Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this winter – from birdwatching and Travelogue programs inside to snowshoeing and celebrating the return of maple sugaring outdoors!
Here are our offerings for February, 2019. 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.
- Nature Break: Women’s Retreat – Saturday, February 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center – Fee: $6
Retreat to the park to re-energize and relax. Activities include snowshoeing or walking, Zumba, and a Nature-themed craft and lesson. Fee includes a light breakfast and a soup and salad lunch. Please dress in layers with comfortable clothes for both indoor and outdoor activities. Registration required.
- Backcountry Ravine Exploration – Saturday, February 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park, Pondside Shelter
Join a naturalist for a rugged off-trail adventure into some of these rock ledges, streams and ravines. Hikers should be physically capable of several miles of difficult off-trail challenges. Dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes with good traction. Registration required.
- Birding for Beginners – Sunday, February 3nd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge
Join other beginning birders as we practice identifying the winter birds found at our feeders, then head out to see what birds we can find along the Squaw Root Trail.
- Timbertots: Reduce Reuse Recycle! (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Sunday, February 3rd from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Monday, February 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Learn all about “the 3 R’s” with songs, games and crafts! Part of the program will include making an art project for our upcoming discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition. Registration required.
- Make a Star Finder – Friday, February 8th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Make-and-take a cardboard “star finder.” This classic astronomy device helps you point out and identify objects in the night sky. Followed by night sky viewing until 11:00 p.m. if weather permits. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Winter Hawk Watch Van Trip – Saturday, February 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge
A birding adventure into Amish farmland for raptors including Rough-legged Hawks, Harriers and Kestrels and as well as Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs and other winter birds of open country. Bring binoculars. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
- Scout Day: Junior Girl Scouts Animal Habitat Badge – Saturday, February 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Junior Girl Scouts, join Geauga Park District naturalists to earn your Animal Habitats Badge. Indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather. Registration required.
- Scout Day: Webelos Earth Rocks – Saturday, February 9th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Webelos, work toward your Earth Rocks Elective Adventure. Indoors and outdoors, so dress for the weather. Registration required.
- Nassau Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, February 9th 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.
- Backcountry Hike – Sunday, February 10th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Turkey Ridge
Join a naturalist on an off-trail backcountry hike and, if conditions are right, enjoy the splendor of ice formations on the Sharon Conglomerate ledges. Rugged hike with some steep climbs and the possibility of deep snow, muddy, wet or icy conditions off trail. Registration required.
- The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show – Sunday, February 10th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Join us for a planetarium presentation about what to watch for in the night sky this week. Building open house from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weather permitting, also view the sun using our safe solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Travelogue: Scotland – Sunday, February 10th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Join photographers and travelers Bruce and Susan Bennett on a visit to Edinburgh during the Fringe festival, followed by a visit to the Isle of Skye, then out on the ocean from Oban to the Isle of Mull, Iona and more. In Scotland, where “old ruins” means Roman times, castles are numerous, the food is great, and people are exceedingly friendly! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- The Secret Life of Turkey Vultures – Sunday, February 10th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Experience a front row seat as stunning footage from a trail camera documents a pair of turkey vultures rearing their young within Geauga Park District. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
- Geauga Walkers – Tuesday, February 12th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Rookery
Join other active seniors on weekly hikes of 1 to 1 ½ miles in Geauga County and the surrounding area. Naturalist leads hikes in Geauga Park District parks. If temperatures are below 20 degrees, call the park to see if the program will still be held. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137.