Events & Art Shows

Special Event Art Shows

This season at The West Woods Nature Center:

 

RobinAnne Ralls Payne Presents “Earthlight Impressions”
Running October 9, 2020, through January 17, 2021

A collection of more than 50 Nature-themed art works of various mediums. You may also stop in to meet the artist on Sunday, January 10, from 1 to 3 p.m

Special Opportunity Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Saturdays & Sundays, October 17, 18, 24 & 25 • 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.

Seating will be extremely limited due to social distancing. Pets are not permitted. Please note that inclement weather will cancel 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.

Please note: We are practicing social distancing, and face coverings are required where social distancing is not possible.

Special Event Holly Days Artisan Boutique

TWO Saturdays, November 7 & 14 • 10 AM to 4 PM
at 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 regional artists. It’s the perfect place to find quality handmade items for everyone on your list!

This year’s format will be adjusted for the times. Different artisans will be available each Saturday, albeit fewer than usual to ensure safe social distancing, and building capacity will be monitored per current state guidelines. That means guests may experience a wait to enter the venue; thanks in advance for understanding.

Still, three things that will remain consistent from years past are the serene setting of The West Woods, the festive nature of the event, and the outstanding quality of items for sale: any variety of 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 more.

Please note: We are practicing social distancing, and face coverings are required where social distancing is not possible. All staff, vendors and volunteers will wear face coverings throughout.

Special Opportunity Greens for Giving

Saturday, December 5
at Big Creek Park‘s Meyer Center *NEW LOCATION*

Registration is required to participate this year.

To allow as many people as possible to have a hand in this wintertime tradition, please register for only one hour-long session: either 9:30 AM, 11 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM  or 3:30 PM. Thank you in advance!

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Gather your friends and family around a great cause this holiday season – creating more than 300 evergreen decorations for Geauga County Department on Aging’s home-delivered meals for seniors!

Now in its fifth 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.

Special Event Candle Light on the Longest Nights

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, December 19, 20 & 21
at The West Woods Nature Center

Registration is required to participate this year.

To allow as many people as possible to have a hand in this wintertime tradition, please register for only one two-hour-long session: either 6 to 8 PM or 8 to 10 PM. Thank you in advance!

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Dress for the weather and come on out (during your registered-for time slot) to enjoy a self-guided walk along a beautiful, candlelit trail through the forest while discovering cultural traditions associated the Winter Solstice!
 
Important: Due to attendance limitations, this is not the Winter Solstice program you may be used to from years past. It will be entirely outdoors and include only the candlelit walk with self-serve interpretive stations.

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Insect & Arachnid-Inspired Art Exhibition

Saturday, February 13, 2021 – Monday, April 26, 2021
Open 10 AM to 4:30 PM Daily
at The West Woods Nature Center

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Insects have inspired artists for centuries. In fact, some of the earliest human art features insects. In celebration of the creativity sparked through the insect world, and to demonstrate the creative talents of regional artisans, Geauga Park District invites you to participate in a 10-week community art exhibition of artwork inspired by insects and arachnids in all media – whether you be an artist  or someone who’d just like to visit!