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Nights Out in the Parks

Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run

Nature Arts Festival

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





Nights Out in the Parks

A Great Music, Movie & Art Workshop Series in the Parks this June, July & August

Changing weather makes us want fresh air! Introducing Nights Out in the Parks — four amphitheater shows, two art workshops and one movie night — for enjoying the arts in Nature. Mark your calendars:

Chardon Polka Band in Concert
Saturday, May 30, 7-8:30 PM, Big Creek Park, Amphitheater

Favorite polka hits with a twist, courtesy of the stars of REELZChannel’s Polka Kings! Check 'em out here.

Hot Djang in Concert
Saturday, June 27, 7-8:30 PM, Big Creek Park’s Amphitheater
Acoustic jazz quintet featuring violin, clarinet, acoustic guitars and upright bass. Check 'em out here.

Jewelry, Wine & Friends
Saturday, July 11, 7-9 PM, The West Woods, Nature Center

Join artisan Mary Ann Sedivy making handmade jewelry and enjoying wine & cheese among friends. Adults 21+. Fee: $30 includes wine, cheese and project. Registration required.

JiMiller Band Under the Stars
Saturday, July 25, 7-8:30 PM, Big Creek Park’s Amphitheater
Blending blues, country, Cajun, old rock-n-roll, jazz and bluegrass into a musical Americana. Check 'em out here.

Movie Night
Saturday, August 8, 7-8:30 PM, Chickagami Park
Take in Disney’s “A Bug’s Life” under the stars, complete with real bugs and bug activities! Watch the trailer here.

The Craic Brothers
Saturday, August 22, 7-8:30 PM, Big Creek Park’s Amphitheater
Irish acoustic rock with The Craic Brothers (“Craic” meaning “fun, party, music, drink & entertainment” in Gaelic). Check 'em out here.

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5th Annual

Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run

Sunday, June 14, 2015, at The West Woods
Day-of Registration: 7-8:30 AM • Race Start: 9 AM
Walkers welcome • Caveman garb encouraged • Free food & beverages


Judging will begin promptly at 8:30 AM near the starting line. Judges score on a scale from 1 to 5 for originality, enthusiasm and authenticity.
Psst...! Just mention the contest and get 15% off at Perfect Occasion Costumes in Middlefield! Stop by, call 440-632-1147 or email for costume options.

Please allow yourself plenty of time to park and get ready for the race, and please carpool if possible. When our parking fills, a shuttle will bring you to
The West Woods from ASM International, then from Wiegand's Lake Park.


About the Course: 3.1 miles hilly aggregate surface on portions of Ansel's
Cave Trail and entire Pioneer Bridle Trail • Chip timing by Greater Cleveland
XC for 1.5 hours
$20 registration completed online, postmarked by June 8 or in person at Packet Pickup (details on form) • $25 registration on Race Day • Free T-shirt for the first 250 people to register!
Race Categories: Ages 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd place overall by gender & per age division by gender • Awards in both youth and adult costume categories at 8:30 AM • Post-race awards reception in the nature center immediately following the race

Last year's Caveman Crawl drew a record-breaking 417 runners and walkers and raised more than $13,000 for youth programming through the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure! • RESULTS & FINISH LINE VIDEO from 2014Photos from 2014
Photos from 2013Video Memory Book from 2013Video Montage from 2013Photos from 2012Photos from 2011

Geauga Park District is grateful for the generous support of the following 2015 sponsors:

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24th Annual

Nature Arts Festival

Sunday, August 2, 10 AM-5 PM
The West Woods

Don’t miss this day of fine arts on display and for sale by regional artists. Media include woodcarvings, paintings, photography, handcrafted jewelry, and other forms of nature art in various price ranges. Also enjoy live music, family make-n-take projects & entertainment, the Nature Writing Contest celebration and open mic, chalk art, food for sale and much more! Stay tuned to this page for more details and schedules as they become available.

٠ Indoor/Outdoor Juried Show featuring Nature Artists ٠ Food, Music, Entertainment
٠ Workshops ٠ Writing Contest Winner Readings ٠ FREE Admission ٠ FREE Parking

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Geauga Park District is grateful for the generous support of the following 2015 sponsors:

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

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

More coming soon...

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

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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