Geauga Park District Quarterly Events Calendar for December 2018

Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this fall – from horse-drawn wagon rides and van trips to “ho ho ho hiking” and ways to help winter wildlife!

Here are our offerings for December 2018. You may also view these programs and events published on our new website, Geauga Park District, and in our quarterly Park Explorer newsletter, which is mailed to every Geauga County household and available from all in-county libraries.

  • Holiday Greens Workshop – Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge – Fee: $27

Decorate for the holidays by making a beautiful arrangement from fresh evergreens. Select from three options: 1) Table arrangement with candle; 2) Outdoor wreath; 3) Tabletop tree. Visit our website’s News & Updates page for photos resembling each project and more specific descriptions of the actual projects. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

  • Greens for Giving – Saturday, December 1st from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Join Geauga Park District at this make-and-GIVE event to create 250 evergreen decorations for Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals for seniors. All supplies provided. Brighten a senior’s holiday season with your thoughtful creation! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Backcountry Hemlock Hike – Sunday, December 2nd from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center Parking Lot

Explore the steep ravines, cool streams and mature hemlock and deciduous forests of Big Creek Park. This rugged hike also includes stream crossings, steep grades and off-trail obstacles like downed trees, so dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes with good traction that can get wet and/or muddy. Bring a water bottle and snacks. Registration required.

  • Timbertots: Evergreen Artists! (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Sunday, December 2nd from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge

Join Naturalist Karie to discover evergreen trees and make your very own greens centerpiece to take home! Bows and pine cones provided; bring small decorations if desired. Partially outside, so dress for the weather. A limited number of hand clippers will be available for adult use, so please bring your own if you have them. Program activities are for the stated age group; supplies may not be available for older or younger siblings. Registration required.

  • Timbertots: Evergreen Artists! (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Monday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge

See description for December 2. Registration required.

  • Geauga Walkers – Tuesday, December 4th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at B Benner Metzenbaum Park, Grounds

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes of 1-1 ½ miles long in Geauga County and the surrounding area. A naturalist leads hikes scheduled in Geauga Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137. Held year round.

  • Elderberries: Hawks and Hot Lunch – Thursday, December 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Seniors, join us for a hot lunch in the nature center, followed by a “hawk talk” introducing the birds of prey that frequent our area in winter. Special guests are a Rough-legged Hawk and Short-eared Owl, exquisite winter raptors of our region, courtesy of Lake Metroparks’ Kevin Clinton Wildlife Center. A collaboration with Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

  • Holiday Open House with Bill Hixson – Thursday, December 6th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Join Geauga Arts Council for a holiday open house featuring a 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.

  • Poetry in Nature – Friday, December 7th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Experience memories of warmer seasons from a different perspective and in a very unique way. Join a duet of naturalists as they present a program of poems for two voices – but told from an insect point of view. Poetry, pictures and music will be a unique way of learning about the natural history of insects. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Ho Ho Ho Hiking with Santa and Buddy the Elf! – Saturday, December 8th from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

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

  • Winter Bird Banding Station – Sunday, December 9th from 9:00 a.m- 11:00 a.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge

Stop by the banding station any time during designated hours for a close-up look at some of our winter residents with Naturalist Tami Gingrich. Birds will be captured in mist nets, banded and measured before being released – a great opportunity for photos! Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.

  • Map Your Yard – Wednesday, December 12th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

Get a hands-on introduction to geographic information system (GIS) software by creating a topographic map of your yard (or any Geauga County location). Bring your own laptop or tablet computer, or use one of ours. This program requires basic computer use skills (familiarity with using a keyboard and mouse). Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

  • The Southern Sky -Friday, December 14th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center

A peacock, a tarantula, and a housefly or two? Discover the fascinating sky stories about Earth’s southern hemisphere. If weather permits, this program will be followed by night sky viewing until 11 PM. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Nassau Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, December 15th from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station

Observe the wonders of the night sky using this facility’s giant research-grade telescope! If weather prevents sky viewing, join us for a planetarium presentation in the McCullough Science Center instead. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

  • Geauga’s Tigers (Beetles, That Is..) – Sunday, December 16th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center

If you’ve ever encountered a small, brilliant, metallic green insect with white spots while hiking a trail in the summer, you’ve met a tiger – that is, a Tiger Beetle! Did you know Geauga County has other species as well? Come learn about these interesting predators and what species live here. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

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