Something’s Afoot

Park District exhibit about nature in motion now open

Run, jump, wiggle, bound, float, flitter and fly…are just a few verbs to describe the momentum of Nature in the process of migration, propagation, transportation, regeneration and the struggle for survival.

All of Nature is on the move – all the time – and this fact is at the center of Geauga Park District’s newest exhibit, Something’s Afoot: Nature Just Can’t Stay Put, open now at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township.

To keep experiences fresh and interesting for visitors who return again and again to the Park District’s nature centers, staff and volunteers have worked together once again to develop a full array of new sights, sounds and hands-on activities.

“The overall objective of this exhibit is to help visitors discover the wide range of mobility found among animals, which by and large surpass human abilities, yet have inspired human inventions,” said Senior Naturalist Dan Best. “We’ll also explore Nature’s influence on aircraft, watercraft, and recreational gear for activities like hang gliding, parasailing, scuba and snorkeling, which let us humans be fish and birds.”

Something’s Afoot will explore seed dispersal in plants; geological movement, showing how the movement of rock and sediments over long periods of time have resulted in our bedrock formations and various soil types; and how water moves from earth to sky and back in an endless cycle.

And inspiration and education will not stop in the exhibit hall. Children’s room activities include hands-on games and play stations exploring animal movement and animal-aided human travel such as horse and wagon and riding animals.

To top it off, Geauga Park District’s Naturalist Department has developed a wide range of programming to complement and further explore the theme throughout 2014, and a Something’s Afoot Passport encourages repeat visits to earn free seasonal patches and nature guides.

So get a move on toward the new exhibit, then return throughout the year with family and friends for free, nature-oriented fun.

Something’s Afoot will be open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

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