Get Out on the Water with Free Kayak/Canoe Borrowing, Classes and Programs at the Geauga Park District this Spring

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Add free kayak/canoe borrowing, classes or programs to your late spring schedule.

Float on the open water. Propel yourself forward by your own strength. Glide. The fresh air and the peace and power of Nature will ensure that your time on the water will be the best part of your day.

Geauga Park District is pleased to offer free kayak and canoe borrowing at its Headwaters Park Boathouse beginning Sunday, June 2nd, allowing Geauga County residents to borrow a kayak free of charge all summer long! For details, please visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under News & Updates.

Want to get some experience on the water before taking a boat out on your own? Naturalists will offer classes on Saturday, June 8th, at Bass Lake Preserve for ages 10 and up with an adult: Basic Learn to Kayak from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Basic Learn to Canoe from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Required registration by phone opens May 25th.

Then, for one not-to-be-missed opportunity to interface with Nature on the water, registration also opens May 25th by phone only at 440-279-0880 for the Jungle Bird Canoe Safari on Sunday, June 2nd, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Eldon Russell Park. On this outing, we’ll discover why the Upper Cuyahoga River is designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, and the meaning of our Nature’s Not to Be Missed programming.

The woodlands and wetlands surrounding this river harbor a rich variety of birds now in their nesting season. Avoiding mud and poison ivy by birding from canoes, this focus on the feathered sets out with the goal of identifying 50 species of birds by sight or sound. Many of the birds we will seek are “neotropical migrants,” or birds that winter in Central America, South America or the Caribbean Islands and migrate to North American nesting habitats. These include Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, several kinds of vireos, flycatchers and warblers including the Prothonotary Warbler, a rare denizen of swamps with unmatched golden plumage. Other possibilities include Bald Eagles, Osprey, Sandhill Cranes and a variety of woodpeckers.

Please bring your binoculars, or you may borrow a pair of ours to use. Canoeing paddling skills are expected of participants, who must be at least 10 years old.

Did you know…? The majority of the beautiful Headwaters Park Boathouse is also reservable for your special events! Learn more at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Make a Reservation or by calling 440-286-9516.

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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