Events & Art Shows

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.

Special Event Frozen Fest

Sunday, January 19 • 11 AM to 4 PM The West Woods

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Please note: Due to the anticipated popularity of this year’s event, and in order to give as many Geauga County residents as possible a chance to attend, attendance at Frozen Fest will require free registration this year. The link to register will be posted here the morning of December 20. Limit eight guests per registration. Mark your calendar to get them while they last!

Six years strong, this annual event is much beloved and always quite magical – and activities are again absolutely FREE! Check out all that we have planned (with updates posted as they are available):

  • Live reindeer and sled dogs
  • 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
  • Ornate face painting
  • Snow-themed indoor make-n-take crafts
  • Indoor igloo fort-building activity
  • 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 (project TBD)
  • 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

Overflow parking locations are ASM and Teague Plaza with free shuttle rides to the event.
ASM International – 9639 Kinsman Road, Materials Park, OH 44073
Teague Plaza – 10924 Kinsman Road, Newbury, OH 44065

Special Event Art Shows

This season at The West Woods Nature Center:


Cindy Ceroky & Rosemary Skocdopole

Running October 11, 2019, through January 22, 2020

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!


Earthscapes & More

Running January 31 through April 20, 2020

Meet the Artist (with refreshments)
Friday, January 31, 7 to 9 p.m.
including, from 8 to 8:30 p.m., a GIS program “Science Behind the Quilts”

Discover the Nature-inspired works of artist Deb Berkebile in this solo art exhibition.

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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