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Looking for something new to do in your parks? Look no further.

Fall Fest
Featuring Dedication of the New South Section of The Maple Highlands Trail

Holly Days Artisan Boutique & Alternative Gift Fair

Greens for Giving

Art Takes a Bough: Ornament Reception

Free Exhibit: Return to the Ice Age & Something's Afoot

 

 

 

 

 


Fall Fest

Saturday, October 10, 3-7 PM
Swine Creek Reservation
3 PM
- Dedication of The Maple Highlands Trail-South
3:30-6:30 PM - Horse-drawn wagon rides
7 PM - Naturalist-led night hike

Celebrate autumn with fun including horse-drawn wagon rides, kayaking, fishing, face-painting, cornbox, balloon art, treats, s'mores and more!

Among this year's new features: "The Spider Spot," a fun activity tent filled with spider crafts, games and opportunities to meet spiders that make their homes along the trail.

Click here for the best pictures from Fall Fest at Frohring Meadows in 2014.

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Holly Days Artisan Boutique &
Alternative Gift Fair

Saturday, November 14, 10 AM-5 PM, The West Woods Nature Center
Artisan Application (due September 30, then accepted as space allows)

Return of a classic! Browse a premier selection of Nature-themed holiday décor/gifts by regional artisans – the perfect place to find handmade items for everyone on your list – plus the new Alternative Gift Fair – featuring unique community gifts you can give on your own time.

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Greens for Giving

Saturday, December 5, Noon-4 PM
The West Woods Nature Center

Help brighten a senior’s holiday season by participating in this “make-and-GIVE” event to create 250 evergreen decorations to accompany the Geauga County Department on Aging's home-delivered meals for seniors. All supplies provided.

Click here for the best pictures from our greens project benefited Operation S.T.A.T. in 2014.

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Art Takes a Bough: Ornament Reception

Thursday, December 10, 6-9 PM
The West Woods Nature Center

Presented by Geauga Park District and the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture. Enjoy and purchase handmade holiday ornaments by regional artists through this community art project, made complete with refreshments, music and a presentation by Bill Hixson, accomplished floral designer at The White House for more than 30 years.

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Return to the Ice Age & Something's Afoot

Special exhibit in 2015 brings real mammoth bones
to The West Woods Nature Center 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily

It just got icy at The West Woods Nature Center.

If you haven't yet seen Something's Afoot: Nature Just Can't Stay Put, a large exhibit about Nature's modes of transportation, there's still 2015 — but as of December 27, part of that exhibit has "moved on over" to dedicate a corner to Return to the Ice Age!

This new special feature focuses on the megafauna, the large mammals, most of which are extinct, that roamed our neighborhoods in the few millennia approximately 9,000-12,000 years ago following the retreat of the last glaciations of the Ice Age.

Visitors are greeted by a megafauna menagerie: skeletons the Ground Sloth and the "terror of the tundra," the giant Short-faced Bear, both extinct. The lobby also features a lifelike replica of the extinct Elk Moose as well as a Caribou and a Musk Ox mount, two Ice Age animals that survive to the modern day in tundra regions of the northern hemisphere.

Via video and animal figure displays, Return to the Ice Age introduces some of our region's Ice Age animals that are now extinct, some still found in northern regions of the world, and some that survived to the modern day as local wildlife.

The West Woods Nature Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

So, What Real Ice-Age Pachyderm Bones Are on Display?

  • A leg bone thought to be from the American Mastodon found while digging a cattle-watering pond in 1871 in Montville Township, from the collections of the University of Mount Union.
  • Jaw bones and molars from the 1964 mastodon find on the former Telling Belle Vernon Dairy Farm in Novelty, during the dredging of an old glacial kettle pond toward the intention of creating a golf course. The bones, on loan from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, were severely damaged by the dragline bucket. But museum staff and board members who pressed their children (including a young Harvey Webster) into service conducted a meticulous salvage operation yielding hundreds of bone and tusk fragments along with broken bones and jaw fragments.
  • A jaw and leg bones of a mastodon discovered while enlarging a pond on an Amish farm in Middlefield Township in 1988. These bones, also on loan from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, were determined to be from a young mastodon.
  • "Sam's Bones:" a grouping of Woolly Mammoth bones found in the stream gravels of the East Branch of the Chagrin River in Chester Township between 1942 and 1958 by Sam Whiting and family on their farm. Graciously loaned to Geauga Park District by the Whiting family, these represent a very significant Ice Age discovery for Geauga County, if not Ohio, as mammoth finds are very rare compared to mastodon and seldom include this number of bones.


Thanks to our Partners!

Through April 2015, Geauga Park District's Return to the Ice Age coincides with, and provides a Geauga County focus complimenting, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. Admission is free with museum admission; find details at www.cmnh.org.

Geauga Park District wishes to acknowledge the enthusiastic assistance given by the Cleveland of Museum of Natural History in making this exhibit possible, providing not only mastodon bones from its collections but also expertise of its fine staff most willingly and readily rendered during Return of the Ice Age's planning and preparation.

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