Events & Art Shows

Call for Entries Maple SugART Invitational

Calling all interested artists…Geauga Park District and Geauga Arts Council invite you to participate in our Maple SugART Invitational an exclusive project to “upcycle” galvanized steel sap buckets for the creation of artwork!

One hundred buckets historically used for maple sugaring at Swine Creek Reservation are being distributed at The West Woods Nature Center (maximum 2 per artist), and completed entries (1 or 2 per artist) will be displayed at the park January 28 through April 28 to honor Geauga’s rich maple sugaring history.

Buckets may be painted/embellished in their current form or deconstructed for materials; any additional media may be utilized. Click the artist application button below to learn more.

NOTE: Plenty of buckets were still available after initial pick-up November 22, so we have opened access to out-of-county artists and continue to distribute them through the front desk. Please visit or call ahead with interest if you’d still like one!

Artist Application

Special Event Sap's-a-Risin'!

Sundays, March 6, 13 & 20 • Noon to 4 PM
at Swine Creek Reservation

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Visit Geauga Park District’s sugar house and sugarbush for a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved from the Native American tradition to modern methods! Help gather sap in the sugarbush with a horse-drawn sap sled; experience the tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history; see sap boiling in the sugar house; and try a taste of pure maple syrup.

Fun for the whole family — and entirely free! Join us.

Special Event Art Shows

This season at The West Woods Nature Center

Open daily 10 AM to 4 PM


Brant Gebhart, Ron Johnston & Betsy Morris
Running October 15, 2021, through January 10, 2022

A lovely collection of Nature paintings by plein air artists, many created in Northeast Ohio parks

Maple SugART Invitational
Running January 28 through April 28, 2022

Experience this community art project to “upcycle” 100 galvanized steel sap buckets once used in our Swine Creek Reservation sugarbush for the creation of artwork! All are also welcome to join us for Meet the Artists, complete with refreshments, Friday, January 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.