Things to Do home

Arts in Nature




Controlled Hunting



Special Events

Summer Camps



Looking for something new to do? Look no further.

Free Exhibit: Home Sweet Habitat
Open Daily 10 AM - 4:30 PM

Sundays, March 13 & 20 - Noon to 4 PM

Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run
Sunday, June 12 - Registration 7 AM, Race 9 AM

Nature Arts Festival
Sunday, August 7 - 10 AM to 5 PM

The Wall That Heals
Thursday, September 8 - Sunday, September 11




Free Exhibit - Open Daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM
February Through December 2016
at The West Woods Nature Center

Educate yourself in 2016 with our newest enjoyable hands-on exhibit! Home Sweet Habitat: A Place for Wildlife to Survive and Thrive will show you all about Geauga County’s natural homes and their residents both common and unique.

Expect many mounts, interactive elements (like a crawl-through log and a crawl-through beaver lodge built with real beaver sticks!), a couple robotic animals, and displays, games and activities for the whole family.

Psst...! Credit to the Naturalist Department, which brainstormed some wonderful ways to give exhibitry features from former displays - "some old favorites" - a new twist. Visit for yourself to see what you remember!


Back to top of page




Horse-drawn sap sled

Click here for a photo album of our
2015 Sap's-a-Risin'! celebration.


Sundays, March 13 and 20, Noon-4 PM
Swine Creek Reservation

Did you know the parks make syrup?

In fact Geauga Park District does more than just boil, bottle and
sell the sweet stuff. It also offers a FREE all-ages, hands-on interaction with the process!

Sap’s-a-Risin’! returns on Sundays, March 13 and 20, from noon to 4 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield.

After more than a decade without, this marks the second year that
a horse-drawn sap sled will accompany those visitors who take to the sugar bush at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. to collect sap from its approximately 700 tapped maples!

Plus, brand new updates to the interpretive area will make for a
more compact, concise and exciting maple sugaring experience
this year. Instead of stations traveling through history, three hands-on stops will feature Tapping & Collecting, Gathering and Boiling, each showing its own chronological changes in technology from Native Americans to today.

Guests can try a variety of tapping tools; see wooden, metal and plastic gathering methods; lift shoulder yolks; pick up rocks with forked sticks; and demonstrate the filtering process, all in the shadow of historically accurate boiling kettles, a lean-to and the Mark Sperry Memorial Sugar House.

Inside the sugar house, visitors can hear the highlights of how sap is changed into syrup and sample a taste of what’s been made.

And in the lodge, enjoy a toasty fireplace, live music (the Mr. Haney String Band on the 13th, the Real Deal String Band on the 20th), free maple stirs and maple popcorn, and sales of the syrup we produce on site (if and when there is enough product to sell).

Sap’s-a-Risin’! drew 1,070 people to the park in 2015. Try adding this celebration of the season to your family’s tradition repertoire!

Registration is not required. Off-trail sap gathering is the only element not fully wheelchair and stroller accessible. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

The Mary Sperry Memorial Sugar House was built in 1983 on a 32-acre sugar bush thanks to the inspiration of its namesake, a former Park Board member and staunch believer in public education, and is also a featured stop on the statewide March Maple Madness Drive-It-Yourself Tour of local maple sugaring operations. Visit for a map.


Back to top of page




Sunday, June 12 - Registration 7 AM, Race 9 AM - The West Woods
Let your Facebook friends know you're going with this event link!

Stay tuned to this page for this year's application, which can be filled out online or in person.

Thank you to the 309 runners and walkers who made the 5th annual Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run a success!
Together we raised more than $8,233.31 for the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure!

Photos from 2015Photos from 2014Photos from 2013Video Memory Book from 2013
Video Montage from 2013Photos from 2012Photos from 2011Course Map


Back to top of page




Sunday, August 7 - 10 AM to 5 AM - Big Creek Park
Sharing an Audience Again with Chardon Arts Festival
Let your Facebook friends know you're going with this event link!

Stay tuned for details on this awesome festival, coming home to Big Creek Park after 14 years at The West Woods!

Exhibitor ApplicationFarm-Artisan Market Application


Back to top of page





Thursday, September 8, through Sunday, September 11 - Big Creek Park

Geauga Park District and the Geauga Veterans' Service Commission are honored and pleased to be bringing The Wall That Heals to Geauga County in 2016 for the first time ever.

Please bookmark this page and come back soon for more information as we plan and prepare.


Back to top of page