard Hills Park

Wednesday, August 17, 10 AM-2 PM

Orchard Hills Park

Seniors, drop in anytime to enjoy a day of summer fun at Orchard Hills Park with fishing, geocaching, EZ Go Cart trail tours and park exploration! In collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging, which will provide lunch. Registration required. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Hound Hike: The Rookery Ramble

Thursday, August 18, 7-8:30 PM

The Rookery

Explore with your favorite canine companion! Bring water and clean-up bags. Dog must be on leash and under control at all times. Registration required.

 

Full Moon Program: The Sturgeon Moon

Thursday, August 18, 8:30-9:30 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center Robert McCullough Science Center

August’s full moon is known as the “Sturgeon Moon.” Learn about these amazing, ancient fish, then watch the full moon rise! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Interurban Van Trip: South Line

Saturday, August 20, 9 AM-12:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Enjoy a 45-minute video in the air conditioning, followed by a van tour of the routes of the Interurban Railroad through Geauga County with a few short stops to walk the line and compare pictures from the 1800s. Registration required.

 

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

Sunday, August 21, 1-2 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Join Nora the Explorer on a search for snakes and turtles and find out what makes them so cool!

Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

Discover Underwater Life Through Snorkeling

Sunday, August 21, Noon-1 PM, 1-2 PM, 2-3 PM, 3-4 PM

Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve

See fish, plants and other aquatic life from an underwater perspective! Use equipment/wet suits provided or bring your own. Ages 8+. Six people per session. Fee: $25 for instruction. Waivers required by Just Add Water; additional waiver required for ages 8-17 attending without adult. Held rain or shine. Registration required.

 

Animal Adventure at The West Woods!

Sunday, August 21, 3:30-4:30 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Discover the animals of forest, pond and field that call The West Woods home. Short indoors introduction followed by fun outdoors discovery walk. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

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

Monday, August 22, 10-11 AM and 1-2 PM

The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge

Join Nora the Explorer on a search for snakes and turtles and find out what makes them so cool!

Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

Progressive Prairie Prowl, Part 3

Monday, August 22, 6-8 PM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter

Frohring Meadows’ prairie is ablaze with color. Watch the progression of flowers on this three-part series over the summer. Long pants and closed-toed shoes recommended. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, August 23, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, August 23, 1-2:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Maple Grove Shelter

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist leads hike in Geauga parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

 

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, August 25, 7-10 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as singers and musicians provide informal performances followed by a jam session. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Snacks to share welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Meet Henrietta Leavitt: Astronomy Pioneer

Friday, August 26, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park

Pioneering astronomer Henrietta Leavitt is brought to life by interpreter Nora Sindelar. This program will be followed by night-sky viewing using park telescopes until 11 PM if weather conditions permit. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Kingfisher Kayak (Ages 12+ w/adult)

Saturday, August 27, 10 AM-Noon

LaDue Reservoir, Rt. 44 Parking Lot

See sandpipers, plovers, herons, kingfishers, Caspian terns, osprey and other birds. Bring your own boat and binoculars or reserve one of ours. Kayaking skills required. Parking lot is south of U.S. 422. Registration starts August 20. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Nights Out in the Parks: Uzizi

Saturday, August 27, 7-8:30 PM

Big Creek Park, Amphitheater

A band, choir and dancers play a fusion of beats and melodies from Ireland, Bulgaria and the Middle East. In shelter if inclement weather. Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, August 27, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park

Take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes! Planetarium program if weather won’t allow night sky viewing. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, August 28, 2-3 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Learn what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 PM. Also view the sun using our safe, solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

What Katy Did and How She (or He) Did It

Sunday, August 28, 7:30-9:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Lodge

Lisa Rainsong, a music theory professor and naturalist, provides this delightful introduction to the insect orchestra with its astounding variety of cricket and katydid musicians filling our summer evenings with song. Brief indoor presentation followed by outdoor search by ear and flashlight. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, August 30, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

September

 

The Great Geauga County Fair  

Thursday, September 1-Monday, September 5, 11 AM-7 PM

Geauga County Fairgrounds, Natural Resources Area

Visit our building to meet the Monarch butterfly and see what’s new with the Geauga Park District! Daily live Monarch tagging at 1:30 PM when available. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, September 6, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, September 6, 1-2:30 PM

Chickagami Park

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist leads hike in Geauga parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

 

The Wall That Heals

Thursday, September 8-Sunday, September 11 24/7

Geauga County Fairgrounds

Geauga Park District and Geauga County Veterans Service Commission, in cooperation with Geauga County Fairgrounds, are proud to host a traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. This 250’ replica includes the names of all 58,249 killed or missing in action. Also on site will be a mobile education center with a timeline/map of the Vietnam War, a display of photos of those inscribed on The Wall, some items left behind at The Wall and an explanation of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

How the Stars Got Their Names

Friday, September 9, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Betelgeuse? Altair? Where do these star names come from, and who decides the name anyway? Followed by night-sky viewing using park telescopes, weather permitting. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Monarchs and Meadow Insects

Saturday, September 10, 12:30-4 PM

Swine Creek Reservation, Lake Side Shelter

Net and tag Monarch butterflies, play an exciting “life-sized board game” dramatizing the hazards of this amazing journey, and catch a variety of butterflies, grasshoppers, praying mantids, katydids, beetles and other insects calling the meadow home. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Monarch Wildlife Adventure Van Trip

Saturday, September 10, 6:15-9 PM

The West Woods

Join our naturalist on a van trip to Headlands Beach State Nature Preserve in search of roosting Monarch butterflies that have just migrated across Lake Erie, as well as other wildlife among the dunes. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, September 10, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park

