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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 - 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.

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Sunday, June 12 • Registration 7 AM, Race 9 AM • The West Woods

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Ask anyone who's done this race in the past - it's a tough one, but MAN is a fun! Mark your calendars to join us again this for a great cause (getting kids outdoors). And if you're not big on running or walking the 5K, sign up anyhow for the brand new 1-Mile Fun Walk for the whole family!

Ways to Register:
Online Registration
Paper Application
Course Map (now updated with NEW 1-Mile Fun Walk course!)



Blasts from the Past:
Thank you to the 309 runners and walkers who made the 5th annual Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run a success, raising more than $8,233.31 for the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure!
Photos from 2015Photos from 2014Photos from 2013
Video Memory Book from 2013Video Montage from 2013
Photos from 2012Photos from 2011

Special thanks to event sponsors:

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Sunday, August 7 • 10 AM to 5 AM • Big Creek Park
Visit Chardon Arts Festival via a FREE 5-Minute Lolly the Trolley Ride!

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Stay tuned for details on this awesome festival, coming home to Big Creek Park after 13 years at The West Woods!

Note: Spaces available outdoors only as space allows after deadline.

Vendor Resources:
Exhibitor ApplicationFarm-Artisan Market ApplicationPark Map
Overnight AccommodationsMarketing IdeasFacebook Event




So far, we've scheduled:

10 AM - 12:10 PM - Rio Neon - a distinctive and tasty "folkjazz" sound composed of folk, swing, Celtic, jug band, gospel, old-time string band and an undercurrent of good old rock and roll
12:30 - 2:40 PM - Cats on Holiday - a high-energy romp composed of roots, rock, zydeco and Americana music, aka "Swamp Pop"
3-5 PM - Nature Writing Contest Celebration & Open Mic

10 AM - Noon - Jasmine Dragons - performing artist stilt-walkers
11 AM - 2 PM - Ty Kellog - folk singer/guitarist
10 AM - 5 PM - Matthew Wheeler - balloon artist
10 AM - 5 PM - Annie Clouse - face painter
10 AM - 5 PM - A Kid at Art - bus converted to art studio
10 AM - 5 PM - Make-n-Take Art - embellished paper hats and recycled art flowers

Special thanks to event sponsors:

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Thursday-Sunday, September 8-11
Geauga County Fairgrounds - 14373 N Cheshire St., Burton, OH 44021

Geauga Park District and Geauga Veterans' Service Commission are pleased to announce that a national touring exhibition called The Wall That Heals will visit Geauga County Fairgrounds September 8 through 11.

The Wall That Heals was created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to travel to communities across the United States. The exhibit features a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., approximately 250 feet in length, chevron-shaped and complete with the 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict. Accompanying the wall is also a mobile Education Center telling the story of the Vietnam War era and the Memorial.

This being the first time in its 20-season existence that The Wall That Heals will have visited Geauga County, organizers expect it to draw thousands of people over its four-day stay at 14373 North Cheshire Street in Burton.

Visitors will be welcome at The Wall That Heals free of charge 24-7 during the exhibition. Additionally, groups are invited to schedule visit to The Wall That Heals to gain a heightened awareness of the impact and legacy of the war, as well as leadership, citizenship and character.

For more information as it becomes available, visit, then Things to Do and click Special Events. For general planning information, contact Teresa Runion at 440-279-0882 or To schedule a group, or participate in a scheduled event, contact Holly Sauder at 440-279-0802 or To volunteer, contact Michele Pemberton at 440-279-1862 or

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