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4/16/15 - Frozen Artistry People's Choice Winners
4/13/15 - Get Active with Geauga W.O.R.K. Out
4/7/15 - 20th Annual Nature Writing Contest: Deadline Extended!
4/7/15 - Connect Spring Photo Contest
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!
3/9/15 - Delays May Affect Entry to Eldon Russell Park
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: April 16, 2015

Frozen Artistry People's Choice Winners

Geauga Park District's largest-ever community art show, Frozen Artistry, comes to a close this Sunday, April 19 ‐ but we are excited to announce the People's Choice winners today!

More than 5,000 people have streamed through this show since it opened February 1.

Visit The West Woods Nature Center now through Sunday (open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to see these winners and 332 other winter-themed pieces by 100 Northeast Ohio artists before they're all gone! And congratulations to the winners!

1st Place ‐ Antarctic Architecture - photograph by Nancy Dowling

2nd Place ‐ Paws - photograph by Teddy Lilley

3rd Place ‐Owl in the Moonlight - collage by Maureen Farley

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Update: April 13, 2015

Get Active with Geauga W.O.R.K. Out

Geauga County Public Library's Geauga W.O.R.K. Out program begins May 1, and Geauga Park District is a proud partner!

Broken into four categories ‐ Walk, Observe, Read and Know ‐ this challenge will engage your mental and physical health. Complete your log (with some activities in your parks) before September 11 to earn a reward and be entered into a drawing for one of the following four prizes:
1. Fitbit Flex
2. Walking Sticks & “Best Hikes Near Cleveland” book
3. Yoga Mat & Yoga DVD
4. $25 Sporting Goods Gift Card

Geauga W.O.R.K. Out is open to anyone 12 years old and up. Sign up at any Geauga County Public Library branch and receive your starter kit and challenge log. Enjoy!

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Update: April 7, 2015

20th Annual Nature Writing Contest: Deadline Extended!

Good news: The deadline for this exciting anniversary year contest has been extended to Monday, May 11!

Click here for more details and your application to enter today.

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Update: April 7, 2015

Connect Spring Photo Contest

Congratulations to our Connect Winter Photo Contest winners: in first place Steve E. Zavoda III, top, taken at The Rookery, and and in second place Kim Greve Tomba, bottom, taken at The West Woods!

Want to enter the Connect Spring Photo Contest?
Here's everything you need to know:

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 place photographers each win a 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.

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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!

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!

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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: 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. Unscheduled 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

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 — 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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