Take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes! Planetarium program if weather won’t allow night sky viewing. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, September 11, 2-3 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 PM. Also get a chance to view the sun using our safe, solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Kelso Sunset Canoe (Ages 10+ w/adult)

Sunday, September 11, 7:30-9 PM

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve

Experience the sunset as Nature comes alive around the beautiful waters of Lake Kelso. Basic canoeing skills required. Registration starts September 2 at 440-279-0880.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, September 13, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Senior Day: Frohring Meadows

Wednesday, September 14, 10 AM-2 PM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter

Seniors, drop in to enjoy these beautiful meadows and wetlands during peak Monarch migration season. Naturalists will be on hand to tag Monarchs. Also enjoy bird watching, nature crafts and trail rides on the EZ Go Cart. In collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging, which will provide lunch. Registration required. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

The Full Harvest Moon

Friday, September 16, 8-9 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Learn what makes a full moon, share some harvest myths, then observe the rising “Harvest Moon” using the park telescopes! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Parks Appreciation Day

Saturday, September 17, TBD

Parks TBD

Visit our website for details to come on this opportunity to experience some casual outdoor fun.

 

Family Fishing Expo

Saturday, September 17, 10 AM-Noon

Swine Creek Reservation, Killdeer Pond & Lakeview Shelter

Families, come out to learn the basics of fishing! Natural Resource Management staff will instruct on fishing equipment, knot tying and fish identification skills, followed by a morning of fishing with experienced anglers. Equipment provided or bring your own. Registration required.

 

Monarch Discovery Hike

Saturday, September 17, 2-4 PM

Orchard Hills Park

Learn about the Monarch butterfly, then hike to see how many we can net and tag. Must be able to walk at least 1.5 miles with some hills.

 

Monarchs and Meadow Insects

Sunday, September 18, 12:30-4 PM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter

Net and tag Monarch butterflies, play an exciting “life-sized board game” dramatizing the hazards of this amazing journey, and catch a variety of butterflies, grasshoppers, praying mantids, katydids, beetles and other insects calling the meadow home. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

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

Sunday, September 18, 1-2 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Pondside Shelter

Explore forest and orchard on a fun tree-themed exploration with Nora the Explorer! Registration required.

 

“Harvesting Good Dreams” Dreamcatcher Workshop

Sunday, September 18, 2-4 PM

The West Woods, Affelder House

Join artist RobinAnne Ralls Payne to create a dyed silk dreamcatcher from vine to dye! We will even make the dye from Concord grapes, then create three hanging stands incorporating natural materials. If you wish, bring your own special treasure such as a button, pin, stone or crystal to add to your creation. Ages 7+, with ages 7-10 accompanied by an adult. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Fee: $22 covers materials, instruction and refreshments.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, September 20, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Geauga Walkers

Tuesday, September 20, 1-2:30 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Lodge

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist leads hike in Geauga parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.

 

Maple Town Tune Traders

Thursday, September 22, 7-10 PM

The West Woods, Nature Center

Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as singers and musicians provide informal performances followed by a jam session. All musical genres, instruments and musicianship levels welcome. Snacks to share welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

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

Friday, September 23, 10-11 AM and 1-2 PM

Orchard Hills Park, Pondside Shelter

Explore forest and orchard on a fun tree-themed exploration with Nora the Explorer! Registration required.

 

How the Stars Got Their Names

Friday, September 23, 7-8 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Betelgeuse? Altair? Where do these star names come from and who decides the name anyway? Followed by night-sky viewing using the park telescopes, weather permitting. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Reptile Day Snake Survey

Saturday, September 24, 9-11 AM

Observatory Park

Learn about coverboard snake surveys, take a carpool to join naturalists on a hike to discover what species live at Observatory Park, then visit the McCullough Science Center for a live reptile display by the Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists (NOAH). Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Be Part of Orchard Hills Park’s Restoration History

Saturday, September 24, 10 AM-Noon

Orchard Hills Park, Lodge

Join Natural Resource Management staff to help in the restoration of Orchard Hills Park: learn about the park’s history and restoration efforts, then help plant a tree, transforming this old golf course into beneficial habitat. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Reptile Day at Observatory Park

Saturday, September 24, 12:30-4 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

From snakes to lizards, reptiles are amazing! Stop by to see a wide variety of these incredible creatures brought in by members of the Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists (NOAH).

Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Night Sky Viewing

Saturday, September 24, 7-11 PM

Observatory Park

Take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes! Planetarium program if weather won’t allow night sky viewing. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Howling With Coyotes!

Saturday, September 24, 7:30-9:30 PM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter

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! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

 

Exploring the Wetlands of Pinebrook

Sunday, September 25, 1-3:30 PM

Pinebrook Preserve

Explore wetland habitats and the plants and animals they support at this preserve. Mostly off-trail hiking with van carpooling between sites. Dress for the weather, no indoor facilities. Hiking boots recommended. Registration required; directions provided upon registration.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Sunday, September 25, 2-3 PM

Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky each week. Building open house 1-4 PM. Also get a chance to view the sun using our safe, solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

Pick-up Bocce

Tuesday, September 27, 11:30 AM-1 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Shelter

Make new friends and play bocce ball in a beautiful setting any/every Tuesday throughout the summer. No experience or equipment needed.

 

Hound Hike: Sunnybrook Stroll

Thursday, September 29, 6-7:30 PM

Sunnybrook Preserve, Sunnybrook Lodge

Explore with your favorite canine companion! Bring water and clean-up bags. Dog must be on leash and under control at all times. Registration required.

 

Homeschool Days Insect Extravaganza (Ages 5-8 & 9-12)

Friday, September 30, 2-3:30 PM

Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter

Discover what makes insects so interesting with fun activities, then head out into the meadow to see what we can catch. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

 

 

For more information, call 440-286-9516 or visit http://geaugaparkdistrict.org.

 

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