Elderberries: American Kestrel Nest Box Project – Thursday, January 16th from 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m. at The West Woods – Seniors, learn about the trials and tribulations of the American Kestrel, the smallest falcon in North America and a species in peril. Geauga Park District launched a nest box project in 2019, and we’ll review the progress. Refreshments served. A collaboration with Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Learn to Snowshoe – Saturday, January 18th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center – Learn the basics of snowshoeing including proper clothing, types of equipment and proper technique. Indoor presentation followed by outdoor instruction and a snowshoe hike. Borrow a pair of ours or bring your own! Ages 8+. Registration required.
Ansel’s Cave Hike: History Written in Rock – Saturday, January 18th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The West Woods – Hike with a naturalist two miles to Ansel’s Cave to discover its history written in rock. A rare winter opportunity to go into this restricted area! Dress for the weather and wear sturdy foot gear. Registration required.
Nassau Astronomy Night with CVAS Saturday, – January 18th from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Observatory Park, Nassau Astronomical Station – Join members of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society to take in the wonders of the night sky using our amazing 36-inch-mirrored telescope! Stop in to discover this amazing facility and all it has to offer. Cancelled if cloudy. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Frozen Fest – Sunday, January 19th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods – NEW THIS YEAR: REGISTRATION REQUIRED! – No doubt this FREE event will help you enjoy and embrace winter weather and fun in Geauga County! Visit http://bit.ly/gpdspecial for a complete schedule. Many family activities include live ice carving/sculptures, guest appearances by a winter snowman, ice princesses and a popular reindeer herder, live reindeer and sled dogs, snowshoeing, snow-themed activities, face painting, refreshments and more! Limit eight guests per registration. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
X-TREME Winter Fun Day! (Grades 5-10) – Monday, January 20th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park, Lodge – Spend the afternoon of your day off having an “X-TREME” amount of winter fun outside with friends! Try snowshoes, bring your sled for some fun downhill rides, learn about winter wildlife and warm up by a fire with hot cocoa and s’mores. Outdoors, so dress for the weather. This is a drop-off program; all participants must have a signed waiver. Registration required.
Geauga Walkers – Tuesday, January 21st from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The Rookery – Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. If temperatures below 20 degrees, call the park to see if hike will still being held. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2126. Also, January 7th.
Beaded Snowflake Pendant Workshop – Thursday, January 23rd from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The West Woods – Fee: $33 Geauga residents, $37 non-Geauga residents – Join artisan Fran Rafiani to create a beautiful glass beaded snowflake pendant on a silver multi-strand cord. Ages 14+. Refreshments provided. Registration required and limited, so reserve your space today! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Maple Town Tune Traders – Thursday, January 23rd from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The West Woods – Come to play, sing or simply enjoy as audience. Musicians of all levels, genres and instruments are welcome. Short performances followed by sharing of songs and tunes in the round. Snacks to share welcome. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Astrotots: There’s No Place Like Home (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Friday, January 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. & Saturday, January 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Observatory Park – Chip Henry Institute for Kids – There’s no place in space that is as “people perfect” as our home planet. Join us as we rotate, orbit and monkey around with Commander Melvin to discover what makes Earth so special! Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Light Pollution Solutions – Friday, January 24th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Observatory Park – Get some tips and tricks for striking the balance between “too much light” and “just right.” Followed by night-sky viewing until 11 PM if weather conditions permit Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Coffee with the Birds – Saturday, January 25th from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at The West Woods – Swing by anytime during the hours listed to grab a hot beverage and settle in by the big windows for some close-up viewing, joining Naturalist Tami Gingrich as she identifies winter birds at the feeder. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Backyard Bird Feeding Basics – Saturday, January 25th from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at The West Woods – 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.
Nature Trek Fitness Hike – Saturday, January 25th from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Headwaters Park, TMHT Parking Lot – Let’s move it, people! Burn off those calories on this fitness hike, learning some cool Nature facts along the way. Participants should have the ability to hike at least three miles. Dress for the weather and bring water.
Whatever-the-Weather Venture – Saturday, January 25th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Claridon Woodlands, Lodge – It may be a bit optimistic, but we’re hoping for snow for this one. If conditions are just right for snowshoeing, that’s what we’ll do. If not, we’ll take a cold-weather hike. Whatever the weather, let’s get outside! Borrow a pair of our snowshoes or bring your own. Ages 8+. Registration required.
Astrotots: There’s No Place Like Home (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Saturday, January 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Observatory Park – There’s no place in space that is as “people perfect” as our home planet. Join us as we rotate, orbit and monkey around with Commander Melvin to discover what makes Earth so special! Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Nassau Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, January 25th 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.
Maple Syrup for Dummies – Sunday, January 26th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The West Woods – Did you know there were different classes of maple syrup that reflect color and taste? If not, this program is perfect for you! Learn how maple syrup is made at Geauga Park District, learn why the different color classes exist, and taste them each to figure out your favorite. Also, come ready with all of your maple questions! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show – Sunday, January 26th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Observatory Park – 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. Also view the sun using our safe solar-viewing equipment, weather permitting. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Homeschool Days: Wildlife Wonders (Ages 5-7 & 8-12) – Friday, January 31st from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park, Meyer Center – Homeschoolers, enjoy hands-on fun learning about wildlife of the past and present and testing your skills at being a Nature detective! Adults may attend (need not register) or drop off child with waiver. Some outdoors activities, so dress for the weather. Registration required.
Meet the Artist: Deb Berkebile – Friday, January 31st from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at The West Woods – Meet artist Deb Berkebile and view “Earthscapes and More,” a collection of art quilts including pieces created utilizing GIS remote sensed images from satellites. A presentation called “Science Behind the Quilts” from 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. by Bobby Oliver and Mark Guizlo from Lakeland Community College will demonstrate principles of image detection, creation and analysis that allow an artist to transform scientific output into artistic inspiration. Science and art meet for a unique interpretation of the world around us! Refreshments served. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.