Events & Art Shows

Special Event Earth Day Extravaganza

Saturday, April 27 • 11 AM to 3 PM The West Woods

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Celebrate Earth Day “Natural Resource Management-style” with amphibian/reptile displays, bird banding, wildlife presentations, a wild edible cooking demonstration, a garlic mustard challenge with prizes, the Wrap It Up Food Truck, artwork created from recycled materials by local artisans on display/for sale, a Nature craft for kids and more! Featured will be bat expert Maria Monarchino discussing the ecological importance of Red Bats.

This event will also include a plant giveaway and a Garlic Mustard Pull Challenge with first, second and third place prize baskets.

Stay tuned for a complete schedule of the day, coming soon…

Community Art Show discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition

Tuesday, February 19 – Monday, April 15
Open 10 AM to 4:30 PM Daily
The West Woods, Nature Center

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This third installment of our discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition features more than 200 pieces of artwork on display, and we hope you will join us to celebrate its artists and open this uniquely awesome show!

This artwork is functional, decorative and youth art made of discarded/found materials.

DiscARTed is a challenge to the community to ‘think outside the trash can,’” said Teresa Runion, special events coordinator, “utilizing cast-off materials in the creation of decorative and functional artwork. Works created from recycled materials are carriers of memory and history, containing vestiges of their former function into new art. The possibilities for raw materials are endless!”

Also, just down the street at Artisan Corner Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, view a companion collection of handmade artwork made from recycled medium by discARTed artisans, with a selection of unique artwork under $60. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours on  April 5 will keep doors open until 8 p.m.

Artisan Corner Gallery is located at 11110 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in the Zeppe’s plaza and can be reached with questions about its companion display at 440-739-4128.

Special Event Art Shows

Scheduled this season at The West Woods Nature Center:

  • discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition
    Opening Sunday, February 17; show runs through April 15
    Please scroll down for details and our community call for entries!
  • Tri-County Artists
    Opening Friday, April 26 (7-9 PM reception); show runs through July 23
    Diverse collection of Nature-inspired artwork by the Tri-County Artists, with members from Geauga, Cuyahoga and Lake counties

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

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

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It’s a tough one, but man is it 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. Please note: No dogs will be allowed in the race or walk; thank you for understanding.

T-Shirt Design Contest: Would you like to design this year’s race day T-shirt? Toss your hat…err, shirt into the ring! Click here for details and official rules.

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Special thanks to our 2019 sponsors!
Stone Age Sponsors ($1,000)
University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center & Patterson Fruit Farm
Cave Clan Sponsors ($500)
Kinetico Water Systems & Junction Auto Family

Special Events Nights Out in the Parks

Our popular Nights Out in the Parks series returns this spring and summer with more live music at Big Creek Park‘s Frances S. Hall Amphitheater, plus some live music at Claridon Woodlands, and more movies under the stars at Observatory Park.

Amphitheater concerts from 7 to 8:30 PM
June 8 – Jayson & the Mean Eyed Cats (Big Creek Park) (Facebook Event)
July 6 – Foster Brown & Friends (Claridon Woodlands)
July 20 – Tom Todd – The Amazing One Man Band (Big Creek Park)
August 24 – Night Dawgs (Big Creek Park)

Outdoor movie nights with activities at 8 PM at movies at dark
June 22 – Ralph Breaks the Internet (rated PG) (Facebook Event)
July 27 – Harry Potter & the Sorceror’s Stone (rated PG)
August 10 – First Man (rated PG-13)

Click the button below for these listings on our website with more details.

2019 Nights Out

Special Event Veterans Picnic

Friday, June 14 • 4:30 to 8 PM Holbrook Hollows

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Veterans, we want to celebrate you this Flag Day!

Please register after March 20 under Programs & Events above, or by calling 440-286-9516, to enjoy food and fun during this special picnic at your brand new park in Bainbridge Township – our humble way of saying thank-you for serving our country.

Each veteran may bring one guest. Our new lodge here is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible.