Events & Art Shows

Special Event Art Shows

This season at The West Woods Nature Center:


Geauga Arts Council Juried Art Show

Running August 7 through October 7
Enjoy local artists’ works for the fifth year at The West Woods!

Best of Show – Beth Nilges-Nehamkin, “You Are Love”

Oil & Acrylic Painting

First Place – Betsy Lee Wanner, “Rainforest”
Second Place – Tricia Kaman, “Maddelson’s Girl”
Third Place – Bobbie Wheeler, “Possum Playing”
Honorable Mentions – Carlene Holtz, “Eye on the Sparrow,” & Susan Nelson, “Bit of Shade”

Watercolor Painting

First Place – Carol Prior, “Peacefully Grazing”
Second Place – Barbara Yoxall, “The Old Pond”
Third Place – Betsy Lee Wanner, “Hummingbird & Roses”


First Place – Dale Smallwood, “I Got An ‘F’ ”
Second Place – Wayne Mazorow, “Shipman’s Pond”
Third Place – Lynn Katz Danzig, “To The Sky”

Other Media

First Place – Gayle G. Gifford, Jr., “Maple Burl Bowl on Pedestal”
Second Place – Mary Manfredi, “Glass Mini Greenhouse”
Third Place – Tom Ream, “Maple Burl Bowl”

Special Event Jump Into Fall Days

Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6 • 1 to 5 PM
Swine Creek Reservation

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Celebrate autumn with hands-on activities for all ages: free horse-drawn wagon rides, kayaking, fishing, face painting and balloon creations, a bounce house, a large corn box, a “Spider Spot” activity tent, a food truck, live music by the Sev & Starr Duo and more.

Plus, new this year, plan your visit for Saturday to check out a “Homespun Market,” featuring a selection of locally produced handmade items for purchase!

Wagon rides will be first come, first served until 4 PM.

Special Opportunity Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Saturdays & Sundays, October 12, 13, 19 & 20 • 1 to 5 PM
Swine Creek Reservation

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Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of fall with a horse-drawn wagon ride through these healthy woods!

Free passes will ensure first-come, first-served boarding. When you arrive, get a pass from the board indicating the time of your ride, which will last about a half hour. Each day’s last ride goes out at 4:30 p.m.

Bad weather cancels the day’s rides, so please feel free to call our front desk at 440-286-9516 to check their status if the day is rainy.

Pets are not permitted. Thank you for understanding!

Special Event Holly Days Artisan Boutique

Saturday, November 9 • 10 AM to 4 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

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Complete List of Participating Artisans – COMING SOON!

Shoppers at Geauga Park District’s ever-popular Holly Days Artisan Boutique revel in a premier selection of juried Nature-themed gifts by more than 25 regional artists. It’s the perfect place to find quality handmade items for everyone on your list!

The additional Mistletoe Market, meanwhile, features youth artisans ages 18 and under selling items that they themselves have made at various price points.

Within a festive nature setting, Holly Days shoppers have come to expect heirloom-quality ornaments and holiday décor, all-natural bath and beauty products, gourmet food and snack items, unique jewelry and accessories, beautiful and functional pottery and glass items, gifts hand-turned from wood, indoor planters and terrariums, and much more.

All are welcome free of charge. The West Woods is wheelchair/stroller accessible. With questions, please contact Teresa Runion, special events coordinator, at or 440-279-0882.

Special Opportunity Greens for Giving

Saturday, December 7 • Noon to 3 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

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Gather your friends and family around a great cause this holiday season – creating more than 250 evergreen decorations for Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals for seniors!

Now in its fourth festive year, Greens for Giving guarantees a way to brighten a senior’s holiday season by building a thoughtful and completely unique handmade creation from scratch.

All supplies – fresh evergreens, decorations and containers – will be provided, but feel free to bring your own hand pruners and additional decorative add-ins if you’d like.

“This is a great way to start your holiday season, sharing a little of your time to share holiday joy with our senior neighbors,” said Holly Sauder, outreach coordinator for the parks.

Registration is not required to participate. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.

Special Event Winter Solstice Celebration

Saturday, December 21 • 7:30 to 9:30 PM
The West Woods, Nature Center

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Make the most out of the longest night of your year during this annual celebration, which introduced an all-new format in 2017!

Indoors, take in cookies and hot cider while listening to festive music of the season performed by the Pilgrim Brass Choir. Also, children are invited to try a free solstice-themed craft.

Then, outdoors, stroll the self-guided Solstice Traditions Trail, a magical, candlelit route through the forest; warm up by a bonfire; and stop by the stage area to watch costumed interpreters perform interactive skits highlighting solstice traditions of past civilizations, i.e. the Druids and the origins of mistletoe.

Please dress for time spent indoors and out. Only indoor portions will be fully wheelchair/stroller accessible. Registration is not required for this free event. Please call 440-286-9516 with questions.