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3/2/15 - 20th Annual Nature Writing Contest
2/17/15 - Community Survey Open Now Through March 31
2/13/15 - Connect Winter Photo Contest / Take the Chickadee-Me Selfie Challenge!
2/13/15 - Free Snowshoe Borrowing! Plus Cross Country Skiing, Sledding & Walking
2/13/15 - Prothonotary Warbler Workshop for Kids
2/11/15 - Proposed Bylaw Revisions
2/9/15 - Calling "Citizen Scientists" with an Astronomy Flair
2/9/15 - Burton Christmas Bird Count Results
2/3/15 - Invitations to Bid: Park Improvements
1/29/14 - Winter Web Updates
1/26/15 - Other Events Happening in Your Parks
12/30/14 - Winter Park Closures
12/23/14 - Return to the Ice Age Exhibit
12/10/14 - Horseback Riding Trails
11/15/14 - 2015 Reservation & Fee Schedule
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 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

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

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

Entries:
Your pictures taken in Geauga Park District that feature Community, Winter or Tradition — and yes, selfies are welcome

How to Win: Post your photos to our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram using #gpdwinter. Submissions will be added to our Facebook page March 24, 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 #gpdwinter, 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: 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 13, 2015

Prothonotary Warbler Workshop for Kids

Click here for details on a neat-o family program Saturday, March 7, presented by Western Reserve Land Conservancy with Geauga Park District and Lake Metroparks.

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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.

New special board meetings in February, all relating to the executive director search, have also been added to the Park Board webpage.

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Update: February 9, 2015

Calling "Citizen Scientists" with an Astronomy Flair

Click here for an awesome opportunity to help confirm a new asteroid (maybe)!

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Update: February 9, 2015

Burton Christmas Bird Count Results

Click here for the new Natural Resource Management page that features the 2014 Burton Christmas Bird Count results.

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Update: February 3, 2015

Invitations to Bid: Park Improvements

Click here for Geauga Park District's new Planning Department website, now linked to invitations to bid on improvement projects at Frohring Meadows and Headwaters Park. Sealed bids will be received by Geauga Park District until 10 and 10:30 AM, respectively, on March 3, 2015, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Questions should be directed to Matt McCue, interim director of planning and operations, at 440-279-0813 or mmccue@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

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Update: January 27, 2014

Winter Web Updates

Brrrrrring on the winter website changes! Now added are your winter Voices of Nature newsletter and Chit Chat newsletter and geocache. (Please note that the newsletter includes an incorrect geocache coordinates and riddle. Consult the website for the correct one!) Coming soon: your winter printable three-month calendar. And click below for your new naturalist video, all about ways you can enjoy winter weather in your parks.

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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 15, 2014

2015 Registration & Fee Schedule

Click here for the new fee schedule for 2015 reservations, which will open on the following schedule: December 15 for Geauga County residents, January 1 for all others.

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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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