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Special Event Sap's-a-Risin'!

In line with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s recommendation to practice social distancing for the foreseeable future, the March 15 date of this event has been cancelled. Click here for more information on Geauga Park District’s response to the coronavirus.


Sundays, March 1, 8 & 15 • Noon to 4 PM Swine Creek Reservation

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Get a sweet taste of how maple sugaring methods have evolved, from the Native American tradition to modern methods, during our annual Sap’s-a-Risin’! celebrations, held in the very park where we produce maple syrup for your kitchen table each spring!

Activities include gathering sap in the sugarbush with the help of a horse-drawn sap sled; trying tapping, gathering and boiling methods used throughout history; seeing sap boiling in the sugar house and tasting what’s cooking; and warming up in the lodge with free maple treats and live music by The Real Deal String Band (March 1), Mr. Haney String Band (March 8) and The Woodpeckers (March 15).

Fun for the whole family in the sugarbush…and entirely FREE!

Did you know…? Swine Creek Reservation is also a stop on both the statewide Maple Madness Tour and the local Northeast Ohio Maple Tour  on March 8 and 15, if you’d like to make a whole maple-themed day of it.

Special Event Art Shows

This season at The West Woods Nature Center:

Earthscapes & More

Running January 31 through April 20, 2020

Discover the Nature-inspired work of artist Deb Berkebile, including several inspired by GIS remote-sensed images from satellites! Science and art meet for a unique interpretation of our world.

Special Event Earth Day Extravaganza

Saturday, April 18 • 11 AM to 3 PM
at The West Woods

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Commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with live animals, bird banding, wildlife presentations, the return of the Garlic Mustard Pull Challenge with prizes, a Nature craft for kids, a food truck and more!

Special Events Nights Out in the Parks

Our popular Nights Out in the Parks series returns this summer with more live music and movies under the stars!

Live Music: Saturdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Big Creek Park‘s amphitheater or Claridon Woodlands (noted below). Refreshments served. Held inside if inclement weather.

Movie Nights: Saturdays 8 to 11:30 p.m. at Observatory Park. Pre-show activities  include the Geauga County Public Library’s Fun Bus. Free popcorn and lemonade. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Movie shown indoors if inclement weather. Weather permitting, night sky viewing after the movie.


2020 Schedule

Chardon Polka Band in Concert
Saturday, June 13, at Big Creek Park
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“Jumanji: The Next Level” (PG-13)
Saturday, June 20
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“The Martian” (PG-13)
Saturday, July 11
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Long Time Gone in Concert
Saturday, July 18, at Big Creek Park (
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“Up” (PG)
Saturday, August 8
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Hiram Rapids Stumblers in Concert
Saturday, August 15, at Claridon Woodlands
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The PopTarts in Concert
Saturday, August 29, at Big Creek Park
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2020 Nights Out

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

Sunday, June 14, 2020
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. (No dogs allowed in the race or walk…thanks for understanding!)

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Thanks to our 2020 sponsors!
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Special Event West Woods Wednesdays Farm Market

Wednesdays, July 8, August 12 & September 9 • 4 to 7 PM
(Second Wednesdays, July to September)
at The West Woods

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Offering local shopping in one of the county’s most popular parks, West Woods Wednesdays are scheduled this year for the second Wednesday of each month, July to September – a one-stop shop for all your mid-week, farm-fresh needs.

On top of vendors providing all kinds of locally made/grown items, strolling musicians will provide ambient music, and an onsite food truck will serve dinner and snack options for purchase. Come out after work and make it an evening in the park!

Geauga Park District is currently accepting applications from interested vendors.

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Special Event Nature Arts Festival

Sunday, August 2 • 10 AM to 5 PM
Big Creek Park

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Music, Crafts, Activity & Food Schedule

Take in this annual favorite featuring more than 40 artists, plus free family entertainment: make-n-take crafts, cartoon portraits, face painting, balloon art, live music, food trucks and more.

Parking at Big Creek Park is limited, so you may like to take a FREE Lolly the Trolley ride from Chardon Square, also host to the Chardon Arts Festival this day!

Geauga Park District is currently accepting applications from interested vendors.

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Thanks again to our 2019 sponsors, Renewal by Andersen & The News-Herald!