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  • 2019 Season Updated Hours: Ropes Course & Boat Borrowing

    As the season winds down and the sun starts set earlier, please note that our ropes and boats schedules have changed as follows beginning August 23. High ropes course at Claridon Woodlands This season has ended for 2019. See you again in 2020! Boat borrowing at Headwaters Park (through end of season September 17) Please read the information on this page before you head out for a boat. Sunday - open 11 a.m., last boats out at 5 p.m. Monday…

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  • Scheduled Park Visits of the Library Fun Bus

    Good news: Geauga County Public Library's Fun Bus is excited to have two Geauga Park District stops on its regular route this fall, winter and spring! The West Woods every other Wednesday 1:15 to 2 p.m. (September 11-May 20 exc. New Year's Day) Claridon Woodlands every other Thursday 2:10 to 2:50 p.m. (September 12-May 21) Bring your library card and you can grab some books to take home, or just enjoy some light reading on site...and thanks to the library…

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  • Introducing…Geauga Skywatchers Club!

    Geauga Park District is thrilled to announce its involvement in the brand new Geauga Skywatchers Club, an astronomy club founded by a consortium of organizations interested in promoting scientific thinking to the young and young-at-heart through the study and practice of astronomy. Through this club, telescopes will be available for check-out from local public libraries, and monthly meetings at local libraries and Observatory Park begin in September. Activities will be designed for grades 6 through 12, but interested adults are…

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  • Summer Activity Guide

    Click here to view the new summer Park Explorer Activity Guide, containing information for July through September!

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  • 2019 Caveman Crawl Results

    Congratulations and thank you to all 277 people who participated in this year's Caveman Crawl on June 9, raising more than $8,000 for the Chip Henry Institute! Race Results • 2019 Photos • Course Map (in case you've been meaning to try it) Thanks once more to our 2019 sponsors! Stone Age Sponsors ($1,000): University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center & Patterson Fruit Farm Cave Clan Sponsors ($500): Kinetico Water Systems & Junction Auto Family Fire Starter Sponsor ($100): Taproot Yoga Chardon

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  • Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

    By Chris Mentrek, Naturalist “When was the moon landing?” It might be the most common question I’m asked by Observatory Park visitors. And when asked, it’s always spoken of as if it were a single event: the one and only moon landing. To many 21st century moon watchers, it’s a shock to hear that there was more than one landing. In fact, there were six manned moon landings, one unsuccessful attempt, and a slew of astounding practice missions and dress…

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  • Nature Writing Contest – Winning Works

    Congratulations to the following winners of our 24th Annual Nature Writing Contest! Read their winning works below, or come hear them read in person (and pick up a FREE winners' chapbook) on Sunday, August 4, at 3 p.m. during the 28th Annual Nature Arts Festival. Adult Poetry 1st – Nancy Murphy, “Carousel” 2nd – Sarah Marcus-Donnelly, “Leave Your Skin on the Highway” 3rd – Cheryle Daling, “Tamer of the Suburbs” Adult Prose 1st – Jacob Silvia, “Nature's Prestidigitations” 2nd –…

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  • Reservations Open April 29 for New Veterans Legacy Woods Banquet Facility

    It's official: public reservations for the new Veterans Legacy Woods banquet facility, the upper level of the former golf course's clubhouse, will open Monday, April 29, at 10 a.m. Please note that reservations will initially be accepted only for the time period of May 3 through June 30. Fees will be $150 for Geauga County residents and $500 out-of-county. A mandatory utility fee also applies; please see fee schedule for details. Reservations will be accepted only in person at The…

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  • Reservations Open April 1 for New Holbrook Hollows Lodge

    It's official: public reservations for the new Holbrook Hollows lodge will open Monday, April 1, at 10 a.m., online here and by phone at 440-286-9516.

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  • Little Free Libraries in Your Parks

    Six new Little Free Libraries have found homes in Geauga Park District, thanks to a group of women with a passion for literacy, Women United of United Way Services of Geauga County. Anyone is now welcome to take a book home from the new weather-proof libraries at Bass Lake Preserve, Swine Creek Reservation, The West Woods, The Maple Highlands Trail’s South Street entrance, Big Creek Park and Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve. Women United, a group formed through United Way…

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