Looking for something new to do in your parks? Look no further.
Return to the Ice Age...and Something's Afoot Continues
Sunday, February 1, Noon-4 PM
The West Woods
Free admission & activities
Come one, come all, to Geauga Park District for an afternoon of pure, unadulterated winter fun — no registration necessary and completely FREE!
This is our first-ever Frozen Fest, but we're still going above and beyond to make sure it's the best Frozen Fest we've ever had.
What we have planned:
INSIDE THE NATURE CENTER
Frozen Artistry community art show opening reception
Return to the Ice Age exhibit, featuring real Ice Age bones from Geauga County
Face painting by Amanda’s Elaborate Eyes
Photo booth with winter props by Andrea Sincich
Guest appearances by "ice princesses"
Live harp music by Ardis Billey
Winter-themed crafts – Make a snowman magnet using bottle caps! Cute and easy for all ages. Or paint with ice! Amazing what just a little frozen water and food coloring can create...just add creativity!
Hourly puppet shows
Free snowman ice scrapers for adults
Free refreshments including snowflake cookies, blue popcorn, hot cocoa bar and coffee
Nature Store featuring winter-themed merchandise
OUTSIDE THE NATURE CENTER
Native American snowsnakes game – How far can you make a wooden snow snake glide over the snow?
Snowball “shooting gallery” – Nope, not a snowball fight with moving human targets, but big fun trying to knock off a variety of target objects.
Free snowshoe rental
Hourly winter hikes
Bird in the Hand opportunity – Are you a chickadee magnet? In order to feed wild birds by hand, follow the signs to "Parker," a mannequin who keeps the birds familiar with humans, and follow the instructions. Groups of 3-4 work best.
Meet-n-greet with sled dogs by Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland
Ice sculptures demo & finished sculpture display by Elegant Ice Creations
In case it's needed, a shuttle will be present from noon to 4:30 p.m. to transport people from the outer parking lots and ASM to The West Woods Nature Center.
Participate in a community art exhibition of works
where the objective is to capture ice and snow as
Nature’s wintertime art! Regional artisans may drop off work January 21 or 22 at The West Woods. The exhibit opens February 1 and ends April 19.
ARTIST APPLICATION LINK
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Return to the Ice Age...
and Something's Afoot Continues
New special exhibit in 2015 brings real mammoth bones to The West Woods Nature Center
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (closed January 1, 2015)
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.
Related Programming Designed by Our Naturalists
Nature Explorers: Bodacious Beasts (Ages 6-8 & 9-11) Saturday, February 21, 2-4 PM
Ice Age Animals of the Western Reserve Sunday, February 22, 3:30-4:45 PM
Ice Age Authentic or Mammoth Malarkey? Sunday, March 1, 2-3:30 PM
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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