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3/24/15 - Invitation to Bid: Headwaters Park Improvements
3/24/15 - Connect Spring Photo Contest / Take the Chickadee-Me Selfie Challenge!
3/20/15 - Boulder Beauty Contest
3/20/15 - Registration Open for Summer Adventure Camps
3/20/15 - Spring Web Updates
3/20/15 - Free Milkweed Giveaways This Spring
3/10/15 - Earth Day Fun! & Milkweed Giveaways
3/9/15 - Delays May Affect Entry to Eldon Russell Park
3/5/15 - Registration Open for 2-Day Hunter Education Courses
3/2/15 - 20th Annual Nature Writing Contest
2/17/15 - Community Survey Open Now Through March 31
2/13/15 - Free Snowshoe Borrowing! Plus Cross Country Skiing, Sledding & Walking
2/11/15 - Proposed Bylaw Revisions
1/26/15 - Other Events Happening in Your Parks
12/30/14 - Upcoming Park Closures
12/23/14 - Return to the Ice Age Exhibit
12/10/14 - Horseback Riding Trails
11/10/14 - Q: What's New with The Maple Highlands Trail?
9/30/14 - Public Internet Access
7/28/14 - Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks
2/16/12 - White-nose Syndrome Found at The West Woods
1/28/11 - Social Media and Our Voices of Nature eNewsletter

 

 

 
 

Update: March 24, 2015

Invitation to Bid: Headwaters Park Improvements

Click here for the Planning Department page, which includes a new Invitation to Bid on the Headwaters Park Improvements project through Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 10:30 AM.

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Update: March 24, 2015

Connect Spring Photo Contest / Take the Chickadee-Me Selfie Challenge!

Here's everything you need to know about the Connect Spring Photo Contest!

Entries:
Your pictures taken in Geauga Park District that feature Conservation, Knowledge and Activity — and yes, selfies are welcome

How to Win: Post your photos to our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram using #gpdspring. Submissions will be added to our Facebook page June 22, and the two that receive the most "likes" by the last day of the month win!

Prize: First place gets framed and acknowledged by the Park Board; first and second places win free pint of real maple syrup, plus lots of attention on our social media!

Contest Rules:

  • All submissions may be used for Geauga Park District promotions given proper photo credit, and may even be featured in our 2016 desktop CD case calendar!
  • Submissions must include #gpdspring, name of photographer and name of park where they were taken to be considered.
  • Geauga Park District retains the sole discretion over the selection of, and decision not to select, any particular entry as the winner.
  • Submitted photos must be your own work and you must own the rights to distribute the image; you will retain ownership and all other rights to your image.
  • You must have the consent of those whose faces are visible.
  • By entering the contest, you agree to these rules and to indemnify and hold harmless Geauga Park District from any issues, losses or actions emanating from or in relation to this photo contest. This would include any losses or issues related to third-party claims or copyright infringement or violations of personal privacy.

 

And if you're on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, challenge YOURSELF to take the Chickadee-Me Selfie Challenge!


The Goal:
to spread the word about the awesome opportunity hand-feed chickadees at The West Woods.

Your Challenge:

1) Time up your visit for daylight hours and dress warmly - extra layers, hat and gloves - since you will be standing still. If it's between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., stop into the nature center to collect some black oil sunflower seed; otherwise, use a little from the feeder already placed on site. Hand-feeding works best with just one or two people or a small group, like three or four.

2) Follow the Trout Lily Trail, then hang a right at the fork after the boardwalk across the wetlands, following the sign. Soon you'll come upon the feeding station marked by a feeder and a mannequin, "Parker," who keeps the birds familiar with a human presence. (Parker is pretty realistic; then again, birds are fairly easy to fool.)

3) Take down the feeder, hide it under the bucket that's there, extend your hand with some seed in your palm, then wait. Odds are good you'll have a taker if you're patient, enjoying the peace and quiet a handful of minutes or so.

4) Snap a selfie of yourself chillin' with a bird in your hand or, as is often the case, on your head! Then post that selfie to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the following message. (Don't forget the hashtag!)

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." I challenge NAME, NAME and NAME to take the #ChickadeeMe Selfie Challenge within the next week at The West Woods in Geauga Park District and post their selfies to social media with this exact message and three new names. How to try your hand: http://bit.ly/gpdwhatsnew. Connecting with Nature is awesome!

You'll be encouraging your friends to try the same - and getting those birds a little extra face time.

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Update: March 20, 2015

Boulder Beauty Contest

Don't be shy — enter our Boulder Beauty Contest, the culmination of Glacial Glee with Ice Age Gee-ology on Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center!

Click here for details, FAQ and an entry form for your most beautiful cobbles (up to 3 per entrant).

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Update: March 20, 2015

Registration Open for Summer Adventure Camps

Youth entering grades 5-7 and teens entering graders 8-10 will love Geauga Park District's 2015 Summer Camps!

