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There is almost nothing in life so sweet as pure maple sugar – that is, if we’re speaking literally.

And did you know that Northeast Ohio has rich glacier deposits from the Ice Age, giving it the perfect growing conditions for the sugar maple tree? No wonder we hear so much about maple sugaring this time of year!

If you’ve never seen the process in person, bring the family out this spring to one of FREE
Sap's-a-Risin'! events on Sundays, March 5 and 12, noon to 4 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation in Middlefield.

Sap collection methods have evolved over the years, but the way trees produce the sweet stuff, and the way we boil it, are as traditional as can be. Our event gives you the complete picture: gathering sap in the sugarbush with the help of a horse-drawn sap sled, sugar house tours, samples of the sweet stuff, live string band music and maple treats in the lodge.

Have you ever noticed a bird with a little band on its leg?
Do you know why it's there? Watch this video, starring
Chief Naturalist John Kolar and Naturalist Tami Gingrich,
to learn all about the process - how it's done, why it's done,
and whether it hurts the birds at all WHEN it's done!

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Geauga Senior Center Painting Classes October 14 - December 31


Free wi-fi access is available at The West Woods Nature Center, Big Creek Park's Meyer Center & Observatory Park (SSID/name gcPUBLIC, password GCpublic)

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Great Backyard Bird Count
Sunday, February 19, 11 AM-4 PM
The West Woods, Lobby
Become an official Citizen Scientist and participate in this worldwide bird count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

Travelogue: Namibia, Africa
Sunday, February 19, 2-3 PM
The West Woods, Oak Room A
Join Becky Parkin and Andy Avram from Lake Metroparks as they take you on a photo journey of their graduate trip to Namibia Africa.

The Music of Birdsong: Sorting Out the Singers
Sunday, February 19, 3:30-4:15 PM
The West Woods, Oak Room A
Birdsong is music, but learning those songs can be daunting.

-- program requires pre-registration

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