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 their offerings for January, 2019. You may also view these programs and events published on their new website, Geauga Park District, and in their quarterly Park Explorer newsletter, which is mailed to every Geauga County household and available from all in-county libraries.
Bird Banding Hotline – Sometime January-March from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
The winter finch forecast is predicting a southern movement of siskins, redpolls, grosbeaks and crossbills this year. Put your name on a hotline list and get a call when we decide to throw up a mist net at The West Woods Nature Center to do some banding at the feeders. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
Ice Science Drop-In – Thursday, January 3rd from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Beautiful! Powerful! Dangerous! Cold! Ice has an amazing story to tell. Kids (and their adults) can drop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. for some hands-on exploration of the science of ice during this winter break program. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Burton Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, January 5th from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Come to the warm, cozy West Woods lobby and help park staff/volunteers count birds at the feeders for the Burton Christmas Bird Count. Our results will be included in the count data for the day. Each year, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in this long-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations. This data is used by Audubon and other organizations to help guide conservation action. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Learn to Cross Country Ski – Sunday, January 6th 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park, Lodge
Learn the basics of cross country skiing including proper clothing, types of equipment and proper technique. Indoor presentation followed by outdoor instruction. Ski rental available in advance from Geiger’s, 50 Shopping Plaza, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022, 440-247-4900. A special rental rate for this program applies: $17 for pick-up on Friday and return on Monday during business hours. Registration required.
Travelogue: Utah’s “Mighty Five” – Sunday, January 6th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Utah is home to five national parks, collectively referred to as The Mighty Five. Join the Sauder family as they take you through their spring break travels to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in southern Utah! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Fabulous Fungus – Sunday, January 6th from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
This past summer and fall were amazing times for fungus. There were all kinds of sizes, shapes and colors. Learn more about the natural history of fungi and see what kinds we have in Geauga County during this illustrated overview. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Geauga Park District Volunteer Orientation – Wednesday, January 9th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Interested in learning more about Geauga Park District’s Volunteer Program? Join us for an orientation about the opportunities for volunteers, and begin the application process to become an official volunteer. Paperwork includes background check for ages 18 and up; youth under 14 must volunteer with an adult. Registration required.
Ultima Thule Space Probe – Friday, January 11th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Robert McCullough Science Center
Learn about NASA’s New Horizons probe, which reaches the distant planetoid Ultima Thule this month. Program followed by night sky viewing using park telescopes until 11 PM if weather permits. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Coffee with the Birds – Saturday, January 12th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Join Naturalist Tami Gingrich as she identifies winter birds at the feeder. Swing by anytime during the hours listed, grab a hot beverage and settle in by the big windows for some close-up viewing. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Backyard Bird Feeding Basics – Saturday, January 12th from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Join Cristin Smith from Nature’s Way Bird Products as she presents tips on feeding wild birds, including types of feeders, seed to use, and the best combination to attract the widest variety of birds. Also learn quick and easy squirrel-proofing and enter a raffle to win a free bird feeder. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Scout Day: Wolf Cub Scout Paws on the Path – Saturday, January 12th from 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at The Rookery, Great Blue Heron Lodge
Join us as we work on the Paws on the Path Adventure! We’ll work on requirements 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 and take an outdoor winter hike to observe Nature this season. Registration required.
Scout Day: Brownie Girl Scout Outdoor Adventurer – Saturday, January 12th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Brownie Girl Scouts, join us for winter fun and to complete all the requirements for the Outdoor Adventurer Try-It Badge! Dress for the weather, as we will be outside much of program, trying snowshoeing if weather permits! Bring a cardboard milk or juice carton for each participant. Registration required.
Nassau Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, January 12th 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.
The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show – Sunday, January 13th from 2:00 p.m. – 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 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Weather permitting, also view the sun using our safe solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Travelogue: The Island of Rhodes – Sunday, January 13th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
The island of Rhodes is 70 miles off the coast of Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. It is a hotbed for Mediterranean flora, especially orchids, bird migration, interesting insects and animals, the remnants of bygone cultures and famous beach playgrounds. Join Tom Sampliner, photographer and past Native Plant Society president, for this presentation in conjunction with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Black Bears Returning Home – Sunday, January 13th from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center
Lost with the settlement of Ohio’s primeval wilderness, the Black Bear is attempting a comeback in Ohio after a 150-year absence. Discover the “bear facts” about Ohio’s largest mammal through illustrations, tracks, pelts and other hands-on activities. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Geauga Walkers – Tuesday, January 15th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Beartown Lakes Reservation, North Point Shelter
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.