Geauga Park District Quarterly Events Calendar for June 2018

Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this spring – from wildflower watching and birding van trips to our Earth Day Extravaganza and the year’s first Nights Out in the Parks!

Here are our offerings for June, 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.

National Trails Days: Hike Around the Reservoir – Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Headwaters Park, Route 608 Main Parking Lot

Join a naturalist for a 7-mile hike of the preserve side of East Branch Reservoir not normally open to the public. Wooded lanes offer the possibility of wildlife sightings including eagles and osprey. Please pack a lunch and water bottle. A short portion of the walk will be on routes 608 and 322. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Hidden Gems Hike: Swine Creek Valley – Sunday, June 3rd, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Valley Shelter

Explore the beautiful Swine Creek Valley as we discover the sights and sounds of late spring along the Walnut and Razorback trails. Participants should be able to hike 2 miles over hilly terrain and stream crossings. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Geauga Walkers: Summer Picnic (For Active Seniors) – Tuesday, June 5th, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Turkey Ridge Shelter

Join other active seniors on weekly hikes in Geauga County and the surrounding area. This is the annual picnic with a hike at noon followed by a potluck picnic at 1:00 p.m.; please bring a dish to share. Hikes are typically 1 to 1 1/2 miles long and held year-round. A naturalist leads hikes scheduled in Geauga Park District parks. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2137. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Grandparents Summer Picnic – Friday, June 8th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Claridon Woodlands, Judge Lester Taylor Lodge

Grandparents and grandchildren, enjoy a day in our brand new park together with a picnic and Nature activities in collaboration with the Chardon Senior Center, which provides hot dogs. Please bring a dessert or side dish to share. Also featuring trail rides on the EZ Go Cart! Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Exoplanets & How To Find Them – Friday, June 8th,  7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Observatory Park

Join in the hunt for planets outside our solar system as we try out some citizen science projects searching for exoplanets. Weather permitting, program will be followed by night-sky viewing using Oberle Observatory telescopes until 11:00 p.m. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Basic Learn To Kayak (Ages 10+) – Saturday, June 9th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Bass Lake Preserve

Learn basic kayak handling techniques for safe kayaking on flat water. Please no private kayaks or unregistered people. Wear shoes to get wet or muddy, and bring water and a change of clothes just in case the kayak overturns. Ages 10+. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required by phone beginning May 26th.

Basic Learn To Canoe (Ages 10+) – Saturday, June 9th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Bass Lake Preserve

Learn basic canoe handling techniques for safe canoeing on flat water. Please no private canoes or unregistered people. Wear shoes to get wet or muddy, and bring water and a change of clothes just in case the canoe overturns. Ages 10+. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required by phone beginning May 26th.

Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, June 9th, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Observatory Park

Join us at the Oberle Observatory to take in the wonders of the night sky using park telescopes. If it’s cloudy, we’ll be in the planetarium instead. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Nights Out in the Parks: Erie Heights Brass Ensemble – Saturday, June 9th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park, Amphitheater

Enjoy a variety of sentimental love songs, sometimes called “torch songs,” under the stars! Refreshments served. Indoors if inclement weather. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk – Sunday, June 10th, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at The West Woods, Fee: $20

Experience this one-of-a-kind 5K trail run through the wooded hills of The West Woods, now in its eighth year – caveman and cavewoman costumes encouraged! Registration 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., costume contest 8:30 a.m., 5K run/walk at 9:00 a.m. Walkers welcome in the 5K or 1-Mile Fun Walk. Applications available at, at The West Woods Nature Center, and at Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center. Advanced registration fee: $20; additional fee charged day of race. Course is primarily well graded dirt and gravel with minimal pavement running. Unique awards for winning runners and most creative costumes. Proceeds benefit the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.

Polliwog Paddle Family Canoe (Ages 5+ w/adult) – Sunday, June 10th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Eldon Russell Park, Horwath’s Shelter

An easy-paced, short-distance float on the wildlife-rich Upper Cuyahoga River for families. Ages 5+ with adult; up to two kids 5-11 in middle; 10+ to paddle. Not wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required by phone beginning June 2nd.

The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show – Sunday, June 10th, 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. Weather permitting, also view the sun using our safe solar-viewing equipment. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.

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