Click here for all the exciting details, then register your campers (soon - space is limited) by calling 440-286-9516. Note: Scholarship opportunities are available.

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Update: March 20, 2015

Spring Web Updates

Spring is coming fast now (finally!), and that means spring website updates. Who's excited?

Connect Spring Photo Contest: How would you like a free pint of real maple syrup, plus attention on our social media? We’re looking for pictures that feature Conservation, Knowledge and Activity taken by YOU in Geauga Park District — and yes, selfies are welcome! Post your pictures to our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram including the hashtag #gpdspring in the description. Submissions will be added to our Facebook page June 22, and the two that receive the most “likes” by the last day of the month win! Click here for more contest details.

Spring Geocache

Spring Voices of Nature Newsletter

Spring Chit Chat Volunteer Newsletter

Spring Printable Three-Month Calendar

Spring Naturalist Video -- coming soon!

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Update: March 20, 2015

Free Milkweed Giveaways This Spring

In an effort to bolster the imperiled Monarch Butterfly population, Geauga Park District will once again be propagating native milkweed. Stop by during any of the following dates/programs to pick up your free plant! Questions? Contact Tami Gingrich at tgingrich@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

April 19, Landscaping with Native Plants * — 1 PM, The West Woods, Nature Center
April 26, Earth Day, NRM Style — Noon-4 PM, Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge
April 27, Weekly Wildflower Hike * — 1 PM, Big Creek Park
May 10, Mother’s Day Giveaway — 11 AM-2 PM, The West Woods, Nature Center
June 21, Father’s Day Giveaway — Noon-3 PM, The West Woods, Nature Center

* Must attend program to receive plant

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Update: March 10, 2015

Earth Day Fun! & Milkweed Giveaways

Earth Day was first recognized in 1970 and is celebrated annually on April 22 to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Events worldwide demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year, please join Geauga Park District to celebrate!

Earth Day, NRM Style
Sunday, April 26, Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge
Noon to 4 PM – Milkweed Giveaway
Noon – “NRM: What We Do” Presentation
1 PM – Tree Planting Demo/Giveaway
1:30 PM – How to Monitor Your Bluebird Box
2 PM – Surveys, either West Virginia White Butterfly OR Swine Creek Stream

You’ll spend an afternoon with our Natural Resource Management (NRM) Department as it promotes stewardship and research. Become a “citizen scientist” for a day by helping biologists with several of their research projects — gathering important data on the West Virginia White Butterfly, a declining species that mainly flies in April, or participating in a stream survey of Swine Creek. The day will also include a great talk, information on how to properly plant a tree and monitor a bluebird box, and a free milkweed plant!

Milkweed Giveaways
Also, in an effort to bolster the imperiled Monarch Butterfly population, Geauga Park District will once again be propagating native milkweed. Stop by during any of the following dates/programs to pick up your free plant! Questions? Contact Tami Gingrich at tgingrich@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

April 19, Landscaping with Native Plants * — 1 PM, The West Woods, Nature Center
April 26, Earth Day, NRM Style — Noon-4 PM, Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge
April 27, Weekly Wildflower Hike * — 1 PM, Big Creek Park
May 10, Mother’s Day Giveaway — 11 AM-2 PM, The West Woods, Nature Center
June 21, Father’s Day Giveaway — Noon-3 PM, The West Woods, Nature Center
* Must attend program to receive plant

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Update: March 9, 2015

Delays May Affect Entry to Eldon Russell Park

As you plan your trip to Eldon Russell Park this summer, please note that a 5.56-mile stretch of Rapids Road, from state Route 422 to the Burton Village line, will be resurfaced this summer. This construction will end at its northernmost point right where you enter the park. Traffic will be maintained for 30 to 45 days, but no closures are expected, according to the Geauga County Engineer's Office. Please be careful as you travel.

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Update: March 5, 2015

Registration Open for 2-Day Hunter Education Course

Click here for details and information on how to sign up.

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Update: March 2, 2015

20th Annual Nature Writing Contest

Click here for more information about this exciting anniversary year, featuring the return of cash prizes and winner chapbooks courtesy of the Geauga Park District Foundation!

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Update: February 17, 2015

Community Survey Open Now Through March 31

Click here for more information about our community survey and a link to take it, letting your voice be heard toward our strategic planning process!

