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  • Coronavirus & Your Parks (Updated 7/13/20)

    How we are addressing concerns about the coronavirus and public spaces   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 (COVID-19) through park facilities, programs and events. More than 70 miles of fabulous trails exist in your 25 parks throughout the county and are open as usual. Please get out and enjoy them! Most…

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  • 2020 Season: Boat Borrowing & Ropes Course

    Wishing to take a Park District boat onto the water for a self-guided adventure, or challenge yourself with a treetop climb? We've got the goods! Please read the information here for boat borrowing or here for the high ropes course for rules, regs and pandemic-related particulars before you head out. Boat borrowing at Headwaters Park Sunday - open 10 AM, last boats out at 4 PM Monday - CLOSED Tuesday - CLOSED Wednesday - CLOSED Thursday - CLOSED Friday -…

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  • Enter the “Camper of the Week Contest”

    Camping is full of rewards of its own: fresh air, Nature’s sights and sounds, the calming influence of a campfire, and priceless time with family — or just yourself and the Great Outdoors. Within Geauga Park District, four parks offer clean, safe and scenic primitive and lean-to camping opportunities that offer something for everyone to enjoy. Now, Geauga Park District’s Camper of the Week Contest will also reward one lucky camper or camping family each week with a $50 Walmart…

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  • Congratulations, Nature Writing Contest Winners!

    Please join us in congratulating the following winners of our 25th Annual Nature Writing Contest! You can also read their winning works below, and come hear them read in person (and pick up a free winners' chapbook of them all nicely published) on Sunday, August 2, at 3 p.m. during the 29th Annual Nature Arts Festival. Adult Poetry 1st – Halle Blados, "A Corvidae Contest" 2nd – Christina Mihalic, "A Bird in the Hand" 3rd – Ben Fekete, "Sufferfest" Honorable…

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  • Introducing…Family Camp Days!

    With this year’s Adventure Day Camps cancelled by the pandemic, we’ve created some awesome alternative experiences to enjoy instead: Family Camp Days! Now Geauga County residents entering grades 5-10 and their family members will still be able to join our naturalists for our most popular adventure camp activities: rocket building and launching, stream exploration, kayaking, pond dipping, fishing and insect netting in the parks. Registration opens June 8 at 10 AM for these FREE opportunities on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July…

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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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  • THEY’RE BACK! Live Nest Box Cams

    Spy on some birds nesting in your parks using our Live Nest Box Cams, hosted by Geauga County's official website! By following that link, you'll be able to view the inside of nest boxes at Big Creek Park's Meyer Center and The West Woods Nature Center in one convenient location. If you'd like, also bookmark this post and come back when the nests are active for naturalist blogs about the daily goings-on you'll see.   NATURALIST BLOG Big Creek Park,…

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  • Try These Activities for Chances to Win

    Fun Scavenger Hunt Alert! Self-guided activities are perfect for times of social distancing, so Geauga Park District has created a number of new ones for you to try. Nature Detectives Wild Things Scavenger Hunt Selfie Scavenger Hunt (great for teens!) Wildlife Explorer Bingo Plus, as an added bonus, any Geauga County resident who sends us a picture of a completed activity sheet will be entered into a random drawing, to take place as soon as park buildings reopen, to win…

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  • Enter the “Biggest Fish of the Week Contest”

    Now is the best time ever to get out and enjoy Nature, and where better than our Geauga parks? Geauga Park District is teaming up with Juvenile Court Judge Tim Grendell and State Rep. Diane Grendell to offer another creative way to get outside and enjoy your parks. We’ve noticed you've been taking advantage of the 70+ miles of trails in your 25 parks. You've also been tuning into our YouTube channel for wonderful naturalist-led educational videos. Now it’s time…

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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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