It can be awfully tempting, once the leaves are gone and the cold nips at your nose, to pack up your gear and head home for a long winter’s nap.
But if you did that, you’d be missing all the fun Geauga Park District offers year-round! Are you adventure ready?
This year we’re offering a Fire-Building Techniques program on Sunday, December 8th, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Headwaters Park’s Boathouse. Registration is required at Geauga Park District or 440-286-9516.
“With cold weather on the way, it may be good to practice some fire-building skills,” Naturalist Trevor Wearstler said. “Together we’ll explore techniques primitive to modern, then roast a marshmallow or two on our success.”
What’s it like to camp in the snow? There’s only one way to find out! Try pitching a tent and having a campfire in a nearby park.
“Your Geauga Park District has 32 primitive campsites to choose from,” said Geauga Park District Executive Director John Oros, “ranging from our long-time campsites at Big Creek Park, to our more recent additions at Headwaters Park and Chickagami Park, to our two newest backpacking sites at The West Woods.”
Or bundle up, pack a hot drink, and take advantage of the waters of Beartown Lakes Reservation, recently stocked with 311 Rainbow Trout. There’s a great fishing hole near your home that would make a perfect spot for a little late-season R&R.
The stocking of Rainbow Trout is an annual tradition at Geauga Park District, according to Oros. “I can remember stocking trout as a land steward in our Natural Resource Management Department in the fall of 2001,” he said. “From late fall through winter and spring, this is an exciting fish to catch. They thrive in cool water and cool conditions. And these fish are stocked not only for your catching enjoyment. You are also welcome to take a few home to experience fresh trout on the dinner table.”
Added Geauga Park District Park Biologist Paul Pira: “Stocking fish for public enjoyment is an important part of what we do here at Geauga Park District. It allows us to provide an opportunity for everyone – adults, young people and children – to experience the tradition of angling. To me, angling is such a great sport because it teaches young people to appreciate our natural resources, respect for the land and water, and also where food comes from. It may even inspire a career in the outdoors and sciences, as it did for me.”
Geauga Park District’s website makes it easy to plan your visit with the ability to search for favorite activities, nearby parks and more. Give it a try with a little free time this week. We have a feeling there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy – even when the going gets cold.