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Update: February 13, 2015

Free Snowshoe Borrowing! Plus Cross Country Skiing, Sledding & Walking

If you’d like to try out snowshoeing but aren’t quite ready to buy a pair yet, we have a great opportunity for you: snowshoes available to borrow from The West Woods Nature Center

  • Fee/Registration: No charge. Registration preferred at 440-286-9516. Any snowshoes not reserved are available on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Age Restrictions: 18+ to check out. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Six pairs of youth snowshoes now available as well.
  • Check-in: Each registrant must sign a waiver form, leave a driver’s license as a security deposit, and be issued a copy of Safety Rules and Regulations.
  • Rental Period: Up to 2 hours between 10 AM and 2 PM. All snowshoes must be returned to the nature center by 4 PM.
  • Snowshoe Programs: Snowshoes may also be borrowed for snowshoe programs listed on the Park District's website and in the newsletter.
  • Snowshoes may not leave The West Woods except for programs.
  • At least a few inches of snow on the ground is needed, and the deeper the snow, the better. Enjoy!


Also, register here to get your name on our call list for special snowshoe programs that will be "called into action" now through March 1 wherever the snow conditions are right for snowshoeing. Borrow our snowshoes (first-come, first-served) or bring your own. Programs may be held anytime during the day or evening depending on the conditions.

Check the details below for other cool ways to connect with your parks this season:

Cross Country Skiing

Trails are once again being groomed at Orchard Hills Park and along The Maple Highlands Trail between Mountain Run Station in Chardon and Claridon Troy Road. Visit our Facebook wall or Twitter feed for grooming updates.

Cleared Trails for Walking

Park operations crews regularly clear snow from paved walking trails at four parks: Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Chardon, Sunnybrook Preserve in Chesterland, Frohring Meadows in Bainbridge, and now on The Maple Highlands Trail-North from Big Creek Spur north to the Lake County line. (The trail will NOT be plowed from the spur south along Route 44 to the Highway Patrol.)

Sledding

Sledding hills can be found at Orchard Hills Park and Beartown Lakes Reservation. For after-dark sledding at Orchard Hills, find the pole with the "Lights" sign and switch, and please turn the lights off upon the last person's departure.

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Update: February 11, 2015

Proposed Bylaw Revisions

Click here for those bylaw revisions proposed at the February 10 meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners.

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Update: January 26, 2015

Other Events Happening in Your Parks

Did you know outside organizations sometimes schedule events and fundraisers in your parks? Here's one coming up!

Bras for a Cause 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, June 20, at Mountain Run Station
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m.
Race produced by the Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center
Benefitting the UH Geauga Hospital Auxiliary - Bras for a Cause Fund

To explore the possibility of hosting your event in a park, click here for special use permit documents.

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Update: December 30, 2014

Upcoming Park Closures

There are no currently scheduled park closures this winter. Unscheduled winter-related closures are always posted on WKYC and WEWS in Cleveland.

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Update: December 23, 2014

Return to the Ice Age Exhibit

Check out our Special Events page for details about the new Return to the Ice Age exhibit component, open now through 2015 at The West Woods Nature Center.

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Update: December 10, 2014

Horseback Riding Trails

Did you know horseback riding trails can be found at eight Geauga Park District locations? Click here for trails lists, which include notation for those trails that do not allow bicycles. (This link can always be found above under Things to Do.)

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Update: November 10, 2014

Q: What's New with The Maple Highlands Trail?

A: The new south section of The Maple Highlands Trail is now open! Click here for a map that includes details about the new section (extending below Headwaters Park), and stay tuned to this page for an announcement, coming very soon now, of the opening of the new north section (the part that looks like a bent arm above Chardon).

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Update: September 30, 2014

Public Internet Access

Public internet access is now available at Observatory Park, The West Woods Nature Center and Big Creek Park's Meyer Center with the SSID (name) gpPUBLIC and the password GCpublic.

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Update: July 28, 2014

Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks

New baseball backstops are now installed, along with other activity opportunities, just in time for the holiday weekend. Enjoy! (And don't forget to share.)

Bass Lake Preserve — fishing pier, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, tetherball, activity field backstop (just added)

Beartown Lakes Reservation — horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, tetherball

Big Creek Park — soccer goal, tetherball, activity field backstop, sand volleyball

Chickagami Park — soccer goal, horseshoe pits, tetherball, activity field backstop

Frohring Meadows — soccer goal, tetherball

Orchard Hills Park — orchard-themed playground

Swine Creek Reservation — soccer goal, horseshoe pits, tetherball, activity field backstop (just added)

Sunnybrook Preserve — horseshoe pits, bocce ball court, tetherball

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Update: February 16, 2012

White-nose Syndrome Found at The West Woods

Click here for today's unfortunate news, that bats hibernating at The West Woods are affected by white-nose syndrome (WNS). For a federally kept map of all the sites WNS has been found, click here.

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Update: January 28, 2011

Social Media and Our Voices of Nature eNewsletter

It's never been easier to find out what's going on at your Geauga Park District! Click here to receive our new Voices of Nature eNewsletter, featuring pictures, articles and upcoming programs; "Like" us on Facebook or "Follow" us on Twitter for daily updates and special insights from our experienced naturalist team; or check out our YouTube page, featuring more than 150 clips of park fun "in the field"!

 

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