NATURE FUN FOR SENIORS! – Cycling, hiking & Elderberries among Geauga Park District’s offerings

Seasonal programs geared toward our more experienced Nature lovers, the seniors, are always available in Geauga Park District – but summertime offerings tend to be the most diverse, including bike rides, naturalist-led hikes, and Elderberries experiences!

Please note that registration is required to participate in Elderberries and Geauga Walkers. Registration is already open for Geauga County residents at or 440-286-9516 and begins June 27 at 10 a.m. for out-of-county residents.

If you’re a senior who enjoys a good bike ride, plan to bring your bicycle to the Park Avenue trailhead parking area behind Marc’s in Chardon, with your helmet and water, and join escorted rides this summer along The Maple Highlands Trail – no registration required! Geauga Cyclists will be heading out at 3 p.m. every Wednesday through October for roughly an hour and a half. To receive notice when rides are cancelled, call Sandy McLeod at 440-279-2137 to be added to her cancellation call list.

Love to explore by foot? Register to join a naturalist in a variety of parks throughout the season. Geauga Walkers hikes within Geauga Park District are scheduled this summer for the following Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.: July 12 at Whitlam Woods, July 26 at Russell Uplands Preserve, August 9 at Claridon Woodlands, August 23 at Chickagami Park, September 6 at Welton’s Gorge (note: 2 miles long) and September 20 at Frohring Meadows. For a complete schedule, including walks outside of the parks, call the Senior Center at 440-279-2167.

And if you’re always game for a new adventure in the Great Outdoors (or eager to revisit one from days gone by), Elderberries (“seniors ripe for adventure”) is for you! Register ASAP to attend one or more of the season’s programs – all complete with free food courtesy of the Geauga County Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Following is a list of what’s available this summer.

Elderberries: Paddling & Peddling in the Park

Thursday, July 21, 9 AM-Noon, at Headwaters Park’s Boathouse

Choose from one of three kayaking sessions, a guided bike ride, and EZ Go Cart tours, followed by a picnic lunch. All activities are optional – visit the park at your own pace! Sign-ups for kayaking will occur at the event (bring a change of clothes in case of capsize), and please BYOB (bring your own bike).

Elderberries at Camp!

Thursday, August 18, 9 AM-Noon, at Chickagami Park

Join us for a morning of traditional camp fun, including archery, camp crafts and more!

Elderberries: Astronomy Night

Thursday, September 15, 6:30-9:30 PM, at Observatory Park’s Main Campus

There’s so much to see in the sky! To cover as much as possible in one evening, we’ll have two groups rotating between a planetarium show and night sky viewing, weather permitting, to peer deep into the night sky to see planets, nebula and other celestial features. Hot dog picnic provided.

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-226-4695 or 440-226-4636 or visit Geauga Park District online via, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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