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  • 2021 Facility Reservations

    Reservations for 2021 facilities will open to Geauga County residents both online and by phone beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1. Out-of-county residents will then have an opportunity to reserve facilities online beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, January 1, and by phone beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 2. Please refer to the 2021 fee schedule as you plan to make a reservation.

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  • Coronavirus & Your Parks (Updated 11/17/20)

    In light of current orders and recommendations issued by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Geauga Park District is taking a number of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in public spaces. UPDATE 11/17/20: In compliance with the State of Ohio's most recent orders, all public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Additionally, Geauga Park District asks our guests to comply with mask wearing; face coverings are required for anyone 10…

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  • Hunting-Related Park Closures

    Please note that the following parks will be closed the following dates for controlled hunting. To learn more about our controlled hunting program any time, please select Activities, then Hunting & Trapping, from the dropdowns above. Youth Gun: Nov. 21-22, 2020 • Observatory Park Regular Gun: Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2020 • The Rookery Regular Gun: Dec. 5 & 6 • The West Woods Regular Gun: Dec. 19 & 20 • Observatory Park Muzzleloader: Jan. 2 & 3, 2020…

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  • Go on a Fall Scavenger Hunt & Enter to Win!

    Partake in a fall scavenger hunt to experience things you never knew could be found in your Geauga Park District! Geauga County residents are also invited to enter a random drawing for $150, $100 and $50 VISA gift cards by submitting pictures from their visits. To enter the drawing, email full name, hometown, phone number and five pictures of hunted-for items (or selfies at those spots) to info@geaugaparkdistrict.org no later than Friday, December 4. One entry per person, please. Photos…

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  • “Tree House” Camp Site Officially Open!

    The construction of Big Creek Park's new "Tree House" Camp Site E has been the talk of the town all summer - and now reservations are open to stay the night! Reservations are only being accepted at this time by phone at 440-286-9516 daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM, or in person during business hours at The West Woods Nature Center or Big Creek Park, at least 1 day prior to your stay. Sorry, no walk-in camping is permitted. Fees to…

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  • Fall Activity Guide

    Click here to view the fall Park Explorer Activity Guide, containing programs, special events and information for October through December 2020. For additional information on our response to the coronavirus, please click here.

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  • Holiday Greens Workshop Project 2020

    Our popular Holiday Greens Workshops on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, will be a little different this year, but they still promise to be a great time! To allow for multiple programs and small groups, each participant will make a festive evergreens centerpiece using his or her choice of containers and embellishments, imagined from a wide variety of ribbon, evergreens and pine cones provided. Instruction will also be provided, but please note that we expect each piece to…

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  • Honoring Our Nature Writing Contest Winners – Virtually!

    Please join us in honoring the winners of our 25th Annual Nature Writing Contest by enjoying these "virtual celebration" videos of some of them reading their acclaimed works, paired with the thoughts of this year's contest judges (bios below). You may also like to read along using the following links; those in italics are featured in the videos. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy some great Nature writing, park friends!   "Virtual Celebration" Videos Child Categories (Ages 11 & Under)…

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  • Try These Easy Backyard Nature Crafts

    Looking for something creative to do with the Nature in your own backyard? Try these easy projects with Outreach Coordinator Holly Sauder! Nature Craft #1 - "Nature Names" Instructional Video • Instruction Sheet (PDF) Nature Craft #2 - "God's Eye" Instructional Video • Instruction Sheet (PDF) Nature Craft #3 - "Cone Flowers" Instructional Video • Instruction Sheet (PDF) Nature Craft #4 - "Recycled Paper Flowers & Twig Vase" Instructional Video • Instruction Sheet (PDF) Nature Craft #5 - "Stick-Tac-Toe" Instructional…

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  • Bookmark Our YouTube Channel & Visit Often!

    With so many Ohioans staying home these days, Geauga Park District is excited to be creating brand new Nature education videos and posting them frequently to our YouTube channel. Check out "SpringThings" videos for shorter segments dedicated to cool Nature discoveries, footage and stories — things happening RIGHT NOW in Nature! Or you can view "Mother Nature Productions" for longer videos covering more material and in-depth dives with our experienced and enthusiastic team of naturalists. (You can learn more about…

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