Geauga Park District Quarterly Events Calendar for March 2020

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Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this winter – from Frozen Fest (please register this year) and our first-ever Geauga Gems Trekking Series kick-off to a handful of bird counting opportunities that will make you an official Citizen Scientist!

Here are our offerings for March 2020. You may also view these programs and events published on Geauga Park District, and in our quarterly Park Explorer newsletter, which was to every Geauga County household and available from all in-county libraries.

  • Amphibian Awakening Call List – March – April from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at The West Woods – Register your name on this call list to witness the natural phenomenon of spring breeding behavior of Wood Frogs, Spring Peepers and possibly large salamanders as they move into woodland pools on a warm, rainy night. Anticipated date between early March and early April. Notification by phone on the day of the program. Dress for the weather. Bring flashlights. Registration required.
  • Sap’s-a-Risin’! – Sunday, March 1st from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation – Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house, sugarbush and lodge for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods! Help gather sap in the sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house and taste some maple syrup, then warm up with live music by The Real Deal String Band and maple treats in the lodge. Also, March 8th and 15th.
  • Geauga Skywatchers Club: Geocentrism – A Springboard to Copernicus – Monday, March 2nd from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Geauga County Public Library, Chardon Branch – Learn the deep historical foundations of astronomy leading up to heliocentrism. Marvel at the accuracy of ancient astronomers. Also learn about the library’s new telescope lending program and some basics on how to use a telescope to view the moons of Jupiter and rings of Saturn! Registration required at https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com. Prospective members may login to Meetup.com to find the dates and times of future lectures and activities. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Geauga Walkers – Tuesday, March 3rd from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Shelter – Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule, 440-279-2126. Also, March 17th and 31st.
  • Invasive Insect Pests – Saturday, March 7th from, 10:00 a.m. – Noon at The West Woods – What have six legs, are not native, and cause harm to the environment, humans or health? Invasive insect pests! Join Amy Stone of the OSU Extension office of Lucas County to learn about which invasive insects are making Ohio home. We’ll discuss the identifiable characteristics of each insect pest, what their hosts are, what damage they cause, how they arrived, and what you can do to help through monitoring, reporting and management. A collaboration with the Native Plant Society of Northeastern Ohio. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Timbertots: Maple Sugar Time! (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Saturday, March 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Swine Creek Reservation – Explore outdoors and enjoy hands-on activities to discover where and how we get real maple syrup! Entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. Also, March 9th. Registration required.
  • Veterans Hike: Maple Sugaring – Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation – Veterans, join us for an inside look at a sugarbush and a trail walk to discover the history of maple sugaring. Samples included!
  • Maple Driving Tour – Sunday, March 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Sugar House – Geauga Park District is a featured stop on two drive-it-yourself tours: the statewide Maple Madness Tour and the local Northeast Ohio Maple Tour. Stop in any time during listed hours; from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. we collect sap in our sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled. Also, March 15th. Visit www.ohiomaple.org for more information about the statewide tour and www.mpneoh.com for a complete list of sugar houses open for the local tour.
  • Sap’s-a-Risin’! – Sunday, March 8th from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation – Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house, sugarbush and lodge for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods! Help gather sap in the sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house and taste some maple syrup, then warm up with live music by Mr. Haney String Band and maple treats in the lodge. Also, March 1st and 15th.
  • Timbertots: Maple Sugar Time! (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Monday, March 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation – Explore outdoors and enjoy hands-on activities to discover where and how we get real maple syrup! Entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. Also, March 7th. Registration required.
  • Full Moon: The Worm Moon – Monday, March 9th from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Observatory Park – The full moon in March is known as “The Worm Moon.” Come learn earthworm anatomy and behavior, then watch the full moon rise using park telescopes! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Black Holes – Friday, March 13th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Observatory Park – Black holes are fascinating mysteries that hold the key to understanding the rest of the universe. Come learn all about the latest black-hole research! Followed by night-sky viewing using the park telescopes until 11:00 p.m., if weather conditions permit. Also, March 27th. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Become a Better Bluebird Landlord – Saturday, March 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at The West Woods – Naturalist Tami Gingrich, who has been in charge of the park’s bluebird boxes for more than 25 years, will give an overview of the natural history of the Eastern Bluebirds and answer questions on how to become a better bluebird landlord. Whether you’re just starting out, or have been a landlord for years, there is always something new to be learned! Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Make a Bluebird House – Saturday, March 14th from Noon – 3:00 p.m. at The Rookery, Lodge – Fee: $10 Geauga residents, $12 non-Geauga residents – Build and take home a house that any bluebird would be proud to call home! We’ll also provide pointers on where and when to place your birdhouse to attract bluebirds. Fee covers supplies; participants should register “by the birdhouse” rather than “by the person.” Registration required. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Nassau Night Sky Viewing – Saturday, March 14th from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at 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 Driving Tour – Sunday, March 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Sugar House – Geauga Park District is a featured stop on two drive-it-yourself tours: the statewide Maple Madness Tour and the local Northeast Ohio Maple Tour. Stop in any time during listed hours; from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. we collect sap in our sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled. Also, March 8th. Visit www.ohiomaple.org for more information about the statewide tour and www.mpneoh.com for a complete list of sugar houses open for the local tour.
  • Sap’s-a-Risin’! – Sunday, March 15th from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation – Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house, sugarbush and lodge for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods! Help gather sap in the sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled, experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history, see sap boiling in the sugar house and taste some maple syrup, then warm up with live music by The Woodpeckers and maple treats in the lodge. Also, March 1st and 8th.

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