Events & Art Shows

Special Event Frozen Fest

Sunday, January 20 • 11 AM to 4 PM The West Woods

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Now in its sparkly fifth year, this annual event just gets better as winters pass – and activities are again absolutely FREE! Check out all that we have planned:

  • Live reindeer!
  • Famous winter princesses, a famous “winter snowman” and a famous reindeer herder
    Meet-n-greets throughout the venue: 11 AM-11:30 AM, 11:45 AM-12:15 PM, 12:45-1:15 PM, 1:45-2:15 PM, 2:45-3:15 PM & 3:30-4 PM
    Performances in the lobby: 11:30-11:45 AM, 12:15-12:30 PM, 1:15-1:30 PM, 2:15-2:30 PM & 3:15-3:30 PM
  • Meet-n-greets with sled dogs from the Siberian Husky Club of Greater Cleveland
  • Ornate face painting
  • Indoor make-n-take crafts (Frozen crowns & Great Horned Owl/Snowy Owl magnets)
  • Complimentary hot cocoa & cookies
  • Ice carvings & demos by Elegant Ice Creations
  • Winter wildlife display and touch table
  • Free snowshoeing (weather permitting; $5 for out-of-county residents)
  • A Kid at Art mobile art bus (“Andy Warhol snowflakes”)
  • Self-guided winter hiking & Bird in the Hand Feeding Station activity
  • Live music by the Oak Island Skunk Jumpers
  • Food for sale by the Hunger Squad food truck & Classic Kettle Corn
  • Winter themed merchandise & Nature gifts for sale in the Tree Tops Nature Store

Please note overflow parking locations will be at ASM and Teague Plaza with free shuttle rides to the event. Here are the addresses:
ASM International – 9639 Kinsman Road, Materials Park, OH 44073
Teague Plaza – 10924 Kinsman Road, Newbury, OH 44065

Special Event Art Shows

Scheduled this season at The West Woods Nature Center:

  • Margaret Khairallah & John Tillotson
    Opening Friday, October 19 (7-9 PM reception); show runs through January 22
    Paintings, prints and black & white fine art photography
  • discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition
    Opening Sunday, February 17; show runs through April 15
    Please scroll down for details and our community call for entries!

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
Meet the Artists Reception: Sunday, February 17, 2 to 4 PM (please note that the building will be closed for Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 18)

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Exhibitor Application

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Geauga Park District invites community members and regional artisans to participate in a 2-month exhibition featuring creative works of art transformed from discarded/found materials. Entries will be accepted January 29 and 30 at The West Woods Nature Center.

Goals for this project are:
٠ To increase environmental awareness and encourage recycling.
٠ To demonstrate sustainability through the use/reuse of discarded or recycled materials.
٠ To showcase the creative talents of community members and regional artisans in a unique way.
٠ To delight visitors with the unexpected connection of discarded materials to finished artwork, as well as the cleverness of the transformation.

Artwork created from recycled materials is a carrier of memory, containing a vestige of these materials’ former function into the new art piece. Possibilities for raw materials are endless…what will you create?

For more information, please contact Teresa Runion at 440-279-0882 or trunion@geaugaparkdistrict.org.

Special Event Sap's-a-Risin'!

Sundays, March 3, 10 & 17 • 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 3), Mr. Haney String Band (March 10) and The Woodpeckers (March 17).

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

Swine Creek Reservation is also a stop on both the statewide Maple Madness Tour and the local Northeast Ohio Maple Tour  on March 3 and 10.

Psst…! Consider adding our Tree Tapper’s Ball to your calendar on Saturday, March 9, to create a complete weekend of lasting maple sugaring memories! Registration opens February 25. Find details here.

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

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 will be allowed in the race or walk; thank you for understanding.

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.

Register: Online RegistrationPaper Application

Resources: Course MapFacebook  EventRace Results

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