Geauga Park District Quarterly Events Calendar: September 2019

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Find your adventure in Geauga Park District this summer – from a flea market to beating the bushes in search of bugs to goat yoga!

Here are our offerings for September, 2019. You may also view these programs and events published on our new website, Geauga Park District, beginning the morning of June 20th, and in our quarterly Park Explorer newsletter, which will be mailed before July to every Geauga County household and available from all in-county libraries.

  • The Great Geauga County Fair – Thursday, August 29th – Monday, September 2nd from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Geauga County Fairgrounds, Natural Resources Area – Visit our building to meet the Monarch Butterfly and see what’s new with Geauga Park District! Daily Monarch taggings at 1:30 PM as butterflies are available. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Goat Yoga in the Park – Saturday, September 7th from 10:30 a.m. – Noon at Big Creek Park, Maple Grove Picnic Shelter – Fee: $25 in-county, $28 out-of- county – Join Geauga Park District and Feels Like Home Farm for an outdoor yoga experience featuring fun and frolicking goats! Goat Yoga is a popular animal therapy activity that can lower stress and increase well-being. Bring your sense of humor, yoga mat and a large towel. Long hair should be pulled back. Dress in clothes to exercise outdoors. Ages 8+. Partially wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration required.
  • Shorebird Van Trip – Saturday, September 7th from Noon – 4:00 p.m. at The West Woods – Sandpipers, plovers and terns, oh my! Join us for a unique birding adventure in search of migratory shorebirds and other water birds. We’ll head to Northeastern Ohio shorebird hotspots. Wherever the birds are reported, that is where we’ll go! Dress for the weather, as we will be on and off the van. Bring binoculars. Spotting scopes provided, additional scopes welcome. Registration required. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
  • Backcountry Hike: Veterans Legacy Woods – Saturday, September 7th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Veterans Legacy Woods – Join a naturalist exploring off trail in this new park, discovering Nature in forest, meadow and stream. Expect some steep, hilly terrain, muddy footing, uneven ground and downed trees. Outdoor program, so dress for the weather. Registration required.
  • Nature Trek Fitness Hike – Sunday, September 8th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The Rookery – 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 3 miles. Held rain or shine, so dress accordingly and bring water.
  • Geauga Walkers – Tuesday, September 10th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park – Hikes for active seniors 1 to 1 ½ miles long. Naturalist led. Call Geauga Senior Center for full schedule at 440-279-2126.
  • West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market – Wednesday, September 11th from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at The West Woods – Purchase locally made/grown items at The West Woods the second Wednesday of each month this summer, July through September! A food truck on site will also serve dinner/snacks for purchase. Live music by Rebecca Wohlever. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Chimney Swift Tornado Strikes Again! – Wednesday, September 11th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Berkshire High School – Witness a cyclone of hundreds of Chimney Swifts swirling, then plummeting into an old chimney used as a migratory motel on their journey to South America. An unforgettable spectacle! Meet in Berkshire High School parking lot on Ford Lane off of North Cheshire Street. Bring binoculars. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
  • Chagrin River Bird Quest Birding Challenge – Friday, September 13th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – Calling all bird enthusiasts! This is a 24-hour birding marathon. To participate, get a team together and register with the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland at www.clevelandaudubon.org. Then come into The West Woods Nature Center or the Novak Education Center in Aurora for team check-in and final registration, where you can also pick up maps, checklists and T-shirts and talk strategy with teammates and naturalists. All materials and activities are free. Refreshments provided. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Chimney Swift Tornado Strikes Again! – Friday, September 13th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Punderson Manor House Parking Lot, Punderson State Park – Witness a cyclone of hundreds of Chimney Swifts swirling, then plummeting into the Punderson Manor House chimney used as a migratory motel on their journey to South America. An unforgettable spectacle! Park in manor house main parking lot. Wheelchair/stroller accessible. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
  • Medieval Astronomers – Friday, September 13th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Observatory Park – From algorithms to Zubenelgenubi, many modern astronomical concepts come to us from medieval astronomers. Learn about this fascinating chapter in human history! Followed by night-sky viewing with park telescopes until 11 PM, weather permitting. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Scout Day: Bear Cub Scouts “A Bear Goes Fishing” – Saturday, September 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at The West Woods, Affelder House – Bear Cub Scouts, join us for this elective adventure as we learn all about fishing! All supplies provided. Meet at The West Wood’s Affelder House parking lot. Dress for the weather. Registration required.
  • Horseback Riders: Amish Buggy Training & Trail Ride – Saturday, September 14th from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, Woods Edge Shelter – Bring your own horse to meet and experience a stationary and moving Amish horse and buggy in a non-threatening way courtesy of Linda Byler. You and your horse will learn to safely share the trail with buggies from 9:30 to 11 AM. Then join a naturalist-led trail ride on the Wagon, Meadowlark and Gray Fox trails. Finally, at 12:30 PM, bring your lunch to share time with other riders at Woods Edge Shelter. Helmets recommended. Expect hills, gravel, mud, streams and Amish buggies. Bring a shovel to clean up after your horse in the parking lot. Registration required.
  • Scout Day: Brownie Girl Scouts Bugs Badge – Saturday, September 14th from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter – Brownies, enjoy the splendors of fall and the Monarch migration season while working on requirements 1, 3, 4 and 5 toward your Brownie Bugs Badge. Registration required.
  • Chagrin River Bird Quest Celebration – Saturday, September 14th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at The West Woods, Nature Center – The 24-hour Chagrin River Bird Quest ends with a celebration! Turn in your bird checklists for judging here or at the Novak Education Center in Aurora, then enjoy hearty refreshments, awards and door prizes. Details at www.clevelandaububon.org. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Full Moon: The Pawpaw Moon – Saturday, September 14th from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Observatory Park – September’s full moon is named after America’s favorite wild fruit, the pawpaw. Come learn about this natural treasure, then watch the full moon rise using park telescopes. Wheelchair/stroller accessible.
  • Monarchs & Meadow Insects – Sunday, September 15th from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Frohring Meadows, Katydid Shelter – Net and tag Monarch butterflies, play the life-sized Monarch Migration game, and learn about the dangers and difficulties of this amazing journey. Fun for all ages! Also catch a variety of butterflies, grasshoppers, praying mantids, katydids, beetles and other native pollinators that call the meadow home. Nets provided or bring your own. Sun protection, socks, hat and long pants recommended for moving through the meadow. Monarch life cycle and meadow insect overview at 12:30 PM; netting in field surrounding shelter 1-4 PM. Drop in at any time. No insect collecting for removal from park. Nature’s Not to Be Missed.
  • Lake Kelso Canoe – Sunday, September 15th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve – Spend the afternoon on a leisurely canoe on the tranquil waters of Lake Kelso, enjoying the wildlife and beautiful surroundings. Basic canoe proficiency required. Registration by phone begins September 8. Registration required.
  • Timbertots: Spider Explorers (Ages 3-5 w/adult) – Sunday, September 15th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Headwaters Park, Boathouse and Wednesday, September 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Orchard Hills Park, Lodge – Discover spiders and all of the amazing things about them! Older or younger siblings will not be considered participants. Registration required.


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