Landfill Wildlife

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Experience the diversity of life at restored Waste Management site

We may consider landfills to be places barren of life – but we would do so mistakenly.

The Lake County Recycling and Disposal Facility is a 195-acre site used for municipal and commercial waste from 1927 until 1993, when it was closed with a state-of-the-art vegetated cap.

Today it is devoted to enhancing wildlife habitat, increasing biodiversity and providing educational opportunities via partnerships with Geauga Park District and the Gates Mills Environmental Center. It has been certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Wildlife at Work site since 2009.

Join Geauga Park District naturalists to explore the grasslands and wetlands of this property, adjacent to Orchard Hills Park, and see how it has been naturally reclaimed by an amazing diversity of animals and plants, including bobolinks, bluebirds, rare dragonflies, damselflies and tiger beetles.

What: Wildlife of the Landfill

When: Sunday, June 8 – 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Waste Management’s Closed Lake County Landfill
access for this program ONLY by gated drive
at 7166 Brooklane Road in Chester Township

Registration is required for this program, suitable for those school age and older, at our website or by calling 440-286-9516. Trails range from smooth to rough with numerous includes, but the tour will be partially wheelchair/stroller accessible, as some locations close to an access road can be viewed from vehicles. Expect carpooling from the entrance to other onsite locations. Please dress for the weather with sturdy footwear and a water bottle.

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