Special Events & Art Shows

Special Event Sap’s-a-Risin’!

Sundays, March 4, 11 & 18 • Noon to 4 PM • Swine Creek Reservation

Tapping trees and celebrating the cooking-down of real maple syrup is a tradition with firm roots in Geauga County. But what about celebrating the Nature that creates the sap to make the syrup? For 32 years, Geauga Park District has provided this perspective with a variety of FREE activities hosted in its 32-acre sugarbush:

  • On-the-hour naturalist-led visits to the sugarbush, where you can collect buckets from the trees and spill the sweet stuff into a horse-drawn sap sled for cooking
  • Tours of the sugar house and boiling process, with samples of the fresh syrup recently cooked
  • Interactive stations about maple sugaring through history with costumed interpreters
  • Free maple treats, a large crackling fireplace and live music at the lodge (Oak Island Skunk Jumpers on March 4, The Mr. Haney String Band on March 11, The Real Deal String Band on March 18)

Swine Creek is also a featured stop on two drive-it-yourself tours on March 4 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour maps with complete lists of participating sugar houses are available from the Ohio Maple Producers’ Northeast Ohio Maple Madness Tour and the Maple Producers of Northeast Ohio’s Maple Tour of Northeast Ohio.

Special Event Earth Day Extravaganza

Sunday, April 22 • 11 AM to 3 PM • The West Woods

Join our Natural Resource Management team on Earth Day for presentations by wildlife experts, live animals, a Nature craft, amphibian/reptile show & tell, wildlife discovery walks and more! A complete schedule will be posted here soon.

Special Event Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk

Sunday, June 10 • Registration 7 AM, Costume Contest 8:30 AM, Race 9 AM The West Woods

It’s a tough one, but MAN is a fun! Mark your calendars to join us for a great cause: getting kids outdoors through the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure. Walkers are welcome in both the 5K and the 1-Mile Fun Walk.

Register: Online RegistrationPaper Application

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Links to Athlete Tracking and Race Results will be posted as soon as they become available.

Thanks to our 2018 sponsors:

  • University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center
  • Patterson Fruit Farm
  • Junction Auto Family
  • John W. Rosenthal Capital Management Inc.
  • Kinetico

Also, thanks to Perfect Occasion Costumes and Magic in Middlefield for offering 15% off retail merchandise and 20% off rentals on costumes for the Caveman Crawl costume contest at 8:30 AM!

Special Event West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market

Special Event Nature Arts Festival

Special Event Art Shows

Scheduled this season at The West Woods Nature Center:

  • Nature-inspired paintings
    by Julie Cook (Madison, OH) and Hap Howle (Thompson, OH)
    Show runs through April 16
  • “Two Friends Sharing Their Love of Art & Nature”
    Landscape & floral paintings by Susan Hood
    Drawings, paintings, photography & mixed media by Sheila R. Dorris
    Meet the Artists on Saturday, April 21, 2 to 4 PM
    Show runs through July 24