Events & Art Shows

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 Art Shows

This season at The West Woods Nature Center:


Cindy Ceroky & Rosemary Skocdopole

Running October 11 through January 22

Meet the Artists (with refreshments)
Friday, October 11, 7 to 9 p.m.

Explore the beauty of Nature through Cindy and Rosemary’s images rendered in paintings!

Special Event Holly Days Artisan Boutique

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

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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.

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

Scroll down for a list of vendors confirmed already as of mid-September!

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.

Holly Days Vendors

The Crooked Kettle Popcorn Co. – Flavored kettle corn

Hopewell Therapeutic Farm – Woodwork, pottery, herbs, soaps, candles

Elliott Woods – Wood turned pens & accessories

Ledgendsgirl Art – Painted ornaments & decor

life and peace home – Reclaimed wood, hand-stitched items

Mary Hegarty Designs – Gourd art

Heinzart – Wood, fabric, watercolor, glass

Luvin Lavender Farms – Dried lavender products

Chimmie Art – Fine art & inspired creations in mixed media

Basic Soapworks – Soap

HHH Metalsmith – Jewelry featuring beach glass & gemstones

Cynde H Designs – Enameled jewelry

Brushwork Studio – Giclee prints & watercolors

Rick’s Flavored Breads – Flavored breads

The Maple Palette – Painted ornaments/sawblades, watercolors, prints

Garden Accents – Garden decor

The McCune Family Apiaries – Honey & beeswax products

Metalworks Jewelry Design – Jewelry

Rachel’s Cookie Farm – Cookies

Krista Prexta & Pat Leech – Wood turned items

Home Decor & More – Holiday home decor

Nature’s Girls – 25 karat gold dripped leaves creating jewelry, ornaments, etc.

Artifacts Gift Studio – Glassware, giftware

Rustic Forest/Just Winging It – Wood/reclaimed wood creations

Kiss Bitts Pet Bakery – Pet treats

Emily Wroblewski – Aromatherapy jewelry

Sweet Crumb Pastries – Bakery (gluten free)

Mistletoe Market Vendors

Girl Scout Troop 70924 – Fall baked goods

Essential Creations – Skin care products

Jewelry by Morghan – Beaded, woven & wire jewelry

Fizz Shoppe – Soaps & bath bombs

Jewels by Hazel – Jewelry & decor

Sindel-ART – Candy arrangements

Sweet Jewels – Jewelry & hair scrunchies

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.