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10/13/16 - Bird in the Hand Feeding Station
9/30/16 - Kayaking Borrowing in October
9/14/16 - Upcoming Park Closures
9/12/16 - Fall Web Updates
9/12/16 - The Wall That Heals: It Happened!
9/12/16 - Chances to Win (Park Poster Contest & Youth Fishing Derby)
8/22/16 - K-9 Fund for Rotar & Sniper
8/22/16 - 2016 Nature Arts Festival: It Happened!
6/9/16 - Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks






Update: October 13, 2016

Bird in the Hand Feeding Station

We know it can be hard to get outdoors during the weather turns cold in Northeast Ohio, but we've got you covered when it comes to motivation!

Bird in the Hand Feeding Station
Head to The West Woods and follow these steps for the magical experience of having wildlife trust you enough to eat from your hand! In optimal conditions, volunteers last year reported as many as 60 chickadees in a 20-minute span!

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.

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Update: September 30, 2016

Kayak Borrowing in October

Great news - FREE kayak borrowing at the Headwaters Park Boathouse is resuming for weekends in October! Kayaks will be available first come, first served this Saturday and Sunday (October 1 and 2) beginning at 12:30 p.m., with the last kayaks going out at 6 p.m. Please stay tuned for time information about future weekends as our amazing volunteers step forward to staff the Boathouse.

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Update: September 14, 2016

Upcoming Park Closures

As you plan your visits to the parks this fall and winter, please note that Observatory Park will be closed November 19, 20, 28 & 29, December 3, January 7 & 8, and Big Creek Park will be closed December 17 & 18, due to controlled hunting. Rangers and/or signs will be posted at park entrances during these times as a reminder.

Additionally, applicable park buildings are scheduled to be closed:
Friday, November 11 (Veteran's Day)
Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving)
Sunday, December 25 (Christmas)
Monday, December 26
Sunday, January 1, 2017 (New Year's Day)
Monday, January 2, 2017

And as always, unscheduled closures are posted on WKYC and WEWS in Cleveland, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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Update: September 12, 2016

Fall Web Updates

Fall is coming! And so are the seasonal web updates.

Fall Geocache

Fall Voices of Nature Newsletter

Fall Printable Three-Month Calendar

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Update: September 12, 2016

The Wall That Heals: It Happened!

The Wall That Heals was created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to travel to communities across the United States - and it came to Geauga County Fairgrounds this September 8-11. What a tremendous effort by so many to bring this powerful exhibit to 8,700 visitors in Geauga County. Thanks to the Geauga County Veterans' Services Commission and Geauga County Fairgrounds for their partnership, more than 60 volunteers who made the weekend possible, everyone who spread the word, and for everything else, the very accomplished Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Photo Albums: WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday & Sunday

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Update: September 12, 2016

Chances to Win (Park Poster Contest & Youth Fishing Derby)

Who doesn't love a good challenge? Enter either (or both) of these in 2017 for your chance to win!

Park Poster Contest

Want to win a $20 gift certificate to The West Woods Nature Center's Tree Tops Nature Store? (That's a quart of syrup, a nature guide, a T-shirt, a few plush animals, science discovery toys, camping gear and much more...for just the cost of taking a picture!) Here's how to enter our Park Poster Contest.

1) Take your picture with a poster already on the wall at a local business/park, or pick up your free copy of the poster at the desk of one of these participating locations:
Big Creek Park's Meyer Center
Burton Public Library
Destination Geauga
Geauga Public Library branches
The West Wood Nature Center
Get creative with your photo (pose, props), or just stand next to the poster on the wall and show us how much you love the parks with a smile.

2) Share your picture via email at marketing@geaugaparkdistrict.org, on our Facebook wall or on Twitter or Instagram using #geaugaparkdistrict. We'll draw one winner a week through 2016 – one win per person. Oh, and if you see your photo show up in our newsletter or social media, don't be surprised!

Youth Fishing Derby

Geauga Park District welcomes kids 17 and younger to try your pole at catching 50 numbered fish! Tagged Largemouth Bass were divided evenly between Big Creek Park’s Wild Goose Pond and Swine Creek Reservation’s lodge pond the morning of Tuesday, June 7.

To collect your winnings, simply snap a picture of your numbered tag, and a picture of yourself with your fish, then email them to marketing@geaugaparkdistrict.org. Winners will receive a prize, and five big winners will also receive $50 gift cards! Note: Each tagged fish can only be a winner once, and only one prize will be given per angler; fish already claimed as winners are #29 and #44.

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Update: August 22, 2016

K-9 Fund for Sniper & Rotar

Geauga Park District is excited to announce a new opportunity to improve our community, and the Board of Park Commissioners has allowed us to request your help in maintaining our new K-9 unit.

With the addition of two trained K-9s to our Ranger Department, Sniper and
Rotar, we can continue to make Geauga parks and the surrounding area a
safer place to live and enjoy the outdoors. Our K-9s will be able to locate drugs/narcotics in vehicles, track lost persons and attend informational programs that help build community relations.

It is with the above in mind that we ask for your support to enable us to maintain this great community asset. We are seeking partners to help underwrite necessary items for both dogs including equipment (leash, collars, bowls, toys, treats), food, veterinary care, vehicle inserts designed for transport of police working dogs, and educational training and seminars.

If you are able to support our program in any way, donations may be made by check or cash; make checks out to Geauga Park District K-9 Fund to ensure your donation is placed in the proper account. Donations are tax deductible, so please also provide your name, address and phone number so we can ensure
you receive a proper receipt for your contribution.

If you have any questions at all, about donations or the development of our K-9 unit, please contact the Ranger Department at (440) 279-0824. We are also accessible at Ranger Weisbarth dweisbarth@geaugaparkdistrict.org or Ranger Hunziker echunziker@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Thank you in advance for your partnership. We cannot do this without your support!

- Ranger Denise Weisbarth and Ranger Ed Hunziker

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Update: August 22, 2016

2016 Nature Arts Festival: It Happened!

The 25th annual Nature Arts Festival "came home" to Big Creek Park after being held at The West Woods for 13 years, having previously been at Big Creek Park the first 11 years, and it was a tremendous homecoming!

Sunday, August 7, also hosted the Chardon Arts Festival, and three Lolly the Trolleys ran at maximum capacity between both festivals. Our Nature Arts Festival featured more than 60 vendors of Nature-inspired art and products, approximately 2,000 visitors, and numerous entertainers, family activities and food vendors. To top off an already fantastic day, Mother Nature smiled on the event by giving us perfect weather.

Please come back soon for a link to photos of this very special day in the park!

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Update: June 9, 2016

Play Ball! and Other Fun Activities in Your Parks

Did you know about these amenities recently added to your parks? Come out and play!

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

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

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

Frohring Meadows — tetherball

Orchard Hills Park — orchard-themed playground

Swine Creek Reservation — activity field backstop, soccer goal, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, tetherball

Sunnybrook Preserve — bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, tetherball

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